about us

Nova’s vision is to change life for better, helping people affected
by alcohol, drugs and other life changes to change 
their lives and
fulfil their potential. Nova service-users
 will live better, healthier
and more independent lives. 


At Nova we aspire to make a real impact and change life for the better, driven by our values.

Ambition
Nova is ambitious for service-users, supporting them to reach their full potential.

Service-users first
Nova’s service-users & customers are at the centre of what we do; responding flexibly to their needs is our focus.

Partnership
Working with service-users, partners and other stakeholders is the preferred Nova way of working. Nova seeks to fulfil ambitions and sustain outcomes, inclusively and together.

Integrity
Nova people operate with integrity, honesty and openness.
No question goes unanswered; no explanation is withheld.

Responsibility
Nova people work responsibly and are accountable to our service-users, to each other, our communities and other stakeholders. Our service-users develop personal responsibility & accountability whilst at Nova.

Engagement
Nova actively engages its People, service-users, whanau and communities in what we do. Working together we achieve so much more, fulfil potential and sustain real change.

our management team

Chief Executive

Steve Rossell

Nova Fresh Manager

Geoff Ewan

Development & Central Services Manager

Tony Fallon

Operations Manager

Norman Mene-Vaele

Chief Executive

Steve Rossell

Steve is a Psychology graduate (Brunel University London), with post-graduate qualifications in Management (Kingston University) and Direction & Leadership (Institute of Directors). He’s an Innovative and determined leader, with 30 years’ experience of leading and developing NGOs & social enterprises in the social and health care sectors. Steve has a wealth of governance experience and has operated at a strategic and senior management level, leading service organisations in the UK, across Europe and New Zealand, joining Nova as CE in 2017. He’s a Chartered Director, Chartered Member & Fellow of the IoD (UK), Chartered Member of the IoD (NZ), and, Fellow of the RSA.

Nova Fresh Manager

Geoff Ewan

Geoff first joined Nova in 2017, with a huge array of experience gained in a number of positions within the horticulture industry. Geoff started his career in the farming sector before moving across to horticulture. Having spent five years as a Horticulturalist for Zealandia South, Geoff moved into horticultural management. He was Production and Propagation Manager at Ambrosia Nurseries for 19 years, then Production Manager at Island Horticulture for a further four years. After a brief period at PGG Wrightson, in sales, he joined Nova. Geoff is now a valued member of our Leadership Team.

Development & Central Services Manager

Tony Fallon

Tony is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and qualified Radiation Therapist. He has worked for a number of years in the health sector, as both practitioner and manager, in Ireland and New Zealand. At Canterbury District Health Board, Tony worked across the planning & funding team before joining Nova as Development Manager in 2017. In a broader role of Development & Central Services Manager he joined our Leadership Team in 2018. Tony is a self-confessed data geek and passionate advocate, with governance experience in a number of settings, including: New Zealand AIDS Foundation, DISC Trust, and, Needle Exchange Services Trust.

Operations Manager

Norman Mene-Vaele

Norman is a graduate of the University of Otago (National Addiction Centre) and WELTEC with post-graduate training and education in Health Sciences and AoD studies. Norman is an accredited DAPAANZ AoD practitioner, a visiting lecturer and trainer, teaching on the Te Taketake ‘Diploma in Addiction Studies’, at Otago Polytech, as well as guest lecturer in Pacific Engagement within University of Otago’s National Addiction Centre. Norman has 13 years’ experience in the health and AoD sectors, in a range of settings. Norman joined Nova in 2019, as the Manager of Nova Recovery, becoming Operations Manager in 2020. 

our board

Chairman

John Cumberpatch

Board Member

Gerard Fairhall

Board Member

Brent Ford

Board Member

Glenda Harvey

Board Member

Caroline Harvie-Teare

Board Member

Stu Myles

Chairman

John Cumberpatch

John is a proud Cantabrian, educated in Christchurch and holds an MBA from Massey University. Until retiring John was GM Operations at the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) having starting as GM Establishment in March 2011. Previously John has held a number of senior commercial and public roles, with the Department of Conservation, Noel Leeming and the Firestone Tire & Rubber. John has a keen interest in management and leadership and developed significant skills in governance and management that equip him well to support the Trust as a Board Member, assuming the Chair’s role in 2018.

Board Member

Gerard Fairhall

Gerard is a registered medical practitioner and Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. He has worked for many years as a General Practitioner in Kaiapoi. Gerard has been a Board member of Nova Trust since its inception in 1981, having started as one of the founding Board members of the Trust. He has had a career long interest in the management and treatment of alcohol and drug addiction, having seen and worked with the impacts of such on the communities and individuals he has worked with in his practice.

Board Member

Brent Ford

Brent is Managing Director at Ford CFO and Advisory. He is a Chartered Accountant with extensive finance and senior management experience in commercial settings. Until recently, Brent had been CFO at Hellers, NZ’s Butcher, for eight years. Previous CFO and senior management experience  includes roles with Vbase and HCC NZ Ltd. Aside from the obvious financial management and oversight experience and skills, Brent has particular strengths in commercial negotiations and M&A, IT management, business modelling and project management. Brent is a qualified Company Secretary and joined Nova’s Board as a Trustee in 2019 and in 2020 took on the Treasurer role.

Board Member

Glenda Harvey

Glenda is General Manager, People Culture Safety, at WorkSafe New Zealand. Glenda has 25 years’ experience as a broad based results oriented Executive Manager in supply chain, health and safety, human resources and governance roles within the construction industry and health sector. She brings strong leadership and change management capability, governance and risk management skills and well developed business acumen to her executive and governance roles. Glenda joined Nova’s Board as a Trustee in 2019.

Board Member

Caroline Harvie-Teare

Caroline is the Founder and Managing Director of Three Ducks Consulting, specialising in people solutions and strategy. Caroline has extensive senior executive experience in General Management roles across both the private and public sectors. She has held executive roles in companies such as the Christchurch International Airport, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, PGG Wrightson, Vbase Events and Venues and Crane Distribution. Caroline joined Nova’s Board as a Trustee in 2019.

Board Member

Stu Myles

Stu is a well-established commercial business owner and leader. He has over
30 years’ experience in finance, marketing and general management and brings a passion for governance and business strategy. Stu is currently an active director of a number of successful commercial ventures, including MTF Finance, Myles & Fairhall Ltd, and was a founding Trustee and Chair of TOC Ltd, an organisation that provides development and performance opportunities for talented Cantabrians. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and joined the Nova Trust Board in 2011.