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Our Board

Tony Kake

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.       


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.


Dr Julia Ioane

DClinPsych, PGDipSci (Psychology), BSc (Hons)

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.

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Dr Alison Taylor

Masters in Health Pomotion, PhD in Nutrition. Leadership NZ Alumni. 

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.


Tania Thomas
Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Mahurehure

Tania has extensive leadership experience in the disability sector and started her career as a rehabilitation specialist working in the field of vision impairment.

Her most recent role was at Te Roopu Taurima, the largest kaupapa Māori disability support service in Aotearoa, where she was Mana Whakahaere (CEO) for the past seven years.

In May, Tania will take up the position as Director of Advocacy for IHC.

Prior to joining Te Roopu Taurima she was the Director of the Whānau and Family Knowledge Centre at the Families Commission. Tania has also held the role of Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner responsible for portfolios in disability, Māori health, prisoner health and allied health professionals.

Tania holds governance roles within Ngāti Kahu, is on the Board of the National Advocacy Trust, the NZ Disability Support Network and convenor of Tui Tuia, NZDSN’s Māori Advisory Group, ASID/Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability and is an Area Governor within Rotary.  

She has an MBA from the University of Auckland.