Pillars Board of Governors

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

They provide governance and strategic guidance to the General Manager and Executive Management Team.

Our Board

Susan Henson

Susan has worked in the IT business for many years in various international marketing, consultancy and pre-sales roles, but has more recently been using her skills in the arts and heritage sector as fundraising manager for The Arts Centre of Christchurch, and is an active volunteer in the community. She is a computer science graduate and holds an MBA and is a qualified CFRE.

Logan Smedley

Logan has a background in finance and governance. He has a strong community involvement with Turtle Rescue, SAFE, GirlGuiding NZ and as a Justice of the Peace. Previously he has been a Pillars mentor.

Helen Leahy

Helen Leahy is the Pouārahi / Chief Executive of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu; the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for the South Island.

From 1999-2015 Helen was based in Parliament as Chief of Staff / Senior Ministerial Advisor.  She is the author of ‘Crossing the Floor: the story of Tariana Turia” (2015).

Helen was a member of the Expert Advisory Panel for the modernisation of Child, Youth and Family in 2015, and the Māori Design Team for Oranga Tamariki.   In 2017 Helen was awarded the Dame Tariana Turia award by Te Rau Matatini, for her contribution to Whānau Ora and whānau-centred practice.

Sandra McCallum

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

She has for the last 15 months been Interim General Manager of ChangeMakers Resettlement Forum. ChangeMakers is an NGO that works with/for  Kiwis from a Refugee Background In the areas of Advocacy, Research and Community Development.

Nova Salomen

Nova has worked in the government sector for over twenty years in a variety of roles. Most of her experience is in the child protection and youth justice space, as well as having spent a number of years working for Ara Poutama, the Department of Corrections. Nova also has experience in human resources, financial management and service design. Her current role is Chief Monitor in the newly created Independent Children’s Monitor. Nova is dedicated to supporting families and whanau to be strong and to thrive. She has previously been involved with Pillars as a volunteer from 1994-2000.

Manu Sione

Manu has over 25 years’ experience in senior leadership in justice, social service and health management roles. Currently he is Director of Geotren Ltd managing a number of Māori and Pasifika projects for public and private organizations. Previously he was National Manager – Culture for Emerge Aotearoa for 5.5 years. Prior to this, he was Director of Operations Northern Region for Relationships Aotearoa covering from Kaitaia to Gisborne. Manu also has experience on Boards, national committees and advisory groups and loves to support organizations to be more culturally responsive.

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