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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Kelly Atherton

Project lead

Gilbert Azuela

Project lead – Practice

Sandra Baxendine

Information analyst

Michelle Brewerton

Project lead

Sarah Bruce

Programme coordinator

Lynley Byrne

Programme lead

Daphne Chan

Project lead (training)

Tanya Cook

PA and administrator

Patrice Dennis

Programme lead

Wendy Donaldson


Tamara Fa'anana

Grants and scholarships lead

Kahurangi Fergusson-Tibble

Principal advisor, Māori

Becky Fry

Research and evaluation assistant

Rob Gill

National manager – business operations

Trish Gledhill

Let's get real programme lead

Angela Gruar

National manager – learning and development

Charlotte Heather

Learning and development advisor

Maggie Jakob-Hoff

Senior evaluator

Angela Jury (PhD)

Programme lead – research

Reena Kainamu

Project lead

Rachel Kapeli

Project coordinator

Heather Kongs-Taylor

Programme lead, strategic development

Ashley Koning

Project lead, Matua Raki

Jennifer Lai

Research assistant

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

Janet Peters

New Zealand liaison for the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership

Talya Postelnik

Research assistant

Joanne Richdale


Rhonda Robertson

Peer project lead

Ezekiel Robson


Susan Sherrard

Project lead

Eboni Siueva

Programme coordinator

Mark Smith

Principal advisor

Caro Swanson

Principal advisor, mental health & service user lead

Fraser Todd

Senior clinical advisor, Matua Raki

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