Our people

Vicky Braid, Ngati Mutanga 

Office Manager | Ph: 03 365 7005 or 03 929 0786


Vicky, our Office Manager, is the welcoming face of Catapult.  As a  working mum, Vicky 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.

Mark Puddle
Employment Consultant, Coach and assessor Ph: 03 929 0785 or 021 290 0696

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 an employment consultant. Mark has an extensive background in heavy industry/engineering, business, teaching, community support, mentoring, peer support and pastoral care. Mark is multi-disciplined with a degree in Engineering and diploma’s in Theology and Career Development and is a member of the Career Development Association of New Zealand and tutors in adult literacy. Born and bred in Christchurch, Mark is an avid fisherman, loves music, playing percussion and drums, dabbles with his guitar, tinkers in his workshop and rides his motorbike probably a little too fast.

Eve Penny
Employment Consultant| Ph: 03 929 0787 or 021 290 0616

Driven by fairness and a desire to support others Eve comes from a background in Youth Development, both in the UK and Aotearoa.  Eve has 6 years’  extensive experience working in various roles within education, social work and NGOs,  supporting some of her communities most vulnerable people.

Guided by a passion for Social Equity and Wellbeing, she believes that everybody deserves the opportunity to thrive in life, these core values continually motivate her in her life and mahi.

Having personal experience of living with a chronic illness Eve understands the barriers this can have in gaining and sustaining meaningful employment. Empowering people to not only realise but to achieve their potential is at the foundation of all of Eve’s work as she believes this makes for lifelong change that the individual is invested in.

Brent Trethewey
Employment Consultant| Ph: 03 929 0348 or 021 028 29430

Brent has worked in the area of employment and disability for over 17 years. He enjoys building networks with employers and developing employment projects. Over the years he has been involved in the coordination and support of a wide range of jobs including an earthquake recovery team, retail and supermarket work, manufacturing and horticulture, and also more specialised roles such as software development and media production. He is  delighted to be returning to Catapult after a period away caring for a family member.

Charlotte Ackroyd
Employment Consultant| Ph: 027 923 5204


As a disabled working mum, Charlotte has a keen understanding of the pressures on disabled jobseekers and she is very passionate about helping others find the right role for them and fostering understanding and inclusivity with employers.

Charlotte comes to Catapult with a background in fundraising and banking. Although originally from the UK, she is a Kiwi via her dad and went to high school and university in Aotearoa, graduating with a BA in English Lit in 2011 from UC. She returned to the UK after finishing her degree but came back to Christchurch in 2019 to provide a better lifestyle for her family.