Liz Harrison has been on the Taranaki Women’s Refuge Board of Trustees for 12 years, having served as Chair since 2017.
As a previous Principal of Ramanui School and former Chairperson of the Board for START Taranaki. Liz brings a wealth of governance and life experience to the Board. Her strengths lie in management and Social Justice Issues. Liz is a Judicial Justice of the Peace.
Liz is committed to using her skills to best serve the Taranaki Community, motivated by her desire to make our region a safe place where all people have the opportunity to live a happy and healthy life.
Married with 2 children and 4 grandchildren, Liz is an Artist and Art lover with a passion for print making and has donated works to our biennial Art Auction for the past 6 years.
Andrew is the newest Board member having joined in February 2021. A Chartered Accountant, Andrew has worked in finance for 20 plus years, the last 10 of those for Methanex.
After returning from 3 years in Canada, Andrew was seeking opportunities to be more involved in the community when Taranaki Women’s Refuge were looking for a Board member with a financial background. The opportunity to use his skills to help an organization that does so much amazing work for vulnerable woman in the community and with such a long history made for perfect timing.
Andrew is married with two children and can be found most Saturday mornings watching or coaching the kid’s soccer teams. He is also trying to play more golf, but so far his game is not improving that much!
Andrew is looking forward to learning more and being involved long term to help Taranaki Woman’s Refuge continue to do the amazing work they do.
Kathryn grew up in Taranaki and currently lives on a lifestyle block on the edge of Te Papakura o Taranaki with her family, 1 dog and 10 chickens. Her children attend Spotswood College and Moturoa Primary, and her husband is involved with Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ).
In her day job, Kathryn is an environmental planner, running a business comprised of planners, surveyors and environmental experts. Her considerable experience includes housing, residential tenancies, resource management, and health and safety. All of which support her role on our board.
Kathryns work with Taranaki Women’s Refuge as a volunteer on our Crisis Line. for Taranaki Women’s Refuge about 15 years ago. She wanted to help after a close friend of hers was affected by Domestic Violence and discovered how important Refuge was not just in the immediate crisis, but in getting her back on her feet and rebuilding her confidence. When the opportunity to join the board arose, Kathryn leapt at the chance. The board of TWR is a small way she can support the amazing work of the staff and management of TWR, and in turn, our wider community. Kathryn is immensely proud of what TWR achieves for our whanau.
Born in Ngāmotu, Sophie spent her younger years living in the Pacific Islands before returning to Taranaki for High School. She completed her degree in psychology and human resources at Canterbury University and her first role saw her working in Dubai, Qatar and Abu Dhabi with an Australian HR company.
Her career has seen her specialise in strategy, communications and people and change management across various industries, and most recently in Law as the CEO of Govett Quilliam. She holds several governance roles; on the Board of Business Central, Trustee of Toi Foundation, and Trustee of Taranaki Women’s Refuge since 2018. She is proud to work with community organisations that support women, children and families to lead happy, fulfilled and violence free lives.
Sophie and husband Michael have two children, Isabella and Theo and they lead an active life getting out in the ocean, in the bush, and supporting local community initiatives.
Born and raised in Stratford, Taranaki, Rhiannon now resides in New Plymouth and works as a lawyer in the Family Team at Govett Quilliam.
Prior to working in the legal sphere, Rhiannon worked as a lifeguard and swimming instructor while studying law, history and international relations at Victoria University of Wellington, before working as Operations Manager for the Arabic Digital Reform Institute. After university, Rhiannon worked for a boutique construction litigation firm in Auckland, before moving to the family law space at another local Taranaki law firm, joining Govett Quilliam in September 2019. Rhiannon has always prioritised giving back to her community and has volunteered for a number of organisations including Big Brothers Big Sisters NZ, Rotary Satellite Club of Stratford, UN Youth NZ, and Commonwealth Youth NZ.
Rhiannon’s daily work as a family lawyer includes helping those experiencing family violence, care of children issues, elder law matters, and relationship property disputes. Having experienced family violence as a survivor and as an advocate, Rhiannon wished to dedicate her passion and skills to help support those in need, and to prevent family violence.
Rhiannon is a proud dog mum to her husky, Aurora, who keeps her active and involved in the Taranaki community. Rhiannon is committed to contributing her efforts toward the remarkable work of Taranaki Women’s Refuge.