Raeburn house team
Chief Executive – Carol Ryan


As Chief Executive of Raeburn House my work has been complimented by my business background and more than 20 years experience in the community sector. I have a passion for working with people who are committed to making a tangible difference, see the potential and value in all people and a world full of possibilities for creating new pathways for healthcare delivery, social inclusion and sustainable living. By being involved with many boards and working parties, currently chairperson of Shared Vision North Harbour, interim chairperson for Health Link North (Ex Community Health Voice North Shore), and Waitemata PHO Board Director, I am provided with opportunities to view the world from a variety of lens that inform and interconnect with the work of Raeburn House.


Operational Leader - Amberlee Wharton


Raeburn House's focus on inclusive wellbeing for individuals, families, and communities motivates and inspires me. In my role as Operational Leader, I contribute towards the provision of quality service delivery at a community level and the development of responsive models of care at a strategic level. For me, one of the most rewarding aspects of my role is measuring the positive outcomes achieved when people and communities are informed, resourced and connected to reach their full potential. Raeburn House's belief in the intrinsic resilience of people and communities resonates strongly for me and I am delighted to be a part of a diverse and dynamic team that is passionate about making a positive difference for all people from every socio-economic and cultural background.


Strengthening Families Co-ordinator  – Julie walker

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I was born in Auckand and love this city, and our nation. At Raeburn House I am able to use all of the skills gleaned from a career which has been quite varied in content, and I feel privileged to be working in the helping professions where I can do ‘my little bit’ to benefit the people of Auckland. I am blessed to be a mother of three young adult sons, I hold a First Class Honours degree in psychology, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. I enjoy my role as the Strengthening Families Co-ordinator for the North Shore area, and have witnessed many stories of how collaboration between agencies and families can turn lives around. I also have a private practice here at Raeburn House and welcome your inquiry.



Accountant - Xiaoying Zhang


Ni Hao! Hi, I am Xiaoying. I was born in Qingdao, China. I arrived in Auckland in 2004 with my family. I have extensive voluntary experiences where I was a volunteer librarian in China and a volunteer treasurer in NZ.
Learning is a crucial part of my life. I graduated from Shandong University in 1989, majoring in Archive Management. I got my Accountancy Degree from Massey University twenty-three years later. Now I am a CPA qualified accountant.
I enjoy my work. I am passionate about contributing my time and knowledge to the community.  


Support and Health Navigator - Brigid Furness


My role as Health and Support Navigator is extremely rewarding.  I'm constantly learning about organisations providing invaluable support to people who are experiencing challenges in their lives.  Community Development and Building Resilience are areas of work that I am very commited to. After working in Financial Services for several years, I moved into the Community Sector and thoroughly enjoy being part of this Industry. If you are part of a Community Organisation and need help for a client or someone you know or if you feel you are not thriving in your own life, please contact Raeburn House for support.





 Sally Clarkson 


Sally currently lives in West Auckland, a ‘westie’ import having been born and raised in the Shire (between Matamata and Tirau) and loves to explore the world in quiet moments. Her bones hold the dreams of her ancestors who were from Diabeg, Wester Ross, Scotland and came to New Zealand after the highland clearances with Norman McLeod. (MacKenzie – The Spray). She has one adult son, Connor who is often co-opted into The Whiteboard Project to provide affordable website design through his subsidiary Insolent Web Design.


Nichola Williams


Kia ora. My name is Nichola. I’m a “fruit salad” of mixed heritage and have lived on the North Shore my whole life. I recently graduated from Massey Albany with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Social Anthropology) and I have strong interests in health and community psychology. I’m also passionate about empowering people and communities, and helping out at Raeburn House gives me the opportunity to engage my talents toward that goal.



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