Trust Board

Members of the Trust Board (Trustees) are from the community and Step Ahead, and are elected to the Board by Step Ahead’s Members.

Trustees apply their knowledge and experience to guide the development of Step Ahead in a direction that is aligned with its founding Philosophy and Trust Deed. Their range of skills and experience is broad and may include knowledge of or experience of mental illness, and a desire to work collectively and collaboratively for the development of Step Ahead.

2017 Trustee Vacancies & Elections

Step Ahead’s Trust Board usually has three Member Trustees and up to five Community Trustees, who work together to provide overall governance of Step Ahead’s business.

There will be one vacancy for a Member Representative, and two for Community Representatives, prior to the Annual General Meeting on 31st October where members formally elect the successful nominees to the board. at the AGM.

We are calling for potential candidates and nominations for the vacancies. If you are interested in finding out more about the positions, please phone the office and talk to Helen.

Current Trustees

  • Adele Wilkinson (Chairperson)
  • Barry Burns (Treasurer)
  • Susie Wanty (Secretary)
  • Joyce Harris
  • Stephen Fisher
  • Merrin Davies

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Keep up the good work, consumer driven organisations are always empowering to clients.
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Referrer , Canterbury
Step Ahead is a wonderful asset in Christchurch for people with a mental illness. You do great work!
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Family member , Christchurch
I believe if people start attending from hospital, they are more likely to engage once living in the community. Keep keeping on!
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Clinician , Christchurch
I know my sister really enjoys and looks forward to the ski day every year, and some trips/day outings . . . She also appreciates the newsletter every month, and I know that gives her a boost . . . thank you for your hard work and support.
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Family Member , Christchurch
Over the time as I see consumers grow and become more confident, I am amazed. The groups, activities and support given is well received by consumers, and family/whanau. You hold a valuable service, keep challenging.
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Referrer , Canterbury
Step Ahead has been very useful for our family member. It has given her strength and confidence to attempt things she would never have done in the past. She is meeting a lot of people with similar problems to her, and they can face new challenges together and help one another by talking about it.
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Family Member , Christchurch
I think you have a great organisation. My son has greatly benefited from all the activities he has been involved in and I’d like to thank you for the great job you are doing. May you keep going for a long time, you have really helped him in his life.
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Family member , Christchurch
Always had positive feedback from clients, very well presented and an enjoyable monthly newsletter.
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Clinician , Canterbury
Your service is excellent, keep up the good work. Being able to engage people into Step Ahead prior to discharge is very useful from our perspective, for the person, and focusses them on the community, not extending the inpatient stay.
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Clinician , Christchurch
I have nothing but praise for Step Ahead . . . The clients I have worked with regarding issues have been treated fairly, with respect and dignity.
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Clinician , Christchurch