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Our People

The Presbyterian Support Central team is made up of more than one-thousand staff, 350 volunteers and 15 Board and committee members.

These dedicated  and passionate nurses, social workers, counsellors, healthcare assistants, diversional therapists, mentors, managers, professionals and volunteers share a vision of supporting and empowering people and communities across the lower North Island.

Introducing PSC’s Senior Leadership Team

Chris Graham, Chief Executive

Chris Graham has been Chief Executive of Presbyterian Support Central since 2009. Chris started his working life as a lawyer before moving into the commercial world to work for public and multinational companies, particularly in the energy sector.

Chris is committed to continuing Presbyterian Support Central’s proud history of caring for and supporting children, young people, adults, older people and families in need. Chris has a particular focus on ensuring PSC continues to invest in our current residential facilities so that they are future proofed for the needs of the growing number of elderly in the central region.

Julia Hennessy, General Manager – Family Works Central

Julia is the General Manager at Family Works Central. She has been a practicing social worker and senior manager in the field of children and families for more than 20 years. During this time she has spoken to audiences and led training world-wide, as well as contributing to a number of printed resources.

Julia is the New Zealand representative on the board of Restorative Practices International (RPI), and an elected Board member on the Cannon’s Creek Opportunity Centre, and the co-chair of the Wellington Community Network.

Nicola Turner, General Manager – Enliven

Nicola is the General Manager of Enliven’s residential services, responsible for 16 rest homes and seven retirement villages. Originally an Occupational Therapist, Nicola left clinical work in the late 1980’s to become Registrar of the Occupational Therapy Board. Since then her career has spanned a range of health management roles in both government and private sector organisations.

Nicola joined Presbyterian Support Central in 2007. Nicola also sits on the older persons policy group of the New Zealand Christian Council for Social Services and was an Eden in Oz and NZ Board member between 2009 and 2017.

Alisha Kennedy, General Manager – External Relations

Alisha is the General Manager – External Relations, responsible for the organisation’s marketing, communications and fundraising. Alisha’s background is in journalism, but she found her true passion in communications and marketing for organisations that make a real difference in people’s lives. She’s held communications roles with a variety of organisations including the Wise Group, Cancer Society and Ministry of Social Development.

Alisha joined Presbyterian Support Central in 2013, attracted to the organisation’s unique position of offering support to not only children and families, but also older New Zealanders.

Introducing our Board

Peter Sherwin (Chair)

Peter is a Partner in Grant Thornton New Zealand, chartered accountants. He specialises in business development, governance and succession planning.

Peter holds a number of governance and advisory roles with business and public benefit entities.

Marie Callander

Marie began her career in teaching and is now a commercial lawyer in New Plymouth where she works with commercial and not-for-profit entities specialising in governance, commercial and property advice.

Marie is a member of the Institute of Directors and former deputy chair of Scripture Union.

Stuart Francis

Stuart is a management and health care consultant working at senior levels, particularly facilitating organisational design and transformation, multi-agency initiatives and national programmes.

Stuart is also the National Chair of Scouts New Zealand.

So’o Leatigaga

So’o is currently an Economist for New Zealand Post Group. He has extensive experience in corporate strategy services, network economics, financial business case modeling and negotiations in mergers and acquisitions.

Donovan Lind

Donovan has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry and has held numerous roles including in administration, marketing communications, and account management. Donovan holds a MSc (Biochemistry), a Certificate in Public Relations, and a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Personal Financial Planning). Donovan is also a Convenor at Presbytery Central, and is the newest member of the PSC Board.

Stephen Lorimer

Stephen currently works in the commercialisation office of Victoria University.

Stephan was previously on the Board of, PSC’s sister organisation, Presbyterian Support Otago between 2010 and 2013. He also sits on the Board of the Health Innovation Hub.

Chris Nichol

Chris is a director at Mixed Media Ltd. He is an ordained Presbyterian Minister and had held a number of positions within the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa.

Chris also has a career in TV where he has worked as a producer, director and presenter.

Nigel Willis

Nigel is an orthopaedic surgeon currently working for Capital and Coast District Health Board, as well as private practice.

He has a number of roles with the New Zealand National Board of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, is an associated clinical leader at Capital and Coast DHB and the chair of the Brooklyn Community Centre.