Meet our team
Our management team
Fleur Howard, Chief Executive – Fleur is an experienced lawyer, specialising in corporate and commercial law in Wellington, London and Auckland. Fleur’s association with Good Shepherd spans many years, starting as an external legal advisor in 2003, then joining the Board of Aidanfield Holdings Limited that carried out a property subdivision on behalf of the Good Shepherd Sisters. Fleur then took on a Project Management role to establish the Good Shepherd New Zealand Trust, before becoming Good Shepherd NZ’s first Chief Executive in 2015.
Nicola Eccleton, Manager Social Inclusion – Nicola has been a primary school teacher, a project manager in small business, and an advisor in local government in the areas of community development and governance. Nicola implemented one of Good Shepherd NZ’s first NILS programmes at Aviva, has an MA in Political Science and is Board Chair at Christchurch organisation PIPS – Pregnancy Infancy Parenting Support.
Matt Halsey, Development Manager Microfinance – A trained lawyer, Matt has 15 years’ experience in international development and aid, including designing and overseeing microfinance projects in Bangladesh. Matt’s development experience includes working in government and non-government organsiations, as well as for multi-lateral development agencies.
Dame Diana Crossan, Chair – Diana joined Good Shepherd New Zealand because of the focus on support for girls and women experiencing disadvantage. Starting her career as a probation officer, Diana has held several senior roles in the public service, and is a former New Zealand Retirement Commissioner. Diana has held board positions for several major organisations in the past, including the Ngāi Tahu savings scheme, Whai Rawa, and the JR McKenzie Trust.
Sr Teresa Donworth – Sr Teresa is a founding member of the Good Shepherd NZ Board. After working in finance she joined the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, and has been involved in many ministries in the residential, community and institutional settings. Sr Teresa spent 15 years as a prison chaplain, and eight years with The Trading Circle, and is particularly interested in supporting people to realise their potential through employment.
Emma Thompson – Emma is Manager of the Central Region Eating Disorder Service. Emma was instrumental in establishing an intensive recovery service in the mental health directorate at Wellington Hospital that was responsible for several highly successful initiatives, including the Wellington Special Circumstances Court and Te Mahana, New Zealand’s first homelessness strategy. Emma works in an advisory capacity both in New Zealand and Australia.
Marian Kleist – Marian has many years’ experience in social services, and has held senior management roles in a variety of organisations working with asylum seekers and refugees, families with a member experiencing major mental health issues, people who have been sexually abused, and victims of crime. Marian has been a social worker in women’s health and worked for the probation service, and is committed to improving the lives of women and children.
Sara-Jane Elika – Sara-Jane is an admitted Barrister and Solicitor to the High Court of New Zealand and a strategic management consultant with a background in media, creative enterprise and education. Her passion for contemporary Pacific music has gained national and international recognition including published academia in ethnomusicology. As an independent director in governance, her key strengths include leadership analysis, stakeholder engagement, employment relations, policy and cultural intelligence.
Ally Gibbons – Ally was born and raised in Rotorua and is part of a strong Te Arawa extended whānau. Both her language and her tikanga are important to her. Her 40 years in education has been closely aligned to the achievement of young Māori women, and she was principal at Rotorua Girls’ High School when it was awarded the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence in Governing Award/Te Awatea Award. She has 15 years governance experience in the Education Sector and led school reform projects in the United Arab Emirates.
Bernie Smith – Bernie has over 40 years’ experience in social services in NZ, PNG and Australia. He has extensive experience in child protection, foster care, disabilities and seniors, as well as 12 years in housing, homelessness and poverty. Currently CEO of Monte Cecilia Housing Trust, Bernie believes strongly in empowering individuals and families to stand tall in their culture, faith and community.