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Our Board

Tony Kake

Interim Board Chair - Ngāti Hau, Ngā Puhi Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Whawhaakia, Waikato Tainui

Tony has over twenty years’ experience working within Local and Central Government holding management, strategic and funding portfolios. He is passionate about advancing the interests of Māori within Tāmaki Makaurau, serving on Auckland Council’s Independent Māori Statutory Board and contributing to the local community as CEO of Papakura Marae. He is driven by values of Manaakitanga (high standards), Whanaungatanga (high morale) and Rangatiratanga (credible leadership).

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Patrick Baker

CA, MEng, BBus, Grad Dip Prof Acctg - Chair of the Finance Sub-Committee

Patrick is a Chartered Accountant who has held senior financial management roles in major global and New Zealand companies. He is currently Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of NIWA, a government owned Crown Research Institute. Previous governance roles have included serving as director and board chair of Variety, the Children’s Charity, and he is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors.                      

Dr Heather McDowell

BA, MA (Hons), PGDipClinPsych, PhD (Psychology)

Heather is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the Consult Liaison Team at Starship Children’s Hospital. She has been a senior university lecturer and continues to be involved in research allied with her clinical work. Heather has worked with a number of government agencies and has a strong focus on the emotional and physical well-being of children, young people and their whānau.


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Chris Harris

Chris Harris

BSc, Dip Ed, MA, Grad Dip Prof Mgmt

Chris has worked extensively in the mental health and disability sectors in both the DHB and NGO environments. His last formal role was Chief Executive for Spectrum Care Trust Board and he now works as a consultant from his home in Raglan.

Ophir Cassidy

Ko Hikurangi te maunga, Ko Waiapu te awa, Ko Ngati Porou te iwi.

Ophir was a Deputy Principal in a total immersion Māori school in Mangere before starting her legal career. She is the Principal of Manukau Law and started her legal career in 2002 with the all-women Māori and Pacific Island firm, King Alofivae Malosi.

Ophir specialises in family law, with a particular interest in care and protection matters and young people with complex needs. Ophir was appointed as Lawyer for the Child in the Family Court in 2007 and a Youth Advocate in 2010. She is currently involved in a Māori initiative with Te Korimako Legal Education and is travelling throughout Aotearoa to educate and support whānau who come to the attention of Oranga Tamariki and the Family Court. Ophir was the co-president of the Māori Law Society in 2017 and 2018 and is a current board member of Youth Horizons Trust.

In her spare time, Ophir enjoys spending time with whānau and friends, travelling and karaoke!


Dr Julia Ioane

Folasāitu Dr Julia Ioane is Samoan and a clinical psychologist specialising in Family and Youth Court matters, with a particular focus on childhood trauma, youth forensics, and violence. She has an extensive career having worked at the Ministry of Education, Safe Network, and other youth-related NGOs, as well as managing her own private practice. Julia is a senior lecturer at AUT in psychology and her main research interests are with children and youth at risk, and Pasifika epistemology and practice. (Photo to come)

Dr Alison Taylor

Dr Alison Taylor has had a leadership career in the social sector for over 25 years in operational and governance leadership roles. Most recently, Alison was the founder and CEO of the Centre for Social Impact NZ.

Having held several senior executive roles including CEO of the Mental Health Foundation, GM of the Ministry of Youth Development and Founder and CEO of the Centre for Social Impact NZ, Alison also spent time as a consultant in the philanthropic and community sectors. During this time, she built her governance portfolio with Trustee and Director roles on Philanthropy New Zealand, Vodafone Foundation NZ and her children’s primary school board. Alison is currently the CEO of the Arts Regional Trust. 

She is delighted to return to the mental health and youth sector by joining the Youth Horizons board.