Our Team

Val Carter - Executive Director

Executive Director of Home & Family, Val Carter, has experience in education and social services both here and in the UK. She has worked for Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry of Education, University of Canterbury and has taught at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

Val’s experience of working with young people and their families has enabled her to understand how precious Home & Family’s work is to our community.

Sandra Talbot - Practice leader

Sandra manages the team of residential family workers who support families participating in our parenting services and accommodation programmes, and offers clinical guidance across all services. She has worked with Home and Family for 20 years and is really proud of the development of its services.

Sandra has always been passionate about ensuring a safe environment and support for families to address their concerns and keep their children in their care. She values Home & Family’s commitment to ongoing training and supervision for staff, which ensures services provided are robust and professional.

MNZASW, Dip Child Protection Studies

Natalie Cassidy - Lead Administrator

Natalie has diverse experience in working with young people and people from all walks of life.

Natalie’s strength lies in connecting with others and she embraces the opportunity to provide support wherever she can.

Claire Quinn - Operations Manager

Claire has substantial experience in the corporate sector, having worked at businesses both in the UK and NZ.  Claire relishes the change and the challenges that working in the charity sector presents.  Qualified with a Bachelor of Social Science, Majoring in Business Management gives Claire a unique understanding of the importance of social relationships in a child’s formative years, through to adulthood. Claire thrives on organising and coordinating events, drawing on her work and study experience to ensure functions run smoothly and successfully.

Claire enjoys most forms of exercise (but in particular football), baking and is also a qualified nail artist.

Sue Martin - Grants and Funding Coordinator

Sue is driven in her new-found passion for working within the social services sector. Sue’s business acumen from 20 years operating her own company enables her to plan and implement new strategies for marketing and funding. Sue enjoys using her own creativity to make real changes in the lives of Canterbury’s children and families.

Sue who is originally from the West Coast, is the proud Mum of two girls and loves spending time with her family.

Parenting Team

The House Team

The house is staffed with friendly and professional Whānau Support Workers, 24 hours a day. The team are there to give help and guidance to parents during their journey with Home & Family.

Counselling Team

Guy Adams - Counsellor

Guy specialises in Child Centered Play Therapy and also works with couples. He has a built a strong reputation for his work with children and young people. Guy places value and respect at the centre of building effective counselling relationships.

B.PRTM, G.Ct.Ls, PG.Ct.Soc.Sci, Dip.Coun, MNZAC

Whanau Safety

Stephenie van den Anker - Kaiarahi Tamariki & Whānau Resilience

Steph joined the Home & Family in March 2019. She has a background in personal training and culture performance.

Steph’s passion for community and hauora (health) and brings with her an understanding of Te Whare Tapa Wha, which is greatly valued by the team. In her spare time, Steph runs a community hauora initiative, where she can engage with whānau, and works on inter-generational health.

Luke Penrose - Kaiarahi Rangatahi

Luke joined Home & Family in May 2019 and has a background in support work for adolescents focusing on both mental health and intellectual disabilities. He is driven to make positive, proactive steps in his journey alongside children and young people. 

He enjoys adding his values of good communication and active listening to his work, acknowledging the importance of being accepted, understood and heard. 

Zara Robson – Kaimahi Tamariki

Having spent the last 11 years in the fitness industry with a background in management, Zara has always had a deep desire to help individuals who require a greater need of support and guidance.

Studying both counselling and childcare many years ago, it has been a long term dream of Zara’s to assist our vulnerable tamariki.

“Through understanding and support I believe that children can better connect with themselves and others, enabling them to heal and establish meaningful relationships throughout their journey in life.”