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Our Board

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Dr Rod Watts

BA, MASW, PhD Psychiatry - Board Chair

Rod is the Executive Officer of the Northern Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church, a role he took up mid 2017 after over ten years as CEO of Presbyterian Support Northern. Originally from Australia, Rod specialised in major trauma and palliative care. In New Zealand Rod has held a number of roles in DHB management and in central government with the Ministry of Health. 

La-Verne King

Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa, Ngāti Paoa, Ngāti Kahungunu. LLB - Deputy Board Chair

La-Verne was a founding partner of law firm King Alofivae Malosi based in Auckland which assisted in the growth and development of many Maori and Pasefika women lawyers.  In 2006, La-Verne returned to the Far North with her whānau where she has established Doubtless Bay Law Limited. La-Verne continues to practice in the Youth and Family Courts and has an abiding interest in ensuring the law is applied in a way that best promotes the needs of children and young people.

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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.

Tony Kake

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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Dr Julia Ioane

Julia is Samoan and trained as a clinical psychologist specialising in Family and Youth Court matters with a particular focus on childhood trauma, youth forensic and violence.  She has an extensive career having worked at the Ministry of Education, Safe Network, Regional Forensic Youth Service and Youth Horizons, as well as managing her own private practice. Julia is a lecturer at AUT in psychology and her main research interests are with children and youth at risk; and Pasifika epistemology and practice.