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Our Team

Our clinical team of staff are made up of qualified and experienced social workers, psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists and art therapists.

Michelle Clayton
CEO

Michelle has 25 years’ experience in the health and social service sector as a practitioner and in management.

She is passionate about making sure that clients get the very best service and are able to make the most of opportunities that become available to gain healthy rewarding and safe lives.

Family Action encourages women and children to achieve their potential and Michelle is proud to be a part of that work.

Linda Cooper JP

Coming from a background as a Registered Nurse, Linda has over twenty years governance experience in commercial, local body and non-governmental community organisations including health, education, social services, dispute resolution and funding bodies. She is a West Aucklander and was educated and raised her children in Waitakere. She was a Waitakere City Councillor between 2004-2010 and Chair of Hospice West Auckland 2008-13. Linda  is currently an Auckland Councillor representing Waitakere  and Chair of the Waitakere Licensing Trust.

John Ballard

John’s special interests include advising on taxation planning and minimisation, sale and purchase of businesses, financing and business loan applicants and business structure. Industry sectors that have benefited from John’s expertise include motor vehicle dealers, automotive dismantlers, construction and related building trades, health care and pre-school/tertiary education providers.

Verle Cahill

Verle has over thirty years of progressive experience in human resources; management, financial responsibilities and service development in the social service sector both as a volunteer and paid employee. She was a founding member of the first Citizen’s Advice Bureau in Waitakere, helped establish Henderson House as a Community Mental Health Centre and in 1983 with other women formed the West Auckland Women’s Centre. In the late seventies Verle joined with a number of like-minded people to help establish the Western Refuge Society and in 1980 the first safe-house for women and their children was opened in Montel Ave, Henderson. She was invited to join the Western Refuge Society Committee in 2007 and was made a Life Member at the 2007 AGM.

Rachel Morriss-Jarvis

Rachel Morriss-Jarvis has an extensive commercial background and is currently a consultant providing marketing, sponsorship, communications and public relations expertise.

Rachel has held a number of senior marketing roles within both corporate and charitable sectors.

Formerly the Marketing & Development Director for Auckland’s largest multi arts event, she also spent several years in a number of marketing roles within New Zealand Post Group as well as the technology and retail industries. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from Canterbury University. 

Hinemoa Key

Hinemoa holds the role of Kaitakawaenga (Community Broker)at the Ranui Action Project a diverse and dynamic West Auckland Community of Ranui. A champion of Community led and driven solutions, Hinemoa’s expertise in facilitation and co-ordination brings whole communities together including local and central government, service providers and organisations, leaders and residents of varied cultures, backgrounds and ages to improve all aspects of health and well being in the Ranui Community.

Hinemoa is passionate about developing leaders who are able to facilitate and support solutions. Hinemoa has a background in the Public Health Service and has led a Regional team to provide Health Interventions including home insulation, as part of a healthy and affordable homes in project in West Auckland.

Hinemoa’s believes that meaningful collaboration brings about the best results.Her memberships currently include, Advisor to the Social Sector Trial Advisory Panel, Indigenous Growth Advisory Panel Member, Maori Womens Welfare League Member, NZ Police Maori Advisory Board Advisor, Ranui Youth Employability Working Group Member, Waitakere Healthlink consumer representative and COGS panel member. “I know that the work Family Action does is vital and often life saving and it is my privelage to serve on the board in 2017”.

Hinemoa is of Te Arawa ( Ngati Whakaue) Te Rarawa (Ngati Moetonga), Ngati Maru,  Samoan and Irish descent.

Joanne Silcock

Joanne has been practising law since 2000 with a broad background including both private litigation and in-house commercial roles in New Zealand and the UK.  Joanne also has experience working closely with management in businesses across Australasia.  Joanne now focuses on working with the not-for-profit sector through her sole practice as well as in a personal capacity.