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Meet our team

Senior leadership team

Helen Robinson: Manutaki / CEO / Auckland City Missioner

Jacqui Dillon: GM – Health and Social Services

Joanne Reidy:  Kaiwhakahaere Matua / GM Māori

Haedon Smith: GM- Auckland City Mission Housing

Pete Elderkin: GM – Commercial

Deb Ward: Manager – Fundraising & Reputation

Kylie Ormrod: Manager – Transition

Our Board

We work with a Board of volunteer trustees who meet once a month to provide governance and support.

Joanna Pidgeon, Chair

LLB (Hons)
Joanna is a lawyer and the founding partner of Pidgeon Judd, a boutique property and commercial law firm. She has a particular interest in property matters, sitting on the New Zealand Law Society Land Titles Committee, Auckland District Law Society Property Law Committee and formerly chairing the Auckland District Law Society Inc Property Disputes Committee.

Celia Caughey

BA LLB(Hons) BCL (Oxon)
Celia is a lawyer and former partner at Russell McVeagh. While living in Vietnam for many years she held various positions, including New Zealand Consul-General and New Zealand Trade Commissioner in Ho Chi Minh City and she remains actively involved with the Ba Chieu Home for homeless and disadvantaged girls. She is also a Trustee of the Caughey Preston Memorial Rest Home.

Gavin Rennie

Gavin has been a Lecturer in the Department of Social Practice at Unitec since 1991. He has a long-standing interest in church social services, social justice and housing issues.

Linley Wood

MBA (Finance), BA (History), LLB, Practising Barrister & Solicitor.
Linley is an experienced independent director and trustee with strong legal and financial expertise. Having worked in the financial services industry at executive level for 25 years, she has accumulated wide-ranging leadership experience across strategy, legal and regulatory compliance, people and culture, communications, community partnerships and support, and end-to-end customer experience.

Linley has been involved in a number of building projects and she is passionate about our important HomeGround building programme and the transformation of organisational culture and ways of working resulting from this community development.
Linley is currently a director of the Bank of New Zealand, and a Trustee of the Melanesian Mission Trust, King’s School and the Auckland City Mission Foundation.

Dr Lyndon Drake

BSc (Hons, Computer Science), DPhil (Computer Science), BA (Hons, Theology), MSt (Theology)
The Ven Dr Lyndon is the Archdeacon of Tāmaki Makaurau (Te Pīhopatanga o Te Tai Tokerau) where he oversees the Māori Anglican churches of Auckland. He is of Ngāi Tahu descent.

Lyndon is a former Vice President of Barclays Capital in London, with a broad knowledge of capital markets and specialist expertise in derivatives. He has a long-standing history of involvement in the community and programmes addressing the hardships of poverty.
Lyndon chairs a number of other trust boards, including Te Whare Ruruhau o Meri, the Venn Foundation, and Te Kaunihera (St John’s College).

Evan Davies

Evan is the Managing Director of Todd Property Group Limited, Director of Panuku development Auckland, Chair of the Capital Investment Committee and Chair of the Christchurch Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group.

Previously, he was Managing Director of SkyCity Entertainment Group and General Manager of Brierley Properties.

He is the Chair of the Tāmaki Regeneration Company Limited and holds a number of other governance roles in both the public and private sector.

Graeme Birkhead

Graeme has more than 30 years’ experience in the building sector. He is a Director of Graeme Birkhead Consulting and has considerable governance experience.

He is National President of the New Zealand Institute of Building, a board member of the Property Council of New Zealand’s Auckland Branch and an advisory board member of the Auckland Council Urban Design panel. During his career Graeme has led major projects including large-scale housing developments, business parks, manufacturing facilities, infrastructure works and public sector facilities.

Dr Elana Taipapaki Curtis

Dr Elana Taipapaki Curtis (Ngāti Rongomai, Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa) is a public health physician currently working as Senior Lecturer Medical at Te Kupenga Hauora Māori, University of Auckland. She has recently submitted her Doctorate of Medicine (MD) focused on indigenous health workforce development and is involved in Kaupapa Māori research investigating the teaching of indigenous health within medical education, ethnic inequities within emergency department settings, ethnic inequities in cardiovascular care and is developing a research focus exploring the prevalence
of dementia among Māori.