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Executive Leadership Team


The Executive Leadership Team (ELT) is the primary decision-making body of the Trust.

The Executive Leadership Team provides the operational leadership for the Trust.  The role of the members is to implement the strategies decided by the Board of Trustees.


Kim Morton - CEO


Kim MortonKim was first employed by Hawksbury at Gladstone Road in Mosgiel when it opened in June 1993.


Kim’s roles within the organisation have been many and varied over the years and include being involved in the Pilot for MSD Transition from Vocational Placement to Outreach Retirement Programme, Team Leader at Larnach Road and Gordon Road, Otago Regional Coordinator and being involved in Property Management with Hawksbury.


Kim’s passion and enthusiasm for the disability sector continues and now sees her in the role as CEO of Hawksbury Community Living Trust.


Kim has two adult children and four beautiful grandchildren. Her personal interests include interior decorating, gardening, travelling, and spending time with family and friends.


Susan McNarn - Quality and Systems Manager


Susan joined Hawksbury in May 2016 as the Executive Assistant to the CEO, in 2020 Susan moved into the role of Quality and Systems Manager.


Prior to this Susan worked in a variety of administration roles primarily in the NGO health sector and has a passion for working in health.


Susan is loving her role in Quality and Systems and is excited to be able to implement new systems and processes that support the organisation to run smoothly. Although her role is primarily office-based Susan is regularly out at the sites to connect with the residents and staff.


Susan is originally from the beautiful, sunny Central Otago town of Alexandra. Susan is married to Jeremy they both love spending time with their whānau and friends. In the weekends, you are likely to see Susan out walking the Port Hills, with a goal to be able to walk the Able Tasman track soon.


Lenore McCarthy - Canterbury Regional Manager

Lenore McCarthyLenore started at Hawksbury in 2005 working across multiple homes in Christchurch in the Manager or Coordinator role until 2017. After spending a couple of years working for another provider as a Registered Nurse, she returned in 2019 to take up the position of Regional Manager for Canterbury.


Lenore’s family has grown significantly during the time she has been at Hawksbury and she now has five grandchildren to keep tabs on, who she loves to spend time with. She also likes exploring new places and trying out different “foodie” experiences.




Joy Paterson - Otago Regional Manager


Joy PatersonJoy joined the Trust in May 2018. She has worked in a variety of roles in the NGO/Health sector including Needs Assessment, Service coordinator for Home Support Services, and coordinating an Information Service for NGO’s. 


Joy has also worked in the education sector including several years working with children who have autism. She also facilitated Literacy and Numeracy programmes for the Otago Correctional Facility and a Drink Driving Prevention program for the Probation Service. 


Joy has two adult children and an adult foster daughter. She enjoys spending time with her family, going camping in the caravan (with her husband and the dog) in the warmer months and loves to read.



Sarah Brennan - Regional Manager

I have been in New Zealand 9.5 years, I came with my husband Wayne and son Daniel, I love the Kiwi lifestyle and the people, I enjoy travelling and exploring different parts of NZ.

In my spare time I like walking my dog, I enjoy Pilates, catching up with my friends and socialising.

I am a Registered Nurse and specialised in Learning Disability, I have a passion for supporting and ensuring that people with additional needs have choice and control in their lives and access to mainstream opportunities and equitable healthcare.



ELT - Support Team


Tabatha Billington - Recruitment, Learning & Development Coordinator. 

I'm a new Cantabrian, hailing originally from Wellington by way of the cold south of Dunedin. Whilst at university there I completed a HR internship which I continued post-graduation giving me plenty of experience in recruitment, learning and development, health and safety and much more.

Since relocating to the garden city at the end of 2020 I've worked at Fulton Hogan in their HR team assisting with change management initiatives and support. I've also enjoyed exploring Christchurch, adopted a kitten and learnt I have the opposite of a green thumb.



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