Our team

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

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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


Dr. Nicole M. Coupe (Chair) - CEO, Kirikiriroa Family Services Trust

Nikki Franklin - Principal Consultant, JacksonStone and Partners

Lesley Hoskin - CEO, Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand

Jodie Black - Mental Health Clinical Service Manager

Brendan Oakley - Captain, Royal New Zealand Navy

Phil Royal - Independent Board Advisor

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 specialty mental health services in New Zealand and Australia. Originally from Sri Lanka, Anthony has had a career that has spanned 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
Clinical Advisor Jenny Devine
Counselling Team Leader Vonnie Marshall
Finance Officer Di Duncan
Counselling Coordinator  Maggie Horrell
Office Manager Anne Bristol
Counselling Coordinator Benjamin Jensen
Programmes Coordinator Guadalupe Zarazaga
Programmes Administrator Lily Murray
Programmes / Counselling Coordinator Bridy Haughey
Administrator Azrul Bibi

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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Online Shop

Our online shop features Skylight's own publications and other specialist titles from New Zealand and around the world. Search titles, keywords or category headings by clicking the shop button.