| Megan Pickett- Trustee
I am a senior compliance and risk management professional with extensive experience of developing, implementing and overseeing best in class compliance and governance programmes. I recently moved to BNZ as a Manager in the audit function having spent 14+ years at Fonterra in audit, policy and governance roles.
I have a strong passion for working with youth and have spent time mentoring within the Foundation for Youth Development. I previously spent time working with and teaching youth in the performing arts prior to moving to Auckland in 2008.
I am of Maori descent and now live in Onehunga, having also lived in Australia and the UK. I have also spent a significant amount of time working abroad in South America, America, Europe, China, and South East Asia.
I am passionate about music, health, exercise and general wellbeing and in my spare time I can regularly be found working out at a community based organisation in South Auckland.
| Debra Law- Trustee
I am the principal of Law & Associates, which is a law practice based in Manukau. The firm, which was established in 2010, focuses on all aspects of property, commercial and family law. Prior to that I was a partner of Wood Ruck Manukau. In the course of working in the Manukau community for 18 years, I have worked with victims of domestic and other abuse and am very aware of the need for organisations such as Counselling Services Centre.
I feel it is important to give back to the community which is why I was happy to accept an invitation to be a member of the Board. I have a grown up family and live in Karaka along with a number of dogs, horses and alpacas.
| Richard O’Connor- Trustee
I am a Detective Senior Sergeant with the New Zealand Police. I have been a Police Officer for over 21 years and have spent my Policing career working in the Counties Manukau District. I have been fortunate enough to have also done 2 overseas deployments, 6 months in the Solomon Islands (2006) and 6 months in Timor-Leste (East Timor) working for the UN (2010)
I am currently the Officer in Charge of Adult Sexual Assault for the Counties Manukau District, in this role I work closely and collaboratively with other Countries and Police Districts throughout New Zealand. Working with victims of sexual assault brings its own challenges, even more so I find it hugely rewarding particularly when achieving positive outcomes for the victims of sexual abuse.
I was invited to join the CSC Board in December 2016, my role is made easier by working closely with the skilled and committed staff at Counselling Services Centre (CSC). Working collaboratively with CSC from the outset particularly in acute cases, I have seen first-hand the benefits it provides not only to the vulnerable victims but also to the integrity of the investigation. It is important to know that the staff at CSC will provide ongoing support and counselling and have done so for the wider community of South Auckland for over 30 years (since 1986).
I am married to Debbie and we have 2 children, in my spare time I enjoy time out on the water fishing and doing handy man work around the home.