The Collaborative Board

Dr Sue Bagshaw (BSc (Hons) MB BS FRACShM Hon FRNZCGP CNZM) is a primary care doctor working with young people between 10 and 25 years especially in the areas of Mental and sexual health at the 298 Youth Health One Stop Shop. She is also a senior lecturer in Adolescent Health at the University Of Otago Christchurch School Of Medicine. Sue co-founded The Collaborative Trust and has been involved with research and training in adolescent and sexual health for more than 30 years. 

Steve Langley MA (Hons), Dip Tchg. (Chairperson) joined the Board in 2009.  Steve has worked as an English teacher in a variety of high schools, and a range of specialist education settings including DSW residential schools, teen parent units, and a men’s prison. He has been a Principal in three different special schools, and lecturer in teacher training. Steve has spent 20 years as part-time counsellor on the AlcoholDrugHelpline, and 13 years as editor of “English in Aotearoa” – the national journal for English teachers. He has been a Workshop presenter on HIV-AIDS education, behaviour management, the DARE programme, Alcohol/Drug Education, and on Listening Skills. Musician in the Natural Magic Pirate Band and leader of the Keepsake Singers choir for people with memory loss. Keen to support positive mental health in young people, especially by encouraging students to write about their experience.

Bronwyn Dunnachie (PhD RN) has worked in the area of child, youth and family mental health for most of her career, in both clinical, management and academic roles.  She currently works for the Werry Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Workforce Development as a Senior Advisor, supporting workforce development across child and adolescent mental health services nationally.

Daryle Deering (RN PhD) has extensive experience in working in the mental health field in the areas of youth, family and addiction; in clinical, workforce development and research roles.  She had an academic/clinical role for 20 years at the University of Otago, Christchurch, National Addiction Centre. She currently has a small private practice and is involved in a variety of volunteer work. 

Paul McGirr (Treasurer) Paul has had involvement in the Not for Profit Sector for many years starting with Board membership for the local school where his 3 boys attended from the start of Tomorrows Schools. He is also currently on the Boards of two other entities involved with youth development and young adults in Canterbury. Paul worked in the education sector and is a chartered accountant.

Philip Siataga (B.A.,DipGrad,.PGDip) Philip is a counsellor specialising in the Aod field and is also a social scientist. He has a long background in the NGO sector, working across the positive youth development, social, health and education fields and has served on several NGO Boards. He has been instrumental in the development of Pasifika cultural competency frameworks in Aotearoa New Zealand. He has also designed and delivered personal growth, team and leadership development programmes in the corporate and public sector. He currently provides group facilitation for a kaupapa Māori Aod provider and coordinates public health projects with a focus on Well-being in Pacific Communities. Most importantly he is the proud father of two wonderful daughters. His father heralds from Tanugamanono a village on the island of Upolu in Samoa and his mother is from Mataura, of Irish and Scottish descent.

Kirsten Maclean gained a bachelor of laws from Otago University and a bachelor of arts from Victoria University.  Kirsten has been a litigation, dispute resolution and employment lawyer for over twenty years.  Kirsten spent 10 years working in the area of child protection and welfare in the UK specialising in forced marriage, honor based violence, international abductions and medical and end of life cases.  Kirsten was admitted as a solicitor to the UK solicitors role.  On returning to New Zealand Kirsten joined a medium sized Canterbury firm and as partner there for several years she led the litigation team.  In 2018 Kirsten left the partnership to join a former partner and together they have established a specialist employment law firm.

Finn Hitch (Youth Representative) is a first year University student studying at the University of Canterbury. He has been involved as a youth tutor at The Collaborative Trust for over a year and recently joined the board of trustees as it’s youth representation. They have also presented talks at Kindred and co-presented at the Festival of Youth Development.

Waiatamai Tamehana has 20 years’ experience working within kaupapa Maori and peer led Mental health and Addictions services through-out Aotearoa. What began as a simple desire to support other mothers experiencing post-natal depression, soon became a career that has helped improve health and social outcomes for tāngata whaiora, and their families. Waiatamai has served as an executive strategic advisor to MHAIDS 3 DHB Mental health and Addictions directorate, and as operations manager for a consumer advisory team. Waiatamai has also undertaken programme priorities of engaging with consumers, tāngata whaiora and their families’ whanau into implementing He Ara Oranga – Mental Health and Addiction government enquiry. Waiatamai Tamehana currently resides under the korowai of Ngatitoa Rangatira, Takapuwahia, Porirua.