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
  • Jeremy Mihaka-Dyer
  • Cinnamon-Jo Lindsay

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.

Jeremy Mihaka-Dyer

It is an absolute honour to be part of the Pathways Board and to work with a team who dedicate both their hearts and minds to the vision of Whatever it Takes.

Pathways is a recognised innovator and change-maker in the mental health and wellbeing sector in Aotearoa. This platform has been laid through the hard work of the many talented individuals who have served on the Board and been part of the team across over 30 years.

I relish the challenge and responsibility to continue this work and to ensure the best possible services and support for all the people who engage with our organisation.

Cinnamon-Jo Lindsay

I (Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua) am an early career kaupapa Māori researcher. My main research interests include Māori health, racism, mana wāhine and housing.

I believe in taking a holistic approach to mental health and the transformational power of healing through mātauranga Māori. It is awesome to be part of an organisation that has a clear vision for their future and passionate people leading the way. I feel so fortunate and excited to be a part of the Pathways whānau!

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 (National)
  • Anaru Hawkins
    Kaihautū (National)
  • Simon Bainbridge
    Clinical director (National)
  • Miriam Swanson
    Child and youth director
  • Elaine Wogan
    General manager (Auckland)
  • Denise Aylward
    General manager (Taranaki, Whanganui and Christchurch)
  • Amanda Bradley
    General manager (Hamilton, Hauraki, Lakes and Tauranga)
  • Adel Stephenson
    General manager - Wellington, Wairarapa and Nelson

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.

Miriam Swanson

Child and youth director

I was drawn to Pathways by the opportunity to work in a values-led organisation, where respect for people is central to everything we do. I have been working for over 18 years as a Clinical Psychologist in child and youth focused mental health services, here and in the UK – in both clinical and leadership roles. I love working with youth and their whānau, in the knowledge that early support can make a huge difference in setting people on track for the direction they want to go.

In the role of child and youth director, I am privileged to see and support the exceptional services that sit under the Real umbrella. These diverse services, share a common focus, that young people should feel great about their future, and have a sense of agency within their communities. That’s a goal that I feel passionate about, and I am excited to be part of the effort to achieve it for all taiohi who use our services.

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.

Adel Stephenson

General manager - Wellington, Wairarapa and Nelson

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
  • Renee Newton
    Acting service and relationship manager - Hamilton
  • Marg Boland
    Service and Relationship Manager - Hauraki
  • Hester Hattingh
    Service and relationship manager - BOP, Lakes and Rotorua
  • Pene Te Puni
    Service and relationship manager - Taranaki
  • David Coffey
    Service and relationship manager - Wellington
  • Andrea Berrett
    Service and relationship manager - Wellington
  • Arnie Martinez
    Service and relationship manager - Wellington
  • Ines Bruins
    Service and relationship manager - Nelson Marlborough
  • Kaylene Tahuhu
    Acting service and relationship manager - Nelson Marlborough
  • Glenda Prendergast
    Service and relationship manager - Canterbury

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.

Renee Newton

Acting service and relationship manager - Hamilton

Ko Taupiri te maunga
Ko Tainui te waka
Ko Waikato te iwi
Ko Ngati Hikairo, Ngati Ahuru me Ngati Mahanga oku hapu

I started at Real two years ago as a student placement during my Bachelor of Bi-cultural social work. After graduating, I joined full time role. Once I became a registered social worker I was privileged to move into the role of team coach for our first Real residential service here in Hamilton, Te Whare o Rongo. I have recently accepted the role of Service and Relationship Manager for Real and Pathways in Hamilton.

I am also one of four Kaitiaki for Pathways and Real, working closely with our Kaihautu strategically building workforce confidence and competence around Te Ao Māori.

I am passionate about the mahi we do at Real and Pathways because I have seen the difference it can make in the lives of the whānau we walk alongside and care for. I totally value our organisational passion and drive where we work together to be better for our people: our staff, the whānau we support, their whānau and our wider communities.

Naku te rourou naut e te rourou ka ora ai te iwi.
With your basket and my basket, we will sustain everyone.

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

Service and relationship manager - BOP, Lakes and Rotorua

"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.

Pene Te Puni

Service and relationship manager - Taranaki

I started my career working in Mental Health and Addiction as a Support Worker at Pathways Taranaki whilst studying to become a Registered Nurse.

Nearly two decades of working in a variety of Mental Health and Addiction services and agencies in the Taranaki region, I am delighted and proud to have the opportunity of returning full circle to Pathways as a Service and Relationship Manager. Pathways is an organisation that has not only inspired me, but reflects my own values… to help everyone we support to have somewhere to live, something to do, someone to love and something to hope for… Whatever it takes!

David Coffey

Service and relationship manager - Wellington

Andrea Berrett

Service and relationship manager - Wellington

After working in physical health for 12 years, I was looking for a new opportunity. So 20 years ago, I began my journey in Mental Health, starting work as a casual with Pathways.

I found an organisation with which I felt a strong values connection and haven’t looked back. Pathways has supported me through a variety of roles and I moved into a newly formed leadership position in 2006 – lead support worker. This was a springboard for me to a team coach position and more recently into the service and relationship manager role.

The journey through support work to leadership gives a perspective that I feel resonates with team members – I have a deep understanding of what we are asking people to do and I passionately believe in ‘Whatever it Takes”. This is entrenched in our region, where we work alongside our sister entities to support our folk being housed, employed and to build strong community connections. Collaboration is key.

A cliché, but no two days are the same. All it takes sometimes after a really full on day, is to reflect on the positive outcomes our people assist with every single day.

Arnie Martinez

Service and relationship manager - Wellington

Working for Pathways as a team coach since 2015 enabled me to see that with people’s everchanging needs, the services offered are personalised and responsive. Pathways' strength-based approach and person-centred care are congruent to what I value most - respect and open mindedness. I am excited to grow and develop within Pathways.

Originally trained as a psychologist, I held a variety of roles in different sectors; clinical, educational and occupational settings. I have been working in mental health and addictions since 1995 (Philippines and New Zealand). I am a DAPAANZ registered professional since 2010.

I am a daughter, a wife and a mother of three.

Ines Bruins

Service and relationship manager - Nelson Marlborough

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.

Kaylene Tahuhu

Acting service and relationship manager - Nelson Marlborough

Having worked in the adult Residential Addictions sector for over seven years during and post-graduation of my Bachelor in Addiction Studies, walking alongside people on their journey is a passion of mine.

I heard Pathways were arriving in the top of the south. I had read the a lot of information and was feeling inspired by the values and aspirations the organisation displayed.

I commenced employment with Pathways as a mobile team coach in 2020. I am honoured to be Kaitiaki for the Central Region and now have the privilege of further developing my leadership skills as acting Service and relationship manager for the beautiful Nelson Marlborough region.

Glenda Prendergast

Service and relationship manager - Canterbury

I have always had a real desire to work in the field of mental health and addiction and from the beginnings, as one of the first three community support workers employed on the West Coast, my career has progressed. I am very pleased to have returned to Pathways after many years in a new role as service and relationship manager in Canterbury.

I have a background in alcohol and other substances (AOD), mental health and social work. I also received a scholarship to complete Executive Leadership and Management Programmes (ELMP) in mental health and addiction training in the first class in Aotearoa.

I continue to work in community NGOs because of the positive difference we can make in people’s lives, the creativity and resilience of those we work with and for, the solutions we can develop and the meaning and purpose this work gives me every day.