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About Your Trusts

The Trusts is made up of the Portage Licensing Trust (PLT) and Waitākere Licensing Trust (WLT). Everything we do is about keeping things local in our communities. That’s why surplus profits from our stores and hospitality venues go right back into local schools, community groups, businesses and people who are dedicated to helping our place thrive.


Owned by the community. Run by the community. For the community.

Our People

All of our people share one common goal: to help communities in The West to thrive. This goal is shared by both staff working in our retail and hospitality venues as well as elected members.

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    Allan Pollard

    Chief Executive Officer

    I started in the hospitality industry as a dishwasher and have worked as a waiter, duty manager and venue manager right through to being CEO. For me what makes The West such a wonderful place is the sense of community.

    Lee Clark

    Executive Assistant

    A proud daughter of The West since 1970. Married with 2 beautiful daughters and 4 gorgeous grandkids. For the past 17 ½ years I have been Executive Assistant at The Trusts, supporting the management and Boards of this valuable community asset.


    To me, The West means totally unique, fabulously quirky people, beautiful ranges to explore, a windswept walk on the rugged west coast or a summertime dance across the hot black sand to find your perfect spot. Our place. Home.

    Amanda Cassidy

    General Manager - Hospitality and Marketing

    I have 20 years marketing experience across FMCG and retail in NZ and am proud to utilise my expertise at The Trusts to make great things happen in West Auckland.


    West Auckland is my home and my community since I moved here with my husband and four kids from Christchurch in 2019. There are so many things to do and enjoy and we love getting out and experiencing them.

    Aaron Walding

    General Manager - Retail

    A sports nut and customer experience fanatic!


    What The West means to me is diversity! From the cultural diversity to the Ranges to the black sand beaches. These are the things that make West Auckland such an incredible place.

    Oonagh Hall

    General Manager- Human Resources

    As an experienced leader within Human Resources, I am passionate about enabling everyone to do their best work and recognising people's talents and strengths. I enjoy partnering with business to create innovative and effective solutions with a focus on fostering a positive culture and engagement to drive success for all.


    My passions outside working hours include mountain biking and walking. My happy place is definitely the beach.


    To me, The West is a wonderland full of nature and breathtaking beaches. It is the perfect place to unwind and escape city life.

    Richard Simmonds

    General Manager of Finance and Business Systems

    I am an experienced CFO with 30 years of accounting experience covering manufacturing, freight forwarding, retail, and hospitality sectors in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand. I am passionate about developing teams, coaching and mentoring, and using technology to make businesses more effective and efficient.


    To me, West Auckland is memories of long summer days body surfing at Piha in my 20s.

Portage Licensing Trust

The Portage Licensing Trust operate industry leading retail and hospitality venues in the “Portage” area of The West.


We are 100% community owned, which means profits go straight back into Glendene, Kelston, Glen Eden, Kaurilands, Titirangi, Laingholm, Parau, Cornwallis, Huia, Little Huia, Whatipu, Green Bay, New Lynn, Avondale, Waterview, Blockhouse Bay, New Windsor & Owairaka, (west of Richardson & Boundary Rds).

  • Every three years, as part of the local body elections, people in The West vote for members of the community to represent their views on the licensing trust of the area they live in.


    The members elected to each trust are the community’s voice and an essential link between the community ownership of The Trusts and the management of the commercial businesses of The Trusts.


    The next local body election will be held in 2025.

    The Trusts Portage Leanna Tayler
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    Leanne Taylor

    Passionate and community-focused, Leanne is a proud third-generation Westie who lives in New Lynn with her partner, Phil.


    To me, The West is: The West is my spiritual and physical home. I love the diversity and down to earth nature of the people who live here as well as our magnificent Waitākere ranges and wild west coast beaches.

    Margi Watson

    WATS Elected Member Director

    Originally trained as a nurse and now involved with schools and in governance, I am passionate about empowering and supporting our people, organisations and communities. They are what make our area the best it can be.


    To me The West is: I love my local spaces and parks, from Te Auaunga Oakley Creek to Avondale Markets and to the beach at the Bay, but mostly I enjoy being around the people who make our community unique and home

    Ben Goodale

    A globally awarded advertising and marketing professional, Ben has lived in Titirangi for over 20 years.


    To me the West is: An oasis of beaches, forest and nature on the edge of the best city in the world.

    Marcus Amosa

    WATS Elected Member Director

    I am a proud father of one daughter and live with my wife in Avondale. As a business owner, I am passionate about revitalising our town centres.


    To me, The West is: Beaches, barbeques and chilling out with family and friends.

    Jacqui Harema

    I have lived and worked out west most of my life and lived in Glen Eden for the past 20 years.


    I put my hand up for the Portage Licensing Trust because I wanted to understand more about how the trust model operated from inside the operations. I want to see how, and if the trust model can be improved to increase the level of support provided to our communities, and community groups for the betterment of the community.


    To me, the West is: Where I was born and bred, where my children have grown up and where my grandchildren will thrive.

    Mark Beavis

    I am a proud dad of two children. I live in Waterview and work as a software engineer. During my leisure time, I love cycling and craft beer.


    Joining the trust is a great opportunity to contribute to a community-owned business that helps so many West Aucklanders. I would like to see The Trusts continue to sell alcohol responsibly, to support the community and have venues that locals can be proud of.


    To me, the West is: The best little place to live in the world!

    Rob Hulse

    I grew up in the west and have spent my career working with and supporting the hospitality industry. I'm a big fan of our New Zealand coffee industry and love our food scene. I’m a parent of three young children so we are always busy on the weekends with sports, ballet or out in the Waitakere Ranges.


