Meet the Yellow Brick Road Team
Every single person in the Yellow Brick Road team plays a vital role in delivering our Kaupapa. Together, they inspire and equip whānau to restore themselves, by supporting their journeys from a place of distress to one of mental wellbeing.
Chief Executive Officer
John is our calm and able chief navigator. He is a warm and competent leader with many years’ experience in the health sector, both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Mainly working with tangata whaiora in the past, or people experiencing mental illness, he had a lightbulb moment when he realised the power of family and whānau when travelling towards wellbeing. In fact, John says New Zealand’s biggest mental health support workers are in fact families, and so we need to show them how to do that and support them on that pathway. He has enormous energy and enthusiasm and is committed to the goal of all New Zealanders to be able to access quality whānau wellbeing support wherever they are.
Northern Regional Manager
Jade has worked for Yellow Brick Road and formerly Supporting Families NZ for a total of seven years, in both support worker and management roles. Add to that another dozen or more years in the mental health sector, and here is someone who knows our organisation and wider sector very well. With lived experience and a young family to care for, she completely grasps families and their needs, and is committed to creating equitable and compassionate services and a building a kete of skills and tools for the whānau we support and also for our staff.
Regional Manager Te Manawa Taki (Midlands)
Another all-rounder, Viv comes to us with an incredibly valuable mix of experience coupled with unbridled enthusiasm and get-it-done attitude. Her background spans health, legal, policy, workforce development, business, project management at local, regional and national levels. What’s more, she’s worked in both public and private sectors. Viv says her work for Yellow Brick Road is an intrinsic fit, with both lived whānau experience and a personal focus on the importance of community, health, fitness, the outdoors and sustainability for wellbeing. Such positivity is quite an asset to us!
Felicity manages our finances with dedication and alacrity. Behind the numbers, she has a wonderful empathy for our kaupapa. She is a qualified nurse as well as accountant, which is a great combination for us because she gets how the health system actually works. She somehow manages to juggle our funds to make sure as many whānau as possible benefit from our services.
Belinda is an experienced communications manager, having worked in government, crown entities and the private sector for, shall we just say, quite a long time. She is excited about telling our story and reaching out to families who need us and the potentially unlimited pool of awesome people in our communities and the business sector who can support us too. Working part-time, her biggest frustration is not being able to sing our song from every rooftop more often than she actually does.
Business Support Manager
Clare is the one who essentially keeps our wheels turning. She can turn her hand to almost anything, from human resources to technology to information and document systems and more. She’s not fazed by much and manages to juggle and switch tasks at the blink of an eye. Clare has a background in overseeing administration for charitable organisations and is ably contributing to strengthening our future.
Community Liaison Co-ordinator
Fiona is our Community Liaison Co-ordinator, but actually is our in-house expert/turn-to person on a great many things. She knows just who is who and what is what in the mental health sector. Fiona attends all sorts of meetings and is a member of a number of committees, where she calmly but assertively represents the interests of whānau. She also provides our Board of Directors secretariat, reports to Te Whatu Ora, Te aka Whai Ora and Ministry of Health on the issues our people face, as well as making sure we have systems in place to report such things. Phew, lucky we have Fiona.