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Willow Duffy – CEO
Willow is a founding member of Safeguarding Children and has worked as a nurse and midwife for over 30 years. She has a postgraduate qualification as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse Practitioner (Health Visitor) from the UK. Willow managed a caseload with child protection concerns on a daily basis and at a time of great change in the child protection system. She also trained as a child protection supervisor for nurses. Willow has worked as a Plunket Nurse, and later with youth as a Sexual Health and Family Planning Nurse and as part of a specialist team as a Forensic Nurse for sexual assaults (SAATS/MEDSAC Nurse). Willow has worked as an advisor for Children’s Action Plan and Oranga Tamariki and in 2017 was a finalist in New Zealand Women of Influence Awards.
As well as leading our team, Willow is a strong advocate for the rights of children. She Chairs and is a member of national steering and reference groups related to child safety and wellbeing.
Willow believes that communities hold the key to keeping children and young people safe, and that we all have a vital role to play. Her drive is to protect our most vulnerable citizens and bring their unique needs to the forefront of all we do.
Ruth Browning – Senior Safeguarding Consultant
Ruth is a qualified Social Worker and member of the Social Workers Registration Board with a current practicing certificate. She has been a social worker for 20 years and has a wide range of experience working with children, youth and their families in both non-government and government organisations. This experience includes as a Social Worker and Family Group Conference Co-ordinator for Oranga Tamariki for several years.
Ruth understands child protection from both within Oranga Tamariki as well as within the community. She has a drive and passion for creating healthier and safer communities where children and young people can thrive.
Ruth has a Masters in Social Research and a Post Graduate Diploma in Social and Community Work. Ruth is Social Work Supervisor and lectures on a Social Work degree course.
Kelly Mahuika – Safeguarding Consultant – Health
Kelly is a registered midwife and holds a current practicing certificate. She has been working in the maternal and child health sector for over 10 years now. She is our Safeguarding Consultant who works specifically in the primary health care sector. She has a demonstrated history of working in the medical practice industry as a clinician, project manager, and consultant. She is adept at leading multidisciplinary teams both in the public and private sectors. By merging her experience in clinical midwifery alongside her desire to see all children and families thrive, she is able to deliver safeguarding education and training that offers the sharing of knowledge as well as feasible ways to use their new skills in clinical practice.
Kelly’s other roles include the Pregnancy to Parenting Educator for the NMDHB, Casual Core Midwife, and Project Lead for the Well Child App.
She holds a Bachelor of Science, Post Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Midwifery from Ara and Otago Polytechnic Institute of technology respectively as well as a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Hawai’i.
Kelly is very proud to be on the team at Safeguarding Children and is looking forward to contributing to the vision by working to make New Zealand a safer place to grow up.
Selina Horrocks – Safeguarding Consultant
Selina is an experienced child protection policy and legislation professional who has worked extensively in the government and not-for-profit sectors in Australia. She is passionate about changing our culture to one where the rights and safety of children are embedded in our behavioural choices.
Selina is particularly experienced in and passionate about the education and sports sectors. She has held governance roles in independent schools and is the mother of three sports-mad boys. Helping schools and sporting clubs improve their child safeguarding strategies is a major focus of her work.
Selina has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, and runs a successful consultancy business helping to build child safeguarding understanding and capacity in the community.
Sharee Retallick – Christchurch Based Facilitator
Sharee believes in a world where children are nurtured, safe and seen as our most valuable resource. A world where we all have a collective responsibility for children’s wellbeing by encouraging, supporting them to be confident, courageous, and living a life with purpose in a safe, vibrant, connected society.
Sharee completed her studies with a Bachelor of Social Work and holds a current practising certificate with the Social Work Registration Board. She worked for over a decade at Oranga Tamariki and worked alongside the Police at the Child Protection Team as a Specialist Child Witness Interviewer. Sharee loves her role as a Mates & Dates & Kidpower Facilitator for Empowerment Trust where children and young people discover and embrace their unique strengths to build safe healthy relationships and communities.
