Our Executive Director

Executive Director, Shelley Anderson

Shelley Anderson, Executive Director Shelley Anderson started in the position of Executive Director in March 2014; however she is not new to Home and Family. Prior to this role, Shelley was the North Shore Manager of Home and Family Counselling for 8 years. Shelley joined Home and Family 11 years ago as one of the team of counsellors before moving into the management role.

Shelley has worked predominantly in the Not for Profit sector alongside managing a small private practice for several years which provides Family Court counselling alongside the provision of counselling for individuals, couples, young people and families. Shelley has also co-facilitated both parenting programmes and youth groups in schools. Shelley provides clinical supervision for students and practitioners and this will continue in her Executive director position.

Shelley has a Bachelor of Social Practice with a major in Counselling and a Certificate in Supervision. Shelley is a member of New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).

Our Board

Board Members Home and Family Counselling is advised and governed by a board who give their time and expertise freely to ensure the well-running of services and activities. The Board members are:

Alan Brookbanks (Chair)

Christine Fenby (Vice Chair)

Ian Jagger (Treasurer)

Diane Jefferson

Suren Surendran

Jessica Wiseman

Carol White

Our Trust Board

The Home and Family Counselling is supported by a Trust board which holds reserves for the Society and manages its capital investment. The board aims to build its reserves to a level where the return on the interest becomes a sustaining income for the organisation.

Our Trustees:

  • Robert Narev, MNZM, Chair
  • Eric Allan
  • Ross Green
  • Christine Sprott

Board Member profiles

Alan Brookbanks – ChairAlan cropped
Alan is an experienced Human Resources Director who has worked in a large organisation in the private and public sectors in NZ and Australia. This experience and his commitment to playing a part in helping to make our communities safer, more enjoyable and satisfying places to live, are the reasons why he is the Chairman of Home and Family.

He enjoys working as part of a team and helping to make the most of the skills, knowledge of the Home and Family team and the resources available to them.

Christine Fenby – Vice Chair
Christine is currently the Marketing Director of Vista Group Ltd (VGL), with specific responsibility for the Vista Group and Vista Entertainment Solutions brands. VGL is a New Zealand, publicly listed company that provides software solutions to the global film industry. Before joining Vista in 2012, Christine provided marketing consultancy services via her own company having enjoyed a long career with Television New Zealand Ltd (TVNZ), latterly in the role of Marketing Director of a TVNZ subsidiary company that provided satellite broadcast services to international markets.

In the mid-1990s Christine returned to school and gained a Master of Business Administration from the University of Auckland.

Christine’s combination of skills is the result of varied experience in the public and private sectors and including local and international businesses. Her focus is marketing strategy and the planning and implementation of well-designed, edgy and confident brand communication and marketing campaigns that will resonate with a target market and position the organisation well above the parapet. She has a passion for the transformation that an innate understanding and practice of marketing disciplines can bring to an organisation – including Home and Family Counselling.

Christine is originally from Dunedin and lives in Auckland with her commercial architect partner.

Ian JaggerIan Jagger
Ian is a Chartered Accountant and also holds a BA. ( Hons) Business Studies – first class. He is the Corporate Services Manager at Aktive – Auckland Sport & Recreation, and his recent past experience is as a Project Manager with ANZ and previously with PwC and Dresdner Bank in the Cayman Islands.

He has been honorary treasurer of a number of sports clubs over the years.


Diane Jefferson

This is the second time I have had the pleasure of serving on this Board and it is a privilege and a pleasure to be back. My career as a social worker and within Social Services has always focused on my passion, the well-being of children, which of course means the well-being of families. I have been a qualified social worker since 1976, and worked in Child Care and Protection primarily before emigrating to NZ with my husband in 1981. As a Senior Social Worker here I helped set up the first Care and Protection Team at Auckland Children’s Hospital in 1982.

Since 1986 I have worked in the Not for Profit Sector in various Church agencies and at Barnardos where I was the Residential Services Manager. My most unusual role was managing Social Services on Pitcairn Island for 4 years, under a contract with DFID, the UK government’s Overseas Department.

I retired as Service Manager from the Leslie Centre, Family Works in 2013. Along the way I have served on quite a few other Social Service Boards as well as Home and Family, most recently SAFE.

Suren Surendran 

Suren has over 30 years of general management, business development, strategy and financial experience in New Zealand, Middle East and Sri Lanka. 

During the 1990s Suren was part of the strategy team at TVNZ when they were faced with the emergence of digital and increased competition.He describes this to be a major period of learning which saw him grow to become the Strategy & Projects Manager for the TVNZ Group. He either led or was part of a number of strategic projects including the setting up Asia Business News (Singapore), Fiji TV, BCL – Australia, Sky TV. Since TVNZ, Suren became a successful boutique strategy consultant to a large number of who and who of the NZ industry – TVNZ, BCL (Kordia now), Carter Holt Harvey group, IRL to name a few.

In the last fifteen years – he made the major shift to SME (Small to Medium Enterprises) by becoming a co-owner of two successful businesses in the dairy and hydraulic engineering industries. Both businesses became highly profitable and are industry leaders by a significant margin. He is passionate about giving back to the community, has extensive musical interests and plays cricket. He is a Chartered Accountant and also has an Executive MBA from Otago University.


Carol WhiteCarol White
Carol is a counsellor with over 25 years professional experience. She is a former National President of the NZ Association of Counsellors (NZAC) and is a Life Member of the Association. She is a member of the NZAC’s National Ethics Committee and teaches course on ethical practice for various counselling programmes. She has a counselling and supervision practice.

Carol has been closely involved with Home and Family counsellors for more than ten years. She has been elected to the Board particularly to provide guidance about the professional work of the counsellors.