Our People

The Enliven team is passionate about supporting elders to thrive, not just survive.

Enliven is part of the not-for-profit organisation Presbyterian Support Central (PSC). As such, the Enliven management team is supported by PSC’s Board and Senior Leadership Team. Click here to visit the PSC website and learn more about the organisation’s governance and leadership.

Introducing our Senior Leadership Team

General Manager, Nicola Turner

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, Regional Manager (Southern)

Suzanne is Regional Manager for Enliven Central’s southern homes, villages and services across Wellington, Kapiti and the Wairarapa.

Scottish-born Suzanne initially joined Enliven in 2013 as the manager of Huntleigh Home and Apartments, bringing with her 20 year’s experience as a nurse and manager in both hospitals and aged care services.

A registered nurse, Suzanne recently completed her Masters in Nursing and is a great believer in continuing education. She’s passionate about helping staff at all levels reach their full potential and is committed to helping elders thrive in their daily lives.

Alison Russell, Regional Manager (Northern)

Alison is Regional Manager of Enliven Central’s northern homes, villages and services in Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu and Horowhenua.

Originally a senior medic within the Air Force, Alison has enjoyed a varied career. Highlights have included Practice Manager for medical and dental services within the New Zealand Defence Force, an Environmental Protection Manager within Horizons (Manawatu-Whanganui) Regional Council, and a Business and Operations Manager at Massey University.

Alison holds diplomas in occupational health practice and military medicine, a Bachelor in Health Science and a Master of Business Administration. She joined Enliven in 2017 and is enjoying the organisation’s positive focus on elders and what they can achieve in all areas of their lives.

Joy Tlapi, Clinical Director

Joy is Enliven’s Clinical Director. She has many years of hands-on clinical experience in the health sector and has worked in aged residential care since 2007.

A registered nurse, Joy holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nursing, a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing from Massey University, a certificate in healthcare auditing and is a practicing HealthCERT auditor in age-related residential care.

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’s homes.

Trish Boswell, Abingdon Village & Kowhainui Home and Village Manager

Trish Boswell is the manager of Abingdon Village and Kowhainui Home and Village in Whanganui. 

Trish joined the Enliven team in 2017 from Mary MacKillop Care NZ where she was a General Manager and Operational Manager of Nazareth Rest Home in Whanganui. Prior to this, she worked in a variety of management roles including administration, finance, logistics, human resources, sales and marketing as well as production management in the manufacturing sector.

Trish is a strong advocate for continuous improvement and is passionate about working with others to make a difference in the lives of elders and their families.

Karen Rhind, Cashmere Home and Cashmere Heights Home manager

Karen Rhind is the Manager of Cashmere and Cashmere Heights Home in Johnsonville.

Originally a staff nurse at Christchurch Hospital, Karen went on to qualify as a midwife at St Helen’s Hospital in Wellington before heading overseas. She later worked at Wellington Hospital in both the intensive care and general surgical wards, studying part-time before becoming a Nursing Lecturer at Wellington Polytechnic.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Education and an Advanced Diploma in Nursing at Victoria University, Karen made the choice to return to direct patient care at Mary Potter Hospice. Further study led Karen to complete a Masters degree in Business Administration and put those skills into practice as Manager of Wesleyhaven Village from 2001-2017.

Karen joined Enliven in 2017, bringing a wealth of clinical and management experience to the organisation. She is passionate about providing high-quality care to residents and has been thoroughly enjoying getting to know the residents and staff.

Corie Haddock, Chalmers Home Manager

Corie Haddock is Manager of Chalmers Home in New Plymouth. 

Enliven’s elder-centred philosophy and values resonate strongly with Corie, it’s this that attracted him to join the team in late 2016 after many years working in the mental health, community development, homelessness and social housing. He holds a Bachelor of Health Science and a certificate in community work.

When he isn’t at work, Corie enjoys spending time with his family and animals on his lifestyle block in Egmont Village and building things in his workshop.

Jenny Hodgen, Levin Home for War Veterans & Reevedon Home and Village Manager

Jenny is Manager of Levin Home for War Veterans and Reevedon Home and Village in Levin.

She has a background in nursing, midwifery, clinical teaching and health management and has worked in varied teams across New Zealand and internationally. A career highlight was a two-year voluntary assignment as a midwifery advisor in Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, which gave her valuable experience in another culture, and a taste for pho (Vietnamese noodle soup).

Jenny firmly believes that societies should be judged according to how they treat their most vulnerable people and is passionate about making a positive difference in elders’ lives. She loves that each Enliven home is unique yet they all value respect and kindness.

Lea-Anne Morgan, Brightwater Home and Village Manager

Lea-Anne is the manager of Brightwater Home and Village.

This energetic woman has worked in community and primary health in a variety of clinical and management roles, including as the National Clinical Manager for Access Community Health, National Clinical Lead for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand and Operations Manager for ABI Rehabilitation, specialising in brain injury and stroke recovery.

She is passionate about aged care, disability and helping elders maintain their independence, in a way that’s right for them. She loves spending time with the residents of Brightwater Home and Village and their families.

Peter Newman, Kandahar Home & Kandahar Court Manager

Peter is the manager of Kandahar Home and Kandahar Court in Masterton. 

Peter started his career in the financial, business and insurance sectors before looking to fulfil his dream of working to support the community.

Driven by a desire to engage with the community and a passion for helping the elderly, Peter moved to the Wairarapa from Auckland in 2015 to take up his first role in aged care as Regional Manager for Access Home Health in Wellington. He joined Enliven in 2016 and is a passionate advocate of Enliven’s elder-centred philosophy.

Christine Tester, Willard Home Manager

Christine holds a dual role as Manager and Clinical Nurse Manager of Willard Home in Palmerston North.

A registered nurse with 20 years’ experience in aged care, she first joined the Willard Home team as Care Manager in 2006.

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.

Dorothy Todd, Kapiti Activity Programme Manager

Dorothy is the manager of the Kapiti Activity Programme in Paraparaumu.

An enrolled nurse and registered diversional therapist, Dorothy’s career has spanned the fields of neurology, cardiology, rehabilitation and aged care. She also holds a management certificate from the New Zealand Institute of Management.

Dorothy firmly believes in the value of services which empower elders to maintain their independence. Since joining Enliven in 2005, she has enjoyed supporting elders in the Kapiti community to have companionship, meaningful activity and fun in their lives.