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 Manager)
Kieran has worked in the health arena for three years and has a particular interest in mental health and community wellbeing. Kieran follows closely the advances in informations and communications technology and its value in health. His work is informed by how digital solutions can be used in ways that are engaging and socially responsible. Kieran advocates for fundamental human rights and believes it is important that all people have a voice in society.
James King (Media and Community Manager)
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’.