Meet our Service Delivery Team

Sue Robertson

Change and Practice Manager

The role of Change and Practice Manager aims to provide specialised advice and leadership in relation to the quality of life of people and wh?nau supported by Spectrum Care.

Sue  brings a deep understanding of the disability sector, with over 30 years’ experience providing leadership, mentoring, advocacy and capability building to support social change.

Sue’s focus is on co-designing support options with people and wh?nau, managing projects and initiatives that influence how our current services are delivered, and building our future capability.

Maui Paraki

Service Manager – South

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Maui joined Spectrum care in 2004, and has worked across the mental health and disability sectors for more than 20 years.

Maui qualified with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, before entering the mental health and disability sectors as a Community Support Worker.

Now a senior manager with Spectrum Care, Maui extended his learning through a long-term relationship with the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation and the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.

Maui is passionate about developing leadership, working collaboratively and supporting others to realise their potential.

Kirsty Allison

Service Manager – North West

Kirsty completed a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology at Auckland University, before beginning her professional career at Wairau Valley Special School in the role of teacher aide.

Joining Spectrum Care in 2003 as a respite carer, Kirsty then moved into the role of Service Coordinator and, in 2012, joined the senior team as Service Manager of our community support, in-home respite and independent living options – Choices in Community Living and Supported Living. In early 2018, Kirsty became the Service Manager for our North West region.

Kirsty believes in the promotion of independence and choice for people with disabilities, and is focused on creating pathways for families which deliver flexible, efficient and effective supports.

Saveatama Amerika Wilson

Service Manager – Central

Amerika has spent nearly 30 years in variety of disability sector roles.

In that time, he has gained both a certificate and diploma in teaching people with disabilities, along with an introduction to psychology and sociology, and a graduate diploma in not-for-profit management.

As part of the Faiva Ora Leadership Group, Amerika provides advice and support to the Ministry of Health on issues relating to Pasifika people with disabilities and their family members.

He feels he is living his dream of ensuring a best-practice approach is followed in the delivery of support to Pacific people with disabilities and their families.

Sarah Mansell

Service Manager – Aspirations

Sarah completed a Bachelor of Science in 2009, before joining Youthline in the role of counsellor.

Sarah came to Spectrum Care in 2011, taking on the newly launched role of Outcomes Broker. Soon after, Sarah stepped up to ‘Very High Needs’ support provision, before moving into a management role in 2015 as Service Coordinator.

Sarah’s focus is on supporting families to access the right services at the right time, and empowering families so they’re better equipped to navigate future support services, where they have more control and capacity to co-create value.

Sarah is also on the Fundraising Committee for New Zealand Bird Rescue.

Darryl Benge

Service Manager – Child, Youth and Respite (including Home Support)

Darryl holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy, as well as a diploma in business.

Prior to joining Spectrum, Darryl held the role of training manager with New Zealand’s statutory child protection agency, now known as Oranga Tamariki.

In his current role of Service Manager – CYR, Darryl is responsible for managing a wide array of flexible support options for children, young people and young adults.

Darryl’s focus is on sustainability, ensuring efficient and effective support provision which realises Spectrum’s Vision, and on building strong relationships with the people we support and their families.

Sarah Engelbrecht

Service Improvement Manager

Sarah has held a variety of social sector roles, focused on international development, enterprise portfolio management, strategy and governance.

Sarah’s current focus is on improving Spectrum’s organisational practice, integrating our Practice Framework and deploying other fit-for-purpose practice tools.

This is being achieved through collaborative partnerships with people, staff and families to create cohesive and continuous improvements in the way we provide support.

Sarah is a qualified PRINCE2 practitioner and is currently undertaking a Master’s degree in Social and Community Leadership, with the aim of increasing the voice of the people with disabilities in the design and deployment of the support services they receive.