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Our Leadership Team

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Marion Heeney

MBA - Chief Executive / Kaiwhakahaere

Marion is very experienced in the sector and is a passionate advocate for young people. Her career experience has involved senior leadership roles for a number of organisations including Child Youth and Family (Regional Director – Northern and Te Tai Tokerau), Presbyterian Support Northern (GM Family Works), and Waitemata and Counties Manukau DHBs (GM Women’s Health). She has also worked in the finance sector and completed an MBA from Auckland University. Marion is on the Board of the Teaching Family Association and is a member of the Institute of Directors. 


Pita Te Ngaru

Ngāti Patupō, Ngāti Mahanga, Ngāti Mahuta - Kaumātua

Pita is experienced in working with young offenders and mentoring young Māori in general. He is an experienced Te Reo Māori teacher, trainer and facilitator. Pita joined Youth Horizons to be the Kaumātua of the Te Hurihanga programme in the Waikato, and is the national Kaumātua of Youth Horizons, some thirteen years later. He has been an integral part of bringing Youth Horizons on a bicultural journey, and hosts many noho marae throughout the year with our different programmes, services and staff groups around the country. 

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Fiona Guy

CA, MBA (Dist) – Director of Support Services | Āpiha Putea Matua

Fiona is a Chartered Accountant with experience in the professional services, chartered accounting and finance sectors. During her career, she has successfully led a wide range of strategic initiatives and Corporate Services teams including Finance, IT, HR and Knowledge and Information Services. In addition to her CFFO role, Fiona acts as Secretary to the Board of Trustees. Fiona is also on the National Executive for Social Service Providers Aotearoa.        

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Michael Williams

MSc (Hons), PGDipClinPsych, MNZCCP – Business Development and Communications Director

Prior to joining Youth Horizons in 2008, Michael worked as a Clinical Psychologist for an Auckland District Health Board psychotherapy service. Starting as Youth Horizons’ Clinical Director he played a key role in the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based interventions such as Functional Family Therapy (FFT) and Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO). In 2013 Michael stepped into a national operations role, followed in 2018 by his appointment to his current role. In this capacity, he works on the roll-out of new services within an implementation science framework. His aim is to assist staff to deliver high-quality evidence-based interventions that measurably improve the lives of at-risk children and young people.

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Louisa Webster

MSc (Criminological Psychology) - Clinical Director

Louisa is an experienced psychologist, having worked in practitioner and leadership roles in the UK and New Zealand. Louisa specialises in the psychological assessment and evidence based treatment of violence and offending behaviour and has designed and written structured therapeutic interventions specifically tailored to young people. As Clinical Director, Louisa aims to ensure that Youth Horizons continues to deliver excellence in clinical practice whilst maintaining a child-focused approach.

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Neil Brand

BA (Hons), PG Dip Counselling - Director of Operations Midlands, Central and Southern

Neil has a background in Narrative Counselling and has extensive experience working with young people and families in New Zealand. Prior to joining YH, Neil was the Operations Manager for a large NGO delivering services across New Zealand supporting families affected by family violence. Before taking on his current Director of Operations role, Neil oversaw the delivery of our services in West Auckland in his role as Operations Manager for Youth Service West.

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Juliet Erihe

DipSocServ - Director of Operations for Auckland and Te Tai Tokerau

Juliet comes from a social work background working in numerous roles within Child Youth and Family (now Oranga Tamariki) and Te Ora Hou in Northland. She has a wealth of experience in care and protection and youth justice settings. Juliet was invaluable in those roles as YH expanded into the Te Tai Tokerau region. Before taking on her current Director of Operations role, Juliet was the Operations Manager for Auckland.