Our Board and Staff

Birthright Hawke's Bay Child & Family Care is governed by a Board of Trustees totalling eight members. The Board of Trustees sets strategy and policy direction in consultation with the national body to ensure the organisation continues to provide high-quality services. We employ ten teachers in our two Early Childhood Centres and have seventeen qualified and experienced social workers/counsellors in the team. The teachers and social workers/counsellors are supported by a Chief Executive, a Practice Manager, an Office Admin Manager and two office administration support staff.

Our Board of Trustees are:

Lisa Hardie (Chair and acting Treasurer)

Lisa is a Manager at Gardiner Knobloch Ltd, a medium size accountancy firm in Napier with a particular interest in farm accounting, taxation and the not-for-profit sector.

 She joined the board of Birthright Napier in around 2001 and was part of the committee that undertook the merger in 2004 that brought Birthright HB into being, and was the Treasurer for around 10 years. Lisa is now Birthright HB Child and Family Care Chairperson, taking over from Bryan in 2015.  Lisa is also a member of the Birthright NZ executive board and Wairoa Youth Services Trust board.    She is passionate about Birthright’s work in the HB community and represents the not-for-profit sector on the Chartered Accountants ANZ Hawkes Bay Leadership team.

 Lisa lives in Tamatea with her husband Phil and daughter Aimee (who volunteers in the early childhood centres during the holidays), while daughter Rachel is studying at Otago University.  She is an avid speedway fan, All Black supporter and occasionally finds the time to read crime novels.

 Suzanne King (Secretary)

I initially became involved with Birthright HB about 10 years ago when it consisted of a CEO, 2 Social Workers, and an office assistant. My involvement then was to fill in for the office assistant whenever necessary. In 2006 I was appointed to the Trust as Secretary which is still my position. 

My early background is banking, management and a variety of office positions.  We are a blended family with 4 children so the last 15 years I have primarily been a mum at home & keeping myself busy managing/maintaining rental property, running a boutique accommodation, volunteer at the Curtain Bank & assisting Bryan in his business.

Bryan King

Bryan has been involved with Birthright HB Child and Family Care for over 15 years having been Chair of Birthright HB prior to the merger in 2004 and Chair of the merged organisation since then.  Bryan handed over the reins of Chair to Lisa Hardie towards the end of 2015. Bryan comes from a background in law and was a partner at Langley Twigg for 15 years before retiring in 2010 to start a practice in mediation and arbitration. Bryan is a mediation provider for the Family Dispute Resolution service as well as doing private mediation and arbitration work. Bryan is also regularly appointed as Lawyer for Child by the Family Court. Bryan and Sue have a blended family with 4 children who are all now at EIT/ Uni.


Cath Hedley

Before School Check (B4SC) Coordinator.

Registered Nurse (Bachelor and Masters of Nursing)

I originate from Wairoa having worked in the hospital for 25 years before moving to Napier to work within the Public Health nursing team.

I am married with three adult children but no grandchildren yet (fingers crossed though!).

As a Public Health nurse I worked mostly in Adolescent Health which I loved. When the Before School Check Coordinator position was developed I easily moved into working with four year olds and their families as a continuum from Public Health nursing.

As Coordinator I work closely with the Ministry of Education early intervention team and liaise with Early Childhood Education services, Child Development services, Paediatricians and other HBDHB services, as well as Non Governmental Organisations (NGO) for any social service referrals.

When I was asked to sit on Birthright’s Board as a Trustee I was delighted to be able to add my health experience to the wealth of experience that other trustees bring from their respective occupations.

Robbie Warner

Employment History:

Nurse at the Dargaville Hospital for 15 yrs.

Became a Social Worker in Dargaville 1998.

2001 became Supervisor of the Dargaville Office.

Moved to Napier office as Supervisor.

Sent to Waipukurau for 6 months to act as Supervisor

Returned to Napier.

Appointed to Hastings site as Supervisor, than Practice leader for 4 yrs.

Whanau History:

 Iwi is Ngatikahu (Tai Tokerau) Northland

Raised by my maternal grandparents in Kaitaia.

I had 3 children

Oldest daughter died of Breast cancer at the age of 28yrs (22 yrs ago)

Late husband died of lung cancer same year as my daughter.

11 grandchildren

4 great grandchildren.

In June this year service to child youth and family will be 27 yrs.

David Sutherland

I am Napier born and raised, and like Cath, married with three children and no grandchildren yet!

My first contact with Birthright was when I lost my own father at a young age, so I am pleased to be able to give a bit back.

I have been in the Police for 29 years now working in a range of roles which included time as a Youth Aid Officer in Napier. Currently I am a Senior Sergeant working in a role that involves monitoring the day to day work from Takapau in the south to Te Araroa at the top of the East coast.

I have a strong love of sport and have been involved in coaching youth sport for longer than I have been in the Police. I coached my own children’s teams, have coached rugby at Napier Girls High school and am currently back with the Maraenui Junior Rugby club. A few years ago I began Masters rowing on the Clive river and thoroughly enjoy it.

Pāpārā Wano

Ko te Ara o Paikea te Maunga
Ko Kopuawhara te Awa
Ko Takitimu te Waka 
Ko Ngai Tū, Ko Ngai Tama ngā Hapū
Ko Ruawharo te Marae
Ko Ngati Kahungunu te Iwi
Ko Takitimu te waka
Ko Tū Harawira Whaanga rāua Ko Mere Parora Taumata ōku Mātua
I moe ahau i a Hone Wano
No Te Haroto ia
Tokotoru a māua tamariki Ko John-boy rātau Ko Piripi, Ko Wikitoria
Tekau mā tahi a māua mokopuna 
Tēnā koutou katoa

This is my first year as a trustee on the board
1982 — 1996 I had worked in Taraia Te Kohanga Reo 
1996 - 2000 Taraia Te Kohanga Reo amalgamated with E Tipu e Rea Te Kohanga Reo which is now E Tipu e Rea Taraia TKR
2000 — 2009 Centre for Education Development ( Massey University ) working with ECE centres from Gisborne down to Dannervirke running workshops based on Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori
2009 - 2012 worked as a relieving teacher on the floor in Mayfair kindergarten for one term, then won a position as a teacher on the floor in Camberley Kindergarten.
Term two 2012 - 2015 Pouawhina position running workshops on the MOE documents, Te Reo Māori, tikanga Māori with the Heretaunga Kindergartens over two and a half years and supporting teachers in the 16 Kindergartens with Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori. 
2016 returned to Camberley Kindergarten as a teacher. 
Nō reira tēnā koutou katoa

Maurice Casey

Maurice is a family lawyer with the firm of Carlile Dowling.  He is appointed as Lawyer for Child by the Family Court and represents clients in all areas of family law. 

Having spent some time travelling around the country Maurice now considers Hawkes Bay home and is happily raising his family and a cat here.