Staff

Ali Brown
Chief Executive Officer | Contact Alison Ph: 03 929 0781

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Ali has thirty years’ experience in assisting people to find work, in negotiating employment contracts between employers and workers, in building partnerships with employer groups, and in developing career plans and writing CVs. She has a strong network of contacts among employers in the private and not-for-profit sectors in Christchurch. She holds a degree in Psychology,  Graduate Diploma in Not-for-profit Management and Diploma in Career Guidance. Ali is a Professional member of the Career Development Association of New Zealand.


Vicky Braid, Ngati Mutanga
Office & Systems Administrator | Contact Vicky Ph: 03 929 0786

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Vicky has a background in school administration and began working at Catapult in October 2014 as our Office & Systems Administrator. As a  working mum, she understands the difficulties often faced when caring for a family and working full-time.  Coming from the Chatham Islands, Vicky brings a down-to-earth approach to her role.


Greg Chilton-Smith, Ngai Tahu Wairewa
Senior Employment Consultant | Contact Greg Ph: 03 929 0783

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Greg has an extensive background, ranging from farming to owning his own business. This experience along with a Certificate in Supported Employment, Diploma in Marketing & Management and current Business and Human Resource studies, see Greg well equipped to work in assisting people into the workforce. Greg is a member of the Career Development Association of New Zealand.


Luke Kenmare, Te Arawa, Ngati Rangitihi
Employment Consultant | Contact Luke Ph: 03 929 0348

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Luke comes with a wide range of experiences ranging from work in IT, mentoring and peer support. He has made the transition from being a recipient of support to an Employment Consultant and comes with an understanding for others in a similar situation. He has the ability to encourage, motivate and help people reach their full potential using the principles of the Te Whare Tapa Wha model of well-being. He is currently completing an Apprenticeship in Community Facilitation.


Mark Puddle
Employment Consultant, Coach and assessor| Contact Mark Ph: 03 929 0786

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Diversity and a broad experience throughout Mark’s life and career, coupled with a desire to see others thrive, equip him for his role as our employment consultant, coach and assessor. Mark has an extensive background in heavy industry/engineering, business, teaching, community support, mentoring, peer support and pastoral care. He is currently studying towards the Diploma in Career Guidance and is a member of the Career Development Association of New Zealand.


Diana Hosted
Employment Consultant| Contact Diana Ph: 03 929 0787

Diana has a diverse career background focused on communication-based fields. This includes journalism, teaching English as a second language and marketing. She’s also spent several years working with a diverse range of people, establishing and facilitating educational and support programmes. This broad experience gives Diana the skills which are fundamental to Catapult’s services.


George Gribbin

Employment Counsellor | Contact George Ph: 03 929 0784

digGeorge has experience as a counsellor with anxiety, sexuality, stress and relationships.  Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) trained, George uses this to help client’s better manage their anxiety in relation to employment.  George previously worked as a high school guidance counsellor and at Youthline as a phone/ text counsellor.  George has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Education Counselling and is in his final year of a Masters of Counselling . NZAC (PROV).


Toni Stewart
Iwi Rongo Wha Kata, Member of Māori Roopu for NZAC

Employment Counsellor| Contact Toni Ph: 03 365 7005

Toni has over twelve years’ experience working within the helping profession in private practice and agency based, providing coaching and counselling services. She offers an integrated approach to anxiety, trauma work and other key life issues using a variety of therapeutic models including person centred, solution focused, ACT therapy and co-active coaching. Toni holds a Diploma in Counselling, Certificate in Life Coaching and Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication. Professional membership: MNZAC.