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.



 Chris Taua - Trustee

Chris lives in Pegasus with her partner and father in law, having built there five years ago as a red zone resident from the east of Christchurch. She has happily assimilated into the North Canterbury community and wonders why she didn’t do so much earlier. Her children and grandchildren all live in Christchurch and love visiting Pegasus to enjoy all it has to offer.

Chris is a Registered Nurse with a Doctorate in Mental Health. She manages her own consultancy delivering workshops on health and well-being, and consulting on health and service delivery around New Zealand. As well she works part time in Queensland as an academic at QUT and holds an Honorary Senior Lecturer position at The University of Queensland where she is involved in health research. Her passion lies in community health and well-being with a strong focus on folk with mental health and/or disability issues.


Brian Davey - Trustee

Brian has lived in Ohoka, with his wife Linda, for the last six years and very much enjoys being part of this diverse community.

Brian has 35 years’ experience in global sales and has worked in more than 40 countries. He is currently part of a Sales Consultancy helping local businesses reach their full potential. Brian has very much enjoyed meeting and working with people from very different cultures but strongly believes that New Zealand is the best place to be able to call home. Feeling very privileged at being appointed to the board of CWNC, he is now looking forward to using some of his skills and experience in assisting a fantastic team in their endeavours to keep improving the quality of life for all in our part of the world.

Martin Pinkham - Trustee


Martin grew up in Kaiapoi and is Waimakariri District Council representative on the Trust Board as he is currently the Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board elected member.

Martin is a professional civil engineer, and has had senior engineering and management roles mainly in the private sector. His present role is the Property and Risk Manager for a Rangiora based company.