imporving organisational well being

Lower South Island



Anne Bond - CEO

B.A; P.G.D; Cert. Psych. Theory Cert. Family Therapy; Cert.Supervision; MNZAC; MIoD


Anne has a great depth of knowledge and experience gained through a variety of positions including management, strategic leadership, lecturing, programme presentation and clinical practice. Anne was also involved with the education sector for 25 years working as a consultant and counsellor.

Prior to joining Workplace Support, Anne operated her own consultancy practice, focusing on Innovation, Leadership and Team Development, People Challenges and Growth, Change Process and Emotional Intelligence with a variety of clients from Government, Corporate and the private sector.

  • Co-founder and Director of Coaching for the Institute for Strategic Leadership

  • Mentoring Board Chairs, Chief Executives and Leaders

  • Coaching Executive Management Teams and Boards

  • Developing Talent Development Programmes for several high profile organisations

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Caroline Walters - Office Manager


Caroline has been with the organisation since 2001 and brings with her a wide range of administration and organisational skills which makes her an invaluable member of our team. She ably assists the CEO where required and brings a methodical approach to the smooth running of the Regional Office.

Caroline's empathy for the work of the organisation allows her to assist clients and callers with their request in a very respectful manner and seeks at all times to find helpful and relevant solutions.

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Claire Soal - Dunedin Team Leader
Claire has been with Workplace Support since 2002 as a chaplain and has also been Dunedin Team Leader since 2004.
Formerly with a background as a hairdresser and tutor, she enjoys the challenge that working with people brings.
Claire is also involved in the Catholic Church on the parish and pastoral area council.
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Heather Pringle - Central Otago Team Leader

Heather commenced as a Staff Supporter for Workplace Support in 2006 in Central Otago region.

· Former owner/operator of a hairdressing salon

· Ambulance Officer and nurse aid

· Former partner in a natural products company

· I have farmed angora goats and ostriches

· Agribuild workshop training

· Introduction to Disputes Resolution (Massey)

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Steve Harrex - Invercargill Team Leader


Steve joined Workplace Support in 2014 as a Staff Supporter, then becoming Invercargill Team Leader also.

· Background as a tradesman/joiner with cabinet-making and carpentry experience.

· Dip. Min. Int. from Bible College of New Zealand.

· Children’s Pastor for 3 years

· Church Pastor for 8 1/2 years

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Felicity Sutherland - Counsellor
Dip.Counselling NZCCA , RGN (UK)

Integrated, interpersonal model using Person-Centered Therapy, CBT and attachment models

Victim Support accredited

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Maria Bowden - Counsellor
B.A., Dip. GPsyh., MNZAP

Maria has an extensive history as a social worker and educator. Maria has been in private practice as a Gestalt Psychotherapist since 1994.

She works with individuals; couples; groups and organisations as a therapist, supervisor, trainer and group facilitator.

Her current work includes issues such as depression; grief; anxiety; loss; abuse; trauma; addiction; burnout; stress; motivation; potentiality; conflict; redundancy and change. Maria’s strengths include twenty years experience with trauma and abuse issues. She is currently part of the Faculty Group of the Gestalt Institute of New Zealand.

Maria has a personal and professional commitment to holistic health and well being. This involves the encouragement and development of good emotional; physical and spiritual well being in our daily lives. She encourages awareness and honesty with oneself and in relation to others so that good relationships can be maintained.