Our People


Glenda Schnell

Executive Director

Rhonda Tyrell

Helplines Operations Manager

Renee Mathews

Clinical Manager

Carolyn Gibbs

National Training Manager

Daniel Hauraki

GM Maori

Katarina Gordon

Suicide Prevention Manager

Dominic Boekweit

Fundraising Manager


Advisory Group

  • Steve Cole
  • Simon Johnston
  • Lorna Murray
  • Gilli Sinclair
  • Di Paton

Clinical Advisory Group

  • Dr Daniel Shepherd
  • Dr Margaret Agee
  • Ms. Paula Yeatman
  • Ms. Katarina Gordon

Our Board

Lifeline Charitable Trust

  • Ms. Margie Apa
  • Mr. David Hansen (Chair)
  • Mr. Champak Mehta

Presbyterian Support Northern

  • Ms Margie Apa (Chair)
  • Ms Judy Whiteman (Deputy Chair)
  • Ms Angela Sanson
  • Richard Wood
  • Mr David Hansen
  • Mr David Boswell
  • Ms Robyn Corrigan
  • Ms Amiria Te Whiu

Our Ambassadors

Makaia Carr
Makaia is the incredibly talented founder of inspirational online businesses Motivate Me NZ and M Fit Ltd. Makaia has since sold both businesses and is now focusing on blogging, social media, public speaking and mentoring. An advocate for women’s wellness and mental health, Makaia is passionate about the role that Lifeline plays in supporting people and preventing suicide. We are thrilled to have Makaia as an official ambassador for Lifeline.

Jake Millar
Jake is a 23-year-old entrepreneur who founded media start up OOMPHER (sold to Careers NZ in 2015) and is now growing his latest media company, Unfiltered. Through this Jake has interviewed the most successful business leaders in the world, from Sir Richard Branson to Ashton Kutcher. While at Christchurch Boy’s High School, Jake experienced bullying for not being in the ‘cool crowd’ and for generally trying too hard. He knows how brutal and hard this type of environment can be for a young person and believes the best way to overcome depression is to talk about it. Jake is passionate about suicide prevention and will be working to support the work that Lifeline does as his role as an official ambassador.