Our board

Julie Nelson

Chair Te Pou board and executive chair of the Wise Trust

Julie has vast knowledge and experience in the areas of governance, infrastructure services, leading complex services and development of community-based solutions.

Julie is a strong advocate for quality housing and effective wrap-around support services for our most vulnerable people. She is proud of the pioneering role she has played in bringing Housing First to New Zealand.

As co-founder and previous joint chief executive of the Wise Group, Julie was involved in founding Te Pou. She now holds various governance roles throughout the group.

“We’re focused on imagining fresh possibilities for people and to do this we must play our part and drive system change.”

Shelley Campbell

Chief executive, Wise Group

Previously CEO of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Cancer Society, Shelley has held roles as chief executive at Sir Peter Blake Trust and Waikato Primary Health.

Shelley’s extensive background in the health sector saw her become a member of the New Zealand Health and Disability System Review Panel 2019-2020. She oversaw the Better Sooner More Convenient health business cases for the Minister of Health’s reforms in Auckland.

Shelley is the co-chair of the Cancer Agency (Te Aho o Te Kahu) and chaired the Minister’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Taskforce. A member of the New Zealand Order of Merit – health and disability, she is also an Honorary Captain of the Royal New Zealand Navy. In 2007 Shelley was awarded a Sir Peter Blake emerging leader award.

A strong advocate for reducing health inequities, Shelley believes the most effective health systems are those that invest in and develop community and primary health care services and supports.

Jacqui Bennion

Co-founder, Wise Group

Jacqui Bennion is the co-founder and previous joint chief executive of the Wise Group, and executive trustee on the Wise Trust board.

Jacqui has a nursing background, holds a Master of Business Administration and has been involved in developing multiple organisations throughout New Zealand.

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.

Richie Poulton

Research professor, University of Otago

Professor Richie Poulton is director of the University of Otago’s Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit which conducts the world-renowned Dunedin longitudinal study, one of the most detailed studies of human health and development ever undertaken. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and in 2010 was the joint recipient of the RSNZ Dame Joan Metge Medal for excellence and building relationships in the social science research community. In 2014, he was appointed to the part-time role of Chief Science Advisor to the Ministry of Social Development.

Fran Silvestri

Director, International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL)

Fran has an MBA from the Whitemore School of Economics, in the US, and was the chief executive for Monadnock Family Services, also in the US. Fran contributes to Te Pou by linking Te Pou and its programmes to other international organisations; supporting the development of a robust mental health-designed leadership development programme; and assisting in building a strong board and recruiting senior leaders. He says the future workforce for the mental health sector will determine whether recovery principles become a reality. “Te Pou has an opportunity to build a workforce programme that builds capacity and leadership in New Zealand.”

Josiah Tualamali’i

Board member, and wellbeing consultant

Josiah is a Samoan and Pākehā whakapapa and grew up in Christchurch and Dunedin. Alongside a group of Pacific youth who had been encouraged into leadership by their elders, co-founded PYLAT a charitable trust who empower Pacific young people’s voices in all worlds. In 2015 he was appointed to the board of one of our Wise Group Whānau Boards – Le Va. His appointment was to ensure that the largest Pacific population, those under 25, have a voice in all decisions of Le Va. He has also supported this in other settings, such as being a panel member of the 2018 Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction.

Josiah studied Politics and History at University of Canterbury and is a board member of a number of organisations to empower Pacific people’s voices in decision making, wellbeing generally and to strengthen governance. Now a postgraduate student, in 2021 he co-led the petition to parliament calling for recognition of the dawn raids and successfully sought an apology from the Government. He has four brothers, sings and is a major railfan.

Dean Rangihuna

Te Kaihapai/Maori Consumer Advisor, Canterbury District Health Board

Dean is of Ngati-Porou (father’s side) and Ngati Hei (mother’s side) decent. He is the father of four boys, two of whom are on the autism spectrum. Dean has worked in mental health and addiction for over 20 years’, providing a lived experience Māori cultural perspective into policy, planning and service development for tangata whāiora. He has worked in crisis resolution, forensic, adult, and child and youth inpatient services minimising restraint and seclusion events for Māori.

In 2017, Dean was appointed to the Safe Practice Effective Communication (SPEC) governance committee, and the Health Quality Safety Commission’s Māori Advisory Group working towards zero seclusion. He was a panel member of the 2018 Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, and in 2020 was appointed to the Māori expert reference panel for the Suicide Prevention Office. He is extremely passionate about capacity and capability building for Māori workforce development and peer support in the mental health and addiction sector.

He believes in putting people and whānau at the centre in everything we do and listening to their voices. Dean’s mantra is to be a servant to the people, and people might remember what you said or did, but they will remember how you made them feel.

Dr Lyndy Mathews

Primary care psychiatrist, deputy chair for Partnerships – RANZCP

Lyndy is a general psychiatrist seeing people from their teens into older age, and their families and friends. She has an extensive background as a clinician, in service director and governance roles, including ten years in Māori Mental Health services. She is currently working in the Waikato as a primary care psychiatrist, a novel role supporting GPs and facilitating integrated mental health care across the Midland region.

She is the deputy chair for Partnerships for the RANZCP. Lyndy’s past roles include chairing the New Zealand Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and the Council of Medical Colleges of New Zealand. She was the first lead psychiatrist for the National Telehealth Service. Expert advisory roles have included MH Workforce 2020, Blueprint II, the National Depression Initiative and Te Pou’s Clinical Advisory Group.

Lyndy is committed to changing ‘how we work’ to improve care for all New Zealanders; having a special interest in destigmatising mental illness, improving mental health literacy and improving equity and access to effective mental health care.

Covid-19 Update

Under the Orange setting, we do not require a vaccine pass to attend in-person workshops. Participants are encouraged to wear a face mask when attending an in-person workshop, and physical distancing will be maintained. Online workshops continue to be available.