    I joined the licensing trust to help develop hospitality in the west. With eighteen years in hospitality, this is my area of expertise, and this is where I want to make a difference. Our community out west is proud of our towns and will judge the trust by how vibrant their local hospitality scene becomes.


    I hope to see new energy in the way we do hospitality. Coming out of the disruption that the last few years have seen, the west is ready for more variety and excitement in what we can enjoy in our neighbourhoods. By its nature, hospitality moves fast so we have a real opportunity to deliver this in our term.

    Ross Clow

    I have been an independent and experienced community advocate in the West for many years.


    I joined the trust not only to continue to support our unique community asset but also to seek to enhance our restricted offer in the hospitality sector. I would like to see an enhancement of our hospitality bars and restaurants.


    To me, the West is: Best!

    Darren Leckey

    I've lived out west in Kelston most of my life and attended the local schools. I have a business in Henderson importing automotive parts that I had originally started at home in Kelston. I also tend to buy project cars off Trade Me which I shouldn't do.


    My father sat on the board about 20 years ago and I saw what the trusts gave back to the community. I felt this was something I could get involved with and hope to help continue the good work they do.


    I want to help create new bars and restaurants out west for all to enjoy. Not a whole lot has changed over the past 20 years, so I want to start the movement in this area. Watch this space.


    To me, the West is: A unique part of New Zealand with a lot to offer, so let’s make it awesome.

    Joe Bergin

    I'm an Aucklander born and bred, currently living in Glen Eden along with my husband and our dog, Scotch.


    I would like to see more high-quality hospitality offerings in West Auckland and support moves toward greater competition and choice for our community. I want to see The Trusts facilitate a revival in the West Auckland hospitality sector and maximise its returns to the community.


    To me, the West is: Auckland's greatest potential new and thriving hospitality hub.

Waitākere Licensing Trust

Waitākere Licensing Trust operates industry leading retail and hospitality venues in the “Waitākere” area of The West.


We are 100% community owned, which means profits go straight back into Whenuapai, Hobsonville, West Harbour, Waitākere Township, Massey, Red Hills, Henderson, Rānui, Swanson, Taupaki, Te Atatū Peninsula, Te Atatū Sth, Sunnyvale, Oratia, Waiatarua, Karekare, Piha, Bethells Beach.

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West Auckland Trust Services Board

Both the Portage and Waitakere Licensing Trusts run their management functions through West Auckland Trust Services Ltd (WATS).


WATS houses functions such as human resources, accounting, marketing and logistics, to streamline operations, reduce costs, and be more effective.


The WATS Board of nine Directors govern the business and oversee the Senior Management team. Five of the Directors are independent with commercial experience and complement the four Directors who are appointed from the licensing trusts. Their role is to manage the financial performance of the business and governance.


Pictured (left): West Auckland Trust Services Board members. Absent: Mark Allen.

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    Matt Harker

    Chair

    A proud Aucklander with Director and Chair experience in numerous community-facing organisations across care, health, housing, development, regeneration and kids' support.


    To me, The West is: An amazing collection of people and communities sharing amazing local spaces, parks, markets, forest and beaches with a bright and growing future.

    John Journee

    Deputy Chair

    Senior executive and governance roles in the retail, distribution and technology sectors that have delivered business growth, transformational change and market leadership enable me to bring a broad set of skills to my directorship with WATS.


    To me, The West is: I am proud to be involved with a business that returns 100% of its surplus profits to the community it serves

    Bruce Scott

    WATS Independent Director

    Experienced professional Director and chartered Accountant with a career background that included CEO roles of FMCG and agri-business organisations in NZ and internationally.


    To me, The West is: Community control of business wealth creation for the exclusive benefit of the community.

    Steve Bayliss

    WATS Independent Director

    Steve Bayliss is a writer, professional director and consultant. He is one of the country’s most experienced and awarded marketing professionals.


    "The Trusts is an iconic West Auckland brand," says Steve. "I am excited to help shape solutions that meet customers’ needs while also giving back to the wider community."

    Kirsten Andrews

    WATS Independent Director

    Kirsten Andrews has more than 25 years of experience in the property industry, from property development and strategy to asset and transaction management.


    "I’m excited to be joining the WATS board at a critical time," says Kirsten. "I look forward to contributing to an organisation that does such great work supporting the local community."

    Margi Watson

    WATS Elected Member Director

    Originally trained as a nurse and now involved with schools and in governance, I am passionate about empowering and supporting our people, organisations and communities. They are what make our area the best it can be.


    To me The West is: I love my local spaces and parks, from Te Auaunga Oakley Creek to Avondale Markets and to the beach at the Bay, but mostly I enjoy being around the people who make our community unique and home

    Marcus Amosa

    WATS Elected Member Director

    I am a proud father of one daughter and live with my wife in Avondale. As a business owner, I am passionate about revitalising our town centres.


    To me, The West is: Beaches, barbeques and chilling out with family and friends.

    Mark Allen

    WATS Elected Member Director

    Mark lives at Te Henga with his partner, having raised three sons and worked in local government for 30 years, he has been the Executive Officer at Community Waitākere and a Waitakere Ranges Local Board member since 2019.


    To me The West is: A collection of communities that does things its way, that doesn’t wait for permission and works together for all, an environment that is outstandingly beautiful, globally unique and loved by the people of the west, an economy of innovative and caring small businesses who work in and with their communities. In the west we continue wrestling with the big issues and we are finding our own solutions... I couldn’t live anywhere else.

    Linda Cooper

    WATS Elected Member Director

    Long time West Auckland volunteer and resident, committed to good community governance which benefits local people.
    To me, The West is: Home, heart and good people, always wanting what's best for family, our beautiful environment and the future of our tamariki.