Kia ora tatou,
Firstly a big thank you to caregivers in these challenging times.
I first became interested in the issues facing caregivers when assisting Linda (CEO) on the submission to Government on “Improving Outcomes for Children in Foster Care” in April 2015. I was very impressed with the dedication and drive of staff and the commitment of members to improve the wellbeing of children and youth in their care. An effective Board is a balancing act between specific skills and representative of members, all working towards common goals. It was this mix which attracted me to be part of the Board of Caring Families Aotearoa.
My background is in Regulatory Economics, Public Policy and Government Relations, for organisations as wide-ranging as the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and Social Service Providers Aotearoa. I’m currently the Manager Quality and Data at Kahui Tu Kaha, a Ngati Whatua organisation, who delivers mental health and social housing services. It is my knowledge of Government policy and funding design in combination which I bring to the Board, as well as experience working on private Boards which have a strict profit motive.
The Caring Families Aotearoa Board’s short-term focus is coming out of lockdown fresh and in a position to advance the interests of members. We must continue to have positive relationships with Government and other stakeholders, to be able to challenge in a collegial manner and ensure that caregivers are well equipped to work with the diversity of children and youth we care for.
Take care and stay safe,