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 staff contribute towards and share these goals:
Nicola Taylor – Director
Kathy Richards – Practice Manager
Craig Ashton – Business Manager
Anglican Family Care
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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).
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 served as a medical doctor, specialising in anaesthetics since 1990. Steven’s medical career initially took him to Leicester, Leeds and Gibraltar. Then in the early 1990s, he and his wife Lorraine – who grew up in Gore – brought their young family to live in southern New Zealand. From 1991-95 Steven worked as a GP in Oamaru, where he also established a free clinic. Over those years, he kept his hand in hospital-based medicine, working one day a week at Dunedin Hospital. In the family’s last six months in New Zealand, Steven served in the emergency department at Tokoroa Hospital. Despite his love of medicine, Steven felt God’s insistent call to the ordained ministry from a young age. In 1996, he entered the ministry discernment process in the Diocese of York and was ordained there in 2000. In his first four years as a priest he served as a curate in a three-church rural cluster, while remaining a full-time specialist at Friarage Hospital, Northallerton in Yorkshire. In 2004, Dr Benford reduced his hospital hours to half, to begin ministering as a half-time priest in the York city parish of St Luke, where he remained for 10 years, before entering full-time ministry as vicar of Northolt. In York, he supported dozens of candidates for lay and ordained ministry, and was appointed a diocesan lay ministry selector. He carries that passion for encouraging and developing vocations into his new episcopal role. Steven’s Christian faith has led him to serve others using his medical skills. As well as his 19 years in rural health at Northallerton, in 2003 he travelled to Baghdad to work with a medical NGO after the allied invasion of Iraq. Later, he joined medical teams in Haiti, following the devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2014. Steven believes his faith gave him perspective in his work as a doctor. “I never viewed any person I was treating as a condition, or as a problem to be sorted out,” he says. “Someone might be in crisis because of their own mistakes, or because of what others have done to them, but they still have a past, and a future, and they are beloved of God. “My faith helps me recognise the crisis as only one moment in the story of a whole life.”
Hilary began working life as a trained nurse and when her two daughters were older, completed the Otago University’s Certificate of Social Work. She was employed by the Department of Internal Affairs and Labour as a regional manager of community economic development programmes, working in partnership with many community organisations throughout Otago and Southland for over twenty years. Hilary has continued involvement with Dunedin and Naseby organisations in a governance role. She joined the AFCC Board in 2000 and was the Chairperson for 12 years.
Sian is Managing Director of the Beauté Salon & Spa Group. A qualified Pharmacist, Sian worked in the primary health sector over 13 years before the birth of her first child. Sian has been Chairwoman of the local branch of the Otago Pharmacy Guild, a board member of the NICU Trust and a board member of the Aoraki Polytechnic Advisory Board. Sian has a passion for marketing and business expansion.
Originally from New Plymouth, Diana has been a Dunedin resident since 1984. She is currently Managing Solicitor at Otago Southland Employers Association and has over 20 years’ experience 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. With wide governance experience across a number of organisations and as an active 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 Kindergarten, YWCA, Dunedin Symphony Orchestra and Otago Hockey. A committed Rotarian, she was President of Dunedin South Rotary Club in the 2011-2012 year.
Michelle is of Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe and Waitaha descent and has been born and raised in Otākou at the foot of her marae and farm. Michelle is married to Neil and between them they have three children – Blake, Ella and Taiaroa. Professionally Michelle is the manager at Otākou Rūnanga and also manages their subsidiary company A3Kaitiaki Ltd. (A3K). A3K works for all Māori that are striving towards independence, better lifestyles and brighter futures. They also provide personal development services to professionals that have a Māori client base and are wishing to improve their cultural efficiency.
Bruce McCormick had a broad background in commerce, banking and tourism, before working in the social services sector for a number of NGO’s and as a consultant for Impact Accounting and Consulting. He joined the board late in 2012 and brings his commercial perspective and experience to assist Anglican Family Care in a governance role. Married to Karen with two sons and four grandchildren, Bruce enjoys family life, travel and orienteering.
Kyle has been an active board member since December 2014 with the desire to give back to our community. He is currently the Chief Information Officer at WellSouth and has over twenty years of experience in information technology. Kyle works closely with Anglican Family Care and the health sector assisting with ensuring cross sector engagement happens in a manner that benefits the clients within our community. Kyle covers many aspects of the IT industry particular in health and brings AFC a wealth of knowledge to assist the board in its governance strategies for developing better outcomes in the community.
Mary-Ann provides freelance support to NGOs and government agencies in relation to policy, strategy and community engagement. Prior to working for herself, she was manager of BASE, a government Social Sector Trial, aimed at creating multi-agency responses to improve outcomes for young people in Dunedin. Previously Mary-Ann worked as a Consultant in Public Health in the UK health service, leading on a range of issues including alcohol, drugs, mental health, community safety and offender health. Before that she was Assistant Director of Alcohol Concern, the UK’s national NGO addressing alcohol misuse issues. Mary-Ann is married to Keith and has 2 children, Fraser and Sofia. She is currently Chair of the Otago Southland branch of the Public Health Association and a founding trustee of Refuge, a New Zealand NGO aimed at supporting Syrian families living in the Lebanon.