Board & Staff Profiles


Brian Putt - Chairperson

Brian is a self employed town planner with 37 years of professional work in local, district, regional and central government planning. He has a long involvement with North Shore community organisations from his time as a councillor on the former Northcote Borough Council (from 1980). He was part of the establishment of Awataha Marae and Onepoto Awhina. Brian was an elected councillor on the inaugural North Shore City Council from 1989 -1992. He chaired the Northcote Soccer Club for 6 years and was a member and Chair of the Northcote College Board of Trustees for 7 years.

Brian’s interests remain in the strategic purpose and function of community development. He sees his professional skills as a valuable tool to assist in helping NSCSS confront and liaise with central and local government organisations.

Brian is married with 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren. He has lived in Northcote for 37 years.

John Brothers

John Brothers is currently a tutor at the Manukau Institute of Technology, in Electrical and Marine Electrical.  He is also the current President of the New Zealand Electrical Institute (NZEI) Auckland Branch and the Vice President of the NZEI (National Council).

In his career he spent 20 years working for the NZ Royal Navy as a Chief Petty Officer and Electrician. 

His qualifications are: registration as an Electrician ERBNZ (1988), Electrical Theory & Practice NZ Trade Certificate (1988), Certificate of Registration EWRB (1993), Certificate of Attainment In Instructional Technique Royal NZ Navy (1980), Machine Diagnosis Software Royal NZ Navy (1992), Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Areas AIT Compact Short Courses (1997), Etito Work Task Assessor (2004-2007)

John brings to the Board his people skills in a diverse range, within a commercial, professional and team orientated environment. He has a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of analytical problem solving and proven effectiveness in leadership and supervision skills. 

Alongside his work with NSCSS, John is also actively involved in other community voluntary roles: He is involved in establishing a Pacific Arts & Cultural Centre on the North Shore of Auckland and is a member of City Impact Church – Browns Bay.  In 2004 he travelled to Northern Tonga to build a church in 10 Days. 

Terry Hoskins

Terry Hoskins is the director of Approach Limited, advisory board specialists.  Prior to this he was the Chief Executive of Enterprise North Shore, the former economic development agency for North Shore City. 

Terry was educated in England where he managed and led a range of businesses.  He has an MBA and is the President of the Institute of Management Consultants, a NZIM fellow, President of Coeliac NZ, trustee of North Shore Community and Social Services, a member of the Employment Generation Fund advisory board and a Rotarian.

As an Accredited Director (provisional) with the Institute of Directors and a business mentor, Terry has a special interest in promoting sound governance and strategic management within smaller companies.  He is an advisory board member for a number of client organisations.

Since arriving in New Zealand over 23 years ago, Terry has led his own businesses and held senior positions with others.  He has helped many businesses succeed by taking a strategic view, looking ahead, reasoning backwards and overcoming constraints for growth.

Lisa Easte (Vice Chair)

Lisa works in the field of youth development.  She was originally on the board for 5 years from the late 90’s to early 2000’s.  Lisa has come back on the board in 2009.

Originally trained as a psychologist Lisa has worked in the not for profit field for over 25 years. Starting in the area of counselling and youth work and moving into management.  Initially with Youthline and then for 9 years with the Foundation for Youth Development.  This year Lisa is back with Youthline as the centre manager for Youthline North Shore and West Auckland.

Her passion is developing communities where youth are valued and have a voice.  Where positive youth development happens and where youth are engaged with others in the community in a meaningful way.

Lisa has lived and worked on the North Shore for most of her life. Northcote college is her ex-high school and she trained at Auckland University.  

Lisa has a teenage daughter at University and in her spare time enjoys socialising with friends, being in or on the water, good food and great wine.

Maria Lafaele

Born of Samoan decent, Maria is a graduate from the University of Auckland. She is currently working for the Auckland Regional Public Health Service in the Pacific Quit Smoking Service — a project funded by Waitemata and Auckland District Health Boards to help Pacific People become somkefree.

Prior to that, she worked as a Pacific Careers Consultant for the University of Auckland Career Centre and also for the WDHB Clinical Research & Resources Centre as a Pacific Researcher Assistant. She is serving the communities through her work as an Advisor Board member of the North Shore Pasefika Forum, a trustee board member to the North Shore Women Centre and as a Committee member to the Birkdale and Beach Haven Community Project.

She has a strong interest in communities and in particular a passion for Pacific communities looking at the transition experienced by many families arriving and living in New Zealand.  She would like to see the Pasifika communities on the North Shore strengthened and empowered to achieve their aspirations. 

