Our values


An innovative, sustainable strengths-based volunteer workforce

Board members

Julia Howard - Chair

Julia has lived in the district for over 18 years, she is married to Jonathan and has two Children James who lives in Amsterdam and Hannah who lives in Seattle.

Julie has worked in the telecommunications industry for nearly 20 years and presently works for 2degrees mobile as the Southern Regional Sales Manager.  She feels privileged to be on the board of Wellbeing North Canterbury such an amazing organization with fantastic people delivering much needed services in our community.  Julia is passionate about many things including swimming, hiking, food, friends, family and her two beautiful crazy Labradors.

David Brandts-Giesen - Deputy Chair

David lives in Rangiora with his wife and young children. He has lived in the Rangiora area for most of his life. He enjoys being part of the North Canterbury community.

The first part of David’s career was working as a Podiatrist in Christchurch. He then worked for several years practicing podiatry and health promotion in rural and remote parts of North and Western Queensland. He became involved in health service management while in Queensland and now works in a management role at the Canterbury District Health Board – leading the team responsible for the employment, workforce planning, and rostering of Resident Medical Officers.

David is passionate about community wellbeing and bring a strong interest in primary health care to the Trust. His interest in HR and risk management is also useful in the not for profit sector.

Anna Lloyd - Trustee

Anna lives in Christchurch with her husband and two young children but has worked in Rangiora for the last eight years and sees herself as very much a part of the North Canterbury community.

Anna is a partner at Brandts-Giesen McCormick Lawyers and predominantly practices family law, which includes representing children in the Family Court. She is passionate about people and all aspects of their wellbeing and considers it a privilege to serve on the board of Wellbeing North Canterbury.

 Catherine McMillan - Trustee

Catherine has lived in the Waimakariri District for 20 years. During that time she has been actively involved with a variety of community organisations.

She has experience in the public sector, corporate business and education, in both senior management and governance roles. Catherine is a Chartered Accountant and currently has her own consultancy business which focuses on professional and executive education, strategy development and business re-structuring.

Mary Sparrow - Trustee

Mary has lived in the Waimakariri District for more than 35 years and has had extensive involvement with the community, including as a member of the North Canterbury Soroptimists since the early 1980.  She has been involved with farming, the building industry and as a consultant reporting on a range of community issues including social needs and recreation.  From 2001 to 2014 Mary was employed by the Waimakariri District Council as a policy analyst focusing on social policy and resource management issues.  She is currently working on contract to Environment Canterbury advising on social and recreation issues associated with water management in the Waimakariri Water Management Zone.



 Marie Black - Trustee

Currently Deputy Mayor and Hurunui District Council representative on Community Wellbeing North Canterbury board, I am proud to have the opportunity to enhance wellbeing in North Canterbury.  Born and bred in the Hurunui district I have a deep affection for the community.  I have worked for the New Zealand Plunket Society since 1992 across both the Hurunui and Waimakariri districts and therefore bring a strong understanding of rural living, its strengths and complexities.

It is a great privilege to witness first hand the dedication and commitment that Community Wellbeing North Canterbury delivers to our community.



 Peter Allen

Peter Allen holds MPhil and MSoc Sci qualifications through the University of Waikato, a DipTchg through Auckland College of Education and a DipEd through Massey University. He has had over 40 years’ experience in education, including 13 years as principal of Rangiora High School as well as teaching at Te Puke High School, Hartshill High School (England), Dargaville High School and Tauponui-a-Tia College..

Peter was Director of UC Education Plus, College of Education, University of Canterbury from 2003 to 2009, and following his retirement from this position, he was contracted by UC Education Plus to coordinate the Experienced Principals Development Project up to December 2010.

Up to November 2010 Peter was chair of the NZ Council for Educational Research. He is or has been involved in a number of trusts, most of which are connected with education.   He is currently secretary of the NZ Peer Support Trust which provides development programmes for secondary teachers throughout New Zealand. He is chairperson of the North Canterbury Alpine Trust which operates the Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre in the Lewis Pass, the Rangiora Rotary Charitable Trust and the Graham Nuthall Classroom Research Trust. He is also a trustee on the Wellbeing North Canterbury Trust which provides a range of social and educational services to North Canterbury. Peter has assisted the Hillary Himalayan Trust with its education development programme in Nepal (2003 and 2014).

Peter is a councillor, representing the Rangiora ward on the Waimakariri District Council and holds the portfolio of community development. He was elected for a second three-year term in October 2013. He is the council representative on the Rural Canterbury Primary Health Organisation Board and the Council of Social Services.

From 2011 Peter has had his own consultancy for a range of work particularly related to leadership and management professional development including principal appraisals and other leadership and management support. Peter is a registered mentor with the Ministry of Social Development and provides mentor assistance to not-for-profit organisations involved with the delivery of community development and/or social service contracts.