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.

Muhammad Naseem (Joe) Asghar

Muhammad Naseem (Joe) Asghar

Chief Executive

Wellington

PSC Chief Executive Joe Asghar’s multi-layered experience spans health and government and includes roles at the Royal Society of New Zealand, Diabetes NZ, ACC and Physiotherapy NZ.

Actively involved in a range of community groups and networks, Joe does volunteer work with the homeless, is a Justice of the Peace, chair of Te Awakairangi Health Network, a member of the Pharmacy Council Professional Conduct Committee and General Practice NZ Strategic Council. He’s also heavily involved with Rotary and the Onslow Community Church in Ngaio, Wellington.

He considers the work of PSC and its amazing team as essential in today’s society where those in need are often overlooked or left alone. Joe is driven by the objects of the organisation to be there for those who need that help and support

In his spare time, Joe enjoys fishing, DIY and going to the movies with his family.

Nicola Turner

Nicola Turner

General Manager

Wellington

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.

Joy Tlapi

Joy Tlapi

Clinical Director

Wellington

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 (Zimbabwe), a Masters 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.

Kiran Sunny

Kiran Sunny

Business Development Manager

Wellington

Kiran Sunny, known as Sunny, is the Business Development Manager for Enliven. Hailing from the beautiful Indian state of Kerala, popularly known as ‘’God’s Own Country”, Sunny started his professional life in the Kiwi-land with Enliven in 2017 as a Business Analyst before moving onto his current role.

Sunny has completed his Engineering Degree in Electronics & Telecommunication and is a Graduate Diploma holder in Computer & Information Sciences. He has also done his Masters in Business Administration. His previous work stints include working for 2 of the global Top 10 IT service providers, in Digital Presales Consulting and Application Support.

With an “Always happy to help” attitude, what keeps him going is the understanding that all he does ultimately improves the lives of the elders in the community, albeit indirectly. A strong advocate of the concept of collaboration and creating synergies, he believes that the future belongs to those who can learn, un-learn and re-learn.

Anna Roberts

Anna Roberts

Manager of Huntleigh Home and Apartments

Wellington

Anna was born in the Philippines and is the eldest of 4 children. She was a teacher for 7 years before moving to New Zealand in 2003. Anna and her family live in sunny Wainuiomata, where she enjoys spending time out in the garden. On rainy days, she likes to play guitar or listen to old-time favourites while trying out a new recipe in the kitchen. When the mood strikes, Anna also engages in art, painting landscapes on canvas.

Anna’s love of aged care came from her childhood, when her grandmother would care for her while her parents were at work. “I see my grandparents in every elder I meet” Anna says.

Anna joined Enliven as a health care assistant and was awarded a scholarship grant from Enliven to study nursing at Massey University. Throughout her nursing studies, her passion for supporting elders grew. This was always recognised by the Enliven team and Anna has worked in different roles, including Registered Nurse, Clinical Nurse Manager, and now, as the Facility Manager of Huntleigh Home in Karori.

“I am extremely grateful to Enliven for all the support I have received for the twelve years I have worked in the company. My love for teaching and nursing have really been nurtured here as I get myself immersed in a complex and challenging, but equally very rewarding responsibility of supporting our elders in their own journeys”.

Anna enjoys developing creative ways to benefit the people she supports, and wants to continue to work hard for her own personal growth. She has completed two bachelor degrees (teaching and nursing), a National Certificate in Business (First Line Management) and recently, a Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing in Older Persons Health.

Christine Tester

Christine Tester

Manager of Brightwater Home and Village, and Willard Home

Palmerston North

Christine is a Registered Nurse who has worked with Enliven for 14 years. Originally working as a Care Manager at Willard Home, Christine took on a Clinical Nurse Management position, and then in 2019 became the Facility Manager for Brightwater and Willard Homes.

“I enjoy the variety in the role and meeting all the different people from residents, families, staff and getting to know them”.

Christine believes in empowering elders to maintain their independence and developing ongoing relationships with residents, their families and the community. A lover of nature and animals, she is also a firm supporter of Enliven’s pet-friendly philosophy.

In her spare time, Christine can often be found outdoors gardening and exploring nature.

Dorothy Todd

Dorothy Todd

Manager, Kapiti Day Programme

Paraparaumu

Dorothy has over 40 years’ experience in the health care industry, working across cardiology, rehabilitation, elderly care, and safe care. She joined Enliven in 2005 as manager of Kapiti Day Programme and hasn’t looked back. She has a certificate in management, a nursing qualification, and is also a registered diversional therapist.

Dorothy loves spending time with the elders at Kapiti Day Programme in a friendly, relaxed and fun environment where they can socialise, and stay connected to their local community.

Lisa Bridgeman

Lisa Bridgeman

Manager of Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home

Wellington

I hail from the mighty Waikato and am of Tainui descent. I completed my nursing training at Rotorua Hospital/Waiariki Polytechnic many moons ago now. I arrived in Wellington for a weekend trip, met my husband to be, and have been Wellington based ever since.

I have been in clinical leadership and managerial roles for the previous 20 years. With a special interest in palliative care, I have worked in aged residential care for 15 years, with a recent stint as nurse manager for a large primary care provider.

My passion is building strong, cohesive teams where people feel valued, empowered and appropriately skilled for the role they have and the role they desire. A team like this then provides an exceptional standard of care to those they support. The Cashmere team is one that I am extremely proud of.

If not at work, it’s likely I can be found on my Harley Davidson exploring this beautiful country I am privileged to call home.

Melissa McNamara

Melissa McNamara

Manager of Chalmers Home

New Plymouth