Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is a group of people who are deeply concerned about child neglect and abuse, and are utterly committed to stopping it. They have strong backgrounds in governance, business, research, finances, and child protection. They understand the barriers and are determined to overcome them to make New Zealand a better place for all children.

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Annette Milligan ONZM – Chair

Annette is a Registered Nurse with a teaching background who combines the worlds of education and health. In 1989 she founded the award-winning women’s health clinic INP Medical Clinic. In 2000 she co-founded Health Click which produces resources to teach sexuality education, especially to those with learning disabilities. Annette is a former Clinical Director for Women, Child & Youth for the Nelson-Marlborough District Health Board, and the Chair for MEDSAC (Medical Clinicians in Sexual Abuse Care). She has had wide experience as a professional Director in several companies. Annette was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health, particularly nursing, in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List.

Paul Rosanowski

Paul is an accountant and specialises in business innovation and growth, from both an operating and a governance perspective and enjoys working with the Safeguarding Children Board. Most recently he has worked at Crowe Horwath, and has advised clients across various sectors including: construction, manufacturing, distribution, aviation and government.

Chris Meade

Chris is a business person who runs her own consultancy. She is involved in a new business start-up and devotes one-third of her time to the not-for-profit world. She has had over 25 years of experience in business, working as an HR professional and whilst at Downer, as Executive General Manager of Human Resources, she volunteered through VSA for an assignment in Timor Leste. This experience changed her life. Her passion for people in the world of work has extended to a passion for how people in the face of adversity can best live their lives.

She is delighted to be part of the Safeguarding Children Team and be part of a group of professionals who so wholeheartedly believe in keeping tamariki safe and focus their efforts so effectively.

Christine Palmer

Christine has a degree in marketing and a 20-year career in market research where she has held the position of Senior Account Director and Acting Managing Director for a large multi-national research agency. Over the years she has managed research programmes for many high profile government and ‘blue chip’ commercial organisations. Since relocating from Wellington to Nelson in 2007, Christine has continued to work in the market research sector operating her own home-based research agency Q&A Research.

Christine is delighted to be a member of the Safeguarding Children Board where she will add value via her skills in research, evaluation, and marketing.

Detective Neil Kitchen

Neil is a Detective who joined the Police in the United Kingdom in 1985, specialising in Intelligence and Organised Crime detection. He transferred to the New Zealand Police in 2008, working for two years in Auckland before transferring to Nelson. He has chosen to work in the area of child protection over the past few years. His work has included dealing with victims and offenders both adult and children and their families, coordinating a multi-agency approach, which engages health professionals, Oranga Tamariki, victim support groups, the legal profession and the Police.

Whilst accepting child protection work is difficult and challenging, Neil says the work is, without doubt, the most rewarding of his career.

Koren Grason

Koren is a descendant of Tainui waka, Raukawa te iwi.  A member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand specialising in the Sports Industry the past 13 years.

Passionate about lifting the capability and profile of organisations that have community good at their centre, Koren gives her time as Board Chair on the Maitai Specialist school board and is a member of the Te Tauihu Māori Rugby board.  Previously having volunteered eight years to female rugby in a strategic and leadership capacity.

Brendon Silcock

Brendon’s governance experience covers both not for profit and commercial organisations. His 25 year career is predominately in infrastructure, construction and maintenance, he is experienced in delivering complex and multi-disciplinary projects.

Brendon is currently the Board Chair for Habitat for Humanity Nelson, and is a member of the Institute of Directors.