Our People

Our People


Helen Clark was appointed Patron of RASNZ in 2017. As a former Prime Minister of New Zealand and the first female administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organisation.

Helen has a long history of supporting refugees. During her time as Prime Minister, she agreed to take 150 Afghan refugees rescued from a fishing boat off the coast of Australia. She has since described this as one of her proudest moments as Prime Minister.

Board Members

James Hassal


Jenni Broom

Deputy Chair

Ben Trieu


James Usmar

Board Member

Theresa Stratton


Jay Marlow

Board Member

Judith Mukakayange

Board member

Penny Hartill

Board Member

Tony Wansborough

Board Member

Leadership Team

Dr Ann Hood


Aklilu Hibtit

Cultural Director

Annette Mortensen

Research & Training Manager

Joyce Wei Liu

Business Manager

Kate Brady Kean

Clinical Director

Mackenzie Koppel

Fundraising & Communications Manager

RASNZ relies on the compassion and generosity of people like you. Give the gift of wellbeing to refugees resettling in New Zealand.