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

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Tim 02

Tim is a registered Social Worker and joined SST as CEO 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 tangata whaiora (people seeking wellness). In his spare time, Tim enjoys examining rare minerals and collecting unusual rocks and meteors.

Tim Butcher


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.)
Chris Hewitt

Chris started in the role of People & Culture (previously referred to as HR) Manager in late 2020 and is also responsible for the Information Technology portfolio. Chris brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience leading large teams of people in the Public Health Sector through organisational change and growth while supporting and encouraging Managers and Team Leaders to achieve a high level of staff engagement and operational success and employee retention. In his spare time, Chris can be found on a road bike traversing the hills around Christchurch.

Chris Hewitt

People & Culture Manager

As one of SST’s Services Managers, Sharon is responsible for ensuring SST services provide a high level of care to all Tangata Whaiora / those seeking wellness. 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
Aland 02

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 Tangata Whaiora / those seeking wellness. 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)

Helen started at SST in August 2019 and is responsible for ensuring SST meets relevant legislative, contractual, and compliance requirements while promoting safety for all. 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 & Safety Manager

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.

Annie Southern

Peer Practice Manager - PhD in Health Science
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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


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

Craig Wenmoth

Facilities & Fleet Manager
Yolande Lawrence

Yo joined SST in late 2020 as the Executive Assistant (senior PA) to the CEO, also providing strategic and project administrative support to the SMT, and is responsible for the Document Control portfolio (design, content, and flow of information). Yo brings over 20 years of experience supporting CEOs and SMT in the education sector and holds a Diploma in ICT. In her spare time, Yo can be found reading a book, spending time with her family, or looking after animals on her 36 acres in North Canterbury.

Yolande (Yo) Lawrence

EA to the CEO & Document Controller