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Are you passionate and clued-up about New Zealand’s Mental Health and Addictions Landscape?

Are you ready to join an enabling board poised on the forefront of leading positive system change?

Changing Minds needs you!

Changing Minds

Changing Minds is a national lived-experience led not-for-profit focused on activities and projects that lead to better wellbeing for all. From the unique position of having “been there, lived that” we are a registered charitable trust who’s mission it is to support and champion the voices of people who access mental health and addiction services.

Changing Minds consults and works across all sectors to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health and addiction challenges and support the rights and interests of people to share leadership in their own care and treatment.

We recognise and value the diversity of human experience and strive to lead social change by inspiring positive action.

For more information on our values and the work of our organisation, please see our website:


We are looking for two new governance members who can complement and work with the Board of Changing Minds to make enabling decisions for the organisation. We want individuals who can focus on and support our mission and are committed to helping us achieve our vision. In particular, we require one of the successful applicants to have a “big-picture” view of the Mental Health and Addictions Sector in Aotearoa.


We meet every 6 weeks for 2-3 hours and contribute appropriate time and relevant skills where required outside meetings. The trustees are awarded a small monthly honorarium for their time and expenses in line with Charities Legislation.

If you are interested, please contact our Chief Experience Officer, Taimi Allan with your expression of interest and CV via

Person specifications

  • Personal and/or familial lived-experience of mental health and/or addiction challenges and understanding of recovery concepts
  • Sound knowledge of national mental health and/or addictions policy and networks
  • Proactive and uses initiative.
  • Passion for the mission and vision of Changing Minds.
  • Strong cultural awareness and responsiveness and understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Access to email, the internet and phone, ability to communicate in a timely manner.
  • Proficient in Microsoft software, dropbox, social media and cloud-based group technologies.
  • 6 weekly meeting availability and accessible for further contact between meetings as required.
  • Commitment to a few flexible hours per month to add skills and value to organisation’s needs (e.g. relationship building, event attendance, fundraising etc)
  • Kind, friendly, approachable and professional.
  • Ability to work with others, listen to diverse views and build consensus.
  • Commitment to self-reflection and 360 degree evaluation.

Preferred skills/knowledge/experience

  • Specific knowledge and/or skills in at least one of the following:
    • Accounting
    • Fundraising
    • Tikanga Māori
    • Tangata Pasifika perspective
    • Disability, Refugee, LBGTQIA+, Youth, and/or Asian perspectives
  • Strategic thinking and knowledge of systemic advocacy.
  • Public speaking experience.


The term of appointment is one year, but the successful applicant will be eligible for reappointment for a further term or terms.

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