Our Board

Trisha Edmonds – Chairperson

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 and became Chair in November 2018.

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.

Joanne Milne

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 served as Chair from June 2011 to November 2018.

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.

Christine Johnston

Christine is a Chartered Accountant and Partner at Nexia Christchurch Ltd.  Christine is a Partner in both Business Services and Restructuring and Insolvency and she works closely with a diverse client base with the main focus on business growth & development, restructuring, liquidations and receiverships.   Christine has specialist expertise in:

  • Business turnaround and growth
  • Budgeting and cash flow forecasting
  • Management accounting reporting and key performance indicators
  • Company reorganisations and restructuring
  • Independent reviews
  • Insolvency services including liquidations, receiverships, creditor compromises etc

Christine is known for going the extra mile. For her, success is working with people and companies to reach their goals. She particularly enjoys working with companies that need assistance and are open to being helped.  Christine has previously held the financial portfolio on several boards before joining the Stop board in May 2018.  Christine’s governance experience includes strategic and business planning and strategic restructuring.  Christine became Deputy Chair in November 2018.

Emma Tomblin

Emma is a Partner at Duncan Cotterill (Lawyers) and brings 15+ years legal experience to the Stop board.  Emma is part of the Duncan Cotterill general commercial team, involved in advice in the following areas: commercial (business structuring, sale and purchase, financing, leasing), property (residential, commercial and rural, sale and purchase, leasing, subdivisions/developments), and private practice (trusts, charitable trusts, succession planning/structuring, wills, etc).  Core parts of Emma’s role includes advising clients on strategy and identifying and mitigating risk.  Emma joined the Stop’s board in November 2018.

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.