To govern the work of the NZ Drug Foundation, an eight member board is appointed. Members bring a wide range of professional and personal experience to their role, actively supporting the work of the Drug Foundation’s Executive Director and team.
Khylee Quince (Ngāpuhi and Ngati Porou), Associate professor and director of Māori and Pacific Advancement at AUT School of Law
Khylee has nearly 20 years’ experience teaching and researching criminal law, youth justice, and Māori and the criminal justice system. She is the author of “Youth Justice in New Zealand” and in 2014 was the recipient of a National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award for Sustained Excellence. Khylee has extensive governance experience at local and national levels. Outside of her work, she is a mother of three, a sci-fi Star Wars and Doctor Who geek, with a long term addiction to under-performing sports teams, particularly the Warriors and Liverpool Football Club.
Education system and organisation performance consultant
Jim is a father and grandfather. He lives in Otaki where he is guardian to one of the few viable populations of endangered native snails. He has a background in educational leadership, governance, strategy development and implementation and is an education consultant. Much of Jim’s work focuses on how communities and whanau can get the most value from education.
Social Intrapreneur, The Southern Initiative.
Anna’s working career has always had a focus on people. She has worked in a range of inter-related fields including youth work, public health, community development and in most recent years, social innovation in local government. In her spare time, Anna enjoys playing tennis, working on small business plans with her husband and travelling to the Cook Islands to spend time with family.
Julia Amua Whaipooti (Ngāti Porou), Senior Advisor/Kaitohutohu, Office of the Children's Commissioner
Julia is a staunch advocate for systemic change in the criminal justice system, particularly for young people. She has been involved in the Community Law movement for 8 years as National Māori Co-ordinator, lawyer and advocate. She was a member of Te Uepū Hāpai i te Ora (Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group), which in July 2019 published He Waka Roimata - Transforming our Criminal Justice System.
Julia believes that young people are powerful agents for change. She is on the board of youth organisation JustSpeak, and in 2018 she led a delegation of young Māori to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, where she presented an intervention calling for criminal justice reform. She is a proud aunty to five and imagines an Aotearoa where her whanau, and children of future generations have an equal opportunity to imagine and reach their potential.
Professor Michael Baker is a public health physician and Professor in the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington where he has worked full-time since 2003.
He has a wide range of public health research interests, with a focus on infectious diseases, environmental health, and improving housing conditions.
Michael’s first project in public health was to assist with establishing the New Zealand Needle Exchange Programme in 1988, which was the first national programme of its type in the world. It contributed to keeping HIV infection at very low levels in the NZ Injecting Drug User population. This experience has given Michael a strong interest in promoting a harm minimisation approach to drug policy.
His work during 2020-21 has been dominated by assisting with the Covid-19 pandemic response. Michael is a member of the Ministry of Health’s Covid-19 Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and has been the leading advocate for the Covid-19 elimination strategy.
Michael’s work in public health, and the Covid-19 response in particular, was recognised by a number of awards including: the Critic and Conscience of Society Award (from Universities New Zealand), being made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit (MNZM), and his selection as the 2020 Wellingtonian of the Year.
Mike spent 10 years (1984-94) as a political journalist, six years as Chief Press Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office under Helen Clark’s Government, 18 months as PM Jacinda Ardern’s chief of staff, 21-2 years as the Treasury’s director of communications and four years as head of corporate affairs for Wellington-based Todd Corporation. He is an experienced political handler, communications planner, media advisor and writer, who during his journalism career spent a decade in the parliamentary press gallery in Wellington as a political correspondent for the New Zealand Herald and The Dominion (now The Dominion Post). He has an excellent appreciation of the realities and rhythms of the NZ media environment.
Born and bred in Taranaki, he's long since settled in Wellington. He and wife Heather have two adult children.
Patricia Walsh is a proud mother of four adult children and nanny to thirteen adored mokopuna. Her days are spent crafting pathways to realise their hopes and dreams.
Through a long history of maltreatment and complex trauma, Patricia has become an expert in intergenerational healing and narrative transformation. After years of aimless wandering inside our punitive and discriminatory justice system, an act of love led to her now re-storied life. Through her own journey, Patricia is keenly aware of the need for tangible support systems and narrative transformation – that hopes and dreams require action now. She’s currently completing a master’s degree and contributing to her communities by speaking hope into other’s lives.
Tangi Noomotu is a proud Cook Island Māori; his father hails from Mitiaro and his mother is Pākehā. He is equally proud of his Dunedin roots, where he was born and has lived most of his life.
Tangi is currently the Director of The Salvation Army Bridge Services Wellington. He has over ten years' experience as a registered Addiction Practitioner, in both residential and community-based settings, with people of all different ages and backgrounds.
He acknowledges the depth of the difficulties people with substance use harm have experienced, while recognising that change is always possible.
However, he believes that as we focus on on the issues, it's too easy to lose sight of the people we are working with and for. Change is not only important for them, it's also important for us as a workforce to constantly reflect on our practices, our policies, and our principles to ensure our services are effective, fitting, and meaningful.
Professor Sir John Scott (1931 - 2015)
Mr Tim Harding
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