Board & Staff Profiles


Brian Putt - Chairperson

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 NSCSS 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.

Lisa Easte - Deputy Chair

Lisa Easte has over 25 years of experience in community and youth development with a passion for family, youth and community. A passion for building strong community relationships to build up cultures of achievement and excellence. Lisa has held long time positions with Youthline and Foundation for Youth Development. Trained with a MSc in Psychology Lisa has also gained skills in teaching both youth and adults, counselling and supervision. Moving into management with strategic and financial planning as well as training and development of workforces. Lisa currently is the vice chair of ANCAD (Auckland North Community and Development) and sits on the board of NSBS (North Shore Budgeting services) and Healthlink North. Recently Lisa has worked with a not for profit to develop a business plan for merger of two services, project manager and facilitator of an intergenerational forum for Auckland Council and undertook key interviews and research for a community organisation. 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 is currently working with Southern Spars with their people development as the company grows after the recent America’s cup win. Lisa 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 mental health and youth development. 

Maria Lafaele - Board Member

Born of Samoan decent, Maria is a graduate from the University of Auckland. She is currently working as a Project Manager for Planning Funding and Outcomes team at Auckland DHB and Waitemata DHB. Prior to that, she 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 Pasefika Forum, a trustee board member to the North Shore Women Centre and Healthlink North. She has a strong interest in communities and in particular a passion for Pacific 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. 

Peter Norman - Board Member

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 he 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. His 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.

Jan Rutledge - Board Member

Jan Rutledge, has worked in the emergency housing, social services sector for 14 years.  Jan has a Bachelor of Arts, History and is a graduate of the Not for Profit Management Diploma (Unitec). 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, now 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


Fiona Brennan - General Manager

Fiona has over 25 years of leadership experience in the not-for-profit sector in the UK and NZ for a range of community organisations at board and executive level, including Auckland Deaf Society, Overview Effect and Volunteering Auckland. She helps build strong and sustainable organisations through effective management and leadership and a collaborative approach. Fiona is a BA Hons Theology and Religious Studies graduate, she holds a Graduate Diploma in Non-Profit Management and is studying on the Master of Public Policy Programme at the University of Auckland.

Simon Ritchie - Capability Building - Communications - Strategic Partnerships

Simon joined ANCAD with a background as a trainer, school teacher and school principal, having dedicated 15 years in the classroom helping students from primary through to secondary school level to flourish and succeed. With a stint as Auckland Regional Manager for a Levin-based marketing company, followed by time in the real estate industry helping families to move on with the next chapter in their housing lives, Simon turned his hand toward giving community groups a helping hand and completed a one year, time-away overseas, in a voluntary capacity, working with various charitable groups to advance the needs of the poor in the area. Simon enjoys reading and catching up with the news, latest trends and developments and enjoying time with his wife Sarah and cat Sir Monty, living locally on the North Shore.

Deb Humphries - Co-ordinator North Shore Family Violence Prevention and Safer Whanau Project

Deb has worked across the North Shore community sector for the last 20+ years. Her past employment history has seen her involved in the fields of education, social services, health and disability and since 2007 — the family violence intervention and prevention sector. With teaching, child psychology and child protection qualifications initially she worked within The Salvation Army Community Ministries situated in Glenfield. She then worked with Community Child and Family Services, at North Shore Hospital employed by the WDHB. In 2007 she recruited into the role of the North Shore Advocate for children and young people who have witnessed family violence, a role established by the former North Shore Women’s Refuge / Safer Families Foundation. With a background in teaching, Deb is passionate about community-led development, empowering strength-based solutions and promoting behavioural change that supports improved wellbeing and thriving communities. She believes our whole community benefits when we work towards supporting safer whānau for our children to be nurtured and cherished within. It truly takes a village to raise a child.

Susan Moyle - Accountant

Susan has a long involvement in non-profit organisations, in a wide range of both voluntary and unpaid roles. This includes current volunteer roles with Air Training Corps No 6 (North Shore) Squadron and Gutter Kitties Cat Rescue & Shelter. Susan has a degree in accountancy, which included a special project focused on new reporting requirements, and spearheaded the early adoption and implementation of the current reporting standards by ANCAD. Her role with ANCAD allows her to combine a passion for the community sector with her enjoyment of working with finances and supporting community organisations.

Geoff Andrews – Programme Manager Auckland Community Accounting

Geoff is passionate about the Charity Sector and has worked extensively with volunteers in the education, health and social services fields with many years of management experience. He is a trained teacher and completed his bachelor’s degree in Education and Political Studies through the University of Auckland along with a Post — Graduate Diploma in Education. He was awarded a Travelling Fellowship to study gifted education in the United Kingdom. After teaching he commenced a role as the Manager Donor Services managing the blood collection from voluntary blood donors at the Auckland Regional Blood Service. Following this he became Director of MAINZ (Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand) a division of Tai Poutini Polytechnic. This was followed by an appointment as the Northern Regional Manager of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. It was during this period that Geoff completed a Post — Graduate Diploma in Business and Administration (Human Resources) and a Master of Business Studies (in Management) both through Massey University. This was followed by 10 years as CEO of an Auckland based charity before commencing his  current role.Geoff is a registered independent marriage celebrant.

Kim Bennett - Auckland Community Accounting Coordinator: Maori-Pasifika

Iwi — Te Arawa
Hapu — Ngati Whakaue and Ngati Pikiao

Kim has a Diploma in Valuation (now Bachelor of Property) from the University of Auckland: School of Architecture.  His professional career spans over 21 years as CEO of Ladstone Holdings specialising in all facets of Commercial Property Investment, Development and Management. He has joined ANCAD and the Auckland Community Accounting team to contribute his broad range of business experience. 


Pale Sauni - Auckland Community Accounting Coordinator: Maori-Pasifika

Samoan born, New Zealand educated. Pale has a background in social development, health and the tertiary sector with a focus on Pasifika trans-formative teaching and learning. He has a vast network of Pasifika language and cultural providers nationwide, such as the Pasifika Education Centre (PEC) and the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, with access to resources and qualified experts in Tongan, Fijian, Cook Islands, Niuean and Tongan languages. He also has extensive experience in facilitation and evaluation, with over fifteen years’ work in designing tailored learning to Pasifika communities primarily in the Auckland and Far North regions. As well as working with ANVCAD, Pale is the Cultural Advisor for Ako Aotearoa, Lead Pasifika Education Facilitator for ACE Aotearoa, and the Pasifika Community Educator for Foundation North. Previously held positions include: Manu-Koloa, Pasifika Advisor for the Commission for Financial Capability with special interest in Pasifika perspectives in finance and cultural obligations. Pale is also a key facilitator in the PEC Pacific Knowledge and Competency Training, an interactive programme for corporate and community practitioners, who want to know more about how to engage and interact effectively with Pacific families and individuals.