Our team consists of a General Manager and eighteen Mentors. Our work is governed by a dedicated board of trustees.
Bill Grayson BSc, FNZIC – Chairman
Bill currently practises as a Consultant Chemist and Forensic Analyst; his skills are frequently
sought throughout NZ. He was formerly the principal of W. Grayson and Associates Ltd, one of
the largest private analytical laboratories in New Zealand. Bill holds a Bachelor of Science from Auckland university and he is also a Trustee for The Village Charitable Trust and Brothers in Arms (which he co-founded).
Glen Paddison – Trustee
Glenn is now the Vicar of St Elizabeth’s Anglican Church in Clendon. He is married with 3 children. Glenn holds a Masters in Theology and a Batchelor of Education and was previously a Deputy Principal in West Auckland, before becoming a Youth Pastor and then an ordained minister. Glenn has worked with youth and children in these various capacities for over 20 years at local and regional levels both in and outside the classroom.
Brian Dickens – Trustee & Treasurer
Brian has a background in business management, administration, and financial management. In recent years he has worked for several Christian charitable trusts in the area of administration and has recently retired as administrator for the National Office of ACTS Churches NZ (formerly the Apostolic Church Movement of NZ). Over the years Brian has been involved in church eldership and operated as a licensed Lay Minister in the Anglican diocese of Wellington. Since coming to Auckland in 2000 he has been involved in church planting and leadership in several churches and has a heart for people to grow in their relationship with God. In 2008 Brian was instrumental in setting up New Foundations Trust as part of a vision that he and his Wife Sue had in reaching out and helping at-risk youth in South Auckland.
Stephen Miller – Trustee
Stephen is a respected community leader and Senior Pastor at Manukau New Life Church. He grew up in Manurewa and is well connected with youth and community agencies in the area. Stephen previously headed up the nationwide New Life Church youth initiative and initially became involved with NFT as a volunteer mentor.
Heather Harrison – Trustee & Secretary
Heather brings to the role of trustee over thirty years of experience in administration including internal auditing (corporate firms) and assistant coordinator for Vision College, School of Leadership. Heather is retired and is now involved in voluntary work within her church and community.
Teri Harnell – Trustee
Teri is a counsellor who has a heart for working alongside young people and their families and for supporting others who do the same. She is the founder of Lighthouse Counselling and Consultancy which is based in Manurewa and works under this banner as both a Counsellor and Education wellbeing consultant. With a history over the last ten years that involves working as a counsellor in various South Auckland schools, contracting to organisations such as Ministry of Education and CYFs and volunteering in various youth organisations, Teri’s qualifications include a Diploma in Counselling Children & Young People and a Masters in Social Practice – Community Development.
Sue Dickens – General Manager
Sue has been a Transition Mentor for NFT since its inception and brings vast cross-cultural experience as a youth worker and mentor in South Auckland. She has been a transition mentor in alternative education, a Youth worker for II MUCH Trust under Manurewa Police, a School Chaplain at James Cook High School and continues to be a lay Advocate to Youth Courts manukau. Sue has a background in business management and holds a Certificate in Youth Work level 3 (NZQA) and has completed a wide range of relevant courses including Drug Arm Training; child counselling for ADD, ADHD, abuse and behavioural issues.
“I’m passionate about the youth of New Zealand. A lot of young people have no hope and it’s our responsibility as adults to pass it on. Showing them someone believes in them; they are worth something.When one of them comes up to me – who had everything against them – and says, “miss, I’m still here. Do you remember me?” They’re now Year 13 and I see the joy and hope in their face. They feel success. That’s what it’s all about.”
Sunia Pasi –Program & Mentor Manager
Sunia, who is born-bred in Manurewa, understands the challenges our young people confront daily. His passion is to motivate and support young people in fulfilling their potential. His background includes completing a Bachelor in Sports management at Unitec, in addition coaching the James Cook High School First-thirteen Rugby league team, and is currently employed as a Youth Coach at Manukau New Life church. Sunia’s wife is a qualified teacher at a local Primary school, as well as a Youth Director at their church, is passionate about young people succeeding in life.
Betty Loto – Lead Transition Mentor
Betty has worked with South Auckland youth for more than 20 years. She is passionate about Youth Development, and has a Diploma in Teaching as well as a Level 3 (NZQA) Certificate in Youth Leadership. Betty enjoys coaching and has worked with many teams within the local community.