Our Board

Meet our experienced and knowledgable team

Pillars has a Board which brings together a wide range of skills, experience and knowledge which are important for the organisation.

They provide governance and strategic guidance to the Chief Executive.

Our Board

Dr Liz Gordon
President

Liz brings a wealth of experience both through her work as a researcher and programme evaluator and also with her background as a university academic and Member of Parliament. She has been involved with Pillars for around 15 years and has been on the Pillars Board for four years.

Susan Henson
Vice President

Susan currently works as an independent consultant and is an active volunteer in the community. She has an MBA and is a computer science graduate. Susan also has an IT background.

Georgia Evans
Secretary

Georgia is a Human Resources Advisor in the healthcare sector. She has hands-on experience with Pillars as she was a Mentoring Co-ordinator for two years. Georgia has a post graduate qualification in career development.

Paul Evans
Treasurer

Paul has spent 30 years in various financial roles in small businesses. He has an MA in sociology and a BBS in Accounting and Finance. Paul is currently management accountant for a local furniture manufacturer.

Ward Kamo

Ward Kamo has served in government and in corporate roles including community governance. He is also a journalist and presenter and an accomplished MC.

Helen Leahy

Helen Leahy is the Pouārahi/Chief Executive of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu. For the past 15 years she worked with the Maori Party. She is also a member of the South Island Hauora Alliance,the Kaikoura Community Wellbeing Roopu and a trustee for Digital Wings. In 2017, Helen received the Dame Tariana Turia Award.

Glenda Martin

Glenda is the Outreach and Marketing Manager for Volunteering Canterbury. She has been a mentor for Pillars and is a member of the Christchurch Community Trust Board and Hearing Support Canterbury. She is also a volunteer for the Howard League and Iwi Community Panel.

Sandra McCullum

Sandra was Principal of Mt Cook School in Wellington for 15 years. She has worked in leadership positions in education for 35 years.

Nova Salomen

Nova works in a management role for the Department of Corrections. A registered social worker, Nova has worked with the Ministry of Social Development managing youth residential programmes. She has previously been involved with Pillars as a volunteer from 1994-2000.

Manu Sione

Manu has over 20 years experience in senior leadership and health management roles. Currently he is National Manager – Culture for Emerge Aotearoa. Prior to this, he was Director Northern Region for Relationships Aotearoa covering from Kaitaia to Gisborne. Manu has a great deal of experience on Boards and within community groups.

Logan Smedley

Logan has a background in accounting, tax and business management. He has a strong community involvement with the Salvation Army mentor driving programme, Radio Lollipop and Turtle Rescue. He is currently in the process of becoming a Justice of the Peace. Logan has been a mentor for Pillars.

Auction donation
to Pillars

A spontaneous gesture resulted in a donation of $2000 to Pillars.

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