Our People

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The Board of Trustees

Chairman
Reverend Jon Hartley 

Deputy Chairman
Mike Wood

Trustees
The Right Reverend Justin Duckworth, Bishop of Wellington
- Bishop Eleanor Sanderson - Alternate 
Reverend Darryl Gardiner
MJ Cheape
Reverend Scott Reeve
Lilias Bell
Sue Brown
Atawhai Tibble

Wellington City Missioner
Murray Edridge
Murray has worked with children and families throughout New Zealand for more than 15 years. Coming from a commercial background as a Chartered Accountant, his initial professional career was in a variety of industries including energy distribution and retail, media and education. Mid-career Murray decided to respond to the needs he saw in families and communities and joined the not for profit sector. For over eight years he was the Chief Executive of Barnardos New Zealand.

In 2012 he joined central Government as a Deputy Chief Executive in the Ministry of Social Development. In this role he had responsibility for Family and Community Services with an annual funding budget for community organisations of $320 million. He led the formation and operation of Community Investment and had the responsibility for Child Youth and Family immediately prior to it becoming Oranga Tamariki. In mid 2017, Murray took up a role as Chief Executive of Genesis Youth Trust; an organisation operating under a Social Impact Bond and working with youth offenders and their whanau in a number of communities in South Auckland.

Murray has had leadership roles in a range of community, church and sporting organisations for many years; and maintains a keen interest in fitness, all sporting endeavours and many DIY activities. Married to Alyson for 33 years and living in Whitby, Porirua, they have three grown up children (two of whom live locally) and a couple of large dogs.

General Manager Operations
Maria Millin
Maria is responsible for the overall operations of all parts of The Mission, including Community Services and Mission Residential Care Limited. She has a background in nursing with 19 years experience in both the public and private health sectors, including general and geriatric nursing, nursing training, quality assurance, assessment and rehabilitation.

Corporate Services Manager
Chris Gray
Chris is responsible for the Corporate Service areas of Finance, IT and Property across The Mission and Mission Residential Care. Chris is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant with an extensive background across both commercial, government and not for profit organisations. Chris joined The Mission in September 2017. 

Fundraising & Marketing Manager
Bridget Child
Bridget joined The Mission in January 2018 and is responsible for maximising income and support for The Mission, as well as raising awareness about the work we deliver every day. She has worked as a professional fundraiser for more than 12 years, for charities based within New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Bridget feels passionate about working with everyone in the region to increase support for The Mission, to ensure that all Wellingtonians enjoy the fullness of life they deserve. 

Social Enterprise Manager
Jeremy Neeve
Jeremy is responsible for the Social Enterprise operations of The Mission, which currently includes the oversight of The City Mission Stores on Taranaki Street in Wellington City and Jackson Street in Petone. His background includes sales and marketing roles and extensive involvement in a number of charities, serving as a trustee for several of them. Married to Judi for 38 years and currently living on the Kapiti Coast, they have two grown up children both living overseas.

Mission for Youth
Fay Fruean-Va’ai
Manager
Fay joined the Mission in 2009 as the Senior Social Worker and has worked her way through the ranks to become the Programme Manager. Her background includes working in adolescent Mental Health, Secure Residential facilities, Disabilities and now Education. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Massey University. With 12 years experience in Social Services, Fay is well aware of the social implications that affect students/young people and their families within the Education sector.

Mission for Independence & Mission for Families
Olivia Lange
Community Programmes Manager
Olivia joined The Mission in 2005 as a social worker for the Families programme.  She has a Bachelor of Social Work (Biculturalism in Practice) gained through Te Wananga o Aotearoa School of Applied Social Services. 

Mission for Seniors
Vicki St. Clair
Manager
Vicki has been with Mission for Seniors since 2005.  She is a Registered Nurse with over 35 years experience, and a member of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation.  Vicki brings extensive leadership and managerial experience within both primary and residential care environments, and is a specialist on quality and project management, programme development and communication.  Her ability to relate to people from all ages and walks of life and optimistic attitude is a huge strength for The Mission.  She believes in a strengths-based approach, and that everyone has accountability to themselves and wherever possible should be given the freedom or space to be able to think through issues and make their own decisions.

The Mission Vision for Vicki is her biggest motivator - helping people be as independent as possible so they are able to make positive change in their lives through a professional, compassionate and caring supportive team.  Her collaborative leadership style supports a multi-disciplinary team of Registered Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers and support workers.

Kemp Home and Hospital
Valelia Gibb
Nurse Manager
Valelia Gibb is the Nurse Manager of Kemp Home and Hospital in Titahi Bay leading a team of seven nurses and overseeing the general operations of the facility. Valelia is a Registered Nurse who holds a Bachelor of Nursing from Whitireia Polytech. She has been a member of the staff at Kemp Home and Hospital since 2002 and was the recipient of a special Capital and Coast DHB award in recognition of her nursing contribution within the healthcare team. 

Valelia has a strong background in the implementation of Quality Assurance programmes and has recently completed an internal auditor’s course. She continues to keep up with her own professional development, currently studying Palliative Care at a post-graduate level.  Valelia is passionate about her role at Kemp Home and Hospital with a strong belief in ensuring that the voices of the elderly continue to be heard and that they are enabled to live with dignity and pride as active members of their community.