Our People

YWCA Auckland Staff

We have a wonderfully dedicated staff  who work both full and part-time from our office in Newmarket and our hostel in the inner city.



Monica Briggs
Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 09 520 8168 or 021 964 867
Email: monica@akywca.org.nz



Debbie Burrows  
Business Development Manager
Phone: 09 520 8160
Email: debbie@akywca.org.nz


Grace Ting 
Finance Manager
Phone: 09 520 8167
Email: finance@akywca.org.nz


Kat Doughty 
Programme Development and Operations Manager
Phone: 027 290 5034
Email: kat@akywca.org.nz




Brigette Watkin 
PA/Office Manager
Phone: 09 522 8219
Email: brigette@akywca.org.nz

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 Anna Beard
Fundraising Coordinator
Phone: 09 520 8165
Email: anna@akywca.org.nz

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Lora Waqabitu 
Marketing and Communications Assistant
Phone: 09 520 8165
Email: lora@akywca.org.nz


Marlene Sorby
Project Lead
Phone: 09 520 8162
Email: marlene@akywca.org.nz




Saumalu Kali
Programmes Facilitator
Phone: 09 520 8161 or 021 137 2558
Email: saumalu@akywca.org.nz

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Acacia Cochise
Programmes Development Lead
Phone: 09 520 8163 or 027 207 5558
Email: acacia@akywca.org.nz

Karina Peters
Programmes Facilitator
Phone: 09 520 8164 or 021 342 773
Email: karina@akywca.org.nz








Nina Bhatia

Hostel Manager

Phone: 09 377 8763


Linda Trautvetter

Duty Manager



Teresa Limbrick



Catherine Zhang

Duty Manager


Jay Chen

Weekend Duty Manager


Satnam Kaur

Weekend Duty Manager


Fabio Jouliani

Night Duty Manager

YWCA Auckland Board Members

The YWCA Auckland is governed by a Board of  Directors;  eight philanthropic women from diverse backgrounds who are passionate about empowering women and the winner of our annual tertiary education scholarship.

The Board is elected by the YWCA members on an annual basis and trustees can stay on the Board for a maximum of four years.






Susan Doughty (President)

Susan is a Partner in EY’s Human Capital practice. She is responsible for leading the Talent & Reward service line delivering executive reward and broad based remuneration services across Oceania markets. Susan was previously a Director of dsd Consulting Ltd, Remuneration Specialists which was acquired by EY in 2014.

Susan has over 25 years’ experience in senior Human Resources and Reward specialist roles and is recognised as an industry expert in the design of contemporary reward strategies and solutions.

Susan takes an active role in building remuneration as a specialisation in New Zealand, and has held the position of Executive Manager of the New Zealand Remuneration Network for the past six years. Susan is also involved in diversity initiatives having partnered with the NZ Asian Leaders Network and UNWEPS in the provision of research and advisory services and worked with YWCA Auckland to develop the inaugural Equal Pay Awards in 2014 and is also an active Mentor of young aspiring women.

Susan is a Director on the YWCA Auckland Board and a member of Global Women.







Andrea Vujnovich (Vice President)

Andrea serves as the Head of the Corporate Governance and Development Group and General Counsel of Auckland University of Technology. She provides advice to the Vice Chancellor, the Strategic Leadership Team, and the University faculties and administrative divisions. Andrea is university secretary to the University Council and corporate secretary to university subsidiaries being the AUT Foundation, the AUT Millennium Ownership Trust, The Friends of AUT USA Inc. and AUT Enterprises Limited. In addition to directing the University’s legal services and retention of outside legal counsel, Andrea, as Head of Corporate Governance and Development Group, is responsible for the Office of People and Organisation, Development and Advancement, Risk and Compliance, Policy, Health and Safety, Diversity, and Records Management. She also participates in university-wide policy development and decision making as part of the Strategic Leadership Team.

Before coming to the University, Andrea was a solicitor in a large national law practice specializing in trust and commercial law. Before qualifying as a lawyer, Andrea was a practicing physiotherapist and was Head of the School of Physiotherapy at Auckland University of Technology. Andrea earned her PhD in Physiology, MSc (Hons) and LLB(Hons) from the University of Auckland, where she gained a senior prize in law. Andrea gained her DipPhys and ADP(OMT) from the Auckland University of Technology.



Courtney van der Scheer (Treasurer) 

Courtney is the Business Advisor to the GM of the Investment team at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and is based in Auckland. Courtney is responsible for leading key change programmes and work-streams within the Investment team, shaping the strategy, managing the finances and any reporting required.

Courtney graduated from University with a Bachelor of Business in finance, accounting and marketing. After graduating, Courtney worked at Deloitte in the Audit service line for three years, developing her financial analytical skills. She then went on to join the strategy team at AMP, assisting the Head of Strategy in the development of strategic plans, market research and insights.

Courtney is passionate about helping to develop young women to their greatest potential and hopes to make a difference by being a part of the YWCA Auckland.






