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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Sandra Baxendine

Information analyst

Lois Boyd


Alana Clark

Special projects & training lead

Tanya Cook

PA and administrator

Patrice Dennis

Programme lead

Wendy Donaldson


Rob Gill

National manager, business operations

Lana Griffith

Executive assistant

Angela Gruar

Manager - learning and development

Paul Hanton

Clinical project lead

Heimata Herman

Research assistant

Maggie Jakob-Hoff

Senior evaluator

Angela Jury (PhD)

Principal advisor

Rachel Kapeli

Project coordinator

Heather Kongs-Taylor

Programme lead, strategic development

Ashley Koning

Project lead, Matua Raki

Jennifer Lai

Research assistant

Helen Lockett

Equally Well strategic lead

Manase Lua

National manager - Kanorau / principal advisor, Pasifika

Colleen Mantle


Martin Molloy

Business support manager

Suzy Morrison

Consumer project lead

Keri Opai

Te Reo Hāpai – The Language of Enrichment

Janet Peters

New Zealand liaison for the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership

Suzette Poole

Clinical lead

Talya Postelnik

Research assistant

Katherine Reweti-Russell

Events and special projects lead

Joanne Richdale


Robyn Shearer

Chief executive

Susan Sherrard

Project lead

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

Emma Wood

National manager - practice

Richard Woodcock

National manager - data, information and research