Our People​

Our board

Guiding the direction of our organisation is our Pathways board. The experience and expertise of our board is wide ranging, representing people who use services, whānau and Māori perspectives, as well as extensive experience across a range of sectors from health services to strategic policy.

  • Jacqui Graham (Chair)
  • Rei Mihaere
  • Kath Winn
  • Janet Peters
  • Gordon Boxall
  • Cassandra Laskey

Jacqui Graham (Chair)

It is the sheer desire to really make a difference that drives the entire organisation at every level. Pathways people have something in common; they all share a drive to do things differently and to be innovative.

Rei Mihaere

First I would like to acknowledge all the hard work and dedication of the previous and current trustees who have achieved a mountain of brilliant initiatives since the inception of Pathways. They set a benchmark for us to follow in innovation and creativity to enhance and progress the great work they have already done.

This is truly an inspirational, learning journey for me as a trustee of Pathways and it gives me great pride and pleasure to be with a dynamic team of people who breathe the following credentials of enthusiasm, innovation, creativeness, exceptional skill, brilliant knowledge and the courage to make changes that will make a difference for future generations. I will continue with the vision and legacy of Wi Kuki Kingi to keep the waka afloat and heading in the right direction.

Kath Winn

As the mother of a family member with mental health issues I have more than an understanding of the problems surrounding the health and wellbeing of our people. We are working together to help them achieve their dreams and aspirations for a better quality of life. Sometimes this means thinking outside the square and providing innovative and inspirational solutions to constantly improve the services we deliver.

It is my ambition, through our combined efforts, to keep working towards making a difference to the lives of those in the Pathways family.

It is a real privilege to be on the board working with people who have the courage, vision and inspiration to do "whatever it takes" to make changes to provide a better life and future.

Janet Peters

I feel privileged to be a member of the Pathways board. I have been involved in many parts of mental health over 20 years and as time goes on I am more and more committed to believing that we need to do ‘whatever it takes’ for people to live their dreams.

Gordon Boxall

For many years I admired Pathways from afar. It stood out internationally as being at the leading edge of best practice; whether engaging peer workers, providing alternatives to hospital admission or designing community based recovery solutions. I am pleased to offer my experience gained in related public service roles and as a former CEO of a similarly ambitious support provider to the board and trust this will assist in ensuring Pathways continues to achieve success, one person at a time.

My direct experience includes co-designing and managing homeless hostel and hospital reprovision programmes, transforming residential and day services into personalised, community based alternatives and in the addiction sector, both hands on as a counsellor and hands off as a long term board member of a provider agency.

Cassandra Laskey

My experience with Pathways spans almost a decade, initially as someone needing the services they provided during a particularly difficult time and more recently in working together. It was a willingness to think ‘outside the box’ and relate some rather creative services to my individual needs that established the respect I have for Pathways as an organisation.

Our paths then crossed again when I had the pleasure of working collaboratively with Pathways in the Counties Manukau area to co-design a peer-led service that was at the forefront of mental health and addictions service delivery in New Zealand.

I am delighted to be part of the Pathways board. Pathways is an organisation that is well known for its innovative approach to pushing the boundaries. I look forward to continuining to contributing my experience and leadership to the challenge of enhancing outcomes for our diverse and inspiring community.

Executive leadership team

Our Pathways whānau is led by a team of professionals absolutely committed to fulfilling our dream of ‘transforming mental health and addictions through fostering strong, compassionate self-supporting communities.’

  • Sally Pitts-Brown
    Chief executive
  • Ross Phillips
    Business operations manager
  • Anaru Hawkins
    Kaihautū
  • Simon Bainbridge
    Clinical director
  • John Zonnevylle
    Child and youth director
  • Elaine Wogan
    General manager - Auckland
  • Denise Aylward
    General manager - Taranaki, Whanganui and Canterbury
  • Amanda Bradley
    General manager - Hamilton, Hauraki, Lakes and BOP

Sally Pitts-Brown

Chief executive

Originally trained as an occupational therapist, I spent many years’ in leadership roles across the mental health and social services sectors in NZ and the UK. As service manager at Capital & Coast DHB, I led the design and build of the new Forensic and Rehabilitation services. I also spent six years in London as head occupational therapist and day care services manager for the Camberwell sector, Maudsley Hospital.

