Chief Executive/City Missioner, Auckland City Mission.
Helen has a wealth of experience in social services and a deep understanding of the social issues facing Aotearoa and a commitment to justice and equity in our country.
Helen’s adult life has been devoted to addressing our country’s social issues. Starting as a youth worker and social worker, she subsequently gained a broad range of experience primarily in a community development context. She has worked with some of New Zealand’s most excluded and marginalised people in a range of organisations and roles.
Prior to Helen’s installation as Auckland City Missioner in 2021, she held the role of General Manager of Social Services at the Mission for four years. In that time, she led the development of services to include a Housing First programme and the opening of two transitional housing programmes including one specifically for women. Helen has led significant improvements in all services to provide a dignified experience for people needing the Mission’s support.
A Victoria University graduate in law and social policy, Helen recently (2019) completed a Masters of Social and Community Leadership.