Our Board

Joanne Milne – Chairperson

Jo is currently self-employed as an Education and Management Consultant, having had more than twenty years in senior management roles in various tertiary education organisations.  Among other consultancy roles, Jo is contracted to NZQA as an External Lead Evaluator for the review of the educational performance and self-assessment capability of polytechs, private training providers and industry training organisations.  Jo retains her association with local tertiary institutions through her membership of the University of Canterbury Students’ Association Advisory Board.   Jo is an Associate Fellow of the NZIM and a member of the Institute of Directors.  Jo joined the Trust Board in March 2010 and became Chair in June 2011.

John Eyre-Walker

John Eyre-Walker served as the Chair of  STOP’s Finance Committee from April 2008 to December 2017.  John completed a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Commercial Law and Accounting at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia and then spent six years overseas working for several multi-national companies including Hyundai and Shell International Trading and Shipping.  He spent some time working for the owner and operator of the Swedish Stock Exchange as Operations Manager and helped to establish the world’s first 24 hour exchange trading operation.  After leaving London and settling back in Christchurch in 2000 he worked with WestpacTrust Banking Corporation as a Business Analyst before joining Perpetual Trust Limited as a Financial Planner and Investment Advisor.

Scott Inglis – Chair, Finance Committee

Scott is a Management Accountant at PGG Wrightson. A Rural Services provider with a national footprint serving more than a hundred towns across the country. Since 2008 he was involved in their Wool and Real Estate businesses and currently is involved with the Rural Supplies and Marketing divisions. He is a Chartered Accountant and gained his Bachelor of Commerce studying at the University of Canterbury. Growing up in a small NZ town has given Scott a strong sense of community and he has contributed to various sports clubs and groups. Scott joined the STOP board in October 2016 and became Chair of the STOP Board Finance Committee in December 2017.

Janet MacDonald

Janet is the founder of ChangeHub a strategic change and communications consultancy. Janet is experienced and skilled in strategic management, with a focus on behaviour change and change communications, and has over 15 years’ experience of stakeholder and internal communications strategy development and implementation across a variety of sectors and projects.  Janet has extensive experience reporting to management boards within various organisations and sectors.  Janet’s governance experience includes: Sustainable Business Network; Women in Film & Television and founding member of the Waterview playgroup.  Janet joined the STOP board in September 2016.

Lisa Brennan

Lisa is Operations Manager with Pegasus Health Ltd and is responsible for leadership of service areas that support strong General Practices in Canterbury. This includes clinical, educational, financial, account management and programme support.  Lisa has developed skills during previous positions in health management, both in the secondary and primary care sectors. Lisa works closely with the Board of Pegasus Health where she has gained unique insight into governance level operations and strategic planning. In 2015, Lisa joined the Board of Workplace Support, a company that provides employee wellbeing and assistance programmes to companies throughout New Zealand.  Lisa joined the STOP board in May 2017.

Trisha Edmonds

Trisha is the Head of Advisory Distribution Funds, ANZ Investments based in Christchurch and is highly experienced in the financial services industry, having held a number of senior roles in various organisations since 1990.  Trisha is a Justice of the Peace, a member of the Financial Services Council Distribution Committee, a facilitator for the Financial Capability Commission, a senior mentor to selected business colleagues and a member of the Wealth Leadership team within ANZ Investments.  Within the financial services industry, Trisha is best known for her empathy, training ability, motivational skills, relationship building and her ability to ‘get things done’.  Since joining the financial services industry in 1990, Trisha is committed to delivering on her passion to ensure all New Zealanders receive high quality financial advice and appropriate solutions.  Trisha joined the STOP board in November 2017.

Chief Executive: Don Mortensen 

Don holds a postgraduate Diploma in Social Work and Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Economics.  Don has worked in the child and family field in a range of social work, clinical and leadership roles for over 30 years. Don  specialized in the field of  adolescents who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour holding the position of Clinical Director of the STOP Adolescent Programme and is the founding Chief Executive of STOP.  Don holds membership of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social workers and  of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.