I fell in love with Pathways long before I joined as chief executive in 2014. Pathways represented all the values and aspirations I held for health and wellbeing services in NZ. I originally joined the Wise Group 12 years' ago to design and deliver their Executive Leadership Programme in partnership with Te Pou and Waikato University, then became chief executive of Blueprint. 
I am married and a proud mum of two teenage children.

Ross Phillips

Business Operations Manager (National)

Long before joining Pathways myself, I had great respect for Pathways’ leadership. In my fifteen years’ plus working in the development and delivery of mental health and addiction services, I had enjoyed working with many Pathways leaders. Their values, recovery focus and people centred approach, aligned perfectly with my philosophies.

I lead a team of analysts and portfolio leads responsible for continuous process, practice and outcome improvements within Pathways. I hold a Master’s degree in Social Policy.

Anaru Hawkins

Kaihautū (National)

Kahuranaki te maunga, Poukawa te waiu, Ngati Rangikoianake me Te Whatuiaiti nga hapu, ko Te Hapuku te ariki - ko tenei taku tuatahi.

Whai mai e Ngati Pahauera, Ko Tuwharetoa, Ko Ngati Tama, Ngati Uenuku, Te Ati Haunui a Paparangi.

My role has for many years centred around the work I love doing with Real Waikato helping young people feel great about their futures. I am inspired daily by the precious taonga that is the tamaiti, as together we sing, learn, laugh, listen and challenge.

Recently I have been excited to take on another role alongside my work with Real, as Kaihautū for Pathways nationally. This role is about growing our Māori dimension and nurturing relationships with our Māori workforce, people we support and their whānau, hapuu and iwi.

The centre of my universe is my 18 month old daughter, who brings me more joy than I could ever have imagined. 

 

Simon Bainbridge

Clinical director (National)

Having worked in a variety of mental health and addiction services since 2000, I have long been aware of the excellent reputation that Pathways holds in the sector and when I was offered the role as clinical director, I jumped at the chance to join this dynamic and forward-looking organisation. I find that Pathways' recovery focused values align with my own values and their policy of continual improvement provides enough of a challenge to keep me on my toes.

My role is a national one and involves extensive travel throughout New Zealand. The position of clinical director makes use of both my clinical training as a psychiatrist as well as utilising my MBA and business experience.

John Zonnevylle

Child and youth director (National)

I’ve come to Pathways and Real after many years leading and managing DHB child and youth mental health services at the bottom of Te-Ika-a-Maui. I come from a person centred and nursing perspective and have a strong focus on early intervention.

I am hugely excited by opportunities to improve the futures of young people who experience distress. Providing the best start in life is the best way to prevent distress, but when things go wrong it’s time to mobilise and make sure young people can get back on track quickly.

Pathways and Real are providing great services for young people who are needing to get back on track. The ‘whatever it takes’ attitude and the positive values of the organisation combined with the increasing opportunities to create services that are attractive, responsive and easily accessible for young people, are what’s made joining the Pathways and Real team a no brainer for me.  

Elaine Wogan

General manager (Auckland)

I have an absolute commitment to working within the mental health and addictions sector and have done so for the last 28 years as a registered nurse in a range of mental health services in England, Australia and New Zealand.

I have had a huge regard for Pathways since I was first introduced to them in Auckland over 12 years ago and feel very lucky to have the opportunity to work with this organisation. When I joined Pathways, I was so impressed by the warmth and commitment of everyone and the 'can do' attitude of our teams with each other and the people who use our services.

That spirit of whatever it takes is alive and well!

Denise Aylward

General manager (Taranaki, Whanganui and Christchurch)

Originally trained as an occupational therapist, I held a variety of roles in the health sector. Pathways impressed me with its ‘whatever it takes’ attitude to helping vulnerable people, so I joined the team. I’ve had a number of management and leadership roles ever since.

After more than 16 years with Pathways, the same values that drew me in remain at our core, which keeps me optimistic and passionate about the work we do. Knowing we’re making a difference every day inspires me to continue doing whatever it takes.

It’s been really exciting to see Pathways moving more into working with young people in recent years, helping them gain skills of resiliency and wellbeing, so hopefully they never need to enter adult mental health and addiction services.

Amanda Bradley

General manager (Hamilton, Hauraki, Lakes and Tauranga)

It is a tremendous privilege to be working with Pathways and to be surrounded by people who are passionate about what they do and are committed to providing positive outcomes for those they are supporting.

