Raeburn house team
Chief Executive – Carol Ryan


As Chief Executive of Raeburn House my work has been complimented by my business background and more than 20 years experience in the community sector. I have a passion for working with people who are committed to making a tangible difference, see the potential and value in all people and a world full of possibilities for creating new pathways for healthcare delivery, social inclusion and sustainable living. By being involved with many boards and working parties, currently chairperson of Shared Vision North Harbour, interim chairperson for Health Link North (Ex Community Health Voice North Shore), and Waitemata PHO Board Director, I am provided with opportunities to view the world from a variety of lens that inform and interconnect with the work of Raeburn House.


Operational Leader - Amberlee Wharton


Raeburn House's focus on inclusive wellbeing for individuals, families, and communities motivates and inspires me. In my role as Operational Leader, I contribute towards the provision of quality service delivery at a community level and the development of responsive models of care at a strategic level. For me, one of the most rewarding aspects of my role is measuring the positive outcomes achieved when people and communities are informed, resourced and connected to reach their full potential. Raeburn House's belief in the intrinsic resilience of people and communities resonates strongly for me and I am delighted to be a part of a diverse and dynamic team that is passionate about making a positive difference for all people from every socio-economic and cultural background.

Migrant Services Project Leader - Sarb Lester


As the Raeburn House Project Leader, my work contributes towards the continuous improvement of services and ensuring that new migrants settle well and integrate into their new communities.
I am enthusiastic about developing community services to be the best that they can be to meet community needs. I am passionate about creating a real sense of belonging amongst Auckland's ethnically diverse communities. I believe that by meeting newcomers needs at a grassroots level, can make a world of difference to their new life in NZ.
Originally from the UK, I love living in beautiful NZ and most of all, enjoy what ethnic diversity brings.


 Programme Co-ordinator - Kimberly Lamb

KimMy family and I moved to New Zealand from Canada over four years ago. We started out in Christchurch and re-located to Auckland after the February 2011 earthquake. We are really enjoying Auckland life and making the most of all the city has to offer. 
My background includes tourism/hospitality management, recruitment, sales/marketing and administration. I am passionate about empowering people and enthusiastic about contributing and making a difference. I am looking forward to learning and growing in my new role and working closely with the local community.


IT Systems Co-ordinator – Venkat Sai Gonugunta


I am Venkat, I was born and raised in India, moved to New Zealand in early 2013 to persue my higher eduaction. I started working with Raeburn House  as  a volunteer in January 2014, but now I am a full time employee here. It's really great to work for Raeburn house as IT Systems Co-ordinator, my duties are all around IT (website, Database, systems maintenance etc., ). I love the workplace, work and people in my organization, they are very friendly staff with lot of caring.

I am passionate about travelling, riding motorbikes and meeting people.

I am Certified in Computer System Support and Bachelor’s in Information Technology. 

I always belive, “When we have love in our heart we can see beauty in everything”.


Strengthening Families Co-ordinator  – Julie walker

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I was born in Auckand and love this city, and our nation. At Raeburn House I am able to use all of the skills gleaned from a career which has been quite varied in content, and I feel privileged to be working in the helping professions where I can do ‘my little bit’ to benefit the people of Auckland. I am blessed to be a mother of three young adult sons, I hold a First Class Honours degree in psychology, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. I enjoy my role as the Strengthening Families Co-ordinator for the North Shore area, and have witnessed many stories of how collaboration between agencies and families can turn lives around. I also have a private practice here at Raeburn House and welcome your inquiry.

Accountant - Xiaoying Zhang


Ni Hao! Hi, I am Xiaoying. I was born in Qingdao, China. I arrived in Auckland in 2004 with my family. I have extensive voluntary experiences where I was a volunteer librarian in China and a volunteer treasurer in NZ.
Learning is a crucial part of my life. I graduated from Shandong University in 1989, majoring in Archive Management. I got my Accountancy Degree from Massey University twenty-three years later. Now I am a CPA qualified accountant.
I enjoy my work. I am passionate about contributing my time and knowledge to the community.  


Hub Coordinator / Support and Health Navigator - Brigid Furness


I grew up on a farm in South Africa and moved to New Zealand with my Kiwi husband and children in 2009. After completing a Bachelor of Commerce my working life began in Banking (London) and Management Consulting (Johannesburg). In my spare time I did a lot of volunteering with community based organisations and found that this was what I was most passionate about. I went back to University and completed a Bachelor of Social Work and Psychology and have worked in the non profit sector ever since which is where I feel most rewarded. I am excited to be part a team helping communities become connected and resilient.



 Sally Clarkson 



Sally currently lives in West Auckland, a ‘westie’ import having been born and raised in the Shire (between Matamata and Tirau) and loves to explore the world in quiet moments. Her bones hold the dreams of her ancestors who were from Diabeg, Wester Ross, Scotland and came to New Zealand after the highland clearances with Norman McLeod. (MacKenzie – The Spray). She has one adult son, Connor who is often co-opted into The Whiteboard Project to provide affordable website design through his subsidiary Insolent Web Design.



Nichola Williams



Kia ora. My name is Nichola. I’m a “fruit salad” of mixed heritage and have lived on the North Shore my whole life. I recently graduated from Massey Albany with a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Social Anthropology) and I have strong interests in health and community psychology. I’m also passionate about empowering people and communities, and helping out at Raeburn House gives me the opportunity to engage my talents toward that goal.

Our Lovely Volunteers

 Erin Mcilhagga



Hello. My name is Erin. I was born in Auckland and have lived here my whole life. My main objective has always been to work and help out in an organisation which is directly focused on helping people in the community and beyond. I am currently half way through a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology at Auckland University and the Raeburn House has provided me with the necessary experience required to complement my chosen career path. I am looking forward to gaining much more experience with Raeburn house and in the wider community.



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