Our Board

ANCAD is very proud to have such an esteemed Board who come from diverse backgrounds, bringing many key skills and strengths to their oversight. ANCAD is grateful for their long-standing commitment and passion to the cause.

Brian Putt

Chairperson

Brian Putt

Chairperson

Brian is a self-employed town planner with 37 years of professional work in local, district, regional and central government planning.

Brian is a self-employed town planner with 37 years of professional work in local, district, regional and central government planning. He has a long involvement with North Shore community organisations from his time as a councillor on the former Northcote Borough Council (from 1980). He was part of the establishment of Awataha Marae and Onepoto Awhina.

Brian was an elected councillor on the inaugural North Shore City Council from 1989 -1992. He chaired the Northcote Soccer Club for 6 years and was a member and Chair of the Northcote College Board of Trustees for 7 years. Brian’s interests remain in the strategic purpose and function of community development.

He sees his professional skills as a valuable tool to assist in helping ANCAD confront and liaise with central and local government organisations.

Brian is married with 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren. He has lived in Northcote for 37 years.

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Lisa Easte

Deputy Chair

Lisa Easte

Deputy Chair

Lisa has over 30 years of experience in community and youth development with a passion for family, youth and community.

Lisa has over 30 years of experience in community and youth development with a passion for family, youth and community.  She also has a passion for building strong community relationships that build up cultures of achievement and excellence.

Lisa has held positions with Youthline, Foundation for Youth Development and North Shore Budget Services. Trained with a MSc in Psychology, Lisa has also gained skills in teaching both youth and adults, and has been involved with counselling and supervision work.

Lisa moved into management with strategic and financial planning and was involved with training and development of workforces.

Lisa currently is the deputy chairperson of ANCAD and sits on the board of NZ Marine Industry Association.

Lisa has key expertise in the following areas: strategic, business and operational planning, budgeting and financial reporting and accountability, community engagement and development, staff management, event management, relationship and stakeholder management and networking.

Lisa worked for 3 years as HR Manager for Southern Spars with their people development.

Since 2020 Lisa has worked as a consultant working with management and HR situations for several companies.

She has lived and worked on the North Shore for most of her life. She is an alumni of Northcote college and Auckland University. Lisa has an adult daughter and continues to advocate for community-led development and access to health services, especially for those in mental health and youth development.

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Maria Lafaele

Board Member

Maria Lafaele

Board Member

Born of Samoan decent, Maria is a graduate from the University of Auckland.

Born of Samoan decent, Maria is a graduate from the University of Auckland. She is currently working as a Project Manager for the Planning Funding and Outcomes team at Auckland DHB and Waitemata DHB.

Prior to that, Maria worked as a Pacific Careers Consultant for the University of Auckland Career Centre and also for the WDHB Clinical Research & Resources Centre as a Pacific Researcher Assistant. She is serving the communities through her work as an Advisor Board member of the North Shore Pasifika Forum, a trustee board member to the North Shore Women’s Centre and also Healthlink North.

Maria has a strong interest in communities and in particular, a passion for Pasifika communities looking at the transition experienced by many families arriving and living in New Zealand.

She would like to see the Pasifika communities on the North Shore strengthened and empowered to achieve their aspirations.

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Peter Norman

Board Member

Peter Norman

Board Member

Peter is the Superintendent of the Northcote and Takapuna Methodist Parish.

Peter is the Superintendent of the Northcote and Takapuna Methodist Parish.

Peter worked in the wine industry for over twenty years and left the position of winemaker with a large New Zealand company in 1998.

In 1999 Peter entered Theological College and spent the next nine years studying. He emerged with a number of degrees including a Masters in Theology and a Graduate Diploma in Sociology.

Peter’s first appointment was to a Presbyterian Methodist Cooperating Venture in Motueka.

Driven by a passion for community-led development, Peter took on a number of roles in the not-for-profit sector. He was a member of Motueka and Districts Preschool and Whānau Trust Board for six years and as chairperson for three years. His involvement also included trustee for the Motueka Short Term Accommodation Trust, Chairperson for the Collaboration of Agencies and community panel member for Nelson Restorative Justice.

He was also involved in a number of community initiatives including affordable housing and Vision Motueka.

Peter moved from Motueka to Takapuna in July 2014. He is married to Lynnette and they have five adult children.

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Madison O’Dwyer

Board Secretary

Madison O’Dwyer

Board Secretary

Madison comes from a background in community-led development, social leadership and artivism (art + activism).

Madison comes from a background in community-led development, social leadership and artivism (art + activism). She is currently studying a Bachelor of Business Management at Massey University.

Madison designed and delivered Splice’s ‘Heartful Arts’ programme – a nationwide community arts initiative – and worked as a facilitator to deliver the internationally-esteemed social leadership course, ‘Active Citizens’ in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Samoa.

Madison is passionate about socially sustainable communities, social entrepreneurship and authentic corporate social responsibility.

In her spare time, Madison attempts obscure crafts and spoils her dogs.

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Jan Rutledge QSM

Board Member

Jan Rutledge QSM

Board Member

Jan has worked in the housing and social services sector for 15 years.

Jan has worked in the housing and social services sector for 15 years. She was appointed to the role of General Manager at De Paul House in May 2014. During this time, Jan has overseen the considerable expansion of its services and housing provision.

Jan is an experienced and capable manager with roles in a number of government and NGO networks including:

  • Housing External Focus Group which meets with the Ministry of Social Development and Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Auckland District Council of Social Services; Housing sub-committee
  • New Zealand Council of Christian Social Service; Impacts of Policy and Exclusion Policy Group
  • Housing Connections – a network of Auckland emergency/transitional housing providers
  • Auckland Catholic Housing network
  • Board member of Auckland North Community and Development

Jan also has a Bachelor of Arts (History) and is a graduate of the Not for Profit Management Diploma (Unitec).

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