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Libby Robins O.N.Z.M (director)
Libby has a background in Social Work and Psychotherapy and has the ANZASW competency certificate. A founding director, she manages the operations of the Trust, and has a passion for developing and implementing early intervention services. Libby was named in the 2017 New Years Honours List as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to childrens welfare.

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Bill Pringle (practice manager)
Bill has been a social worker since 1983, and prior to joining us in August 2002 had spent 16 years with CYF. Bill is in charge of social worker competence and training, and is the point of intake for referrals. He has a Bachelor of Social Work degree and is a member of ANZASW.

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Michael O'Dempsey Practice Supervisor

I have known many of my new colleagues for several years and I will enjoy working with a group with a shared focus. I see FHT's emphasis on parent-child attachment as critical to addresing family violence. I have an extensive career in social work, counselling, supervision and community work dating back to 1986. 

Jeanette Patrick (office manager)
A vital cog in our operations, Jeanette looks after the day-to-day financials, manages the huge amount of paperwork, and helps ensure staff can easily communicate with clients and each other.

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Angela McCall (transcriber/data inputter)
Angela transcribes casenotes dictated by social workers, placing them in the database. She also enters client progress report data from social workers' forms into the database.

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Dawn Jefferies (reg social worker)
Dawn attended CPIT as an adult student and attained both her Certificate and Diploma in Social Services and has now achieved registration. She has a real passion for working with families.

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Cathie Tatupu (reg social worker)
Cathie has worked at Family Help Trust for over ten years. She is a NZ Registered Social Worker who enjoys the challenge of working with high risk families.

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Karen Brown (reg social worker)
Karen has 4 adult tamariki and 3 beautiful mokopuna. She was Rehua Marae based for many years, and has 28 years experience in social work, counselling, supervision and ANZASW competency. She was awarded a Queens Service Medal for work to the community in 1990.

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Christy Macgregor (reg social worker) Has completed a Bachelor of Social Work with honors at Canterbury University. Has a passion for working with children and their families, as well as with young offenders.

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Susan Richards (social worker)
Susan was a part-time social worker with us until January 2005 when she became full-time. She has a Diploma in Social Services from CPIT.  Susan has a particular interest in child boundaries and motivation of new behaviours

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Angie Rippon     (social worker)
Angie has a degree in Social Work, a Diploma in Mental Health Support Work and a Certificate in Adult Education. She believes that for families to receive a service tailored to their situation, it needs to be home-based; provide parenting education; respond to social needs; and link to services addressing addiction issues. 

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Sandra Lorgelly (reg social worker)

Sandra is a registered social worker and a full member of ANZASW. She passionate about working with women and families in the community with 21 years previously in child protection.

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Leigh Mitchell (reg social worker) graduated in 2008 with a Diploma in Social Work and in 2012 with a degree. More recently she has acquired both membership of ANZASW and registration.  Leigh is passionate about working with all vulnerable children and their whanau

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