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Meet Our Board

Mick Duncan - Board Chair

Mick Duncan has lived and worked amongst families whose lives are characterised by poverty and complexity.

His professional background is in Community Development, sociology and theology. Mick has led a multinational team in Manila (Philippines) and has also led church based community development models, most recently in South Auckland. He lectures in a variety of colleges and his PhD is in Culture and Society from AUT (Auckland). Mick is the Board Chair.

Kay Hyland

Kay is a Chartered Accountant, married with 3 adult children, living in Manukau, Auckland.

Previous Charity and Not-for-Profit experience includes being on playgroup and school boards, local community boards, being church treasurer at several churches and preparing financial statements for a number of Charities.

Trish McConnell

Trish McConnell has been involved with OHF since 1992 when she joined the Rotorua branch committee.

She has been on the OHF Board since 2002 and served a six year term as Chair.

Trish now lives in Auckland and is married with 2 adult children.
She works as a lawyer and is currently the chair of two licensing tribunals.

Craig Braun

Craig has recently been appointed as a director to the OHF board. He has been married to Jane for 30 years and together they have three adult children in their late 20s and two grandchildren aged 5 years and 6 months respectively.

Craig and Jane were OHF respite caregivers in the 1990s and have been active in youth work, music and church committees over many years.

Craig brings to the board, experience as an assistant pastor of a Baptist church, Child Youth and Family Care & protection social worker, funeral director and manager of a private hospital. He is currently the Executive Officer of Hutt Valley High School, in Lower Hutt. He also brings particular skills in finance, HR and health & safety to the table.

John McIver

John McIver and his wife Josie are based in Thames having lived in their home town of Paeroa for many years.


John was the CEO of Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngati Tamatera and is now the Community Engagement Manager for the Hauraki District Council, Tiamana for Parengaroa Ahu Whenua Trust and chairs the Hauraki CPRP.

John has an engineering background and is involved in local and sub-regional civil defence emergency management.


John and Josie first became aware of OHF when Ewen Laurenson came to visit their home in Paraparaumu in the 1990’s to see if they would consider fostering a particular child.

Josie has worked for OHF as community liaison for the Waikato/ Hauraki Service Centre and John has provided Kaumatua support to the OHF Māori Caucus since 2003.

Sarah Deighton

Sarah is a Masters qualified New Zealand Registered Social Worker and member of the ANZASW, with 23 years social work practice experience.

She specialised in health social work and then moved into tertiary education and was an Educator and Program Lead for the Bachelor of Social Work Program at Bethlehem Tertiary Institute from 2013-2018.

She has a private clinical supervision practice and lives in Tauranga with her husband with their two children.