Happy new year everyone. Te Pou offices are now open for 2021. 

Happy new year everyone. Te Pou offices are now open for 2021. 

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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Gilbert Azuela

Project lead – Practice

Sandra Baxendine

Information analyst

Michelle Brewerton

Project lead

Daphne Chan

Project lead (training)

Sarah Christensen

Project lead - Mental Health First Aid

Tanya Cook

PA and administrator

Wendy Donaldson


Allan Drew

Senior Communications Advisor

Kahurangi Fergusson-Tibble

Principal advisor, Māori

Trish Gledhill

Let's get real programme lead

Angela Gruar

National manager – learning and development

Krystal Hosken

Programme Coordinator - Practice

Maggie Jakob-Hoff

Senior evaluator

Angela Jury (PhD)

Programme lead – research

Reena Kainamu

Project lead

Rachel Kapeli

Project Lead

Heather Kongs-Taylor

Programme lead, strategic development

Ashley Koning

Project lead, Matua Raki

Jennifer Lai


Jo Lai

Programme Coordinator

Rae Lamb

Chief executive

Helen Lockett (PhD)

Equally Well strategic lead

Manase Lua

National manager – Kanorau / principal advisor, Pasifika

Colleen Mantle

Operations support coordinator

Martin Molloy

Business support manager

Kyla Mottershead

Project Lead, Special Projects

Janet Peters

New Zealand liaison for the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership

Talya Postelnik

Research assistant

Olivia Risi

Project Support

Rhonda Robertson

Peer project lead

Marcia Sasano

Training Lead

Susan Sherrard

Project lead

Mark Smith

Programme lead - outcomes and information

Caro Swanson

Principal advisor, mental health & service user lead

Charito Tuason

Data analyst

John Vogenthaler

Principal advisor, disability

Will Ward

National manager – leadership and system change

Mary-Kaye Wharakura


Emma Wood

National manager – practice

Richard Woodcock

National manager - data, information and research

Rebecca Zhang

Project Lead