I started as a support worker 20 years ago, and have enjoyed a variety of management roles across a range of mental health and addiction services both in Waikato and Auckland. Work life balance is incredibly important to me and when I’m not working I’m either fishing or studying towards my MBA.

My purpose has always been to make a difference, and I’m thankful for this opportunity where I can share my experience and vision with likeminded people to create change and a better future for those that need support during their journey to recovery.

Service and relationship managers

Our service and relationship managers support our general managers by providing regional leadership and ensuring exceptional service delivery in their localities. This team, together with our Executive Leadership Team, make up our Pathways Leadership Group.

  • Clare Lennox
    Service and relationship manager - Auckland
  • Dan Crozier
    Service and relationship manager - Auckland
  • Avril Hunt
    Service and relationship manager - Auckland
  • Frank Perrott
    Service and relationship manager - Auckland
  • Sharlene Southey
    Service and relationship manager - Hamilton
  • Marg Boland
    Service and relationship manager - Hauraki
  • Hester Hattingh
    Service and relationship manager - BOP, Lakes and Rotorua
  • Shane Smith
    Service and relationship manager - Taranaki
  • Chrystal Hamlin
    Service and relationship manager - Whanganui
  • Matt Fribbens
    Service and relationship manager - Wairarapa
  • David Coffey
    Service and relationship manager - Wellington
  • Natalie McDonald
    Service and relationship manager - Wellington
  • Ines Bruins
    Service and relationship manager - Nelson Marlborough

Clare Lennox

Service and Relationship Manager - Auckland

I have worked in mental health for over 16 years, working my way up through NGO and DHB positions, into leadership roles. It is an absolute privilege to work with people and make a difference in their lives.

Before I joined the team, I had had great feedback about Pathways from people I had worked with previously. I could see Pathways’ values fit with both my personal values and my social work values of social justice and equality.

I love the variety and challenge that working in a dynamic organisation like Pathways brings and the potential to influence our practice and the broader sector,

I have a BA degree in psychology and education and Masters in applied social work

Dan Crozier

Service and Relationship Manager – Auckland

Despite coming from a background in hospitality leadership and tour manager roles for the New Zealand comedy community, coming into the mental health sector with Pathways in 2008 just ‘clicked’ with me. I knew this was where I could really help people improve their quality of life.

Starting my journey with Pathways as a support worker has allowed me to better understand my team’s pressures, successes, limitations and possibilities as I have progressed into leadership roles.

I enjoy the common goal I share with my teams, to provide excellent quality support of a world class standard. I have learnt so much over the years from the people we support, and consider it a real privilege to have met so many diverse and interesting people.

Avril Hunt

Service and Relationship Manager - Auckland

I started my working journey into mental health and addictions in the year 2000 with my first student placement at one of Pathways' housing and recovery sites in Papakura. Since then I have had the opportunity to work across the sector as a support worker, an occupational therapist, a clinical key worker, a team leader, and now as a service and relationship manager.

My journey into health and wellbeing has been a lifelong one. As a survivor of suicide and with lived experience of mental ill health and trauma I bring a strong commitment, focus and absolute belief that change is not only possible but that it is necessary for growth. I come from a strong rehabilitation background and believe that wellbeing and meaningful occupation go hand in hand, and it is this philosophy that I base my work at Pathways on.

Frank Perrott

Service and Relationship Manager - Auckland

After graduating as an Occupational Therapist I started working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.  I then spent a number of years overseas in Bermuda working in adult mental health and then in China, where I went back to working with youth, supporting students with learning difficulties in the international schools.

After developing my skills internationally, I wanted to return home to Aotearoa to share these skills with New Zealand communities. 

I started work with Pathways as the team coach for Te Whare Waimahana, a six-bed acute respite service in Onehunga.  I now work as a service and relationship manager for the Pathways Northern region. I love my job and I am passionate about the work Pathways carries out.     

Sharlene Southey

Service and Relationship Manager - Hamilton

After 16 years leadership and coaching experience, I was looking for a role with purpose and I wanted to work for an organisation that aligned with my values.  As soon as I read the advert and the Pathways values I knew I wanted to work here.

I love ‘doing what matters’ for the people we support, their families/whānau, the wider community and our staff, and having the mandate from the organisation to do that.

My life experiences have given me a strong concern for people, and a drive to ensure equity for everyone, so that we all get what we need to be successful.

I am currently completing a psychology and management degree.

