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
  • Janet Peters
  • Gordon Boxall
  • Jeremy Mihaka-Dyer
  • Cinnamon-Jo Lindsay
  • Keri Opai
  • Brian Coffey

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.

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!

Keri Opai

Tēnā rā koutou katoa

Ko Taranaki te tupuna maunga
Ko Te Atiawa, Ngāti Ruanui, Waiohua, Ngāti Te Ata, Ngāti Porou ngā iwi

It is my privilege to sit on the Pathways Board. I hope to bring Māori and indigenous insights and worldviews, that were taught from my kaumātua, to the Pathways Board table.

Kia ora tātou katoa

Brian Coffey

I am proudly of Te Atiawa ki Whanganui a Tara descent, living in the Hutt Valley.

I am an experienced senior public servant who has been involved in disability and mental health provision both at a service provision and national policy level. I have worked as a teacher and registered psychologist and at a flax root level, many years ago as a support worker, I was involved in establishing one of the first community houses in the Hutt Valley for people moving from long term hospital level services.

My experience in governance has been developed through involvement in a number of governance entities across government as well as in government/non-government initiatives.

Building on what Pathways has achieved developing great services for those with mental health needs and supporting opportunities for the future is what motivates my participation on the Board. I look forward to bringing perspective as a family member of a person who has been a user of mental health services into my role.

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)
  • Miriam Swanson
    Child and youth director
  • Amanda Bradley
    General manager (Hamilton, Hauraki, Lakes and Tauranga)
  • Elaine Wogan
    General manager (Auckland and Taranaki)
  • Adel Stephenson
    General manager (Wellington, Wairarapa and Whanganui)
  • Nathan Davis
    General manager (Southern - Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury)

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.

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.

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.

Elaine Wogan

General manager (Auckland and Taranaki)

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!

Adel Stephenson

General manager (Wellington, Wairarapa and Whanganui)

Nathan Davis

General manager (Southern - Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury)

I am delighted to have recently joined Pathways from my previous role managing The Wood, a retirement village in Nelson. I bring a passion for wellness and supporting people to achieve successes and be their best selves, across the whole age range.

As a registered nurse, I have worked across a range of paediatric and mental health clinical jobs. Most of my mental health roles were based at Wahi Oranga, the acute admission unit at Nelson Hospital. I’ve also worked in Levin with an NGO Counselling service (LCCC) and with the Palmerston North DHB AOD service for a while.

Alongside these roles I’ve also been involved with professional standards in nursing through the HPDT for the Nursing Council and I’m the Chair of the Waimea College Board of trustees, the School my children have attended in Richmond.

I am really looking forward to meeting our Pathways’ whānau in the Southern region and across the rest of New Zealand.

I’m a husband and a dad to three beautiful young people and I love living in the center of New Zealand in Nelson! From here I am a stones-throw away from the stunning Marlborough sounds, where I thoroughly enjoy kayaking, fishing and holidaying with my extended family.

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
  • Avril Hunt
    Service and Relationship Manager - Auckland
  • Frank Perrott
    Service and Relationship Manager - Auckland
  • Renee Newton
    Service and relationship manager - Hamilton
  • Sally Whitelaw
    Service and Relationship Manager - Hauraki
  • Hester Hattingh
    Service and relationship manager - BOP, Lakes and Rotorua
  • Pene Te Puni
    Service and relationship manager - Taranaki
  • Jenna Jeffcoat
    Service and Relationship Manager - Wairarapa
  • Kerry Debrah
    Service and Relationship Manager - Whanganui
  • Andrea Berrett
    Service and relationship manager - Wellington
  • Arnie Martinez
    Service and relationship manager - Wellington

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

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

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 while studying towards a Bachelor of Bicultural Social Work and took on a full-time role following my graduation in 2017.

Once I registered as a social worker, I moved into the role of team coach for our first Real residential service in Hamilton, Te Whare o Rongo. I eventually progressed to the role of service and relationship manager for Real and Pathways in Hamilton.

I am one of four Kaitiaki for Pathways and Real and work closely with our Kaihautu and Kaiwhirimuka to strategically build 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 value our organisational passion and drive to 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.

Sally Whitelaw

Service and Relationship Manager - Hauraki

I have been delighted to recently join the Pathways whānau and become part of something very special - a truly innovative, forward thinking and person centered organisation.

I am originally from Victoria, Australia and I first trained as an Enrolled Nurse and worked in variety of nursing roles in Perioperative services across Australia including Shepparton, Darwin and Perth. I am now a Registered Addiction Practitioner and Accredited Supervisor with the Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association Aotearoa (DAPAANZ) and I have worked in a range of leadership and clinical positions since moving to New Zealand in 2008.

I am undeniably a “people person” and find great satisfaction in working with teams and supporting teams to offer the best services possible and I have a special interest in supporting the roles of those with a lived experience of mental health and/or addiction. I have a committed interest in indigenous health issues and I am driven to uphold our Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations and to achieve the best possible outcomes for Māori as tangata whenua.

When I am not at work you will find me with my friends and family on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula enjoying the sunshine, boating and fishing.

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!

Jenna Jeffcoat

Service and Relationship Manager - Wairarapa

Mental health has always been my passion. After working many years within the DHB as a psychiatric nurse, before progressing into leadership roles, I decided I needed a change in 2021.

I was drawn to Pathways because of their philosophy towards health and wellbeing, and the core belief of doing "whatever it takes” to support someone who needs it within mental health and addictions.

The people employed at Pathways are kind hearted, caring, supportive, innovative with a can do attitude which makes me proud to be part of Pathways.

Kerry Debrah

Service and Relationship Manager - Whanganui

South African born to an English father and a New Zealand Maori/Pakeha mother has not only given me a rich cultural heritage as a foundation, but also an appreciation of diversity and a genuine curiosity to better understand people. I started my career in international brand management working in corporate marketing in Europe.

After 10 years I relocated to New Zealand with my son to be with my whānau. This led to me changing career paths and studying to gain a Bachelor degree in Social Work and become a registered social worker.

I've been blessed to work across mental health and addictions in the NGO sector for over 12 years, starting as a support worker and moving into a number of leadership roles within well established NGOs.

I am thrilled to have joined Pathways and to be a part of such a people focused, forward thinking organisation. Pathways aligns beautifully with my personal belief that everyone matters to somebody and therefore everybody deserves the opportunity and access to support, in order to shape their futures and live well. I am passionate about recovery and committed to making a positive difference in the lives of the people we support in Whanganui.

It is said that Whanganui is “everything you need and then some”. In my view, the same can be said about Pathways.

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.