Meet our Governance Board

Erica Hodgson

Board Chair

Erica Hodgson - Board Chair

On Connect Supporting Recovery Governance Board since October 2016.
Member of the Quality Assurance and Growth Sub-committees.

Erica has spent the last 15 years working in both NZ and the UK in the field of mental health and addictions. She has extensive experience in both clinical work as an occupational therapist, and in workforce and service development in mental health settings. She was most recently the People Capability and Development Specialist for Waitemata District Health Board, overseeing the training and career development of more than 7,000 staff. She is also currently deputy chair on the Occupational Therapy Board of NZ .

Governance Interests

Erica looks forward to bringing a strong recovery and strengths perspective to the Board of Connect as well as a Quality focus. She also holds a particular interest in staff wellbeing and supporting at a governance level the important contribution the staff at Connect make.

On Connect Supporting Recovery Governance Board since October 2013.
Member of the Finance and Growth Sub-committees.

Sally has 20 years’ experience in agri-business. Currently, she farms in partnership with her husband on a 500 ha drystock property in West Waikato, and is an agricultural consultant. Sally has a passion for support to those affected by mental illness, especially in agriculture, as individuals and families face stresses and isolation.

Sally has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (First Class Honours), Certificate of Company Direction (Institute of Directors) and completed Kellogg Rural Leadership programme. Sally has held a number of roles with community groups. Sally brings skills in finance, strategic planning, communication, facilitation, team work and project management.

Sally has been associated with persons with mental illness, and brings understanding and independence to the role.

Governance interests
Sally has an interest in ensuring good governance processes and practice are in place. Sally hopes to bring new ideas, integrating rural concepts.

Sally Lee

Deputy Chair

Sally Lee - Deputy Chair
Liz Reese


Liz Reese - Treasurer

On Connect Supporting Recovery Governance Board since April 2015.
Member of the Finance and Growth sub-committees.

Liz brings more than 20 years’ financial and commercial experience to the Connect SR Governance Board. She is currently the General Manager – Finance Information Service and Payroll at Spectrum Care Trust Board. Spectrum Care is also an NGO, a charity that provides care and support for Intellectually Disabled People. As well as being a Chartered Accountant, Liz is a member of the Institute of Directors.

Governance Interests
Liz has a passion for making a positive difference in people’s lives and is able to deliver this through her current role in the disability sector and her role with Connect SR. Her experience with Connect also allows her to engage with more wisdom and empathy to those in her life who are experiencing mental health issues.

On Connect Supporting Recovery Governance Board since October 2015.
Member of Finance and Growth Sub-committees.

For the past 10 years Jamie has worked advising a range of organisations across community, private, and NGOs sectors in the areas of strategy, innovation, and growth. He is also an experienced University business lecturer, specialising in management, innovation and social entrepreneurship to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Currently he sits on three other boards: Soul Capital – a social investment non-profit which he recently co-founded, 100Percent – a youth-oriented social enterprise (chairperson), and Social Enterprise Auckland – a member-based body representing and supporting the social enterprises of Auckland. Jamie has completed his PhD in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Auckland in November 2015.

Governance Interests

Jamie looks forward to supporting the organisation to continue its legacy of making a profound difference to the lives of individuals, families and the broader community. Jamie’s governance interests will include supporting Connect in the development and implementation of innovative approaches to increase the organisation’s impact in the community.

Jamie Newth

Board Member

Jamie Newth - Board Member
Lily Watson

Board Member

Lily Watson - Board Member

On Connect Supporting Recovery Governance Board since October 2015.
Member of Quality-Assurance Sub-committee.

Lily has a background in medical business and operations management, having worked as business manager at the Eye Institute, and Onehunga Accident and Medical Centre, as well as operations manager at White Cross Healthcare and Apollo Health Centre. Currently employed as a Funeral Director at Forrest Funeral Services in Browns Bay, Lily is passionate about her work and commitment to helping families at a difficult time in their lives, and providing the best in care and service.

Governance Interests
This is Lily’s first role as board member. By joining the Board, she hopes to promote greater understanding and awareness of addiction and mental health issues in all aspects of society.
Lily has lived experience, and family who have experienced mental health issues. She is enthusiastic about Connect Supporting Recovery, the services it provides, and the ability of those involved to make a positive difference in people’s lives. She brings wisdom and empathy, along with her business and people management skills to the organisation.

On Connect Supporting Recovery Governance Board since October 2016.
Member of the Growth and Quality Assurance Sub-committees.

‘Ofeina brings a background in community development including international development. She is currently a Community Advisor at Internal Affairs and has worked in the non-for-profit and local government sector. ‘Ofeina is also the Public Service Association (PSA) Youth Network Convenor for Auckland and has a passion for helping communities achieve their goals and aspirations.

‘Ofeina holds a Bachelor of Business, a Masters of Professional Business Studies and is a Professional Associate of the East-West Center, Hawai’i.

Governance Interests

‘Ofeina hopes to build on her social enterprise interest by being a part of the Connect Board, and is looking forward to contributing a Pacific perspective.

‘Ofeina Manuel-Barbarich

Board Member

‘Ofeina Manuel-Barbarich - Board Member
Clayton Rangitutia

Board Member

Clayton Rangitutia - Board Member

On Connect Supporting Recovery Governance Board since December 2016.
Member of the Quality Assurance Sub-committee.

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā kārangaranga maha o te motu. Tēnā tātou katoa.
My role is an Iwi Support Worker at Te Puna Hauora, working specifically with people who experience mental health issues. Having lived experience, and whānau who have also experienced mental health issues, I have developed a greater understanding of people who are in, or have been in similar situations.

I have a passion for Māori development. Recently I have been involved in the early planning stages to establish a local marae on the North Shore. Within the last year, I supported various schools on the North Shore to learn and carry out out tikanga practices. Tikanga Māori can bring greater cultural awareness and understanding.

Governance Interests
I look forward to bringing to the team a Māori perspective and greater understanding of appropriate tikanga practices.

On Connect Supporting Recovery Governance Board since October 2018

John has over 25 years’ experience in Information Technology and has worked across New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the US where he owned his own business.  Currently a self-employed IT consultant and trainer, John has a passion for sharing knowledge and helping others develop their business skills.  

Governance Interests
John is an external advisor on the ICT Governance Committee for Spectrum Care Trust Board, a charity providing care and support for Intellectually Disabled People, and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

John has lived experience and family who have experienced mental health issues, and is passionate about being able to work with Connecting Support Recovery and the services it offers. He brings strong business experience, and a passion for strategy and innovation.

John Burns

Board Member

John Burns - Board Member