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. Sheree is responsible for 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 |  Education Coordinator

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.

Sarah Blair | Education Events Administrator

Sarah joined MHERC in February 2018. She immigrated to New Zealand from Scotland in 2001 and proudly became a New Zealand citizen in 2011. Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Management - Majoring in Events Management in 2018. Things she loves most other than her family and friends are squash, events, reading and being outdoors. Sarah is excited to be a part of the MHERC team and looks forward to working with individuals and professionals within the Mental Health sector.

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.


Board of Trustees

Kaye Johnston - Acting Chairperson

Rose Henderson - Chairperson (On leave of absence since 26 April 2017)

John Poppe - Finance Representative

Tom Rericha

Charmaine Tukua 

Karl Ruddenklau

Joyce Harris