Our People

Everyone can be a leader for a healthier Aotearoa. Working together, we can create healthy communities now and for the future. Meet our people who are committed to supporting healthier environments in places where we spend our time.

Kerry Allan
Manager  

​​​​​​​With a background in nutrition and sport, Kerry brings knowledge and practical expertise leading the team at Healthy Families Waitākere, to improve the health and wellbeing of West Aucklanders. Email

Catherine Powell
Lead Systems Innovator

Cathie has worked in Waitākere for over 25 years as a community developer, mediator and educator and is committed to interrupting colonisation, poverty and all forms of discrimination. Email

MikeTipene 
Rautaki Māori / Māori Systems Strategist
Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa​​​​​​​

Mikes primary focus is improved Māori health outcomes, his knowledge of Te Ao Māori helps to inform our practice when working with and for our Māori communities.

Mike brings strategic direction and guidance that supports our team to work in a culturally appropriate manner, therefore improving the likelihood for successful Māori outcomes. Email

Repeka George-Koteka
Pacific Systems Strategist​​​​​​​
Ngāti Ruatea, Ngāti Terei (Cook Islands)

​​​​​​​Repeka has a priority focus on improved Pacific wellbeing, leadership, and health outcomes. A Masters of Applied Indigenous Knowledge and lived experience working within West Auckland, helps to inform her practice when working with and for our Pacific communities.

Repeka brings strategic direction and guidance that supports our team to work in a culturally appropriate manner, therefore improving the likelihood for successful Pasifika outcomes. Email

Grace Vujnovich
Strategic Communications Manager

With a background spanning corporate and consumer public relations, Grace brings theory and experience to her work. She most enjoys championiong stories of community innovation and action in West Auckland.​​​​​​​ Email

Caitlin MacColl
Strategic Relationships Manager 
         

Caitlin builds and manages relationships across a variety of settings to foster a collective leadership approach, including finding new opportunities and building alliances to influence systems change. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​[Maternity Leave].                                 

Louise Kirkwood
Data Insights and Evaluation Lead​​​​​​​

As Data Insights and Evaluation Lead, Louises's role is to support the team to build robust evaluation practice into their day-to day work, so we can continuously refine and improve what we do to promote healthy lives.​​​​​​​ Email

Priscilla TuiSamoa
Social Media Content Coordinator
Ngāti Maniapoto

Priscillas role involves managing our online platforms and sharing stories of community innovation in West Auckland. She also supports the team to create content to share online. Email

Michele Eickstaedt
Systems Innovator  

As a Food Systems Innovator and registered Nutritionist, Michele's passion is to identify and support opportunities to improve the food/nutrition environment in places where people live, learn, work and play in West Auckland. ​​​​​​​Email

Megan Beard
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Systems Innovator   

​​​​​​​Megan is passionate about reducing alcohol-related harm and mental wellbeing in West Auckland. Her work involves strategic development and work programmes in wellbeing and alcohol harm reduction. ​​​​​​​Email

Bea Enriquez
Systems Innovator 

In her role as a Play Systems Innovator, Bea enables increased play opportunities in Waitākere through influencing planning, urban design, policy, investment and settings. Email

Rea Kenkel
Systems Innovator

With a background in the food and drink industry and food systems research, Rea’s role is to support kai sovereignty in Waitākere by enabling community connection, strategic innovations, and system disruptions. Email

Giuliana Sewell
Systems Innovator
Tūhourangi, Ngāti Porou

Giuliana brings experience in health prevention, rehabilitation and clinical teaching to the Healthy Families Waitākere team. Her role is to work alongside community groups to positively impact health across physical, learning, and work environments. She has a strong focus on equitable opportunities for Māori and developing innovations that support diversity and embrace mātauranga with authenticity. Email