WHATEVER IT TAKES TRUST INC Mental Health Peer Support Services in Hawkes Bay

John Hennessey, Chairman -- John joined the Board of WIT in 2014 and took on the Chairman's role in 2017 after the retirement of long standing Chair, Dave Robb. John is a businessman who operates his own telecommunications company across Hawkes Bay. He has extensive networks in the community and has been a Trustee of the Napier Rotary Pathways Trust for many years assisting in the planning and development of the extensive pathways network around the Napier area.

Ewan Gardiner, Financial Advisor to the Board -- Ewan is a senior partner and director in the Napier Chartered Accountancy firm of Gardiner Knobloch Ltd. He has held a public practice certificate and been a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants for over thirty years. The firm acts for a wide range of clients, including small and medium sized enterprises across a wide range of industry types. Ewan’s interest is in assisting clients to produce regular financial reports that ensure all those responsible are aware of the performance and position of the enterprise they represent and are well placed to make effective decisions.

Will Jenkins -- Will is currently the facilitator for the Napier Pilot City Trust. He is the former manager of Creative Napier and has previously worked in Government (Social Welfare & Internal Affairs), in film, university tutoring / teaching and mental health (worked in supported accommodation for MASH Trust for close to 7 years).  Will has Postgrad qualifications in psychology and business administration. Will is a Board member of WIT, Hawke’s Bay Law Centres, Men’s Restoration House and The Caring and Sharing Trust.  He is a former Chairman / Deputy Chairman of the Light House, a member of the Napier Rotary Club and active in his local church.

John Lightfoot – John also joined the Board of WIT in 2014. John is a retired former shipping company employee who has also worked in the security industry. He has long been a member of various Rotary clubs and has worked on community projects both in Hawkes Bay and in the Auckland area. He has a particular interest in the financial operations of organisations he works with at Board level.

Amanda Rich – Amanda joined the Board of WIT in 2015 and comes to the role as the family member of a client of WIT. Amanda is a Pharmacy Technician and currently works for the Hawkes Bay DHB. She has an ongoing interest in mental health support services and has served on a number of community and sporting organisations’ committees.

Nicola Yarrall (nee Rawnsley) – Nicola joined the Board of WIT in 2016. Nicola has been practicing law since 2008 and is an Associate at Willis Legal. Nicola has served on a number of sporting organisations committees and has an interest in using her experience to support the services WIT provides to its clients.

Tania Luscombe – Tania is of Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairoa descent and joined the Board of WIT in 2017. Tania has management experience across the education, health, community and social service sectors. She currently works for herself as Innov8 Group Ltd developing collaborative innovation approaches to achieving sustainable outcomes for those underserved in our communities.

Andrew White – Andrew joined the Board of WIT in 2017. Andrew (Andy) is currently the General Manager of Hawkes Bay Restorative Justice and was formally General Manager at Hohepa Homes, Hawkes Bay for 10 years. He is an experienced past school teacher and principal and has an MBA from Massey University.

Senior Management:

Caroline Lampp, General Manager –

Caroline has a long history in community social services having worked in the field for more than 20 years. Trained originally as a teacher who then taught for 20 years, Caroline then moved from extensive voluntary work in community organisations to employment in this field. Having a degree in Education, Caroline then completed Post Graduate qualifications in Business Administration specialising in management. She has managed several community organisations in Hawkes Bay in the fourteen years that she has lived here. Caroline holds a number of directorships and is still voluntarily involved in community organisations as well.


Tom Mulligan, MNZM,  – Tom was born in Te Araroa and his iwi is Ngati Porou. He is married to Pikihoro and has four adult children. Tom worked in the meat industry for 41 years, rising to the position of assistant plant manager. Tom has vast governance experience as chairman of the Hawke’s Bay Rugby Football Union from 1991 to 1997; a director of the New Zealand Rugby Union for 17 years; a director of Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, the chairman of Te Taihwnua O Heretaunga for six years and kaumatua to a variety of organisations including Matahiwi Marae, Sport Hawkes Bay and WIT.