Leadership Team

Linda Surtees | Chief Executive
ea.admin@nullfosteringkids.org.nz | ph 04 282 0767 to contact Janine, Executive Assistant

Linda has been with Fostering Kids NZ since 2010 and has a wealth of experience in the foster care sector. Linda is a strong advocate for fostering families to receive robust, collaborative support and training to provide quality care for our most vulnerable children.

Alistair Wilkinson | Communications Advisor
Alistair@nullfosteringkids.org.nz  | mob 021 753 317

The first point of contact for journalists, Alistair oversees the communications strategy for Fostering Kids. A caregiver himself, Alistair is a passionate advocate for vulnerable children, and the people who support them.

Andeana Pilalis | Critical Support Manager
Andeana.Pilalis@nullfosteringkids.org.nz | 04 566 0299 | Free 0800 693 278

Andeana has been with Fostering Kids since 2009 and has extensive foster care experience.  She strives to ensure caregivers receive the support they need during difficult times and that caregivers are empowered with the knowledge they need to support the children in their care.

Maureen Roche | Care Support Advisor
Maureen.Roche@nullfosteringkids.org.nz  | 04 566 0169 | Free 0800 693 278

Maureen took up the position as Care Support Advisor in March 2013. Maureen is a registered social worker and has worked with CYF as a social worker and a care & protection coordinator. Maureen was a foster parent for many years.

Stephanie James-Sadler | National Manager Training and Support
Stephanie.James-Sadler@nullfosteringkids.org.nz | ph 04 282 0490 | mob 027 501 0398

Stephanie manages the Regional Coordinators across New Zealand, having an overview of supporting members and the associations aligned with Fostering Kids. Stephanie has foster care experience and has a knowledge of working across the sector, education and health.

Suzanne Johnson | Fundraising Manager
fundraiser@nullfosteringkids.org.nz  | ph 04 2820 488  | mob 027 501 0396

Suzanne offers a wealth of fundraising experience from working in the charitable, academic, arts, and museum sectors in the UK and NZ for the last thirteen years. Suzanne is passionate about supporting foster carers and making a positive impact on the lives of kids in care.