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.
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.
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.