Meet the Manawanui Team!
Our Management Team
Marsha Marshall - Manawanui Chief Executive Officer
I am a Canadian import, who now proudly also bears a New Zealand passport. I came to Manawanui with an extensive background of more than 25 years health and disability experience. I am passionate about Individualised Funding and the difference it can and is making in peoples lives across New Zealand.
My professional background includes paediatric nursing in a variety of settings, including Neonatal Intensive Care and Community Home Care. Working with children and families quickly convinced me that self and family controlled approaches to supports can work miracles for people, and Individualised Funding has been the philosophical basis of my career ever since. I came to New Zealand in 1997, and set up the Family Options Respite programme through Starship Hospital, which was based on the premise of Individualised Funding. My subsequent work at Waitemata District Health Board and with the Ministry of Health, where I led the team that expanded the Individualised Funding scheme, have continued to embody this philosophy.
I take pride in my part of where Individualised Funding has come from, and look forward to where it is going. I believe passionately in what it can do for the quality of disabled peoples lives. I look forward to leading Manawanui into the future, and assisting as many people as possible in their own journeys toward creating a future “in charge”.
Rodney Draper - Chief Financial Officer
Hi, I love working with numbers and have spent many years as an accountant, finance manager and finance director in South Africa and now in New Zealand.
I have worked for local government and a number of commercial companies but was always thinking what difference am I making to the lives of people. Working for a not for profit organisation means that whilst we need to have good stewardship of money and effective financial controls the primary focus is not profit but service delivery. I love working at Manawanui as I know that what I do is making a positive difference to people’s lives and aligns to my Christian faith beliefs.
Richard Buchanan - National Projects and Contracts Manager
Kia ora – I’m Richard Buchanan and I am the National Projects and Contracts Manager for Manawanui. I live in Christchurch and have worked in the disability sector for the last 12 years. I have held a number of roles including teaching, management and leadership as well as having managed a small disability consultancy business in the past. I am committed to ensuring that individualised funding works well for disabled people and family/whanau. I bring to this role a lived experience of disability and my experience of managing individualised funding. I enjoy the outdoors, sport and wine appreciation.
Claire Ryan - National Services Manager
Kia ora - My name is Claire Ryan and I am the National Services Manager for Manawanui Incharge. I have been working in the disability sector for about 25 years or so. I have specialised in the area of sexuality and relationships education for the past 15 years and now working for Manawanui, I am able to see the importance of people building strong and meaningful relationships. Supporting disabled people, their family/whanau and allies to establish their own networks of support is very exciting, and I am firmly committed to the concepts and challenges of IF. Please feel free to be in contact with me anytime. I am based in Wellington and my birthday is on 14th October :)
Chrissy Scarfe - National Training and Quality Adviser
I have been with Manawanui for 4 and a half years, firstly in the Administration Role and then in a Coaching role in the Auckland region. More recently I became the National Training and Quality Adviser. I have 16 years experience in Customer Service and Administration and have worked in a variety of industries including insurance. I am very passionate about Manawanui and am pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of the growth of Individualised Funding in New Zealand.
I grew up in the South Island and have lived in Blenheim, Nelson, Wellington, Taranaki and Auckland. I am married and live with my husband on Auckland's North Shore I have 3 children and one grandchild. My passions are music and genealogy.
Julz Britnell - Communications and Marketing Manager
I joined Manawanui in September 2013.Originally a nurse, I changed careers 15 years ago and have been working in the field of communications/public relations ever since. During that time I have worked in the NGO, private health, government and education sectors both in NZ and overseas. Most recently I covered communications for the Disability Support Services Group at the Ministry of Health for six years, before moving to Auckland and working as the Corporate Communications Manager at Unitec Institute of Technology.
Outside of work, I live with my hubby by the beach and we spend a lot of time on or in the water fishing, diving and swimming.
Communications is a critical part of everything we do and I am committed to ensuring that the way Manawanui communicates is relevant, effective and accessible. If you want to tell your IF story or have any ideas about communication, please contact me.
Our Admin Team
Janelle Weiland - Executive Assistant to Marsha Marshall CEO
I have been with Manawanui since April 2011 working as Office Co-ordinator, and now as Executive Assistant to the CEO - I love nothing more than a good challenge! I bring with me 11 years customer service and administration experience having worked in the investment and insurance industry until September 2008.
