The Collaborative Board

Dr Sue Bagshaw (BSc (Hons) MB BS FRACShM, FRNZCGP (Hon), DNZM, 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. She has 4 adult children and 7 mokopuna who she enjoys playing with. She was born in Hong Kong but doesn’t look a bit Chinese. 

Daryle Deering  (RN PhD ONZM) has extensive therapeutic and management experience in working in the mental health field in the areas of youth, family and addiction; service and 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. Her extended family comprise four adult children and five grandchildren. She is impressed at the growing strength of the voice of rangatahi calling for urgent measures to mitigate the damage to our planet and for a changed way of living that takes into account care for all living creatures. 


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.

Steve Langley MA (Hons), Dip Tchg. (Chairperson) joined the Board in 2009.  Steve has promoted positive youth development as an English teacher in a variety of high schools and 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, a lecturer in teacher training, 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 presented Workshops on HIV-AIDS education, behaviour management, the DARE programme, Alcohol/Drug Education, and on Listening Skills. Now a musician and editor he is keen to support positive mental health in young people, especially by encouraging them to write about their experience.

Kirsten Maclean (LLB, BA) 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 is now an owner/director of a medium sized Canterbury firm leading the dispute resolution and employment team.  Since her time in London Kirsten has always had a keen interest in supporting and working alongside youth in their development and leadership within the community.

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 Tomorrow's 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 was a chartered accountant.

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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.

Mike Tamati: M.Ed. (Leadership), Dip. TchLn (Social Science), B.A. (Political Science)  Mike is a teacher Social Science, History and English at an all boy’s state school in Christchurch. Previously, he has worked in corporate management at a US global manufacturing company, been a national manager for a German fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) corporate and been the owner/director of a New Zealand based hospitality and restaurant franchise. He has been involved with youth in Auckland and Christchurch through rugby coaching whilst undertaking these roles, seeking to utilise his experience as a professional rugby player in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, England, and Italy over a 10-year period. An advocate of relationships over data, Mike encourages youth to tell their story so that a context is given, and structures can be engineered that are cognisant of their needs, issues, and concerns.