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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

Diana Rands BA, Psych/ Soc., Dip ASS Cert.Soc.Wk., Graduate Certificate in Addiction studies Diana is the chairperson of the Board and has been a Board member since 2003. 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.  She is also a member of the Auckland City Council Rainbow Advisory Panel.

Ruth Busch BA Wisc JD (Hons) Conn– Ruth has practiced law in Canada and New Zealand. She has taught at the University of Waikato since 1988 and has contributed to papers in Family Law, Property Issues in Family Law, Domestic Violence and the State, Women Law and Policy, and Feminist Legal Theory.  Ruth has published reports and articles on domestic violence and the criminal justice system, judicial discourses on domestic violence, the family court system, child witnesses of spousal violence, and violence intervention models. Most recently, she has been involved in analysing custody and access decisions which arise within the context of domestic violence.

Shelley Gane, BA, GradDipComm

Shelley works at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in the role of Marketing Director where she combines 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. 

Ann Marie Searchfield, RPN, MN, PGcertMgtSt

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. Recently Ann Marie has focussed on workforce development within the mental health sector, and she currently leads a service that uses digital and innovative new ways of supporting wellbeing for people.