Our vibrant and amazing team put into action the strategic direction provided by the dedicated Board of Trustees.
Kathryn Lawlor is the Chief Executive of MPHS. She has over two decades of experience working in the community sector including volunteering as well as managing services. She brings her solid community experience, genuine passion for social equity and community development to MPHS. She is an inspirational leader who supports others to be their best selves. She lives in West Auckland and feels privileged to support and be part of her community.
Irina has been with MPHS Community Trust since 2010. She is proud to be part of amazing team who work hard to make real and sustainable difference to our community. She enjoys combining busy accounting, financial and operations duties with a strong community focus. Irina was born out of New Zealand and has lived in Waitakere for over 14 years. She brings her 15 years management and financial accounting in the not-for-profit sector experience as well as her overseas degrees in economics and engineering and her New Zealand Graduate diploma in professional accounting to the role. She is passionate about numbers and thrives on new challenges.
Agnes is the MPHS Facility Coordinator. She is woman you will see when you come into the office and the woman you will speak to when you call us here at Hub West. She makes things run smoothly, has a genuine love for customer service and attention to detail so is super helpful managing all of the room bookings. She’s very committed to the MPHS whanau and is often seen doing extra tasks to ensure things are tidy and working right. She can write and speak fluent Samoan and basic Tongan and Maori languages.
Ryan is the innovative team lead at the Tipping Point, the social enterprise that diverts materials from landfill and finds them a new life in the West Auckland community. He has many years working in social enterprise and waste reduction and stems from a background in accounting and managing small and medium sized teams. He is very passionate about moving towards a zero-waste society. This starts with how we design products and flows through cultural attitudes towards consumption and what we choose to buy new. Being the last line of defence preventing landfill is a challenging but necessary part of the process.
Esteban is an Agronomist, which means he has a degree in Agricultural Science and has a great knowledge in areas such as weed management, plant physiology, soil science and ecology, to name a few. He is the Enviro Manager and his leadership role includes the planning, organizing and monitoring activities involved in the ecological restoration of over 20has of West Auckland significant ecological areas. He kindly shares his technical support to volunteers and trainees engaged in restoration and environmental work too. He’s a proud West Aucklander who has a passion for native bush restoration as well as good food and soccer!
Lil is the Hippy programme co-ordinator. She trains and supports tutors to deliver the HIPPY programme to parents. Her involvement in the education sector for over two decades and more recent experience managing a community NGO service puts her in great stead to excel in her role. She has a passion for programmes for both parents and children that enable children to reach their full potential as well as supporting parents to be their children’s first teacher. Empowering them with skills and giving them experiences to broaden their world and enable them to get the best out of their personal journeys.
Clarence has a Master’s degree in Design (Fine Arts – Painting) and brings this expertise to his role as Youth Programmes Manager for the Youth studio within the Tahi Building. He organises and runs various youth initiatives within MPHS and believes in developing leadership in our youth through creativity. The youth programmes specifically encourage young people to expand their perspective by visualizing and working towards goal orientated projects. Clarence fosters and facilitates this with the people who attend the Youth Studio programmes.
Rebecca, known as Becs, is the lead for the Women’s coaching programme Hei Mareikura Hei Mauriora. She first became involved with MPHS as the Young Believers Youth Group Coordinator in 2006 and continued her career with MPHS as a Community Development Worker. She has a great insight into the local community and has engaged with residents and locals through a variety of community activities and commitments. She has a genuine passion for the West Auckland community and in particular leadership development.
Mel is the MPHS accounts and administration assistant and brings her
retail and wholesale office manager and accounts experience with
her. She is enthusiastic, professional and caring and this positive
outlook lends itself well to the team at Hub West. Mel enjoys working in
an organisation that engages with the community at this level. The core
values of MPHS align with her personal values which provide her with
significant job satisfaction. She lives locally with her partner and two
school-aged children. Her children have attended and thoroughly enjoyed
the programmes MPHS provide in the Youth Studio.