I am passionate about individualised funding and the difference it is making to many lives across New Zealand. I enjoy my role in administration, and customer/client contact is an added bonus to my role.
I am excited to be part of an organisation that is growing at a fast rate and one that is making positive changes to many peoples lives.
Hayley Probert - Administration Assistant
Hi! My name is Hayley and I started working for Manawanui InCharge in October 2013 as the Administration Assistant four days a week. I live out in Waitakere with my partner and I have two children, Cameron who is 7 and Tyler who is 11 months. I have previous administration/reception experience and I am excited to work for Manawanui as this is a new challenge and hope to gain more experience while I am woking here.
Our Coaching Team
Shmuel Bar-Even - IF Coach - Auckland
At the beginning of 2012 I returned re-energised, from China, after two years of language teaching and a good break from disability services management. My real work commitment, however, is in the provision of community based, individualised support services for people who require such services. I’ve been a worker, activist and stepdad in this field for a number of years, have applauded the moves to individualised funding support and am hugely pleased to be working now for Manawanui InCharge.
Rebecca McPhail - IF Coach - Auckland
My name is Rebecca McPhail. On the 2nd of September I joined the Manawanui Incharge team as a individual funding coach for West ,Central, East and South Auckland. I have worked in the industry for 8 years and have 3 family members that use Individualised funding. I have seen first hand how Individualised funding and the support of Manawanui Incharge can change the quality of life and support for people with a disability. I am excited to be apart of Manawanui InCharge and to coach and support others in using individualised funding to get the most out of life.
My experience with Individualised funding and being on the other side will hopefully give me an advantage as a coach.
Kelly Woolston - IF Coach - Waikato
I hold a Bachelor of Human Services and come to Manawanui with 18 years experience in the human service area. My particular passion is for those with disabilities who have diverse and challenging needs. My years have been spent working in community development within the disability, mental health, and with people from refugee and ethnic backgrounds.
I am committed to ensuring people with disabilities voices and needs are not only heard but met.
I live in the rural Waikato with my husband and three sons.
Maria Johnson - IF Coach - Bay Of Plenty
After working in the disability sector for over 20 years, some of which was in needs assessment and service co-ordination for the District Health Board and Taikura Trust in Auckland, I joined the Manawanui team in February 2013, as the coach for the Bay of Plenty, Rotorua Taupo Lakes District and the GIsborne region. Born in Opotiki, my playground was, and still is the Rotorua and the Eastern Bay of Plenty region. These days, I enjoy my grandchildren, reading and watching my daughter play cricket for Poverty Bay. Being a coach has many rewards some of which is meeting new people, stepping into their lives for a while and helping them transform their lives with the use of Individualised Funding – ‘Just awesome!’
Yvonne Halliday - IF Coach - Taranaki
I have worked in the disability sector for the past 15 years in both needs assessment and service co-ordination.
With years of experience and knowledge in the areas of self managing and Individualised Funding, I joined the Manawanui team in July 2011, and am the coach for Taranaki/Wanganui regions. I was born in and have lived all my life in Taranaki. I come from a large close family, am married with adult children and grandchildren.
I am excited to be a part of the future and enabling people to take control in their own lives.
Deb Fererre - IF Coach - Wellington
Kia ora koutou, my name is Deb Ferrere and I joined Manawanui In Charge team as a Coach in January 2013. I come with a strong background in both the Social Services sector and Funding realm, having managed a couple of small community Social Service providers and also worked in National Office for a couple of Government ministries.
My roots lie in working in education, advocacy and support work at a community level and I am a strong believer in the concept of empowerment through the provision of information and support. I have been the recipient and provider of both!
It’s exciting to be part of the Manawanui/Individualised Funding picture, as I see it as having great potential to be a really empowering system for families and individuals to access and control their funds….to be “in charge”! As a Coach I get to meet and work with some fantastic, and often very inspiring people who use IF effectively (and creatively) to make a huge difference to the way they live their lives, so I feel pretty privileged to be part of that picture!
Outside of work (and occasional during it) I love to sing and dance – along with enjoying yoga and time spent with family and friends.
Gaye Leary - IF Coach - Canterbury Region
I live in Christchurch and provide coaching support throughout the Canterbury, West Coast and Marlborough regions. Having gained vast experience in the disability sector over the past 12 years, joining Manawanui has enabled me to utilise my professional skills and knowledge in the exciting IF environment.I am totally committed to the concept of IF and to supporting people to maintain their independence, have choices and enjoy quality outcomes in their everyday lives.
