Trust Board

Naomi Cowan - Chairperson

Naomi is currently Chair of Platform Trust. She joined Platform as a Trustee in 2012.

“I’m involved with Platform because I believe that when providers work together collaboratively we can end up achieving better services and outcomes for individuals and their families,” Naomi says.

“With Platform, large and small organizations 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. She is Deputy Chair of the Sir Peter Black Marine Education Trust, which provides marine experiences for young people and is also a keen cyclist and movie buff.

Kay Fletcher

Kay has been involved with Platform since 2007 and has worked in the mental health sector for over 30 years.Most of Kay’s work has involved developing and leading community mental health teams within the Canterbury District Health Board’s clinical services. Kay has a particular interest in early intervention in psychosis services and services for people with high and complex needs.

“Platform gives the opportunity to showcase the capacity of the NGO sector to funders and central government.  NGO service delivery is the answer for a small country with high expectations of health services and limited resources,” Kay says.   


Kay left clinical services in 2006 to take up the role of Chief Executive with Comcare Trust, a large, innovative regional mental health support service provider in Canterbury.Kay lives and works in Christchurch.

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 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 three grandchildren. Outside of work she enjoys spending quality time with her family, walking, reading and doing a mix of creative things.

Rob Warriner

Rob has worked in the community mental health sector since 1993. Prior to this he worked in the textile industry, and was both a builder and dairy farmer.  

"Platform represents the most potent and creative elements of the community health sector. The energy, wisdom, generosity, inspiration and experience that is around the trustee’s table is awe-inspiring and humbling,” he says.


Outside of Platform Rob is the Chief Executive of WALSH Trust, a community health organisation that provides a range of mental health support and employment services in West Auckland. Rob relaxes through reading (currently working through Christopher Hitchens' tome Arguably), playing soccer, spending time with family, and willingly being wrapped around his granddaughter's little finger.

Dr Barbara Disley

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.

Donald Shand

Donald has over 30 years’ experience working in the areas of social welfare and social and community development.

“Platform is a brilliantly networked small body with a big voice. Being a trustee is a great opportunity to work with like-minded people hell-bent on improving mental health services in New Zealand,” Donald says.

Outside of Platform, Donald is Director of Operations at Pact, a community health organization that supports people with intellectual disabilities and those recovering from mental illness.  Donald is also involved in a number of Dunedin community groups and he enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren, as well as reading, watching films, music and DIY.

Jacqui Graham

In 1989 Jacqui founded what is now known as the Wise Group, through which she has played a key role in developing numerous organisations and solutions nationally and internationally.

Jacqui originally trained as a Psychiatric Nurse and holds a Master of Business Administration.  Jacqui describes herself as a social entrepreneur who is part of a growing number of entrepreneurs internationally who choose to direct their skills to social good.

Acknowledged as an expansive thinker, Jacqui contributes at a governance level as Chairman and Director of Trusts and Companies on numerous government committees including Better Public Services and as an external reviewer on the State Services Performance Improvement Framework Team.