After completing a Bachelor of Arts and LLB (Hons) at Auckland University, Nicola worked in the Litigation Department, specialising in employment law for a large law firm in central Auckland.
She’s also represented members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation in employment and health law forums, and advised on constitutional, structural and other issues.
Nicola has recently been appointed as a Member of the Employment Relations Authority, where she will be 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.
Rachel Orchard - Treasurer
Rachel is Chief Financial Officer for the New Zealand office of a large global corporate. She is currently the Treasurer at HELP
An experienced leader, Rachel has worked across a number of industries which has seen her revamp business processes and influence change within organisations.
She has reported to Boards on company budgets and managed the financial performance of businesses she has worked for.
Rachel brings strong commercial acumen to the table with a focus on the bottom line. Her passion for strategy and an aptitude for numbers is evident by her membership as an Associate Chartered Accountant and having gained distinction when completing her MBA.
Carol worked for many years as a social worker, mostly in children’s health, but also in family violence and mental health.
With experience as a policy manager for CYF, Carol returned to the health sector 20 years ago and worked at ADHB as a service manager of community child health services and as a planning and funding manager responsible for child, youth and women’s health.
Carol has now left ADHB and relocated to Waiheke Island, but she still undertakes work in the health and social services sectors on a contractual basis.
Prue is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked in a primary women’s health setting for many years, specialising in working with adolescents and young women who have complex gynaecological conditions.
Prue also works in private practice as a clinician and supervisor/consultant, and completed a PhD in 2010.
Before all of this, Prue was a co-coordinator for the first Auckland 24 hour crisis line, established by the Independent Collective of New Zealand Refuge, where she stayed as a volunteer, the workers’ advocate, consultant and researcher with North Shore Women’s Refuge for 14 years.
Originally from the UK, Tina has worked in a number of blue chip services organisations such as Centrica UK.
Tina brings experience in marketing, analytics, systems and technology and has worked on a number of large business transformation projects.
Her passion is to see organisations succeed through understanding their goals, applying systems thinking and delivering performance based outcomes.
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.