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Denise Cosgrove

Denise Cosgrove

PSN Chief Executive
Denise has broad experience as an accomplished senior executive with commercial and public sector experience in New Zealand and Australia. Her previous roles have included being Chief Executive at the Victorian Work Cover Authority in Australia, a general manager at the Accident Compensation Corporation and an assistant auditor general. As well as contributing to various NGO organisations and actively supporting socially-minded entrepreneurs, Denise supports New Zealand’s contemporary art and design sector, especially new and emerging talent.
Laurie Pedlar

Laurie Pedlar

Family Works General Manager
Laurie has been with Family Works since 2007, following extensive experience working with the Auckland District Health Board in various roles, including change management. “As an NGO, we can make some choices about how people can best be helped. I enjoy working in a values-based environment that has children and families at the forefront.”
Ian Tomkins

Ian Tomkins

Family Works Professional Practice Leader
Ian Tomkins has more than 25 years’ experience as a social worker. His background is in child protection, family work, therapeutic work with children, post-adoption and disability services. Ian is passionate about the ongoing upskilling and professional development of people committed to diverse community services.
Wendy Hoskin

Wendy Hoskin

General Manager - Development
Wendy is responsible for the management of the Family Works Resolution Services. In addition to this she has overall responsibility for service improvement and business development at PSN. Prior to working at PSN she managed Auckland DHB’s Cardiovascular Services and Ambulatory Services and held Planning and Funding Management positions.
Alistair Houston

Alistair Houston

Family Works Waitakere Service Manager
Alistair brings 25 years of experience of social work experience in three different countries to his role as Waitakere Family Works service manager. Scottish-born Alistair’s areas of specialty in Britain, Australia, and Aotearoa, include working with Children and Disability teams, Child Protection Intake and Assessment, Out of Home Care including Therapeutic Care, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Housing and Homelessness and Disengaged Youth and Parenting. His advocacy for social justice for all people has also included working on Manaaki Whanau, a kin care project for Maori, in mental health and with adults with intellectual disabilities.
Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith

Family Works Te Hononga (South Auckland) Service Manager
Amanda Smith brings 34 years’ experience in social work to her role as Service Manager at Family Works Te Hononga. Most recently, she was National Implementation Manager for the Children’s Action Plan, working to establish Children’s Teams throughout the country. Amanda’s background is in government and NGO services both in New Zealand and Australia. Her career has focused especially on child safety and disability support services
Paul Severn

Paul Severn

Family Works Auckland (Leslie Centre) and East Auckland Service Manager
English-born Paul has more than 13 years’ experience working in Britain and New Zealand with challenging and vulnerable youth in both community and residential settings. A Social Work graduate with a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Supervision, Paul has a passion for developing service and social work practice and a particular interest and knowledge of family-focused attachment therapy, emotional regulation and trauma-informed practice. Before joining Family Works, he worked for the Ministry for Vulnerable Children – Oranga Tamariki, and his experience in Britain included being a team leader at a Residential Family Assessment Centre, doing statutory Care and Protection social work and supporting parents with drug addictions.
Margie Matthews

Margie Matthews

Family Works Whangarei Service Manager
Margie is a qualified counsellor and educator with particular interests in adult literacy and numeracy, curriculum design and the development of second-chance students. She worked previously as a manager programme leader at North Tec, and as a family group coordinator and supervisor with Child Youth and Family.
Maureen Little

Maureen Little

Budgeting & Money Management Service Manager
Maureen Little has more than 20 years’ experience in providing budgeting support and money management services. She has extensive networks and is recognised for her focus on the strengths of those she supports. Maureen is the Auckland Central District representative for the New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Services.
Nicola Ssekajja

Nicola Ssekajja

Family Works Bay of Plenty Service Manager
Nicola initially joined as a family worker in 2013 before moving to become the team leader for Family Start Waitakere. Nicola is a registered social worker with experience in child protection in NZ and the UK. She also spent five years in Uganda working with orphan children under five years old. Nicola is passionate about children being able to be children, and giving parents the support they need to be the best parents they can be.
Darrin Meynell

Darrin Meynell

Family Works Waikato & Lakes Area Manager
Darrin is a registered social worker who joined Family Works Northern in 2013 from Waikato Hospital. He has also worked in youth services and youth justice. Darrin's passionate about delivering high-quality social services to communities of need and supporting families to become safe and nurturing environments where children are encouraged to reach their best potential.