Nicola has had a long involvement with Help, originally as an after hours crisis support worker. She completed a Bachelor of Arts and LLB (Hons) at Auckland University. After graduating Nicola started practising as a lawyer in the litigation department of a large central Auckland firm, specialising in employment law.
Nicola also worked for the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, representing members in employment and health law forums, and advising the organisation on constitutional, structural and other issues.
Nicola is now a Member of the Employment Relations Authority, where she is involved in deciding employment cases.
Geraldine Whiteford - Secretary
Geraldine has been a feminist for 40 years, since she was a Universtity student in the 1970s, picketing against beauty contests and marching against the Vietnam War.
Geraldine worked for many years in the Human Rights Commission, as an investigation officer and then manager of the discrimination complaints team, before becoming a lawyer specialising in family and civil litigation.
Geraldine is strongly committed to all aspects of social and economic injustice, volunteering as a committee member of the Human Rights Foundation and writing articles for the Auckland Women’s Centre newsletter on women and the law.
Kelly-Ann has been a Trustee for over eight years.
With a BCom/BA, she has worked in financial services product management and marketing for nearly 10 years.
She has also previously worked for Parliamentary Service (Auckland Central Electorate Secretary) and Youthline, managed the Auckland branch of the Institute of Directors and been a member and Deputy Chair of the Waiheke Community Board.
Carol worked for many years in the health and welfare sectors, mostly in child health but also in family violence and mental health. Originally a social worker, she worked for ADHB as a service manager for community child health services and then spent nine years as planning and funding manager for child, youth and women's health. Over the last seven years she has undertaken a number of projects for the Ministry of Health and ADHB Mental Health and Addiction Services.
Kathryn joined HELP as Clinical Manager in 1997, following a time doing crisis work at HELP as a student in the early 1980s, before embarking on clinical work in Mental Health Services and a research role at the University of Auckland.
Highlights of her work at HELP include the establishment of the national organisation TOAH-NNEST, development of a model for the practice of restorative justice (Project Restore), and development of a family reconciliation programme with SAFE.
She has contributed several research papers to the Task Force for Action on Sexual Violence, and has developed guidelines for crisis support services and restorative justice with sexual violence, which are used nationally.
With a background in the corporate world and experience in psychology, sociology and counselling, Sylvia is responsible for overseeing our Crisis and Justice services.
She supports our staff working in these areas, develops community relationships and establishes connections with other Auckland agencies to ensure our most vulnerable groups are kept safe and healthy.
She also furthers the work of the team by liaising with migrant and refugee communities to ensure they have the support they need.
Marnie comes from a diverse Executive background with over 20 years of industry experience in New Zealand (15 years) and the United Kingdom (7 years).
Marnie has an affinity with and a passion for charitable work, having previously held office as the CFO of one of New Zealand's largest charities and currently holding the position as CFO for Auckland City Mission Group.
Marnie is currently the Chair of the Finance Risk and Audit subcommittee at HELP
Genevieve (Gigi) Green
Gigi has recently joined the Board as a trustee. She has over twenty years’ experience in the financial services industry and is currently Head of Internal Audit at Tower Limited. Gigi also volunteered as a member of the St Johns Caring Caller Programme for the last ten years and is extremely passionate about using her analytical skills and knowledge of risk to support organisations devoted to caring for our most vulnerable.
Jessica is a lawyer and is currently a junior barrister at Shortland Chambers, working across civil, public, family and criminal law. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in economics and history from the University of Auckland. Before becoming a barrister, she worked at the Auckland High Court as a judges' clerk. Outside of her legal experience, Jessica was Vice-President at the Auckland University Students' Association and sat on some of the highest decision-making bodies at the University of Auckland. Jessica sees being part of HELP as a real privilege, and is excited by the opportunity to help improve the experiences of survivors of sexual violence in Aotearoa.