Manawanui Chief Executive Officer
I am a Canadian import, who now proudly also bears a New Zealand passport. I have an extensive background of more than 25 years in the health and disability sectors. I was involved in setting up the Family Options Respite programme through Starship Hospital, and the development of the IF Framework at the Ministry of Health. I am passionate about Individualised Funding and the difference it can and is making in people’s lives across New Zealand. I look forward to leading Manawanui into the future, and assisting as many people as possible in their own journeys toward creating a future where they are “in charge.”
Communications and Marketing Manager
I joined Manawanui in September 2013. I have been working in the field of communications/public relations for the last 17 years. During that time I have worked in the NGO, private health, government and education sectors both in NZ and overseas. I covered communications for the Disability Support Services Group at the Ministry of Health for six years, before moving to Auckland. Outside of work, I live with my hubby by the beach and we can be found in or under the water or getting muddy 4WDing.
National Services Manager
Kia ora – 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 contact me anytime. I am based in Nelson.
I joined the Manawanui team in 2015, having worked in the health and disability sector for more than 15 years. I have spent many years contracting for primary, secondary and tertiary health services in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Most recently I worked for the Auckland District Health and the Ministry of Health. It is fantastic to be part of an organisation that is leading the way around self-determination in the disability area. I am married with two children and can be found in the weekend on a football field or cricket pitch supporting their sporting endeavours.
IT Programme Manager
I joined the Manawanui team in November 2015 working as an IT Project Manager. I bring many years of experience of delivering IT solutions and change for large organisations in the UK and Europe. I am now overseeing the IT Programme of work for Manawaui. I am really excited to be working for an organisation that is making a difference for so many people. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead as the organisation continues to grow rapidly and expand its service offerings.
FFC Service Manager, Manawanui Project Manager
My involvement with self-directed funding dates back to the original Individualised Funding pilot managed by Manawanui. At the time I was new to the disability sector and received a grass-roots crash course from families and individuals who were instrumental in agitating for and achieving change. I enjoy the pioneering spirit that still exists at Manawanui and these days I manage the Funded Family Care policy in addition to project work, mainly in new service implementation. My interests include hand-cycling and red wine, which contributes to my good health.
National Quality Advisor
I started with Manawanui in 2008, firstly in the Administration Role and then in a Coaching role in the Auckland region. In 2012, I became the National Quality Advisor. I have over 20 years experience in Customer Service and Administration and have worked in a variety of industries. 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 live with my husband and youngest son on Auckland’s North Shore, have 3 children and one grandchild and am passionate about music and genealogy.