Taimi Allan – CEO
Taimi has been involved in the mental health sector for nearly a decade, managing a variety of roles and significant projects encompassing consumer advice, communications, media and marketing, digital initiatives, social entrepreneurship, business development, mental health promotion and education and training.
Over the years, she has worked on innovative projects with specialist sectors to increase their mental health literacy, including such diverse groups as tertiary training organisations, corporate business, media and entertainment industries, schools, youth and older persons, addictions and the Police.
Her most well-known work includes the development of reTHiNK for Mind and Body Consultants her visibility as a media spokesperson for consumer advocacy, reducing stigma, employment rights and suicide prevention and her innovative, creative work on the national Like Minds, Like Mine programme.
Outside of Mental Health, Taimi is the owner-director of the entertainment production company “Tigerstew Productions” and performing arts school “The Green Room”, works as a freelance Actor, Director and Theatre Producer and is currently studying Nutrition with a focus on Mental Health Nutrition.
As a professional performer, health promoter, food and social media fanatic, Taimi is a passionate, charismatic and engaging leader who is fervent about the power of holistic approaches to wellbeing and believes that entertainment and social media have a vital role to play in normalising and de-stigmatising mental health issues.
Through her own recovery journey and her work, Taimi has developed strong ties with the Entertainment, Corporate, Law, Emergency Services and Mental Health Sectors and has also presented at various mental health, entertainment and suicide prevention conferences.
She has big plans for Changing Minds and believes collaborative relationships with strategic partners of like-vision are the key to mutual success.
Kieran Moorhead – Communications and Research
Kieran is originally from Taranaki and has been living in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland for the last 8 years.
Kieran is part of the small team at not-for-profit organisation, Changing Minds, where the kaupapa is to encourage mental health system change and to advocate for people who have used mental health services in Aotearoa. Through this role Kieran has found a real passion for human rights and promoting a more socially inclusive society.
Kieran is also passionate about supporting the wellbeing of young people in Aotearoa. Kieran has been part of the Auckland District Health Board’s youth mental health project, LookUp, for the past two years. His role has been to bring together trends in social innovation and technology to highlight ways that we can work better alongside young people as a health sector and as a society.
Kieran is keen to explore how we might use digital and social media in promoting wellbeing and social good.
Find him on Twitter here! https://twitter.com/kronzor
Tamara Waugh – Health Promotion and Events
Tamara’s enthusiasm for positive change and use of practical tools that consciously create engagement, productivity and empowerment on a daily basis, has created a significant difference in reaching and impacting on the lives of thousands of people through the Facebook page ‘The Happiness Experiment’. Progressing to facilitating workshops in schools, corporate organisations and learning institutes around emotion regulation, resilience and the power of gratitude. This is the ground-work for ‘Brainy Box’, a social enterprise she is currently in the development stage of building to engage and support youth to navigate their way to greater social and emotional resilience.
Dedicated to inspiring people into extraordinary positive action– starting with herself. Tamara battled with mental illness from an early age and has constantly sought to find a meaningful, measurable and sustainable improvement to her life and the lives of those around her.
Committed to positive social change through her extensive event management experience has seen her involvement with the Mental Health Foundation, Live More Awesome, Y for YOUTH and national events including Ride Out Of The Blue and now the CM family. She generously admires the multi-dimensional ways in which Changing Minds plans to impact the current status of mental health in NZ with Taimi Allan at the helm.
James King – Media and Community Engagement
I was born and educated in Auckland. I have Maori, Fijian and Pakeha ancestry and was adopted into an English family. Over the years I’ve had some personal experiences which have led me to become interested in mental health and addictions. I have lived a life of sobriety on and off for a number of years, and have experienced being homeless for a period of several months. In 2007 I experienced a major breakdown. While in hospital I became interested in painting and since then I’ve been involved with a number of successful group and solo exhibitions. My background is in the arts and journalism and I have been working as a broadcast journalist and talkback host for more than a decade. I’ve also written news and opinion articles for newspapers, magazines, blogs and radio. Currently I also co-host a mental health radio show called ‘Take it From Us’.