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.
Director of Māori Development at Otago University.
Tuari has an extensive background in the health, education and justice sectors, as well as in various strategic and executive management roles. Before joining Otago University, he was GM of Strategic Operations with the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand (ALAC), and Deputy Chief Executive at the Ngai Tahu Development Corporation. Tuari is of Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe and Waitaha descent.
Allen and Clarke Policy and Regulatory Specialists
Matthew is a director and owner of public policy consultancy, Allen + Clarke. He consults domestically and internationally on a wide range of public policy matters but has a particular interest in tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug policy. His public service background includes being a local government environmental health officer and enforcement officer, as well as policy analyst and manager at the Ministry of Health where he oversaw the implementation of the New Zealand National Drug Policy. He has a wife, Sally, and three children (Emma, Harriet and Josh), and he enjoys mountain biking and skiing.
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.
Director of Whakaata Tohu Tohu/Mirror Services , Dunedin
Deb has worked at the front line of child and youth services since the early 1990's. She has designed and developed services for those needing help with emotional and behavioural issues, alcohol and other drugs & mental health for the last couple of decades. She has lived experience with addiction and continues to support people seeking recovery. Deb is committed to seeing drug law reform take place in Aotearoa. She is a mother and grandmother & she wants Aotearoa to be a better place for future generations.
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.
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.
Senior Lecturer and Associate Head of School at AUT School of Law
Khylee is Ngapuhi and Ngati Porou and a Senior Lecturer and Associate Head of School at AUT School of Law, with 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.
Lizzie came to prominence as a singer, but she has since earned her stripes as an engaging public speaker, media commentator, editor and columnist. As a public speaker she regularly addresses schools, universities and conference throughout New Zealand on topics such as feminism, empowerment, sexuality in the digital age, creativity and leadership. In 2015 Lizzie launched Villainesse.com, an online media project aiming to create smart, ‘no-filter’ media for young women. This won the 2017 Canon Media Awards Best Blog Site award. As a columnist for the Weekend Herald she was recognized as best Opinion Writer – General at the same award ceremony. Lizzie’s commitment to empowering young people led to her acceptance of the nomination to this board.
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.
Professor Sir John Scott (1931 - 2015)
Mr Tim Harding
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