The Board

Martin Sloman

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Martin is an inspired local mental health advocate who received the  Queen’s Service Medal for services to mental health also in 2019. He pitched a big idea about the Kapiti Kindness Project in a Business Breakfast talk and it gained immediate traction. Martin also runs the very important men’s mental health charity Whirlwind.

Brian Geary

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Brian Geary was a lawyer for 49 years before his retirement on 31.3.20. He has had extensive corporate and private practise experience. He attended to the formation of the Kapiti Kindness Trust and registration of its Trust Deed on the Companies Office Charities Register, with Charities Services and Inland Revenue. The Kapiti Kindness Trust is a registered charity. Brian continues his support as a foundation trustee of the Trust. He lives in Waikanae.

Lanita Caswill

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Hi my name is Lanita and I am born and raised on the Kapiti coast where I have lived and worked for most of my life.
When I’m not working I love to spend time with family, riding my horse and hiking the great walks that New Zealand has to offer with the odd physical team challenge each year with friends and family that we like to set as a goal to keep us motivated!

Ruth Surrey

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Ruth, an experienced HR Manager, small business owner and with a background of banking and I.T. in London, has been living in NZ with her 2 children for nearly 20 years.

Jeanine van Kradenburg

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Jeanine van Kradenburg is a registered nurse currently working in general practice. She has a special interest in mental health. Jeanine qualified in South Africa and was involved there in research in Anxiety Disorders and helped establish the Mental Health Information Centre.
Jeanine has been in New Zealand for 20 years.

Not the Board But Still Useful

Kitty Fitton

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Kitty is a local woman with a passion for all things tech, and getting stuck into helping her community. She can also be found on stage as a stand-up-comedian and public speaker. Find out more here. 

Therese O'Sullivan

Therese was involved with community organisations but Bellyful was her main priority when she lived in Wellington. Now living in Waikanae she is on the steering committee for GBB Kapiti which has a fantastic group of bakers baking for the community organisations they support. A natural progression was joining KKT.

Family friends and community have always been important in her live and being able to help by volunteering with KKT gives her the opportunity to do what she is passionate about and the bonus is meeting so many wonderful people along the way.

Tarn Sheerin

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Tarn Sheerin is a Kapiti local and mother of two, living in the middle of her Raumati Beach Community.

She has a background the Arts, Building / Architecture and Child Protection. One of Tarns favourite roles was teaching children First Aid in Wales, UK.

Tarn is very active in community support and networking roles with the likes of Kapiti Kindness Trust, Kapiti Helping Kapiti, and other charitable groups and organisations. “I love volunteering for the Kapiti Kindness Trust and getting to meet oodles of very cool, kind and appreciative people, just like you reading this”