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About Inner City Women’s Group

Our People

We have a highly qualified and experienced team of facilitators who are bound by the ICWG Code of Ethics and practice. All facilitators hold tertiary level qualifications and are highly experienced in their field.  

Board of Trustees

Susanne Doddrell - Board Chair

Sue originally joined ICWG as a Board member in 2012 and was working in the Addiction and Mental Health field at the time. She became involved because of her strong sense of social justice and wanting to volunteer her time to something meaningful that would make a difference to women's lives in a tangible way. In 2019 Sue took a year away from the Board for personal reasons but has returned at the end of 2020 after being nominated and then voted Board Chair. Sue is currently employed with St John where she has held several roles over the last 10 years in Policy and Audit, People and Capability, and Operations. For the last 4 years she has lead the national Double Crewing Project, and more recently has moved into the position of Operational Effectiveness - Manager - Workforce and Policy. This role is responsible for Workforce Planning, overseeing key change processes as part of increased service provision in Emergency Ambulance and the transitioning and implementation of the new service delivery model for Ambulance Operations.

Diana Rands BA, Psych/ Soc., Dip ASS Cert.Soc.Wk., Graduate Certificate in Addiction studies 

Diana has been a Board member since 2003 and has made a hugely valuable contribution to the organisation undertaking the role of Board Chair for 14 years. She is a registered social worker and has been working in the addiction and mental health field since 1986.  She trained as a family therapist in 1987 and specialised in family inclusive practice in 2005. Diana currently works as an alcohol and drug clinician for Auckland CADS as well as trainer/facilitator in the areas of: diversity, prevention of harassment and bullying, mental health, addictions, sexual orientation and gender identity.  

Shelley Gane, BA, GradDipComm - Board Treasurer

Shelley has worked at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in marketing and communication roles for the last 15 years where she combined a passion for education, communications, data and design to assist AUT in making prospective students’ journeys to university a great experience. She has been involved in web design and content management and has community management experience gained in Australia across a range of sectors including support services for women, and community radio and arts development. Shelley is currently working as a marketing consultant.

Paula Milne, LLB/BA in Psychology

Paula has worked in financial crime prevention, detection and compliance since 2011. During this time she led teams across 3 of the 5 largest financial institutions in New Zealand -  ASB, ANZ and Kiwibank. Prior to moving nto compliance she was the in-house counsel for Guardian Trust for 7 years. In 2020 Paula set up her own financial crime consulting business which allowed her some flexibility to be able to give back to the community. The core values of ICWG align strongly with her own values and joining the Board has given her the opportunity to bring her legal and risk management experience to an organisation that is driven to support and empower women who find themselves in dire situations.

Ann Marie Searchfield, RPN, MN, PGcertMgtSt - Board Secretary

Ann Marie is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse who has specialised in Acute Mental Health, and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry.  She has a particular interest in the social imperatives of mental health. Ann Marie has in the past worked in workforce development within the mental health sector, and has led a service that uses digital and innovative new ways of supporting wellbeing for people. She now works for Ara Poutama (Corrections) where she is able to support the rehabilitation and health of those who are convicted of crimes, including family violence and violence against women. Her role on the board allows her to work with an organisation that sees violence as a gendered issue and to support and empower women, breaking cycles of abuse.