Our People

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.

Meet our Senior Management Team

Mike Williams   |  General Manager

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.

Originally from Invercargill, Mike lives in Dunedin with his family and also currently serves as Co-Chair of the Anglican Care Network

Jane Hutton   |  Practice Manager

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. 


Donna Davidson  |   Fundraising, Marketing and Communications Manager

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.

Meet our Board

Ruth Zeinert | Chair

Ruth is the Primary Care Relationship Director at WellSouth.

Ruth started her working life as a physiotherapist and has subsequently held a number of roles in both the wider health sector and local government. She is passionate about health and wellbeing, particularly about reducing inequity in those spaces.  Outside of work, Ruth is the very lucky mum of two amazing tamariki, who make her smile every day. She is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors.  

Diana Hudson | Deputy Chair

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

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 Burke

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 Hawker   

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).

Katherine Shaw

Katherine is an Associate at Solomons Law 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.

Join Our Team

Can you help to make positive change in the lives of Otago whānau?

We are looking for a community-minded, volunteer board member to join our skills-based board.