Our Staff

Adele Wilkinson | Centre Director

Adele was appointed as Centre Director at MHERC in mid-2011. Adele’s background includes more than fifteen years in management roles and spans several sectors, including health, education, not-for-profit, industry/economic development and science. While she is a newcomer to the mental health and social services sectors, her passion for helping to ‘making a difference’ has grown rapidly as has her understanding of the sector as she connects with, learns from and is inspired by those she works with in this environment. 

Sheree Menzies | IT/Resources

Sheree has been with MHERC since it began in 1994. Her passion for community mental health and education continues to evolve with the ever changing needs of the Canterbury community. She has Certificate in Community Psychiatric Care from Otago University. Sheree is responsible for online marketing, website and computer maintenance, library management and the production of the Canterbury Mental Health Directory.

Paula Rountree | Office Coordinator

Paula is the Office Coordinator at MHERC and is responsible for the day to day reception duties and administration tasks, including accounts. Paula has been working at MHERC since 1998 in a variety of administration roles. She has a Certificate in Community Psychiatric Care from Otago University, and has worked as a community support worker with people with intellectual disability and often dual diagnosis of mental illness. Paula enjoys meeting new people and helping people find the supports and tools that assist their recovery. 

Anne-Marie Gilmore | Senior Education Administrator

Anne-Marie comes from a background of event management and administration from a variety of different industry sectors. She is thoroughly enjoying working with the Education team in this busy and expanding area of bringing MHERCs services to professionals in the Mental Health sector.

Lee Henderson | Business Education Coordinator

Lee joined MHERC in June 2016. She is passionate about people, wellbeing and the evolving needs of the greater communities associated with post trauma and major events and has worked in numerous roles empowering vulnerable earthquake household claimants, within Canterbury. Lee has completed a Bachelor of Applied Management, Diploma in Marketing and currently Project Management and has a wide skill base and knowledge of communities, and businesses within Canterbury and the West Coast. Lee is enjoying the positive MHERC work and collaborative team environment and is looking forward to assisting businesses, staff and people with life challenges they are currently facing.

Judith Todd | Education Assistant

Judith has been part of the MHERC team since early 2012, initially as a volunteer helping in the library and at reception, but more recently has been employed on a part-time basis as an Administration Assistant – supporting the education team as well as assisting with cover at reception and in the library.  Judith enjoys being part of the MHERC team and helping people to locate resources, library items and the community support agencies available to assist them.



Our Trust Board

Rose Henderson (Chair)

Rose Henderson is currently the Director of Allied Health with the Specialist Mental Health Service of the Canterbury District Health Board. A registered social worker by profession Rose is also a Life Member of their professional body, the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers, having served many years on their governance board. Rose is passionate about fostering mental health services that are consumer centred and family inclusive and is a strong advocate of continuing professional development. Since the Canterbury earthquakes Rose has held a ‘psychosocial recovery’ portfolio working in collaboration with government agencies and non-governmental organisations to promote mental wellbeing as our community recovers. Rose is the newly appointed Chair of the MHERC Board.

Diane Phillips

Diane has worked in Mental Health Services for the past 20 years, in both inpatient and community based services. She has been a MHERC Trust Board member for the past 7 years, and has acted as relieving Co- Chairperson for the past year.  She has a strong strengths and recovery focus in her work, and is committed to combat stigma and discrimination and injustice against all service users/ tangata whai ora. Diane has Mental Health qualifications, and is also a qualified counsellor with provisional membership of NZAC, and  in the future intends to bring all of her experience together in her own counselling practice.

Tom Rericha

Tom Rericha brings many years of service to the mental health sector within the Christchurch community.  Tom carries with him qualifications within the psychology field of human sciences and brings all aspects of his training to consumers.  Because Tom is passionate in assisting consumers on their recovery journey and is prepared to go the extra mile, Tom represents a good fit for this role.

John Poppe

John is a qualified Chartered Accountant with his qualification gained under the Institute of Chartered Accountants, England & Wales, and is also a member of the New Zealand Institute. Most of his career has been spent working in the manufacturing sector, notably 20 years at New Zealand Steel.  During that time John had the satisfaction of seeing the organisation evolve into a successful business, and an important part of the local community. Since 2010 John has held senior financial roles within Specialist Mental Health Services at the Canterbury District Health Board. He has also held voluntary roles as Treasurer or Finance Representative for a school PTA and various faith based organisations. John resumed part time tertiary study in 2010, gaining a Diploma in Biblical Studies from Laidlaw College in 2013.

Charmaine Tukua

Charmaine is a Programme Leader at Te Puna Wānaka (Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology), where she has been tutoring for 20+ years within Te Reo Māori & Tikanga (Māori Language, Protocols & Customs) in various schools and services. She also provides service teaching into Mental Health, Nursing, Medical Imaging, Broadcasting, Social Work, Community Services and Human Services. Charmaine has worked in Mental Health with Te Pito Ora under the umbrella of Te Kakakura Health Services and also in various other Health/Community Services as a Nurse Aide, Carer, Māori Advisor and Representative. Charmaine holds the following qualifications: Post Graduate Diploma in Te Reo Māori, Bachelor in Māori Immersion Teaching, National Diploma in Mental Health Support Work, Diploma in Tertiary Learning & Teaching, Diploma in Adult Education, National Certificate in Adult Literacy Education and Certificate in Aged Care.

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