About us

The Collaborative Trust is committed to assisting the healthy development of young people, through:

  • Training the people who work with young people;
  • Undertaking and disseminating research and evaluation so that training and services can be based on evidence;
  • Informing and influencing policy and practice.

We Are Guided by our values

  • Partnership with Māori and honouring the principles of theTreaty of Waitangi;
  • Youth Participation at all levels of the organisation adhering to the core principles of the Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa (YDSA);
  • Cultural diversity;
  • Holistic view of healthy development which includes wellbeing in the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social, family, school and community areas of life; and
  • Co-ordination, not duplication, sharing and strengthening not competing.

Short History

The Collaborative Trust began in 2003 with community meetings at which the three goals of research, training and advocacy were agreed on. After a scoping project in 2004 the new Trust was registered in 2005, and a manager appointed. The structure of the organization was developed by the board to formalize the function of training and research committees with chairpersons and a Director. These were all staffed by volunteers. The first activity of the Trust was to run a seminar series giving local researchers the opportunity to share their work with the community. Our first one day hui was based around local researchers talking about their work with the community . This has grown to a two day national hui with a pre-hui workshop. We have undertaken many funded research, evaluation and training contracts both nationally and locally. Topic based workshops have been the most recent training activity and a Youth Health and Development resource manual has been sold across the country to a wide range of professionals. The finances of the Trust have been built to the extent that we are supported by a part-time Research and Evaluation, Training and Administration Manager. All other work is supported by our dedicated team of contractors and volunteers.

Annual Report

Click here to view the 2016 Annual Report

Meet the team

Ria Schroder

Ria Schroder

Director & Research and Evaluation Manager 

Email:  ria@collaborative.org.nz
Phone: 0272017152

Ria Schroder – (PhD) completed her PhD at the University of Canterbury in 2004 and since that time has been an active member of the Collaborative team. In September 2012 Ria was employed as the Research and Evaluation Manager for the Collaborative Trust and in 2017 took up the role as Director of the Trust.  Ria is also a Research Fellow at the National Addiction Centre, University of Otago, Christchurch.  She has undertaken and supervised a number of research and evaluation projects in the area of youth health and development and she has a particular interest in youth substance use and addiction, sexual health and positive youth development. Ria is primarily a qualitative researcher but also has some experience doing quantitative research. In her role as Research and Evaluation Manager Ria overseas the research and evaluation operations of the Collaborative Trust.

Dr Sue Bagshaw

Dr Sue Bagshaw


Email:  sue@collaborative.org.nz
Phone: 021355730

Dr Sue Bagshaw (BSc (Hons) MB BS FRACShM Hon FRNZCGP CNZM) is a primary care adolescent and sexual health doctor at 298 Youth Health and was the founding Director of the Collaborative Trust. She is also a senior lecturer in Adolescent Health at the University Of Otago, Christchurch. Sue has been involved with research and training in adolescent and sexual health for more than 30 years.

Tammy Andrew

Tammy Andrew

Training Manager

Email:  tammy@collaborative.org.nz
Phone: 021846829

Wendy Thompson

Wendy Thompson

Administration Manager 
Training Coordinator

Email:  wendy@collaborative.org.nz
Phone: 0225053506

Wendy graduated from Auckland University with a Diploma in Business, and has a strong work background in Events Management and Administration. She joined The Collaborative Trust in 2017, and is your first point of contact with the team. Wendy's role is varied and busy, managing all things administration and planning and organising the Training Calender and our annual Hui. Wendy is also mum to two pre-teen aged children.