Sharee provides ACC Accredited therapy and Social Work services under the ACC ISSC Contract, along with an I Am Hope Counsellor; Youth Mentor and Social Services Clinical Supervisor. Sharee is completing her application to be included on the Family Court Register as a Communication Counsellor and believes that empowering parents and caregivers to be the best versions of themselves is the essence of developing and maintaining safe, healthy, happy children.
Megan Blair – Christchurch Based Facilitator
Megan is an experienced facilitator and educator with experience in the field of Healthy Relationships and Consent Education, Sexual Violence Prevention, Child Protection and Wellbeing and Mental Health Promotion. She has worked with tamariki, rangatahi and adults in a range of educational settings including primary and secondary schools, alternative and special education providers and Canterbury University.
Megan has a Masters in Health Sciences endorsed in Health and Community and is passionate about supporting the wellbeing of all those she works with and empowering others to do this in their work with tamariki and rangatahi also.
Kirsten Taylor – Operations Manager
Kirsten has a wide range of skills in office management and looks after our clients, eLearning development and all things operationally for Safeguarding Children. She has managed call centres overseas, has been a travel agent as well as runs her own business with her husband.
At Safeguarding Children, Kirsten organises everything that is required for our organisation to run efficiently. She is passionate about Child Protection and is committed to ensuring that Safeguarding Children delivers the highest level of service possible.
Renée Strickland – Accounts and Operational Support
Renée is responsible for the day to day running of the Safeguarding Children office. She is proficient in implementing processes and systems for the smooth running of our organisation.
Safety is a theme which has featured throughout Renée’s working career, having worked in the food, aviation and commercial property industries. Renée is looking forward to applying this work experience to help keep our children safe.
Jo Sutton – Digital Projects Coordinator
Jo has a degree in Information Technology and has worked in various web-based developer roles, located in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Her Safeguarding Children role is dedicated to managing, developing, implementing and maintaining our eLearning platform. Jo works with our subject matter experts to produce our quality eLearning courses.
Jo’s technical expertise is an asset as we cement ourselves as the leading provider of safeguarding and child protection online learning. Her experience with web development and maintenance, graphic design and general IT troubleshooting is a great fit for our advancing technical training delivery.
Aside from Jo’s IT roles, she has also owned and operated (together with her husband) successful businesses over the past 15 years in motels and advertising/marketing while raising their enchanting twin girls. She loves being a part of a small team and helping to make a positive difference to children in New Zealand.
Ronda Kelling – Customer Service / Course Administrator
Ronda is a highly qualified administrator with over 20 years’ experience, providing thorough and skilful knowledge in administration, office management, event planning, accounting and executive level support. She has built her career over the years working in the tourism, creative/arts, beauty, home building and super yacht industries.
As the Course Administrator at Safeguarding Children, she is committed to doing the very best by the charity, providing a first-class and friendly customer experience and prompt resolution of any queries, complications or issues that may arise.
While navigating the adventures of parenthood with her own young daughter, Ronda is proud to be part of a passionate team dedicating themselves to the safeguarding of children in New Zealand.
Deborah McConochie – Sales and Funding
Deborah has a background in business management, sales and marketing.
She has held senior positions in marketing and sales and owned and operated a business with her husband for 26 years.
At Safeguarding Children, Deborah is committed to ensuring that all our services are promoted and accessed nationally.
Victoria Crocker – Digital Marketing
Vicky is a dedicated and enthusiastic digital marketing manager who has worked with creative companies around the world including New Zealand, the UK and Canada.
Gabi Henz – Accounts and Payroll Administrator
Gabi’s background is in medical practice management. She was part of Safeguarding Children from the start and has rejoined the team. She is responsible for the financial side of things and you will encounter her if you have any accounts queries.
Gabi is very passionate about keeping children safe in New Zealand and everywhere. She believes deeply in the role of Safeguarding Children to achieve this goal.