Professor Michael Belgrave

Professor Michael Belgrave joined NSCSS in July 2009. Michael is a Professor in History in the School of Social and Cultural Studies at Massey University in Albany. He has expertise in history, social policy and social service research and publishing. He has published in a range of different areas, including: social service and health delivery, social policy, the history of health and medicine and race relations history using methods that range from quantitative to oral.

Michael has also been the research manager for the Waitangi Treaty Tribunal and was responsible for all the research, hearing and reporting of all claims from 1987 to 1993. Some other of his key appointments include: Visiting Fellow, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge; Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge; Member of the Centres of Research Excellence (CORE) panel considering applications in the humanities, social sciences, education and public policy fields; Consultant to the New Zealand Law Commission on the legal recognition of Maori customary rights; Appointed to a group to advise the Secretary of Justice on constitutional reform and the Treaty of Waitangi.

Janet Johnson - Board Secretary (BCom)

Janet co-ordinates the work of the Citizens Advice Bureau North Shore – a well established Not for Profit charitable organization that provides free to all individuals an impartial and confidential service of information, guidance and support. The Citizens Advice Bureau also aims to exert a responsible influence on the development of social policies and services, both locally and nationally.

Janet has worked in the NGO and community sector for nearly 15 years and has a background in Management and Employment Relations. She has a business degree from the University of Auckland.

Janet is proud to be a New Zealand Citizen and has lived on the North Shore since moving to New Zealand in 1989.


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Yvonne Powley- Executive Officer

Yvonne joined NSCSS in May 2009. She has a B.Soc.Sc. and has completed all the papers towards a M.Soc.Sc. and Dip.Com.Psych. (University of Waikato). Moving to Auckland in the early 1980s Yvonne has held numerous management positions including General Manager of Auckland New Ventures from 1994-2001. Since moving to the North Shore, Yvonne became the Director of Northcote College Community English School and Campus Manager of Sir George Seymour National College of Travel & Tourism.

In 2006, Yvonne set up her own business Pacific Research & Development, working for three years on various projects in the Pacific. She undertook a disaster assessment mission in the Solomon Islands after a tsunami and earthquake; worked with the Caritas Office of Justice and Peace in PNG; made a risk analysis for Oxfam of going into West Papua, and worked on a UNICEF project looking at the preparation for Avian Influenza in Samoa. Yvonne is a Board member of RedR NZ and EWPANZ.

Yvonne has been awarded honours; APSNZ (Associate of the Photographic Society of NZ); has a Diploma in Photojournalism and studied Entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland Graduate School of Business. Yvonne lives in Birkenhead, is married, and has two children and three grandchildren.

Susan Moyle – Financial Administration

Susan has a long involvement with non-profit organisations, in a wide range of both voluntary and paid roles. This includes past roles within North Shore Playcentre and Epilepsy New Zealand, and current volunteer roles with Special Olympics North Harbour, Air Training Corps No 6 (North Shore) Squadron and SPELD New Zealand. Susan has been studying towards a degree in Accountancy over the past three years and has just completed her degree with a project focusing on the new reporting requirements for the sector. Her role with ANCAD allows her to combine a passion for the community sector with her enjoyment of working with finances. Susan is married with three children aged young adult to teen and has lived on the North Shore for almost twenty years.

Deb Humphries - Co-ordinator North Shore Family Violence Prevention and Safer Whanau Project

Deb has worked in the North Shore Community and Social Services Sector for the past 10 years.

Her past employment history has seen her involved in the fields of education, social services, health and most recently Family Violence Prevention and intervention.   

Initially she worked within The Salvation Army North Shore Community Ministries situated in Glenfield. She was then involved with Community Child and Family Services, at North Shore Hospital employed by WDHB. Most recently she held the role of the North Shore Advocate for Children and Young People who have Witnessed Family Violence, a role established by the former Safer Families Foundation / SHINE.

With a background in teaching Deb is passionate about Community Development, especially that which involves enhancing public awareness and promoting change in culture and attitudes which condone violence within our homes and whanau. She believes our whole community benefits when we work towards supporting safer whanau for our children to be nurtured and cherished within.

Deb lives in Torbay with her husband and daughter, she believes having a family is the biggest privilege she has ever received … and the greatest professional development opportunity she has been given.

Read about Deb’s work on the Safer Whanau Project

Ruth Greenaway -Training & Communications Coordinator

Ruth started work with NSCSS in 2013.  

Ruth maintains our communications such as social media, website, newsletters, and our weekly e-news.  

Ruth also organises the monthly workshops and seminars. 

Ruth’s background is in Media & Communciations, Fundraising, Community Research and Oral History.