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Our Governance Team

Meet the experienced and lovely people who guide our service

Jigs Bradley

Jigs Bradley


Jigs has experience as a teen parent support group facilitator, mums group for Plunket and experience supporting family/ whānau.  Jigs has held secretarial roles on the Police Citizens and Victim Support Committees and a trustee of the WGHS Board of Trustees

Joanna Davison


Joanna is currently senior Mental Health Nurse Lecturer- Northec- Nursing Department.  She brings a wealth of technical knowledge and board/committee experience.


Sue Sandford-Hill


Sue has experience supporting family/whānau in her role as Clinical Leader for Plunket and is very passionate about and has a specialist interest in families experiencing Pre and Post Natal distress has worked closely with a trained counsellor.

Rev Janice Phillips


Janice has supported family/whānau with mental health issues.  Janice has experience in president and secretarial roles for different organisations and is pastoral care coordinator of several churches.  Janice is driven by her passion for helping others in need.

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Nikki Hawes


Nikki held roles at Association and Centre levels in Playcentre while her three children pre schooled through this pathway.  Nikki has been involved and continues to be involved in a variety of Whangarei community events and local theatre as a volunteer and volunteer co-ordinator.  She has been working for a private training organisation, People Potential, for 14 years and for the past five years has been managing a Work & Income Youth Service contract which People Potential holds.  This involves free mentoring and support by a team of coaches for 16 and 17 year old medium/high risk rangatahi/youth.

Elizabeth Wakelin


 I am an Intensive Care Paramedic working full time for St John Ambulance. I have both personal and professional experience in Mental Health for all ages.  I am driven with a passion to support others in their journey. 


Kahu Sutherland


Kahu brings a wealth of knowledge to the team with a background in management as well as working passionately and tirelessly with troubled rangatahi / youth.  

He has also spent several terms serving for local council and has strong ties to the communities of Northland. 

He has numerous achievements that benefited the community such as running a pilot for alternative education, playing a significant part in the Hundertwasser Project in Whangarei, achieving increased allocation of funding for Tai Tokerau from Lotteries and COGS, gaining the  adoption of TOW in policies / procedures within Internal Affairs and introducing Iwi Liaison Committee in Whangarei District Council. 

He speaks passionately about the  achievements of young people through the Whangarei Youth Centre Inc. the programs for which were designed and managed by Kahu. 

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