Marg Boland

Service and Relationship Manager - Hauraki

After a 25 year career as a general nurse, joining Pathways as a team leader in 1995 was my first introduction to mental health.

One of the things I really value about Pathways is the solution-focused approach that permeates the culture. People are encouraged to present solutions, rather than just problems, which is totally in line with my own leadership style.

Pathways has provided me a huge number of opportunities for development. Since joining Pathways I have completed a Diploma in counselling and an Advanced Certificate in clinical supervision, updated my nursing qualification to a degree, and completed Blueprint for Learning’s Executive Leadership and Management Programme and the Advanced Leadership Programme.

Hester Hattingh

"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen" Micheal Jordan.

Pathways won me over long before I started working for them. In my previous roles I have seen and experienced how they truly execute their bold "whatever it takes" approach. This planted the seed and desire to"ONE DAY work for this forward thinking, innovative and inspirational organisation, that creates services that are responsive, easily accessible and tailored to meet the individual needs of the people that they support. They make things happen!

Their values, recovery focus and people centred approach, aligned perfectly with my philosophies and I am truly grateful that my "ONE DAY" has finally arrived. I look forward to contributing to the services and people we support.

I have been working in a variety of clinical and leadership roles in New Zealand Mental Health and Addiction Services since 2003. I have a Masters degree in Social Sience and have postgraduate qualifications in Leadership and Management. I am also very privileged to be part of the "Golden Key International Honour Society" for my academic and leadership achievements.

Outside of work my family is my focus... they are my biggest motivation and supporters to achieve, grow and service more. Together we make things happen.

Shane Smith

Service and Relationship Manager – Taranaki

I started out as a support worker with Pathways more than 20 years ago following my OE in the UK, where I had worked in many health and wellbeing related roles. Since joining Pathways I have worked in nearly every region we operate, become a registered social worker and developed my leadership skills and experience.

I have a strong sense of social justice, and believe that everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect and have access to good health care, jobs and a home. I love that I am part of making this a reality for the people we support, and that I do this alongside a likeminded and capable team.

Chrystal Hamlin

Service and Relationship Manager - Whanganui

I first joined Pathways as a casual support worker when I was 18. I soon became very interested in mental health which inspired me to do a nursing degree. After this I continued in nursing roles with Pathways and the DHB for a number of years.

I love the people of Pathways – both the staff and the people we support. And I love the values that we all hold and the unique ways we work. I have watched the organisation grow and evolve and being part of this has shaped me and continued to deepen my understanding of how we can help people to live the lives they deserve.

Matt Fribbens

Service and Relationship Manager – Wairarapa

As a registered nurse, I have worked across a wide range of services within the mental health and addictions sector in the UK and New Zealand for almost 22 years. I completed my UK specialist practitioner degree in 2001, then emigrated to New Zealand with my family. Initially I worked in clinical services and senior roles in Auckland Central and Waitemata MH&A services. We’ve recently moved to a lifestyle block in the Wairarapa, which we think is one of the most beautiful areas in the North Island.

This is my first role within an NGO. I’m excited to be making this change with Pathways who have a reputation across the sector for their investment in local populations and their workforce. I look forward to working proactively with the local community to support people to have the strength and resilience to live the lives they want to. 

David Coffey

Natalie McDonald

Service and Relationship Manager - Wellington

Since qualifying as a Social Worker in Dunedin in the late 1990s I have worked within the health sector. My career has taken me from Dunedin to Christchurch and on to Wellington. Prior to joining Pathways I worked in various DHBs across a variety of inpatient and community settings.

My passion has always been mental health, working within youth, adult and older persons mental health settings. In particular I have a strong belief in and commitment to, people thriving in all areas of their lives.

From my first interactions with Pathways as a mental health professional, the values, integrity and quality of support has resonated with my social work values. I am excited to join the Pathways whānau and continue to enhance the services for those we support.

Ines Bruins

After 25 years as a mental health nurse, both working in DHBs and also lecturing at AUT and University of Auckland, I wanted to experience working in an NGO. I connected with the values of Pathways and already looked up to Sally as an inspirational leader, so it wasn’t a difficult decision to join Pathways.

I always work from the perspective of the person using service in anything I do. And with my amazing team around me, the opportunities to make a difference in my role are huge.

I hold a Bachelor’s of Comprehensive Nursing and a Masters in Sociology. I also completed the Blueprint Leadership Programme through which I was awarded a scholarship.