Dr Geoff Bridgman - Chair
I have worked in the fields of mental health, disability and latterly in social practice as a lecturer and researcher based in Unitec’s Department of Social Practice. I have extensive Committee and Board experience as secretary, treasurer and most recently President of the Auckland Branch and the National body of Supporting Families in Mental illness. I am currently a member of three other Boards as well as VFC. I bring extensive research experience in fields as diverse as media violence, Maori and deaf mental health, men in early childhood education, and the evaluation of community services and projects.
Lucy Liang - Board Member
I have more than 20 years’ experience with the New Zealand government in immigration and ethnic affairs. I used to manage operations for the Office of Ethnic Communities, part of the NZ Department of Internal Affairs. I lead work with ethnic communities on business and trade opportunities; government responsiveness to ethnic people’s needs; and social harmony.
Born in Beijing, I migrated to New Zealand in 2000. The State Services Commission recognised me as a future leader and with their Ria McBride Public Management Award 2007, I completed my MBA at Auckland University. I believe that dreams and goals can be achieved with hard work and determination. My spare time interests include nurturing good leadership for young women and for community groups, being a Mentor at YWCA Future Leaders Programme and a donor for various charities; and making positive changes for New Zealand. Currently a mother of 2 young children, I would like to contribute my skills and expertise to the Violence Free Communities focusing on violence prevention, particularly for children.
Boyd Clark - Board Member
Boyd is originally from the UK and immigrated to NZ in the early 90’s. He holds the position of Director with One Big Adventure. He leads a dedicated group of staff who all work together to make sure that all guests at our facilities have the most enjoyable time during their stay. Boyd is married to Johanne and they have four children. Boyd answered Gods call in coming to One Big Adventure as the Director. Having been employed in various junior and senior management roles over the years, culminating in the four years prior to coming to One Big Adventure running his own consultancy business. Boyd is passionate that children, teens, youth and adults will encounter God in and through the facilities One Big Adventure operate.
Rochelle Young - Board Member
I have a diverse professional career which spans corporate positions in IT Technology Sales, Recruitment through to delivering community based projects. My previous position supporting and managing some key projects with the local Regional Sporting Trust has ignited my growing interest in supporting and building strong safe communities. I now want to support and help develop and strengthen from a strategic position.
I have also volunteered as a Project K mentor where I have in the past mentored 4 high school students (2 boys and 2 girls), a worthy if not at times challenging project.
I am an active mother of 1 hearing impaired 6 year old who is an absolute delight to my husband and I. Although we deal with challenges on a daily basis we have learnt to take them in our stride and embrace the path life has chosen for us.
I am also an active member of two local cycling and Triathlon clubs and am a coach and cycle skills instructor – working with children and beginner cyclists.
Gary Stewart - Treasurer/Board Member
I retired last year from my role as Henderson Budgeting Service Manager. I am currently also on the board of the Waitemata Community Law Centre and the Henderson Community Men's Shed. I have a life long interest in community well-being and justice. I'm painfully aware that most domestic violence is perpetrated by members of my gender, and so I was somewhat reluctant to put my name forward for this board, however I also believe if I'm not part of the solution, I'm part of the problem, so here I am.
Jerry Tanguay - Board Member
I'm originally from Canada and came to New Zealand via Australia as a backpacker 51 years ago.
I am married with three children and eight grand children ( six of whom are in Auckland hence our reason for shifting here three and a half years ago).
I have been employed in Social Work (as a practitioner, supervisor and manager) for thirty five years and manager of an Association of twenty five Kindergartens for eleven years.
I am an addicted traveler as well as actively involved in political issues with particular interest in fairness, social justice and peace.
I feel privileged to have the opportunity to contribute to Violence Free Communities as a Board Member.