Meet Our Team

Caring Families Aotearoa is here to support families who open their homes and hearts to tamariki (children) and rangitahi (young people) in need of care and protection.

Regional Coordinators

We also have a dedicated team of Regional Coordinators covering the country in ten regions. Our Regional Coordinaotrs provide support and training to members.

Leadership Team

We are led by a group of eight who form the Leadership Team. This team is jointly responsible for progressing the vision and for all strategic, financial, legal, operational and reputational matters.

Our Governors

We are governed by seven dedicated board members. They decide the strategic direction for Caring Families Aotearoa, ensuring that care families are enabled, supported and trained to provide safe and nurturing homes.

Leadership Team

Linda Surtees

Chief Executive Officer

Ph: 04 566 0294 to contact
Jennifer Hanson, EA to CEO

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About Linda Surtees

Linda has been with Caring Families Aotearoa since 2010 and has a wealth of experience in the foster care sector. Linda is a strong advocate for fostering families to receive robust, collaborative support and training to provide quality care for our most vulnerable children.

Jennifer Kinsella

Marketing and Communications Manager

Ph: 04 974 8204
Mob : 027 501 0330

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About Jennifer Kinsella
Megan Fitzgibbon

Critical Support Manager

Ph: 04 566 0299 
Free: 0800 693 278

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About Critical Support Manager
Stephanie James-Sadler

National Support Manager

Ph: 04 282 0490
Mob: 027 501 0398

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About Stephanie Sadler

Stephanie manages the Regional Coordinators across New Zealand, having an overview of supporting members and the support groups aligned with Caring Families Aoteaora. Stephanie has foster care experience and has a knowledge of working across the sector, education and health.

Suzanne Silva

Fundraising Manager

Ph: 04 2820 488
Mob : 027 501 0396

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About Suzanne Silva

Suzanne offers a wealth of fundraising experience from working in the charitable, academic, arts, and museum sectors in the UK and NZ for the last thirteen years. Suzanne is passionate about supporting caregivers and making a positive impact on the lives of kids in care.

Sally Moffatt

Programme Manager

Ph: 04 595 1286
Mob : 027 777 2216

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About Sally Moffatt

Sally Moffatt is the Programme Manager for Caring Families Aotearoa. She holds a Diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood). Sally is a skilled facilitator, delivering the Foundations for Attachment programme to caregivers across Aotearoa. Sally has an in-depth knowledge of developmental trauma, attachment, therapeutic parenting and the impact of developmental trauma on the developing brain. She has a passion to change the way we parent children and young people who have experienced maltreatment so that their trajectory in life changes for the better.

Rob Surtees


Ph: 04 595 1285

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About Rob Surtees

Rob’s professional interests lay with Family Therapy and parenting children with attachment disorders. He has a degree in counselling, has completed study in Psychotherapy, and has experience in foster caring. Travelling the country, Rob has delivered training in Kim Goldings “Foundations of Attachment” and provided more in-depth levels of understanding for foster carers. He believes anyone who cares for, or makes decisions for children in foster care needs to have an understanding of the trauma these children have experienced.

Di Marshall

Office Manager

Ph: 0800 693 32

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About Di Marshall

Di has been with Caring Families since 2020 and has many years of experience in Administration and Early Childhood Education mostly in the NGO Sector. She has also been a respite carer, giving her valuable insights into the role our Caregivers hold in creating and maintaining safe and welcoming homes for tamariki. Di values the role that Caring Families Aotearoa have in supporting caregivers to parent tamariki in a way that supports wellbeing and healing. Di manages the admin team who look after our Membership and Training databases as well as supporting our National office staff and our Regional Coordinators.

Regional Coordinators Team

RuruHana (Leanne) Brownie

Upper North

Cape Reinga down to bottom of North Head.

Ph: 09 283 9483
Mob: 027 566 0294

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About RuruHana

Ko Ngati Pukenga, ko Ngapuhi nui tonu, ko Kotīmana (Scots) ahau

No Whangārei ki Te Tai Tokerau

My husband Dennis and I are respite caregivers currently for whānau.

I’ve lived and worked in Whangārei most my life.

We have five Tamariki and nine Mokopuna who we don’t see often enough!

Christie McGiven

Auckland North

Wellsford down to Mt Wellington.

Ph: 0800 693 323

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About Christie

Christie has a varied not-for-profit background in learning support, group facilitation, volunteer and operational management. She has worked across education, family support and the disability sector for the past eight years. Christie joined the team in 2021 and enjoys working collaboratively to support caregivers and their whānau to feel more connected, confident and resourced.

Nyvonne Krause

Auckland South

Manukau down to North Waikato.

Ph: 09 281 5609
Mob: 027 501 0395

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About Nyvonne

Ko Tainui, raua ko Ngati Maniapoto, raua ko Te Aupouri oku iwi.

My super power is my children.

My kryptonite are my grandchildren.

My best attribute is my husband.

Christine Frost

Central North

Bay Of Plenty down to Turangi.

Ph: 07 281 1137
Mob: 027 501 0393

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About Christine

Christine is passionate about creating opportunities for individuals, whānau (families), and groups to flourish and to achieve a state of Mauri Ora (total wellbeing) working within a holistic approach. Christine has an extensive work history in Community, Social, and Education sectors. She is focused on a strength-based and solution-focused approach to enable whānau to achieve positive outcomes. She is currently a whānau caregiver of three beautiful tamariki and a mother to two.

North West

North West

Taumaranui to Shannon.

Ph: 0800 693 323


Bio coming soon

East Coast

East Coast

Hicks Bay to Norsewood.

Ph: 0800 693 323


Lower North

Lower North

Levin down to Wellington, (including Wairapa).

Ph: 0800 693 323

Denise Green

Upper South

Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast.

Ph: 03 929 6578
Mob: 027 369 3333

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About Denise
I have been with Caring Families Aotearoa since 2015 as Regional Coordinator in the Upper South region. I have 25 years experience as a caregiver and have completed Level 1 training in DDP. I remain committed to supporting caregivers in the Nelson/Tasman, Marlborough and West Coast areas.


Kaikoura down to Waimate.

Ph: 0800 693 323

Kerri Oliver

Lower South / Otago

Otemata down to Southland.

Ph: 0800 693 323

M: 027 501 0005

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Kerri is a qualified Social Worker and has previously worked in both Family Harm and Prison release services. Her experience in these areas has taught her a lot about childhood trauma and the effect this has leading into adult life. These valuable experiences led Kerri to want to be involved in offering support to Caregivers, to help them to support and heal the tamariki in their care.