ABOUT

  • Leean
    Bedwell

    Leean has over 25 years experience in Public Practice and joined Cleland Hancox Limited in April 2000. After obtaining her practicing certificate in 2005 Leean became a director of the firm. Leean provides accounting and business advisory services to a wide range of clients and specialises in the farming sector, horticulturalists and the health sector and has a wealth of experience in these areas.

    Leean has a special interest in accounting systems such as Xero, Figured, Rural Cash Manager and Banklink. Leean also holds the position of secretary for some large organisations, including Charitable and Maori Trusts.

    Leean has a keen interest in internal controls and governance and has provided audit and assurance services for a range of entities including large government funded initiatives.

    Leean is an approved mentor with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and has been a representative on the Local Leadership Team and Branch Committee.

    Leean is also the Chairperson on the Board of Trustees for True Colours Children’s Health Trust which is based in Waikato and Treasurer for Clarence Street Theatre Trust.

    Leean is a mother of two adult children and enjoys walking, gardening and spending time with her family in her spare time.

  • Jennifer
    Ward-Lealand

    Since training at Auckland's influential Theatre Corporate, actress and director Jennifer Ward-Lealand has worked extensively in theatre, film and television for over 30 years.

    Jennifer was a founding board member of the Watershed Theatre and a co-founder of The Large Group and The Actors' Program. She is currently President of Equity New Zealand, Patron of Q Theatre, and serves as a trust board member of Arts Regional Trust, Silo Theatre, Clarence St. Theatre, and Actors Benevolent Fund.

    In the 2007 New Years Honours List, she was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit "for services to theatre and the community."

  • Rachel
    Balme

    Rachel is a founding member of the Clarence Street Theatre Trust. She brings many years of business experience to the Trust as a chartered accountant and director at Accountants NZ Limited, a growing accounting firm in based in the Waikato. She completed a Bachelor of Commerce from Canterbury University and has worked as an accountant in various corporates both here and overseas and more recently in public practice. She is also a director of Forgotten World Adventures Limited a growing Tourism business and lives on a farm near Hamilton.

    Rachel has been involved in theatre all her life both in performance and management. She has been treasurer for Hamilton Operatic Society from 2010 to 2014 and then became Chairman of the Board of Management for a year. During this time she was involved the handover of Clarence Street Theatre from Hamilton City Council to the Trust.