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.

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.

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.


Our Presenters in 2015


Bianca Williams

Bianca has worked with Auckland Play Centre Association, Auckland Women’s Centre, ANCAD and Northern Regional Parks. She says that most participants in the courses she runs come away with a
sense of improved confidence to make small changes in their everyday lives that promote the use and understanding of Te Reo and Tikanga Māori.


Carol Scholes – Threshold Management 

Carol specialises in helping organisations understand their bigger vision and how they can improve their systems and build their teams to achieve success for both the organisation and the individuals within it. Much of her work involves strategic thinking and implementation with organisations to understand their current position and future growth plans. With her financial experience, human resource knowledge and her ability to work with all levels of an organisation, she is ideally placed to understand the overall impact of change in an organisation. She has excellent training experience and utilises these techniques and her expertise in her coaching sessions with individuals and groups.


Hazel Jennings 

Hazel combines ICT industry, senior management, change management and governance experience with over ten years work in New Zealand’s non-profit sector. Her governance roles include service with the 2020 Communication’s Trust, Social Development Partners and the Funding Information Service. She is also trustee elect for the Manurewa Community Facilities Charitable Trust. Hazel speaks regularly at both
non-profit and technology events in New Zealand and recently Australia.


Rhyll Stafford – Mira Companions 

Rhyll has worked intensively with individuals, groups and organisations and their learning and development since 1996, initially in Social Services and Violence Prevention arenas. She
came upon the MIRA approach whilst working in these sectors, and after completing the MIRA organisation development training, began working with teams and organisations in 1998. 

Rhyll also conducts Social Research for Community and Organisation Development (underpinned by many years lecturing in Social Research). Rhyll has conducted organisational and community needs analysis over the past decade. This has informed her work with organisations including a customised approach to team and leadership development.


Sally Mabelle 

Sally started her career in the US where she graduated with honours with a B.A. in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Virginia. She then gained a Masters degree in Education, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, and a Spiritual Psychology certification from the University of Santa Monica.  

Sally spent 4 years as a professional actress and 10 years as a voice coach in the US, during which time she learned essential skills in voice projection, emotional connection and physical presence – essential techniques in her courses and coaching. Sally applies insights derived from the disciplines of psychology, communication and pedagogy. In 2011 Sally was awarded the “Inspirational Speaker of the Year” title by the National Speakers’ Association of New Zealand. 


Shane Henderson – Waitemata Law 

Shane provides legal education in our community enabling your organisation to take a preventative approach whereby you are informed around the law and your rights. Waitemata Law does this by meeting the educational needs of our community, providing up to date legal information and resources, and identifying and responding to any emerging legal issues in the community.


Stephanie Maitland – Maitland Associates 


Working in the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years, Maitland and Associates are among the comparative few who have hands-on experience in most fundraising activities. 


English Language Partners 

New Zealand’s largest organisation working with refugees and migrants. Over 20,000 volunteers have undertaken our training programme since our national record keeping programme began. We work with people from over 150 countries including China, India, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Burma, Bhutan, Vietnam, Russia, Serbia, Cambodia, Korea, Japan, Columbia and Ukraine. 


Net Safe 

NetSafe is an independent, non-profit organisation promoting confident, safe, and responsible use of online technologies. NetSafe promotes cybersafety and champions digital citizenship by educating and supporting individuals, organisations and industry on a range of issues. NetSafe
is a multi-stakeholder partnership which represents a range of perspectives from New Zealand’s cybersafety community.


WorkSafe NZ 

WorkSafe NZ provides a wide range of information and guidance about health and safety in the workplace. Up to 35 standards are
produced each year by WorkSafe NZ, in collaboration with businesses, workers and other key stakeholders.


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.

Anna-Louise Crane - Project Coordinator

Anna coordinates two projects for NSCSS:

  1. - An antibullying project in schools on the North Shore.
  2. and Community Safe Zones for children and young people — in partnership with Auckland Council.

Anna brings to the role 13 years experience within the NZ Police — as a constable, which included working within intelligence units and as the Community Police Officer for the Kumeu and Huapai Communities. During her career in the police she was honoured to be a Police Negiotator.

Anna’s career to-date includes 30 months as a Team Leader for Community Safety for the Rodney District and then Auckland Council. She has recently been working for North Harbour Business Association designing and undertaking projects to keep local business, their staff and customers safe from crime.

She has a considerable experience with building strong community and connections across both the public and private sectors.  Anna has passion for working in Violence prevention in particular Family Violence and believes building strong women to ensure a strong community. Anna is the mother of a lovely young man, who is currently in primary school.

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.