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Our Governance

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.

 

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 a Director 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.

 

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

 

Julia McCarthy

After a successful career in banking Julia took a break and is now managing a local business, leading a successful premier property management business. Julia’s skills in leadership, change management and business savvy, coupled with a down to earth approach were well honed as a senior leader within the Banking Industry including Regional leadership and National project change management roles. A break many have turned permanent , but Julia’s drive led her to restart her career in a different industry and has enjoyed bringing her skills to support the board and team for Safeguarding Children.

Julia and her partner Ray settled in Nelson after living across NZ for many years, choosing to bring their two daughters up locally and after supporting them both through territory studies enjoy visiting them as they both now live and work offshore.

 

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.

 

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.