Board of Trustees
The Board is made up of a diverse set of people all dedicated to ensuring that mental health and addictions services and resources in the Auckland region are as effective and as accessible as possible.
Magdel Hammond (Chair): Magdel has a passion for the mental health and addictions sectors – offering people growth and development opportunities and building social capital. She is currently the General Manager of Peer Services at Connect Supporting Recovery, including service user participation. She also manages and delivers Peer Employment Training services and is involved in a leadership capacity in a number of consumer organisations in the Counties Manukau region. She has an Honours degree in Social Work and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Not-For-Profit Management.
Malcolm Dixon: Malcolm is really passionate about the work that Changing Minds does, striving to ensure that people not only recover from their mental distress, but that they thrive and flourish, and build resilience. He has been involved with a number of different consumer-lead organisations and projects since retiring early from severe mental stress himself after 24 years as a Medical Laboratory Technologist in 1990. He later worked at Georgie Pie, McDonald’s, and with disabled people. He is also strongly interested in ensuring that there is a reduction in the stigma and discrimination that often emerges in regards to mental health and addiction issues.
Alison Schneller: Alison has worked in the health sector as a lawyer and manager since 1996, including a role as a legal advisor for NZ’s first Health and Disability Commissioner. She has a Masters degrees in Health Law and Sociology. In 2006 she joined Counties Manukau DHB’s Mental Health and Addiction Services. She is excited by the opportunity to bring her experience to Changing Minds, as she sees the need and potential for improving advocacy for those who experience mental health and addiction problems.
Shane Lewis (Treasurer): Currently Service Manager for Peer Services at Connect Supporting Recovery. Shane has worked primarily in the Addictions Sector since the early 90s.
He has worked as a Clinician and Manager in a number of different Residential AOD Services and more recently as a Team leader and Service Manager in Community and Residential Peer services (Both AOD and MH). Coming from a background of lived experience of both Addiction and Mental Ill Health he has a passion for sharing his journey alongside others and has always been mindful of the necessity to “walk the talk”.
Angela Culpin: Angela is passionate about ensuring social justice, reducing stigma and discrimination and creating environments where all of us are able to flourish. She has a wealth of experience in community development, with particular expertise in mental health promotion and alcohol health promotion. She currently works at Auckland Regional Public Health Service as Programme Supervisor Health Promotion, Alcohol & Tobacco and is presently completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health. Angela is excited by the opportunity to contribute her knowledge and experience to Changing Minds and creating positive changes to the mental health and addictions sector and beyond.