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.
Clare brings a strong organisational and financial management background to MPHS. She is proud to be part of amazing team who work hard to make real and sustainable difference to our community. Clare has a range of experience working across business, health and the community sectors. She is passionate about the community and ensuring MPHS can thrive with strong and professional financial management.
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.
Tipping Point, the social enterprise that diverts materials from landfill and finds them a new life in the West Auckland community. We are 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!
Lorien has experience working for a wide variety of charities and corporates both in New Zealand and overseas. Her skills and passion are in the areas of community development, events, marketing, partnerships, and management roles. She is a proud Westie and enjoys family time, a never-ending house renovation and finding a bargain op shopping.
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.
Christine has a Early Childhood Education Teaching degree and has a passion about working with children and families. Christine is a strong advocate for supporting parents as first teachers and learning through play. She took a break from teaching and ran a successful family business, working and getting to know her local West Auckland community. She is a proud Mum to two young daughters. She has recently taken up cycling with her young family and the love the cycling tracks along our Project Twin Streams area.
Jane comes from a manufacturing, wholesale and corporate background, with many years of professional administration and accounts experience in each sector.
She brings with her, her work ethic, diligence and live values to the MPHS role. Always willing to assist the MPHS team and people of the community.
Jane and her family live locally and have been actively involved in community sports.
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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.
Natasha McDowall is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a strong background in business and not-for-profit management, and she founded Tael Solutions Ltd. Natasha has extensive experience in the corporate world helping with their business growth and strategic financial management.
Seeing the need to help New Zealand Businesses and people with businesses, structure their finances properly and succeed, Natasha also likes to get involved in strategic planning for business growth. Natasha saw the need to set-up an independent ethical accountancy practice focused on the people behind the numbers.
Through close interaction with her clients, Natasha is able to bring added value in the areas of resources (how to get the best out of your systems and staff), business structuring and regular reporting.
Natasha resides as chairperson or treasurer on various boards.
Natasha is mother to 2 teenage children and wife to Elton and enjoys Arts & Crafts and looking for antique furniture, she also enjoys being spending time outdoors whether it be biking or taking the dog for a walk.
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.