Our People

Sue Paton

Sue Paton

Sue started as dapaanz Executive Director July 2015 and was on the Executive for two years before this. She has a long history working in addictions as a practitioner, youth counsellor, manager and advisor.

Sue came to dapaanz from the Health Promotion Agency where she was Principal Advisor Addictions.

Position Executive Director

Clare Gibson

Clare Gibson

 

Clare was born and bred in Wellington,  is the proud mother of two teenage daughters, and loves to live life to the full with friends and family.  

 

Position Office Manager

Karen Meintjes

Karen Meintjes

 

Karen and her husband recently immigrated from South Africa to windy Wellington. Karen is an avid cat lover, she is loving life in beautiful Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Position Registrar

Ian MacEwan

Ian MacEwan

Ian has 47 years experience in addiction treatment, including working with homeless,  in half-way houses, community detoxification,  community treatment services; he was at the set-up of the National Addiction Centre, Kina Trust, and as the Executive Director of dapaanz for 13 years.

 Ian continues to practice  privately and serves on various professional panels including the addiction experts panel for the Health & Disability Commissioner.

Position Complaints Convener

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Ben Birks Ang

Ben Birks Ang

Ben is National Youth Services Advisor for Odyssey, Auckland and the New Zealand Drug Foundation. He has a passion for empowering communities and supporting rangatahi to build on their resiliency and expand their views of who they can become. Ben is a Registered Practitioner and Accredited Supervisor.

Position Acting Chair

Dr Denise Blake

Dr Denise Blake

Dr Denise Blake has engaged in the social justice sector as consumer, health professional and researcher for over 20 years. She currently works at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research at Massey University where her work in the social justice space informs her commitment to the welfare of vulnerable populations both withn a disaster context and more generally.

Selina Elkington

Selina Elkington

Selina is Clinical Coordinator at He Waka Tapu, Christchurch. She has been an addiction practitioner for 11 years and is a Registered Practitioner and Accredited Supervisor.

Mike Kilioni

Mike Kilioni

Mike has worked in the addiction and mental health field for the past 15 years and is registered with DAPPANZ as an AOD Practitioner and Accredited Clinical Supervisor. He has extensive experience working within hospital settings including the Regional Forensic and Rehabilitation Service in Porirua (Te Korowai Whariki) and the Acute Inpatient Ward at Wellington Hospital. Mike has run several groups within the community, Probation Service and he currently delivers a contract with Ministry of Justice in Wellington.

Suzy Morrison

Suzy Morrison

Suzy has lived experience of addiction and long term recovery.  In early recovery, Suzy trained as a social worker and worked for several years as part of the Community AIDS Resource Team supporting people living with and affected by HIV.  During her time with CART, Suzy trained as a counsellor and went on to work as a practitioner in the addiction sector for fifteen years. She has worked in a range of services including Higher Ground Residential Drug Treatment centre, and Auckland Community Alcohol and Drug Service. Today Suzy is he Project Lead with responsibility for consumer projects with Matua Raḵi, the Aotearoa, New Zealand National Addiction Workforce Development Centre within Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui.

Annabel Prescott

Annabel Prescott

Annabel has been involved in the addictions sector for the past 15 years holding a variety of roles including, clinical, supervision, academic, research and has previously been a DAPAANZ executive member.  She is currently completing her PhD looking at how school develop and implement their school drug policies, with a hope this will open up conversations to improve primary prevention and secondary interventions within school settings.

Position Executive Board, Annabel Prescott | Dapaanz

Paul Schreuder

Paul Schreuder

Paul has over 25 years experience in the field as a counsellor for NSAD, a facilitator for after-care, facilitator for PGF relapse prevention, lecturer in addiction studies and DAPANNZ supervisor. He is passionate about practice and integrating the arts with therapy.

Debby Sutton

Debby Sutton

Debby is Programme Manager,  Odyssey (Auckland), with a main focus on coordinating the Counties Manukau AOD Provider Collaborative. She has worked in the addiction treatment sector for 20 years in a variety of roles. Debby is a Standard Member.

Takurua Tawera

Takurua Tawera

Takurua Tawera is Pou Whakarae for dapaanz. The Pou Whakarae role is nominated by the Māori caucus and has voting rights on the dapaanz board. Takurua works at Moana House, Dunedin as Pou Whakahaere. He is a registered practitioner.