Our board

We have a sector-led board made up of member organisations.

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Sally Pitts-Brown


Sally originally trained as an occupational therapist and has spent many years in leadership roles across the mental health and social services sectors in NZ and the UK. In 2014, she became the Chief Executive of Pathways, a national provider of community-based mental health and wellbeing services.

“Platform|Atamira enables sector connection and collaboration and provides a collective environment for optimising the community sector.”

Sally is married with two teenage children. In her leisure time she enjoys walking, hot yoga, tennis, cooking, travel and spending time with friends and family.

Thomas Cardy

Thomas Cardy

Deputy Chairperson

Thomas has more than 10 years’ experience in the health and disability sector in New Zealand and is currently General Manager for Pact’s mental health services in the Southern region. Thomas has widespread experience of developing, managing and implementing community based mental health support services for both youth and adult and has a keen interest in developing new and innovative models of community care for mental health and addictions.

Thomas is married and lives with his husband in Central Otago. Outside of work, Thomas enjoys horse riding, reading, sailing and travelling.


Naomi Cowan

Naomi joined Platform|Atamira as a Trustee in 2012. She has previously held the position of Platform Chair. 

“I’m involved with Platform|Atamira because I believe that when providers work together collaboratively we can end up achieving better services and outcomes for individuals and their families. With Platform, large and small organisations can all sit equally around the table and support one another as well as innovate together.”

Naomi is currently CEO of Equip Mental Health services in Auckland and has held positions as a mental health support worker, youth worker and a presenter at the Parenting Place.

Outside of work, Naomi enjoys spending time with her three children and husband.

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Dr Barbara Disley

Barbara is the Group Chief Executive of Emerge Aotearoa. Barbara has extensive leadership and management experience leading large teams within the education and health sectors. She has held a number of senior public positions including Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation. In 1996 she was the inaugural chair of the Mental Health Commission and from 2002 till 2007 Barbara was Deputy Secretary Ministry of Education where she had responsibility for the integration of the special education service into the Ministry and for the overall leadership, funding and provision of special education services for children and young people. Barbara has also been a Principal Consultant for Cognition Education Ltd leading their research and evaluation team prior.

Barbara has a Doctorate in Education and in 2011 was made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

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Lynette Hutson

Lynette Hutson has over three decades of experience in the mental health sector in both New Zealand and overseas. She spent eight years as the National Director for the Salvation Army’s addictions and mental health services and has worked extensively at finding innovative ways to provide meaningful services for people.

“I am passionate about Platform|Atamira because it gives me an opportunity to share with like-minded people and work towards being more effective in the work that we do. I believe it is our privilege to represent the wider mental health and addictions sector to advocate for better systems processes and policies which will allow our sector to be responsive and effective,” she says.

Lynette has four children and five grandchildren. Outside of work she enjoys spending quality time with her family, walking, reading and doing a mix of creative things.


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I am currently the Kaiwhakahaere/Chief Executive for Purapura Whetu Trust and have held positions previously related to direct delivery of mental health and alcohol and other drug services to whanau.

I believe in keeping people well, I think prevention is a better intervention and I think all people deserve excellent care. As a clinician and māori health equity supporter, I am positive we will be able to help more whānau in the future by promoting a pro-equity, anti-racist health system.

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Kristina Sofele

Kristina Sofele is of Tongan descent, she has over 20 years of experience in statutory social work, community development, organisation and management from her work in government & community organisations. Currently she is National Operations Manager for Pacific NGO Vaka Tautua, working in areas of Mental Health & Addictions, Disability, Older Peoples and Financial Capability.

Kristina is married with three children and has three beautiful grandchildren. She is very involved in her church and Tongan community through organised sports and youth services.

"I’m looking forward to this new role on Platform|Atamira Board and working together with these wonderful people to reach to our Pacific communities."

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Dr Karleen Edwards

Dr Karleen Edwards is the current chief executive officer of MASH Trust. She has worked for seven years in health management roles in Australia, including as the chief executive of the Commission for Hospital Improvement and as chief executive of the Central Northern Adelaide Health Service. Before that, she held several roles in health in Canterbury. Dr Edwards trained as a psychiatrist and has an MBChB from Otago University and a Master of Business Administration from Canterbury University.