Meet our people
Our multi-cultural, multi-generational organisation is a reflection of New Zealand’s vibrant society.
Our dedicated and caring team members come from a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. They share a passion for supporting people to live well and enjoy life and a belief that every person deserves respect, compassion and dignity regardless of age, background or belief.
Muhammad Naseem (Joe) Asghar
PSC Chief Executive Joe Asghar’s multi-layered experience spans health and government and includes roles at the Royal Society of New Zealand, Diabetes NZ, ACC and Physiotherapy NZ.
Actively involved in a range of community groups and networks, Joe does volunteer work with the homeless, is a Justice of the Peace, chair of Te Awakairangi Health Network, a member of the Pharmacy Council Professional Conduct Committee and General Practice NZ Strategic Council. He’s also heavily involved with Rotary and the Onslow Community Church in Ngaio, Wellington.
He considers the work of PSC and its amazing team as essential in today’s society where those in need are often overlooked or left alone. Joe is driven by the objects of the organisation to be there for those who need that help and support
In his spare time, Joe enjoys fishing, DIY and going to the movies with his family.
General Manager, Family Works Central
Julia has been a senior leader in the social services sector for over 20 years. She has been working in children and family services, in both government and non- government roles, throughout her career. Julia qualified as a social worker and has moved from being a practitioner to a senior manager in both the UK and NZ. Julia has managed numerous projects, from design through to implementation, and ensured quality was a core component in every project. Julia sits on several local and international Boards within her scope of practice. These Boards are all promoting quality practice and supporting mechanisms for community engagement and empowerment.
General Manager, Enliven Central
Nicola is the General Manager of Enliven Central. In this role she has responsibility for 16 rest homes, seven retirement villages and a range of health support services.
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, including Quality Manager for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, Service Manager at Hutt Hospital, Integrated Care Manager and then Older Persons Funding and Planning Manager at Hutt DHB. Nicola joined Presbyterian Support Central in 2006.
Nicola is also on the NZCCSS Older persons policy group and was an Eden in Oz and NZ Board member between 2009 and 2017.
Chief Finance Officer
Steph grew up in Gore before leaving to obtain her Bachelor in Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of Wellington. She spent 7 years at KPMG including a 3 month secondment to Halifax in Nova Scotia, then two years in Northern Virginia, USA (just outside Washington DC). On returning to Wellington she spent 10 years with KiwiRail.
A desire to be closer to family drove the move to Wanaka where she spent two years working for a global company in Queenstown, then 3 years with Cardrona Ski Resort.
Steph’s husband was the maintenance manager for the Enliven sites in Wanaka for the 5 years. She’s delighted to be part of the team and is keen to support the business especially in her philosophy of making it better.
Chief Technology Officer
Jonathan is accountable for leading the IT function across the organisation to enable and empower staff, our residents, and our clients with the right tools, systems and technology to succeed in achieving the right outcomes.
With over 15 years’ experience in IT and customer service delivery in both the private and public sector, he has held IT and management roles with a number of organisations including Bluebridge, StraitNZ, and the Real Estate Authority.
Jonathan joined PSC in 2021, attracted to the organisations values and is passionate about the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of those in need and for the communities that we serve.
In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys watching Basketball, walks with his Japanese x German Spitz (Evie), and spending quality time with his family.
People and Capability Director
With over 15 years experience in Human Resources working in not for profit, public and private sector organisations Holly has found she is always drawn back to her “happy place” in the not for profit sector and is motivated by the ability to support great staff to achieve great things for people in our communities.
Holly joined PSC in 2018, attracted to the organisations values, reputation and the amazing work that Family Works and Enliven do everyday. She enjoys working in partnership and enabling managers and leaders to support their staff in making a positive difference in peoples lives everyday.
Holly is responsible for the HR function across Presbyterian Support Central (Enliven’s parent company) which includes ensuring the delivery of people strategies.
General Manager of External Relations
Alisha is the General Manager of External Relations for Enliven’s parent organisation Presbyterian Support Central (PSC). The External Relations team leads Enliven’s marketing, communications and fundraising efforts. Alisha’s background is in journalism, but she found her true passion in working for not-for-profit 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 PSC in 2013, attracted to the organisation’s unique position of offering support to not only children and families through Family Works, but also older New Zealanders, through Enliven. She says her grandparents have been some of the most important, influential and special people in her life, and she loves that every day she gets to support an organisation caring for hundreds of grandparents every day.
“A grandparent is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.” – unknown.