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

Pat WaiteInterim Chief Executive, Presbyterian Support Central

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, 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, Business Operations Manager

Suzanne is the Business Operations Manager for all of Enliven homes, villages and services across the central region from Wellington up to Taranaki. 

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.

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.

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, Brightwater Home and Village & Willard Home Manager

Christine is the manager of Brightwater Home and Village and 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.