Our Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees provides governance for Kites Trust on the behalf of the people we serve.

Victoria Parsons, Board Chair

Victoria is a Senior Commissioning Manager with extensive experience with equitable distribution of investment and resources, co-development of contracts and progressive procurement practices. She has in-depth knowledge of inclusive service and system design and has had a long career of forming strong partnerships with individuals and communities to facilitate collaborative decision making, and guide implementation of innovative and complex change.

Denis Duerr

Denis is a Peer Support worker working at Te Whare O Matairangi and community projects. Denis feels privileged to be able to advise on Kites projects.

Emma Pitt

Emma is completing her Honours in Psychology at Victoria University and working part-time as an ECE assistant teacher. Both of these roles have culminated in a passion for developmental psychology. It is through her volunteer work for Kites Youth Peer that she experienced the ethos behind Kites Trust of walking alongside peers who have been on similar mental health journeys.

Georgia Westfall

Georgia is studying their masters in cognitive neuroscience and works as a youth worker.  They wishe to foster wellbeing, community support and shared connections in the lived experience community and at Kites. They have been a volunteer for both Kites Youth Peer and Buddies Peer Support for the past few years.

Jonathan Beezer

Jonathan works as a counsellor with tangata whai ora; people who live with interesting minds. He is a father to two awesome kids and a professional musician.

Kyle Holland

Kyle is a passionate registered social worker and works as a Medical Social Worker at Te Whatu Ora.  Kyle is passionate about mental health, advocacy and social justice and has been through his own experience.

Susan Prothero

Susan wishes to continue to raise the bar on peer support being valued, respected and utilised. She brings 40 years’ experience in service industries, particularly communications, but only recently found her niche in frontline mental health. She has volunteered for Buddies Peer Support and is now working as Peer Support Worker. It’s the whaiora she works with who make peer support fulfilling.

© Kites Trust