Our people

Vicky Braid, Ngati Mutanga
Office Manager | Ph: 03 365 7005 or 021 937 895


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.

Reg Blackwood
Employment Consultant | Ph: 03 929 0787 or 021 290 0616

As a teenager in the UK, Reg worked as a Computer Programmer, a career which brought him to New Zealand over 20 years ago.  Since then, Reg has diversified into project management, training and support in a wide range of fields, including the ICT, AV, hospitality and disability industries.  This has given him a wide-reaching network of contacts at his disposal as well as a vast amount of experience in dealing with and meeting employer expectations, to share with his jobseeking clients, just as he did in his position with Catapult some years ago.
When not at Catapult, Reg spends time with his family, restores old motorscooters, writes comedy and entertains as a hypnotist, comedian and magician. He also trains others in his unique hypnotic methods. His training courses are accredited by Hypnosis New Zealand, NZ’s largest Hypnotherapy Training and Support group, an organisation with whom he retains professional membership.


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: 021 504 608


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.

Kelsey Lehane
Employment Consultant | Ph: 021 348 816


As a professional with lived experience of mental distress, Kelsey has a strong understanding of the impacts of mental health and disability in everyday lives and the barriers this can cause to employment. Kelsey has a Bachelor of Social Work and five years working in social services within the field of mental health and domestic violence, prior to this working in administration and food handling roles. In her spare time Kelsey enjoys tropical fish keeping, and board games.