Meet our team

Across the lower North Island, Enliven employs almost 900 dedicated and caring people.

Our multi-cultural, multi-generational organisation is a reflection of New Zealand’s vibrant society. Our dedicated and caring team members come from a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures and experiences.

They share a passion for supporting retirees and older people to live well and enjoy life and a belief that every person deserves respect, compassion and dignity regardless of age, background or belief.

Pat Waite

Pat Waite

Chief Executive

Pat Waite has had an extensive career in financial services both in New Zealand and overseas, and in the trustee industry where he was a former Chief Executive of Public Trust. He is a Past President of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, a member of the Risk and Audit Committee for Te Tumu Paeroa (the Maori Trustee) and a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee for Te Puni Kokiri.

In his consulting capacity, Pat has also provided strategic and change management support to a range of organisations, including Surf Life Saving New Zealand, Queen Elizabeth II National Trust, New Zealand Land Search and Rescue and various community foundations and social services agencies.

Nicola Turner

Nicola Turner

General Manager

Nicola is the General Manager of Enliven Central. In this role she has responsibility for 16 rest homes, seven retirement villages and a range of health support services.

Originally an Occupational Therapist, Nicola left clinical work in the late 1980’s to become Registrar of the Occupational Therapy Board. Since then her career has spanned a range of health management roles, including Quality Manager for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, Service Manager at Hutt Hospital, Integrated Care Manager and then Older Persons Funding and Planning Manager at Hutt DHB. Nicola joined Presbyterian Support Central in 2006.

Nicola is also on the NZCCSS Older persons policy group and was an Eden in Oz and NZ Board member between 2009 and 2017.

Suzanne Simpson

Suzanne Simpson

Business Operations Manager

Suzanne trained as a registered nurse in Scotland and worked in medical, rehabilitation and aged care. After moving to New Zealand in 2003 with her family, Suzanne spent 10 years working at the Hutt Valley District Health Board before joining Enliven in 2014 as Huntleigh Home’s manager. Suzanne soon moved into a regional manager position, taking care of Enliven business operations.

“I see part of my role as facilitating and spreading new ideas around our homes to enhance the lives of residents” says Suzanne.

“I love the freedom to try new ideas that our Eden philosophy supports and Enliven encourages our staff to try.”

Passionate about aged care, Suzanne enjoys meeting a range of interesting people who have amazing lives.

Joy Tlapi

Joy Tlapi

Clinical Director

Joy is Enliven’s Clinical Director. She joined PSC in 2015 as a Nurse Consultant after 8 years of holding senior clinical positions in aged care. Joy is an overseas trained registered nurse with many years of hands-on clinical experience in the health sector; working in teams caring for and supporting the elderly.

She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing, a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing from Massey University and a certificate in healthcare auditing (NZ).

A champion of high-quality care, Joy is passionate about continuing to improve all aspects of care and minimising risks for residents and staff at Enliven homes. She continuously looks at opportunities to support the elders to live life to the fullest, maintain their preferences and promote well being.

Allan G Davidson

Allan G Davidson

Sales agent – Wellington, Horowhenua & Manawatu

Allan is the Sales Consultant for five Enliven Retirement Villages in the Wellington, Horowhenua and Manawatu region – namely Huntleigh, Woburn, Reevedon, Coombrae and Brightwater.

With an over twenty year background in Transport mainly in Management and Marketing/Sales, this led to a two year stint in Vietnam as General Director of an NZ/Vietnam Railways joint venture specialising in containerisation. Back in NZ, a passion for Real Estate ensued for over 20 years with his own office.

Allan has done a number of years with Tawa Community Patrol (now retired), is current President of Hutt Valley Model Railway Club and an enthusiastic member of the Railex Committee (annual Model Railway exhibition). He is also a very passionate Rugby and Motor Racing supporter/fan. After a number of years Coaching and 8 years as Club Captain, Allan has attained the role of President, Tawa Rugby Football Club. Allan is also proud to be a Freemason.

Allan maintains he has the best position in Enliven – constantly meeting wonderful people who all have a great story and entrust Allan to help them into a new lifestyle with minimum stress.

Nell Tawera MacDonald

Nell Tawera MacDonald

Kandahar Village Sales Agent

Nell is the Sales Agent for Enliven’s newest retirement village – Kandahar Village in Masterton.

Nell has more than 20 years’ experience selling real estate throughout the Wairarapa and loves the challenges and opportunities it brings.

Prior to moving into real estate, Nell was the Registrar of Electors for the Wairarapa Electorate for 15 years.

Nell had just begun her retirement when the Kandahar Village sales agent position came up and she decided it was a role not to be missed.

“I am ecstatic to be associated with a team of special people who have the welfare and wellbeing retirees and older people at heart. For me Kandahar Retirement Village is an opportunity not to be missed and is a great option for those looking for a stress free and secure lifestyle.”

Alisha Kennedy

Alisha Kennedy

General Manager of External Relations

Alisha is the General Manager of External Relations for Enliven’s parent organisation Presbyterian Support Central (PSC). The External Relations team leads Enliven’s marketing, communications and fundraising efforts. Alisha’s background is in journalism, but she found her true passion in working for not-for-profit organisations that make a real difference in people’s lives. She’s held communications roles with a variety of organisations including the Wise Group, Cancer Society and Ministry of Social Development.

Alisha joined PSC in 2013, attracted to the organisation’s unique position of offering support to not only children and families through Family Works, but also older New Zealanders, through Enliven. She says her grandparents have been some of the most important, influential and special people in her life, and she loves that every day she gets to support an organisation caring for hundreds of grandparents every day.

“A grandparent is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.” – unknown.

Holly Bodiam

Holly Bodiam

People and Capability Director

With over 15 years experience in Human Resources working in not for profit, public and private sector organisations Holly has found she is always drawn back to her “happy place” in the not for profit sector and is motivated by the ability to support great staff to achieve great things for people in our communities.

Holly joined PSC in 2018, attracted to the organisations values, reputation and the amazing work that Family Works and Enliven do everyday. She enjoys working in partnership and enabling managers and leaders to support their staff in making a positive difference in peoples lives everyday.

Holly is responsible for the HR function across Presbyterian Support Central (Enliven’s parent company) which includes ensuring the delivery of people strategies.

Steph Drabble

Steph Drabble

Chief Finance Officer

Steph grew up in Gore before leaving to obtain her Bachelor in Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of Wellington. She spent 7 years at KPMG including a 3 month secondment to Halifax in Nova Scotia, then two years in Northern Virginia, USA (just outside Washington DC). On returning to Wellington she spent 10 years with KiwiRail.

A desire to be closer to family drove the move to Wanaka where she spent two years working for a global company in Queenstown, then 3 years with Cardrona Ski Resort.

Steph’s husband was the maintenance manager for the Enliven sites in Wanaka for the 5 years. She’s delighted to be part of the team and is keen to support the business especially in her philosophy of making it better.