I am married with adult children and grandchildren and enjoy relaxing with family and friends, listening to music and playing golf.
Melanie White - IF Coach - Otago
I have 3 children, with my oldest having asbergers so I am familiar with the realities of having a child with special needs in the family and the impact it can have. I trained as a nurse but chose to work in the health and disability sector - mainly in the area of Older Peoples Health, working at a NASC for 6 years at the Southern DHB, and in a Management role at a local Rest Home. I have psychology qualifications that have helped me network and build relationships in difficult situations, and this has solidified my passion in working with and advocating for people that struggle to find their voice. I am hoping to achieve a Masters in Health and Disability in the future and become an expert in the field of disabilities.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my children, singing, tap dancing, all things literary and travelling within the country to see concerts from my favourite musicians.
Rochelle Venables - IF Coach - Invercargill
I have had a working knowledge of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Social Development from the ground up for the last 17years as our son has very high needs. I am a huge fan of IF due to the fact that it gives families the freedom to live their life with more fulfilment and consistency.
It’s been a great start with Manawanui with the prospect of helping the disability community here in our region to find a more flexible solution to their care needs. Having been an agent myself for our son over the last few years has given me an understanding of the systems used and also an insight into the challenges of finding and retaining great support staff. I have spent some time also in the last couple of years with SAMS (Standards and monitoring) helping with the Family and carers programmes held here in Invercargill and also attending their partners programme in Wellington in 2011.
Our Finance Team
Sumathi Giridharan - Accountant
Hi everyone. It is a privilege to work for Manawanui In Charge, the pioneer organisation for Individualised Funding in New Zealand. Working for a rapidly growing pioneer organisation is challenging, exciting and rewarding. It gives me great satisfaction to see the positive contribution we make towards people’s lives.
Yulia Zveryanskaya - Accounts Assistant
Hi! My name is Yulia and I have been working for Manawanui In Charge since October 2011. I have started as a helping hand to the accounts team only working two days a week. I am slowly increasing my hours due to constant growth. I am excited to work in organisation that helps people to be in charge of their lives.
I love spending time with my daughter. She is a joy of my life.
Janine Black - Accounts Assistant
Hello, My name is Janine, and I have had the pleasure of working part time with the wonderful people at Manawanui since October 2012. I started working with the accounts team in the self managing sector for two days a week and have now moved to three days. It is exciting and rewarding to work in an organisation who help people take control of their lives. It is great to see such growth with the organisation, and that so many people like Individualised Funding.
Charles Canamo - Payroll Administrator
Hi to all. I’m Charles. I’m originally from the Philippines and moved to New Zealand four years ago together with family (wife and son).I am in the payroll team. I have been an accounting and payroll person way way back which quite suits me as I like numbers and computers.
I have been working with the disability sector since 2010 and I find it challenging as well as rewarding.
Amelia Wheeler - Payroll Assistant
I joined Manawanui in the payroll team in the beginning of February 2012. I have previously worked in the disability sector for 3 years and health services for 14 years. I love working for Manawanui, because of the great work they do by helping the disabled community to make their own choices and giving them independence.
Glenda Pickernell - Payroll Assistant
Hi, my name is Glenda. I am the third member of the payroll team. I have been working permanenty at Manawanui since July 2013, prior to that I was a temp for 5 months. I have worked in payroll for many years but at this stage of my life I choose to work part time. My biggest love in life is my family. I have four grandchildren. I enjoy being part of an organisation that helps empower people to control their own lives.
Ian Draper - Business Analyst
Hi, I started off with Manawanui in November 2010 as a helping hand to the accounts team before becoming a part time employee in June 2011. In August 2012, upon the completion of my degree and subsequent studies I started full time, taking on the role of Business Analyst. I look forward to the challenges and rewards that come with working for a pioneer organisation that is constantly growing and improving the services we provide. I am extremely excited to be starting off my career at an organisation that is making such a positive difference in people’s lives.
Carmel Bradley - Assistant Business Analyst
Hi! My name is Carmel and I have been working for Manawanui since July 2013. I live in Browns Bay in Auckland with my husband and two primary school aged children who keep me very busy!! In my spare time I love making a picnic and taking the family walking or biking in the great outdoors. I love working at Manawanui because the people I work with are super friendly and helpful and I get a lot of satisfaction knowing that the organisation is providing a service that has positive outcomes on peoples lives.