Meet our awesome team!
Memo is a health executive with substantial leadership and management experience in the New Zealand and United Kingdom health systems. He has substantial background, knowledge and understanding of mental health and addictions systems and services having trained as mental health nurse and a clinical nurse specialist in cognitive behavioural therapy in the United Kingdom. Memo has collectively served over 20 years as a Chief Executive within the health sector having successfully led significant change and growth in a variety of health-related settings including mental health and addictions. He also has substantial experience at a governance level.
Memo says working for Platform|Atamira is a privilege and an hounour to contribute to the collective and meaningful efforts of the Mental Health and Addictions (MH&A) NGO and community sector. The capability and value of this sector in supporting people with mental health distress and addiction in the community is the backbone of the MH&A system. Often, this is understated and not widely celebrated.
Memo is married with two children, now young adults. Memo lives in Whanganui he calls paradise.
Personal interests or hobbies include gardening, playing squash and tennis, travelling, flying, and cooking recipes from around the world. He is a football fanatic, used to play and coach and now enjoys officiating as a football referee.
Abigail is the policy lead at Platform, organising and writing submissions, analysing research and strategic policy, and engaging with our members and wider stakeholders. Her recent background is in mental health and addiction research, with specific expertise in examining national collections data, alongside working on service-user led programmes to end stigma and discrimination. She has a passion for ensuring equity within the wider social system and ensuring the lived experience voice is front and center.
Her personal interests include all things outdoors - gardening, walking, hiking, mountain biking, and skiing. She is also a major bookworm and can often be found at literary festivals around the country.
Fiona is new to the MH&A sector after many years working as an administrator, teacher and in the banking world.
She is enjoying the challenge of her role as Memo’s assistant and learning about the importance and value of Platform’s contribution to its members and the fight to create equity amongst the social system.
She has lived in New Zealand for 30 years and has two grown sons. Out of work, she is incredibly passionate about anything to do with music, film and theatre. She loves reading and keeping fit and healthy.