Tina is the Community Coordinator for MPHS’s Project Twin Streams. She engages with the local community in the restoration and maintenance of the Lower Waikumete, Oratia and Opanuku Streams. A lot of her role is creating and maintaining relationships in the community and include a variety of local residents and community groups. Another main part of the role is education on the ecosystem, native birds, and environmental threats to name a few. She has a national certificate in horticulture, and practices environmental restoration and maintenance.
She is passionate about conservation and a member of various community groups. She believes in connecting people with their local natural environment and interconnectedness, working towards a self-sustaining community, creatively engaging with local people to understand the causes of the degradation of streams, and to work together on the solutions.
MPHS COMMUNITY TRUST BOARD
Will has held executive and governance positions within the addictions, mental health, disability and community development NGO sectors for the past twenty years, both in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He has also worked in a mental health clinical capacity within a DHB setting.
Will is a strong advocate for supporting lived experience and using a community development approach in supporting positive change for New Zealanders. He has a strong connection with local community development through his chair role with MPHS Community Trust.
A proud ‘Irishman’ Will has lived in New Zealand for the past 15 years. He is passionate about understanding the drivers of embedding real system change.
Mark has 20 years experience in HR and has been with the ASB for the past 11 years where he is currently Senior Manager People and Culture, leading a small HR team that supports recruitment, application of people policies, employment relations, engagement and culture for about 500 staff in ASB’s operations functions. He brings this experience to the Board.
A keen supporter of ASB’s community activities, in particular for Starship, Mark has resided in West Auckland since emigrating and has two young girls of 4 and 7. In his spare time with a group of friends he has established an Ultimate Frisbee team for expats in Auckland.
Peter grew up on a Canterbury farm, and after graduating from university, he commenced his chartered accountant career in the capital. He moved into corporate accounting, and now works in commercial banking.
He brings to the MPHS board his broad awareness of wider organisational issues, strategic planning and implementation, risk management and multi business unit operation control experience.
He gets a real buzz out of people developing and expanding their careers, as well as seeing people succeed and grow in their ventures. These beliefs align with the MPHS Trust values.
Rosemary started her connection with the MPHS in 2008 as a Unitec student on a local projects and initiatives placement. She continued to volunteer her time and skills to initiatives including cooking at youth camps, serving at breakfast club, and entertaining HIPPY kids when needed. This experience gave her an appreciation of the energy within the community and a practical knowledge about community development at the grass roots level.
Rosemary began her MPHS governance commitment in 2009 and in 2013 took on the role of the Board’s Chairperson which she held through to 2015. She brings to the board her historical knowledge of the area, her experience as a family worker as well as her genuine passion to see families connected to each other and their community.
Kimberly has been involved with the MPHS organisation since its inception when housed at the Bruce McLaren Intermediate School. In this role she undertook neighbourhood surveys, identifying the needs and wants of the community, and was instrumental in securing funding for the MPHS Hub to be built.
She helped secure funding for the High Tech Youth Studio to be built under its unique community ownership model and joined the MPHS governance team sharing her community and social service expertise.
She has held a number of public/social service roles over the last 15 years working for the University of Auckland, central and local government as well as for the largest philanthropic trust in Australasia – all related to empowering people and their communities which she is passionate about. She also brings her skills in assessment and accountability, particularly in reporting to funders to the role.
Kimberly, originally from the United States, is a proud West Aucklander for over two decades.
In addition to Lionel’s Board Trustee role with MPHS he is part of the Board with a local Intermediate School. He has expertise in the community empowerment and customer services with a strong focus on education. He’s worked for two legacy Councils, both Waitakere and Auckland City in the past. He’s a West Auckland local and personally fond of how we engage with each other and what outcomes are a result of these interactions. He’s a strong advocate of new technology and in particular how we can utilise this to uplift our day to day affairs…
Esther did a stint of journalism and then went into marketing. She’s media and digital savvy and shares this experience and expertise with MPHS. She is a new mum who lives close to MPHS, and has a vested interest in ensuring a great community for her son to grow up in.