Hannah Reynolds

Hannah is the Operations Manager of the UpsideDowns Education Trust, a charity that funds speech language therapy for children with Down Syndrome. Her time is shared between UpsideDowns and Scarlatti, a boutique management consultancy, where she is an Associate.

Hannah’s particular interests are queer rights, indigenous rights, bodily autonomy and identity politics, especially in regards to young people. Hannah has served on the board of Women’s Health Action since 2013. She is also on the board of Pacific Women’s Watch (New Zealand), and sits on the Executive Committee of UN Women Auckland Aotearoa. Hannah is a member of the National Council of Women, where she represents the Abortion Law Reform Association New Zealand (ALRANZ).

Hannah studied at the University of Auckland, and double-majored in Women’s Studies and Film, TV & Media Studies. She completed half her Honours degree at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Hannah holds a Master of Arts degree in Development Studies; her Masters research explored menstruation-related obstacles to girls’ education in Ethiopia.


Rowena Bryce

Rowena Bryce is the Head of People Operations, ASB Bank Group of Companies.   She graduated from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, double major in Public Economics & Employment Relations.  Rowena has a wealth of experience in Human Resources Information System implementation.   For the last 15 years she held several positions in HR including Head of People Services, Head of People Systems, Payroll Manager, Manager HR Solutions and Project Leader focusing on the area of online system efficiency. Rowena is well known in the HR Technology and Payroll Community for designing, developing and implementing innovative solutions. One of her recent successes was digitalising employees’ files from paper based to electronic form, reducing paper dependencies by 92%. I advocate for young women’s welfare, future and financial independence.





Justine Smith

Justine is Head of Co-Governance at Auckland Council, and leads the team supporting the Co-Governance entities the Council is party to. Justine has led the development of policies, strategies and frameworks to support these unique co-governance entities, in which the mana whenua worldview is embedded. Justine is leading work articulating the value proposition of cogovernance and what the ‘classic’ governance model and frameworks can learn from this Treaty partnership model.
Prior to this Justine was a Negotiations/Settlement Manager at the Office of Treaty Settlements, where she was responsible for the negotiation of historical Treaty settlements with iwi, including developing the co-governance arrangement over the Whanganui River. Justine has a background in central government, including serving as Private Secretary to a Cabinet Minister. Her experience working with iwi reflects the value she places on the Treaty relationship as integral to the future of New Zealand.
Justine’s Honours thesis exploring constructions of gender identity in the YMCA in the 1930s was published in 2004 (‘This Game of Living: the YMCA in Dunedin 1933 – 1938’, Building God’s Own Country: Historical Essays on Religion in New Zealand, Edited by John Stenhouse and Jane Thomson, University of Otago Press, 2004).
Justine is a participant of the 2016 Global Women Breakthrough Leaders




Karinia Lee

Ko Maungakiekie toku maunga
Ko Manuka-o-Hoturoa toku whanga
Ko Tainui toku waka
Ko Te Ākitai toku hapu
Ko Pukaki raua ko Makaurau oku marae
Ko Waiohua raua ko Ngati Hinamana oku iwi

Karinia was born and raised in Auckland, and is of Māori, Chinese and European descent.

She is currently General Manager of NZ Asian Leaders, responsible for overall management of all business affairs; working with key stakeholders, managing funding, commercial partnerships, overall business development, sponsorship opportunities, financial accountability and providing tactical direction to the organisation, working with the NZ Asian Leaders Advisory Board to deliver set outcomes on an annual basis. Previous roles over the past decade have seen Karinia supporting a number of charities and trusts, including Ronald McDonald House Charities, Stella Trust and Piha Surf Life Saving Club.

Karinia has a strong commitment to making a difference in our own back yard and seeks opportunities to utilise her skillset with organisations who play a vital role in our society. This resonates strongly with her personal values, as does the YWCA.

Board Intern 

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Joy Walpole

Joy is 23 years old and completing her last paper of a Law and Arts degree, majoring in English and Anthropology. She was born and raised in Auckland and is a proud New Zealand Samoan. She is working part time in employment law and is looking forward to being admitted as a barrister/solicitor in the course of the year. She has a passion for intersectional feminism and feminist and critical race theorist perspectives of law and as a critique of institutions.

She attended the Women
Deliver 2016 Conference in Copenhagen as part of a delegation from the Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute and was inspired to join the YWCA after hearing Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary of the World YWCA, speak on ending violence aga
inst women. She is passionate about gender equality in a Pacific context, particularly access to SRHR, dismantling har
mful gender stereotypes and the advancement of women in leadership positions. She joins the YWCA Auckland board as intern board member, and is excited to learn about governance and be involved with an organisation which priorities young women and works from an inter-sectional feminist and Christian perspective.


YWCA Auckland programmes receive generous support from...
  • Auckland Council

    ASB Community Trust
  • Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust

    Lottery Grants Board
  • Perpetual Guardian

    Skycity Auckland Community Trust
  • The Lion Foundation

    The trusts charitable foundation

YWCA of Auckland New Zealand

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