Our Board

 Kevin Kevin Tiernan- Chairman
I am a Detective Senior Sergeant with the New Zealand Police and have been a Police Officer for over 30 years. I have worked in Auckland City (17 yrs), Nelson (7 years) and currently in Counties Manukau (6 years). I have recently been the Officer in Charge of Adult Sexual Assaults for the Counties Manukau Police District. In that role I worked closely and collaboratively with staff from CSC to achieve the best possible outcomes for victims of sexual abuse. I have seen first-hand the practical support provided to victims of sexual abuse in the initial acute crisis stage of reporting the incident to the police.I am also aware of the longer term benefits of providing ongoing counselling, a role that CSC does extremely well and has done so for the people of South Auckland for almost 30 years.   As a result of that role and given the close association that I had with CSC I was invited to join the board in April 2013, which I was very happy to accept. I feel privileged to be a part of a team that provides such an important service to the people of South Auckland. I took over the role of chairman of the Board of Trustees in August 2015.On a personal note I have been married to Rose for 35 years and we have 3 adult children and 2 young grandsons. In my spare time I enjoy boating and doing building projects.
Christine Christine Benson – Secretary
I have been a team leader and trainer for the Ministry of Justice, Youth Programme Manager for the Order of St John and now work in community development for Auckland Council in South Auckland. I have been involved with the Board of CSC since 2004 having been invited when I was working at Papakura District Court. In more recent years I have fulfilled the Board Secretary role. I also sit on two committee’s supporting the work of St John in the Manukau area – a financial / support committee and a youth committee.The work that CSC does in our local area is invaluable. I am pleased to contribute to this in whatever small way. The staff who are involved are compassionate, professional and make a real difference in the lives of people in our community. I have been brought up to give back through volunteering, and I also learn a lot from my involvement that helps me to continue to grow.I am close to my extended family who all live in the local area. I enjoy gardening, reading, walking, spending time with friends and family, going to movies and travelling. I have studied a degree in communication part time whilst working and love working with people.
   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  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.