Raeburn house team



Chief Executive – Carol Ryan


As Chief Executive of Hearts & Minds 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 Hearts & Minds.


Operational Manager - Amberlee Wharton


Hearts & Minds' focus on inclusive wellbeing for individuals, families, and communities motivates and inspires 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 achieve their full potential. 

I am passionate about the vital role the community sector plays in strengthening social outcomes and gain great joy from the synergies generated when the talents, perspectives and hopes of diverse populations come together to achieve shared goals. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in English and Sociology, followed by an Honours Degree (1st Class) in Sociology. I am a passionate lifelong learner and delight in the insights and learnings gained from the rich diversity of individuals our organisation connects and engages with on a daily basis. The Hearts & Minds belief in the intrinsic value of all people and communities resonates strongly for me, and I am pleased to be a part of a diverse and dynamic team that is passionate about making a positive difference for all people at a community level. 

Wellbeing and Resilience Programme Manager  – Julie Walker

Julie Walker

I was born in Auckland and love this city, and our nation. At Hearts & Minds 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 the community sector 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, and hold a First Class Honours degree in Psychology, along with a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. As Wellbeing and Resilience Programme Manager I keenly listen to what the needs of the Waitemata communities are, and plan our programme of Wellbeing Support Groups accordingly.



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 Wellbeing are areas of work that I am very commited to. I have a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Industrial Psychology) and a Bachelor of Arts (Social Work and Psychology). 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 Heats & Minds for support.




Wellbeing Administrator - Nichola Williams


Kia ora, my name is Nichola. I have lived on the North Shore my whole life, and graduated from Massey Albany in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts (Majors - Psychology and Social Anthropology). I have strong interests in health and community psychology and am also passionate about empowering people and communities, and my role as Wellbeing Administrator gives me the opportunity to engage with the local community and employ my talents toward that goal.





Hub & Training Coordinator - Rose Anne Yumul

Rose Anne

It is an absolute privilege to be able to serve the community with Hearts & Minds as a Hub and Training Coordinator and be a part of an organisation that is built upon strong values and is committed to the transformation of individuals and communities.
I’m driven to move towards a progressive realisation and achievement of the vision: ‘Enhancing wellbeing and health for people and communities within the Waitemata region’ and I’m truly humbled to be partnering with Hearts & Minds to advance a purposeful work that is beyond myself.




Hub & Strengthening Families Coordinator - Sylvie Tierney

Rose Anne

Her bio is coming up shortly










 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.




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