Meet the Team


Gordon Attwood
General Manager

Originally from Waihi, Gordon has a bachelor’s degree in Social Science, and also a post-grad Diploma in Management (PMER). He has worked extensively in social sector fields in both rural and city locations. His work experience includes child and social welfare sectors, income support, offender rehabilitation, youth, children with special needs, health and disabilities, and social development. He brings extensive management experience from the social sector and also draws on his community and private consultancy experience. Gordon has a particular interest in quality from the customer perspective, and also in overall people development.

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Laura Ashton
Business Services Manager

As the Business Services Manager, Laura’s role is responsible for the support systems of the organisation; namely HR, administration, health and safety, ICT and quality systems. She has worked at Mind and Body in a wide variety roles since starting here. Laura has a Masters in Social Practice (Hons), a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and a Bachelor of Arts. She has a particular interest in post-modern approaches to mental health and research methodology and has worked as a consumer researcher in the mental health sector, as well as practicing narrative therapy in the field of eating disorders. Laura has managed the implementation of Peer Support Services and has a particular talent for keeping the team focused and ensuring deadlines are met.

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