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Executive and Leadership Team

Karen Covell
Chief Executive

Karen has been chief executive for Progress to Health since 2004.

In 2015, Progress to Health launched PressGo, its professional service with the vision of creating healthy and vibrant workplaces. As well as being part of the consultancy part of the business, Karen also has operational oversight and responsibility for it.

Before that she was chief executive for Epilepsy New Zealand, a support and information agency for people living with epilepsy.

She has a wide knowledge and understanding of health and disability issues both at a local, regional and national level and specifically for non-government, not-for-profit, and community organisations having spent the last 20 years in this sector. Contributions include being chair for the Waikato DHB mental health and addiction services local advisory group; trustee for the Health & Disability Expo Trust; and was appointed President of Inclusive NZ in December 2016.

In the past she has participated in the MoH’s Health & Disability NGO working group; the HR Emergency Toolkit advisory group; and National Population Outcomes Framework for Mental Health and Addiction working group; treasurer and trustee for Dress for Success; and a school board trustee.

Her strengths include leadership, management, change management, organisation development and strategic planning.

Angela Meyrick
Operations Manager

Angela began working with Progress to Health in 2005 and brought with her a background in Social Work.

With an existing passion for policy and compliance, Angela decided to take on the challenge of Operations for the organisation with a focus on the quality, contracts and compliance arenas.

Noeline Kuru
Consumer Resource and Information Services - Waikato
Vocational and Activity Living Services - Taranaki

Noeline has worked in Mental Health since 1995 after her initial development of a Peer Support group. Noeline's team provide services throughout the Waikato.

The passion that drives Noeline is her own lived experience and the belief in community focused recovery social inclusion. 

She continues to develop and up skill those who have a disconnect from their community and works to see that community has a connection with those who live with mental health and addictions.

 Patty Posthuma
Vocational and Transition from School Services - Waikato and Taupo
Vocational and Activity Living Services - Waikato

Patty leads teams throughout the Taupo and Waikato regions. 

Patty has worked in Mental Health after her own personal experience of accessing mental health services in 2000. Starting as a volunteer, she went on to gain Certificate in Mental Health Support Work and is trained in Aukiti kaipipa kaimahi (Quitcards). 

The passion that drives her is the support, help and encouragement she was given while on her own journey and a great belief in community/ Social Inclusion and reconnecting individuals with their communities. I continue to develop and up-skill where and when needed to provide those who live with mental health and addictions, the best support.

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