Supervisor Profiles

Ahmad Al-Ali

Hello from the land of the long white cloud, Aotearoa/New Zealand. My name is Ahmad Al-Ali and I am 39 years old and of Middle-Eastern descent. I have lived in the city of sails, Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland, since I was 21 years old and before that I lived in the United Kingdom (in London and Glasgow), Kuwait (in Shuwaikh), Iraq (Baghdad) and Jordan (Irbid) in addition to being fortunate to travel all around the world. When I came to NZ, I put down roots and have only been out of the country once since I arrived in 1995.

I graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Political Studies, in 1996 and went on to get a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts from the same university in 2006. In between I got certified as an ESOL teacher and taught IELTS to immigrants and those wanting to study at the university level. I also worked for the Dept. of Corrections in the area of rehabilitation and reintegration and in the field of public security.

In my latest reincarnation, and I have to say the most satisfying and happiest career to date, I have been a Peer Support Worker since early 2011 and later took on the additional role of Practice Advisor for Peer Support Services at Mind and Body. I am involved in the orientation, mentoring and supervision of new peer support workers at Mind and Body. My role also involves collaborating with clinical mental health staff, working across the community in making sure service users get the attention and support they deserve as well as helping them take charge of their own lives and to have flourishing lives. I thrive off other people thriving and taking control of their lives, as well as keeping hope alive with people when it is elusive.

Personally, I have had the dual diagnosis of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Clinical Depression since about the time I arrived in NZ as well as suffering from panic and anxiety attacks. It has caused me to have setbacks in life but never stopped me from moving in the right direction of life, due to my discipline, strong work ethic and stubbornness not to let OCD prevent me from achieving my potential in life. I try to go the gym when I can and also like to read books and watch movies.


Nicky Grant

Nicky manages the day-to-day training delivery of Mind and Body Learning and Development, an NZQA-registered Private Training Establishment.  She held previous roles as an educator for the Family Planning Association Education Service and as the National Support Services Manager for Mind and Body Peer Support Services. In her role at Family Planning, Nicky ran many “train the trainer” sessions.

Nicky has a Diploma of Teaching, a Bachelor of Education and is currently completing qualifications in adult education.   Nicky is also an experienced peer support worker, team leader and supervisor. She is a trained supervisor and currently supervises a range of peer support workers and has in the past supervised peer support team leaders.  Nicky has a philosophy of providing interesting, interactive and thought provoking facilitation that supports people to think about their own lives and how they fit within the wider context of society.

With personal experience of mental illness and addictions and subsequent and ongoing recovery Nicky is well aware of the many challenges to people’s ability to stay well and realises how important it is to maintain a holistic and pro-active approach to health. Through her own recovery journey and her work as a facilitator Nicky has developed strong ties with the Mental Health and Addictions sector and has also presented at the Addiction Leadership forum and THeMHS Conferences. 


Hayley Sher

My name is Hayley and I am a South African-kiwi. I have been living in Auckland for the past 18 years and I’m married with two adult children. I enjoy spending time with my family and watching rugby and cricket.

I work at Mind and Body as the Support Services Team Leader and will be celebrating my tenth year here soon. Previous to me becoming the team leader, I worked as a peer support worker. In my current role I provide peer support workers with supervision regularly, this includes line management. I also communicate with funders, clinical teams and am involved in a project that will be setting up new community services.

I am trained in professional supervision and together with my experience as a peer support worker, use this to guide me in providing supervision to my team. I find that the fact that I have worked as a peer support worker puts me in a good position to better understand the challenges of the peer support worker’s role and provide them with supervision and support.

I enjoy mentoring my team and watching them develop both professionally and personally in their peer support role. My personal experience of depression, anxiety and PTSD has been a blessing in disguise as I am now able to share my recovery experience with others.


Carla Manson

I currently work as a team leader for Mind and Body.  This role involves management of a team of peer support workers, working as a peer support worker myself, providing individual supervision and facilitating group supervision sessions. I’m also involved in leadership and development activities within the mental health and addiction sector. 

I have a previously worked as the Manager of a respite service for children and young people with intellectual disabilities and have had experience in the health and disability sector for the past 12 years, including extensive work with families. I hold qualifications in Human and Social Services, alongside supervision, leadership and management training.

My supervision style is strengths-based, with both a task and outcome focus. I also place an emphasis on reflective practice, alongside mentoring, professional development, ensuring safe practice, and considering where peer support fits within wider health and community work.

Specialist areas of interest of mine include mental health and co-existing problems, group work and supervision for people in leadership roles.


Kathryn Keverne
I’m an experienced, friendly Peer Support Worker, working at Mind and Body since 2007. I love the opportunity to work alongside other people experiencing mental distress and/or alcohol and other drug addiction issues, making a difference in their lives by supporting and encouraging their autonomy. My approach is strengths-based, highlighting personal resources, which support choice, change and growth for the individual. I use my own lived experience of mental distress to role model recovery. 
I graduated in 2013 with a Diploma in Counselling and am a provisional member of the NZAC. I have worked as a counsellor at The Women’s Centre and as a school counsellor at St Andrews College. In 2010 I successfully completed a Strengths Based Supervision for Mental Health and Addictions Services Course. My approach to supervision is a supervisee-centred holistic approach, which focuses on best peer-outcomes, encourages critical self-reflection and includes a restorative function such as letting off steam or celebrating successes. My intention is to make supervision a dynamic and enabling process. I support supervisees to grow their professional competency and confidence and help ensure their work falls within defined ethical standards.
Before I moved into this profession in my earlier life I completed a BSc in Botany and a post-graduate Diploma in Horticultural Science. I enjoy gardening, walking in our beautiful country, op-shopping, yoga, reading and interior decorating.