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Our Team

Our Organisation

Community Living has celebrated over 25 years of success in supporting people with intellectual disabilities to live their dreams through community connections.  Since its inception in 1989, Community Living has persistently sought innovative and diverse ways...

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Our Purpose

Our Inspirational Dream - People with Intellectual Disabilities living their dreams through community connections.

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Warren Herring
Chief Executive

Warren has worked for several years as a senior
manager in the health and disability sector in New Zealand. He has developed strong leadership skills, knowledge and experience.

He has also worked for many years at the Ministry of Social Development and spent a short time at the Ministry of Health.   

Warren is very passionate about ensuring people are treated with respect and dignity and are supported to achieve their goals and dreams. 
He has worked alongside people with disabilities to develop and design a number of innovative independent living options.

He is a Person Centred practitioner and has experience in Person Centred planning and providing quality supports as described in the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL).

Warren has an MBA from the University of Otago and has extensive change management and senior leadership experience.
     



Kelly Olsen
 

Kelly Olsen
General Manager - Professional Services

Kelly has over twenty years senior leadership experience and a post graduate diploma in Management Studies from the University of Waikato. She has a collaborative management style and believes in strong communication and transparency.
Kelly has most recently worked at the Graeme Dingle Foundation (a not-for-profit organisation responsible for delivering experiential educational programmes into low decile schools) and has owned and operated a number of businesses.
Her heart however is in the not-for-profit sector and she seeks fairness and equality for all people, regardless of colour or creed.
Kelly is responsible for our Therapy, Children's Service - Te Puna Awhina, Disability Liaison and RIDSAS teams
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Claire Van Der Most
Group Manager - Organisational Capability & Development

Claire is a strong believer in fairness and supporting people to reach their full potential.

She completed her registration as an organisational psychologist at the University of Waikato in the late 90's and prior to joining Community Living in March 2014, has worked in public and private sectors in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  She has over 15 years' management experience, including leading human resource and organisational development functions, and her remit has also often included Health & Safety, and Quality.  

Claire is a pragmatic and inclusive leader who is focused on developing and implementing solutions that align with the organisation’s strategic direction.

She joined the Community Living team in March 2014 and is responsible for Quality, Health and Safety, Human Resources, Learning and Development, and Communication.


   






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