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.
Nova is ambitious for service-users, supporting them to reach their full potential.
Nova’s service-users & customers are at the centre of what we do; responding ﬂexibly to their needs is our focus.
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.
Nova people operate with integrity, honesty and openness.
No question goes unanswered; no explanation is withheld.
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.
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.
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 Chartered Member (CMInstD) of the Institute of Directors and joined the Nova Board in 2011. In 2021, Stu was elected as Nova Trust’s Board Chair.
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 between 2018 and 2021.
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.
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.
Murray is a business owner and farmer based in Southland, with a wealth of experience in farming, the agri-sector and property management. He is passionate about productive enterprises that contribute to the NZ economy and, outside of his business interests, brings over thirty years’ experience of Governance, in the farming, agri-business and education sectors. Murray is involved in a number of community organisations local to his home and is a Chartered Fellow (CFInstD) of the Institute of Directors New Zealand. Murray joined the Nova Board in 2021.
Justine is currently the Chief Financial and Commercial Services Officer, at Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, an economic, cultural development and tourism agency, in her current role, she has executive responsibility for the strategic and operational financial management, procurement, risk and assurance, legal, facilities and commercial portfolios. Justine has over 25 years experience leading finance, corporate services, and commercial functions in large scale organisations across a variety of sectors, most notably in health & social services, banking, and financial services. Justine is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Directors and joined Nova’s Board as a Trustee in May 2022.