Stepping Stone Trust - Community Mental Health Recovery Services | Management Team
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Meet our Leadership Team

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Tim is a registered Social Worker and joined SST as CE in April 2017. Tim brought with him over 30 years of clinical and managerial experience within the CDHB Specialist Mental Health Service in the Child and Adolescent and Adult Specialty areas, with significant experience also from other social enterprise and not for profit sector roles. Tim is committed to improving the quality of life of tāngata whaikaha. In his spare time, Tim enjoys examining rare minerals and collecting unusual rocks and meteors.

Tim Butcher

Chief Executive

Annette began in her role as Finance Manager for SST in 2015. Annette brought with her significant financial management and leadership experience from previous roles at the Salvation Army and the Alcohol and Drug Association of New Zealand. Annette’s work ensures that SST utilises its financial resources effectively and that the Trust has a strong base for the future. In her spare time, Annette can be found spending time with her grandchildren or playing Wordscapes.

Annette Mildon

Finance Manager BBusMgt(Acct.)


As one of SST’s Services Managers, Sharon is responsible for ensuring SST services provide a high level of care to all tāngata whaikaha. Being a qualified Social Worker, and having worked for SST for over 20 years, Sharon has held a variety of roles, including leading the establishment of homes for Service Users requiring long-term residential care. In her spare time Sharon can be found chasing after her grandchildren or roving the countryside in her caravan.

Sharon Schwalger

Services Manager - Adult (Community and Bed Based) CertComPsychCare, CertCouns, DipComSocWk, MSW, PGDipSocWel, MANASW
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As one of SST's Services Managers, Aland is a Registered Social Worker, and is responsible for the Community and Youth Services and ensuring SST provides a high level of care to all in this area. Aland has significant leadership experience and a depth of knowledge around both Community and Residential Services, from his experience of working in these areas in both the UK and New Zealand. He has a heart for high-level quality service delivery that will create lasting and meaningful change for young people that will set them on the pathway to wellness. In his spare time, Aland can be found spending time with his family.

Aland Fish

Services Manager - Youth (Community and Bed Based Services) MA (SW), Reg. SW

As one of SST's Services Managers, Fiona is responsible for ensuring SST services provide a high level of care for all tāngata whaikaha. Fiona is a Nurse with significant experience in the mental health sector, in both the USA and New Zealand. Prior to being a Services Manager, Fiona was a Team Leader at SST and gained a high level of operational knowledge and hands-on experience. In her spare time, Fiona can be found playing one of several instruments and sharing her love of music with others, or on her family's lifestyle block looking after her chickens.

Fiona Barr

Services Manager - Adult (Community and Bed Based)

As one of SST's Services Managers, Shelley is responsible for ensuring the Southern services provide a high level of assistance and care for all tāngata whaikaha. Shelley has significant experience, having worked for over 2 decades in the Health and Disability sector. Prior to joining SST in late 2021, Shelley was the Manager of a large Home specialising in Mental Health, Disability, Age Care and Dementia Services. She enjoys thinking creatively on how tāngata whaikaha can be supported in the community. In her spare time, she can be found reading and spending time with her grandchildren in the Maniototo.

Shelley Pilgrim

Services Manager - Southern Services/Dunedin

Dr Annie was educated at Oxford University and has a Ph.D. in Health Science from the University of Canterbury. She is a researcher and writer and is well published. Annie's role as the Peer Practice Manager at SST centres around mental health and autism peer service development, specifically running the Recovery College at Barnett House. Annie enjoys supporting people on their journey to wellness and encouraging people to join the peer support movement. In her spare time, Annie can be found working on her next publication or furthering the training of SST's accredited therapeutic canine companion, Maggie.

Dr Annie Southern

Peer Practice Manager - PhD in Health Science, Rainbow Liaison

Craig has been involved with SST since it began in 1994, and is the Property & Fleet Manager. Craig is responsible for managing the maintenance and compliance of the SST homes and vehicle fleet. With significant experience in multiple trades and project management, he leads the team that ensures the smooth running of the day-to-day operations and maintenance. Outside of work Craig enjoys mountain biking, touch rugby, and time with his family and grandchildren.

Craig Wenmoth

Facilities & Fleet Manager

Helen started at SST in August 2019 and is responsible for ensuring SST meets the relevant legislative, contractual, and compliance requirements, i.e. Quality and Risk in service delivery. Helen is a registered nurse with over 40 years of experience in both residential and community mental health services plus primary health. Helen has a focus on supporting Quality Assurance and Risk Management processes. In her spare time, Helen can be found helping out on the family farm and visiting with her granddaughters.

Helen Clyde-Smith

Quality & Risk Manager
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Sean Pawson is our Ecumenical Chaplain at Stepping Stone Trust, te Rōpū o te Taumata Kōhatu. Sean is a member of the New Zealand Healthcare Chaplains Association. He has 23 years of experience working in pastoral leadership in local Churches and 11 years in consultancy and leadership work with churches and community trusts. He supports people in their recovery journey and has a special focus on the relationship between mental & wairua / spiritual health. In his spare time, Sean can often be found on his road or mountain bike riding the roads and hills.

Sean Pawson