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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 | Kia Puāwai to be the Kaumātua of the Te Hurihanga programme in the Waikato, and is the national Kaumātua of Youth Horizons, some 15 years later. He has been an integral part of bringing Youth Horizons | Kia Puāwai 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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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.


Mark Manaia

Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi, Ngātiwai | BA, BCOM, PGDip Counselling (Dist) - Kaitohu Māori

Mark began his social services career 13 years ago as a youth specialist worker, working here at Youth Horizons | Kia Puāwai with some of our most vulnerable Māori and Pasifika youth. He retrained as a counsellor in narrative therapy, working in the harmful sexual behaviour sector, where he later led and recreated a kaupapa Māori therapeutic service. Prior to returning to Youth Horizons | Kia Puāwai, Mark was the Clinical Operations Manager for a large NGO in the non-violence sector.