Who We Are

Since 1989, Community Living has supported disabled people to thrive as part of the community.

We are a not for profit organisation with more than 30 years experience in the disability sector. Our services are individualised and led by the people we work for. Based in Hamilton, we work with communities throughout the middle of the north island including the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki.

Community Living Limited is a subsidiary of Community Living Trust. Click here to visit the Trust website. 

Meet Ko Tātou Tēnei

Ko Tātou Tēnei is a board advisory group made up of people supported by Community Living

Meet the leadership team

David Oldershaw

Chief Executive

David joined in February 2023 after more than 20 years leadership experience in various sectors including health, business startups, manufacturing and distribution.

David is committed to supporting people to live the lifestyle of their choice. Prior to his current role, David was a business consultant working on a variety of projects for commercial and not for profit clients.

He has been Chief Executive of Pinnacle Midlands Health Network and a Director of Anglesea Clinic Urgent Care. David holds a Master of Commerce from the University of Auckland and is also a trustee of Midlands Sexual Assault Support Service.

Will Hughes

General Manager - Community Choices

Will comes with 30 years’ senior leadership experience across various sectors including 20 years within the Health and Disability sector at St John, Life Unlimited (now Kia Roha), and Pinnacle Ventures.

With a focus on change management, service design and redesign, and more recently digital innovation, Will has spent most of the last 20 years on projects that enhance and improve services to enable people to live more independently.

Seeing the benefits both socially and economically when people have the power of personal autonomy, Will would love to see disabled people have the same choices and opportunities that most kiwis take for granted every day.

Kia maumahara ki toou mana aahua ake.

Cherish your absolute uniqueness.

Frances Oliver

General Manager – Business Operations

Hailing from the Rural King Country originally, Frances is excited to return in 2021 to the Community Living family to lead our Finance, Property and the Administration and Rostering teams.

Frances lead the Finance function from 2013 until 2017 when she went to WaikatoLink and the University of Waikato for 3+ years and enjoyed being part of the Commercialisation and Tertiary Education Space. Previously

Frances has worked in Audit and lead the Finance and Administration functions in the Private Business sector. Frances has a particular passion for seeing projects to their completion working alongside internal and external stakeholders.

Frances is a CA of 25 years and has a BBS-Finance from Massey University. Frances enjoys e-biking and getting away on holiday in her spare time.


Denise Gemmell

General Manager – Professional Services

Denise has over 15 years of strategic leadership experience as well as a deeply personal and genuine passion and connection with the disability sector.

Recognised as a strategic and visionary leader, Denise enjoys inspiring others and delivering positive and best-practice outcomes.

In the role of General Manager for Professional Services, Denise brings strong change and financial management skills, with a proven experience delivering transformation and innovation programmes across organisations.

Denise holds a post graduate in Leadership and Management studies from the University of Waikato and is responsible for our Therapy, Children’s Service – Te Puna Awhina, Disability Liaison and RIDSAS Teams.