Our people

The Te Pou whānau work in partnership with NGOs, DHBs, primary care, Government and education providers to support workforce development. Our people bring diverse skills, cultures and life experiences.

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Frances Anderson

Programme lead, Disability Workforce Development

Sandra Baxendine

Information analyst

Lois Boyd


Klare Braye

Project leader, Matua Raḵi

Vanessa Caldwell

National manager, Matua Raḵi

Alana Clark

Special Projects & Training Lead

Sima Clarke

Team support coordinator

Shona Clarke

Research assistant

Tanya Cook

PA to Vanessa Caldwell & administrator - Matua Raḵi

Synthia Dash

Grants system and administration lead – Disability

Wendy Donaldson


Jade Farrar

Strategic disability advisor

Rob Gill

Manager, strategic development

Lana Griffith

Executive support

Angela Gruar

Practice and leadership development manager

Paul Hanton

Clinical project lead

Maggie Jakob-Hoff

Senior evaluator

Angela Jury (PhD)

Principal advisor

Rachel Kapeli

Project coordinator

Ashley Koning

Project lead, Matua Raki

Jennifer Lai

Research Assistant

Helen Lockett

Equally Well strategic lead

Manase Lua

Disability and Pacific workforce manager

Colleen Mantle

Administrator - strategy, development and support

Martin Molloy

Business support manager

Suzy Morrison

Consumer project lead, Matua Raḵi

Anna Nelson

Programme manager, Matua Raḵi

Keri Opai

Paeārahi - strategic lead

Suzette Poole

Clinical lead, co-editor of Handover mental health and addiction nursing newsletter

Katherine Reweti-Russell

Events and Special Projects Lead, Matua Raki

Joanne Richdale

Workforce analyst

Robyn Shearer

Chief executive

Mark Smith

Principal advisor

Carolyn Swanson

Service user lead, co-editor of Handover

Fraser Todd

Senior clinical advisor, Matua Raki

Charito Tuason

Data analyst

Jo Van Leeuwen

Programme lead

John Vogenthaler

Project manager

Emma Wood

Manager - relationships and workforce planning

Richard Woodcock

Service and information development manager

Kun Zhang

Project lead, Matua Raki