Our team

The Skylight team is made up of a Board of Trustees, Patrons, and Skylight staff.


Skylight's services and activities are guided by a committed and experienced Board of Trustees. We are also honoured to have New Zealanders known for their compassion and understanding of others, as Patrons.


Louise Nicholas

Judy Bailey


Jim Donovan (Chair) - Professional Director

David Clarke - Legal Consultant

Dr. Sarah Roberts - Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist

Nikki Franklin - Strategic Marketing Consultant

Dr Nicole M. Coupe - CEO Kirikiriroa Family Services Trust

Marcus Porter - Executive Advisor and Governance Professional 

Trustee Vacancies 

Applications are welcomed from experienced and aspiring board members who can bring energy, commitment, sound judgement, professionalism, critical thinking skills and diversity, plus ideally one or more of the following competencies:
  • Māori cultural expertise to support a cultural lift at all levels within Skylight
  • Board Chair experience to steer and support Skylight to implement a bold strategic intent as the organisation grows
  • Financial acumen and management to chair the Board's Audit and Risk Committee

The Board meets in Wellington and holds six formal meetings (typically of 3 hours) and a planning day annually. In addition, board members will be appointed to either the Audit and Risk or Human Resources committees which meet 3-4 times a year for 1-2 hours. Board members are also expected to attend stakeholder functions (typically 1-2 a year). 

We are seeking a Board Chair, which will require additional time commitments to develop strong, supportive and effective working relationships with the CE and other key staff.

Board members are appointed for a 3-year term. This may be renewed by mutual consent. All Board members perform their roles on a voluntary basis. Download the Job Description.

To apply: Please send your CV and a cover letter outlining why you would be an ideal candidate to Sarah Roberts, Trustee: [email protected]

Skylight staff

Our staff members have many different backgrounds, qualifications and life experiences, to form a strong team. We are committed, hard working and passionate about our work.

Chief Executive - Anthony de Rose

Anthony joins Skylight after spending nearly two decades working in speciality mental health services in New Zealand and Australia. Originally from Sri Lanka, our new CEO has an illustrious career spanning manufacturing, telecommunications, dairy, brewing, logistics, social housing and health sectors. 

Initially migrating to New Zealand to complete an MBA at Victoria University, Anthony and his family fell in love with Aotearoa’s stunning natural beauty and the family-friendly lifestyle, and the rest is history. While he spent the early part of his career in the commercial industry, Anthony is excited to be part of the not for profit and social well-being sectors. His passion lies in making a difference in people’s lives, especially for our tamariki, rangatahi and their whānau.

Role Staff Name
Director of Operations Lesley Brown
Financial Administrator Gail Marwick
Clinical Lead Suzana Sagadin
Clinical Coordinator Vonnie Marshall
Counselling Coordinator Kerry du-Pont
Office Manager Anne Bristol
Contracts Administrator Nisha Minu
Resource Centre Coordinator Sarah Richards
Programme Coordinator - Ministry of Justice Jess Rowe

Resources Available at Skylight

Skylight is here to help you through difficult times. We can assist you in a variety of ways with information appropriate for your situation. You are welcome to visit us and receive free information and a support pack from our resource centre and borrow books from the specialist library. We also facilitate Professional Development training and offer Counselling support services for children, young people, family/whānau and individuals who are experiencing tough times.

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