Anglican Family Care employs around 50 professionally-qualified staff including Social Workers, Family Start Workers, Counsellors, Restorative Justice workers along with Management, a Fundraising, Marketing & Communications Team, Administration and Business Support staff. Our people are, without a doubt, our most valuable asset.
General Manager at Anglican Family Care since December 2018, Mike has been involved in the community sector in Dunedin since 2001 in a range of roles. He started in the sector as a community support worker before moving into management.
In his role as GM, Mike leads Anglican Family Care strategy and operations. He is passionate about the role our people play in creating stronger whānau and communities, which means staying focused on our mission and bringing our vision to reality.
Mike lives in Dunedin with his family and also currently serves on the board of Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Society, Otago.
Jane is a very experienced social worker, starting out with what was then the Department of Child, Youth and Family in 1996 as a Care and Protection & Youth Justice Social Worker before joining the AFC team in 2010 as a Supervisor/Social Worker Child & Support Service in South Otago. Jane developed and led a new rural team across both the South and Central Otago regions until 2017, when the expansion of Family Start allowed the agency to appoint a Central Otago Team Leader. She is hugely respected in the South Otago community and has been instrumental in promoting our agency’s reputation for excellence in the area.
Coming to Anglican Family Care after working in the not-for-profit sector for over 18 years, Donna brings a wealth of knowledge to the team, including managing the grant and bequest portfolios for several national not-for-profit organisations.
She is passionate about creating better outcomes for people when they need it most in their lives.
Outside of AFC, Donna enjoys immersing herself in DIY housing makeovers with husband Gary, and spending time with her family.
Ruth is a Relationship Manager at WellSouth.
She started her working life as a physiotherapist and then held a number of roles in service development and the emergency services before undertaking a postgraduate diploma in community nutrition. More recently Ruth has worked in the public health and social sectors. She has undertaken the Governance Development Programme run by the NZ Institute of Directors.
Originally from New Plymouth, Diana has been a Dunedin resident since 1984.
After more than 20 years association with Otago Southland Employers Association, she is currently a Consultant at Wilkinson Rodgers Lawyers with a specialist practice in Employment Law, Industrial Relations, Human Resources and Health & Safety, assisting business of all kinds and sizes, including many in the not-for-profit sector. She is also a qualified mediator.
With wide governance experience across a number of organisations and as a Chartered member of the Institute of Directors with a particular focus on improving not-for-profit governance skills, Diana is currently on the Boards of Dunedin Symphony Orchestra and Life Education Trust.
Bishop Steven Benford is the Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Dunedin. He served as vicar of St Joseph the Worker, Northolt, in the Diocese of London, where he was also a Bishops’ Advisor for Ministry, a new incumbents’ ministry mentor and spiritual director. Steven Benford’s career has been shaped by a dual vocation to ministry and medicine. For 29 years he was a medical doctor, specialising in anaesthetics. Read more...
Amanda has been the Director of Development at St Hilda’s since 2018. Her background is in education and communications. She has held teaching positions in secondary schools and taught in the University of Otago’s Foundation Programme from 2013-2018. She also established a successful e-commerce business which was sold in 2019. Amanda is currently studying towards a Masters in Counselling.
Amanda has four children and is married to Chris. She feels strongly about serving her community and is looking forward to contributing as a Board member.
Jim is the Chief Financial Officer of Forsyth Barr. He has over 25 years’ experience as an accountant in a variety of roles, including audit for a major chartered accounting firm, group accountant in an Australian government owned entity, a position in acquisitions and mergers for an Australian company. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ).
Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa
Ko Ngāti Porou raua ko Ngāi Tuhoe oku Iwi
Sarah is delighted to be appointed as a Trustee with Anglican Family Care.
Sarah was born and raised in the hills of Concord, where her thinking around social justice, equitable outcomes, and access to services has very much shaped the way she works and practices.
Prior to her Pou Whakatere role with The National Public Health Services - Te Whatu Ora, Sarah held various other leadership roles in both the Social & Educational Sectors across Te Waipunamu. In these roles, Sarah developed an interest in transformational delivery styles and strategic service co-design. Working in partnership with whānau, Iwi, and key stakeholders to bring to fruition their dreams and aspirations.
Sarah’s commitment to service motivates her to seek clarity and transparency on all decisions she supports. Sarah does this by building partnerships based on trust and respect and working collaboratively across the sectors to achieve universal goals. Sarah is inspired by the opportunity to shape an environment that delivers equitable whānau lead results.
Sarah lives in Dunedin with her husband Tony and 4 adult children, and 4 mokopuna. A fast paced but ever giving gift of love and living her best life.
Dean is the Director of Property Services at the University of Otago and originates from Melbourne in Australia.
He has over 20 years of experience working in senior management roles in the public and private sector where he has specialised in strategic asset management and portfolio planning. Dean also has extensive experience in space planning, IT system integrations, facilities management, trade services management, and capital programme management. He has held leadership roles in Melbourne, Sydney, Dubai, and Qatar and worked on several projects of significance including the Dubai Mall, Aspire Precinct in Doha, and the Melbourne Docklands Precinct.
Dean has strong governance experience where he is a member of the Property Council of New Zealand South Island Committee, chair of Te Pōkai Tara Universities New Zealand Property Committee, and member of the New Dunedin Hospital Advisory Board, alongside a range of University Council subcommittee and advisory groups. Dean loves driving inclusive organisational cultures and is passionate about health, safety, and wellbeing in the workplace and community.
Katherine is Legal Counsel for OceanaGold and has experience in both property and commercial law. She also serves on the Management Committee of Community Law Otago and is a member of Otago Women’s Lawyers’ Society. She is passionate about building and enhancing interconnectedness between Otago and Ōtepoti whanau, communities, and our environment.
Born in Australia, raised in Hong Kong, studying in China, the US and New Zealand. Annabelle is an analyst at the Ministry for the Environment.
Annabelle moved to Dunedin in 2017 and completed her studies in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (BA), followed by a Masters Degree in Sustainable Business (MSusBus). Her ability to look at the world with a social lens is what has drawn her to continue her efforts in the philanthropic and community space.
Prior to settling in Dunedin, Annabelle was involved in a range of philanthropic activities, from establishing a relief fund in response to the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, to working as an Annual Fund Officer at her University in America, which supported students most in need. She is delighted to take on this new opportunity to give back to her community.