Our team of staff are committed to

walking alongside people, supporting them through any difficulties that affect their enjoyment of life

We are real people, who are here to help not judge. Our staff are all experienced and qualified in their particular area of work, read on to find out more about them...

Harriet Dixon

General Manager

Harriet took on the management of the Community House back in November 2018. With over 20 years experience in business management and research, specializing in customer experience, she is passionate about helping people and ensuring they get the support they need. She is well placed to use her skills to successfully continue and expand on the services that the Community House provides.

Harriet has recently taken on the management of the Community House, since November 2018. With over 20 years experience in business management and research, specializing in customer experience, she is passionate about helping people and ensuring they get the support they need. She is well placed to use her skills to successfully continue and expand on the services that the Community House provides.

Jo Riley

Office Manager and Financial Mentor


Jo is a Rock n Roll fanatic! She is also a ROCK at the Community House where she assists our clients, meets and greets visitors in a way they feel really welcome.

Jo is also trained in Financial Mentoring and is a qualified budget adviser, assisting others with creating goals alongside managing their finances, she is in this role on Thursdays and Fridays.


Jill Dimond

AOD Practitioner and Senior Counsellor, MNZAC, DAPAANZ (Reg. Prac), BASS (Couns), Bachelor Alcohol & Drug Studies

Jill has worked at the Community House since 2005, initially as a student and now as our full time Counsellor. Jill is our resident Alcohol and Drug Practitioner, providing assessment, intervention and support. She is also able to refer to other support services including residential treatment providers where required. Jill is also available for general counselling for concerns such as grief/loss, depression, anxiety and more. Jill has a Post Grad Cert in Professional Supervision which means she can provide professional supervision sessions to those working in a similar field. Jill is the Counselling Team Leader.


Appointments with Jill are one hour long and available from 9am – 3.30pm Monday to Friday and may be subject to waitlist.

Dianne Carter

Family Violence Whanau Worker and Counsellor MNZAC, Dip. Counselling, Grad Cert Supervision
Dianne has been a counsellor for 15 years and has been a part of the Community House team since 2013. Dianne works three days a week as a Counsellor and Family Whanau Worker, specialising in Family Violence support and intervention. Dianne works with individuals, couples and whanau affected by family violence, and works alongside other agencies to ensure that the best level of support, care and safety planning are provided.

Appointments are one hour long and available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Tarn Ward-Paterson

Tarn joined the team in August 2020, working at the Community House as a general counsellor, also specialising in Alcohol/Drug use counselling, family harm and youth. Having extensive professional development already in her kete, she is always studying to gain more knowledge and techniques to help her clients make positive changes and get great results. Tarn is available for appointments Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm

James Cuming

James joined the team in July 2020. He is working at the Community House as a general counsellor two days a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays. He is experienced with working with all age groups and genders. James also works two days a week at Counselling Worx in Hamilton. He is very caring about his clients and works hard to get great results for them.

James' favorite quote is: 

"There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality."  (Anthony Robbins)


Andrea Edmonds

Andrea became part of the team in February 2021, working as a general counsellor. She is compassionate, empathetic and committed about working with and helping tamariki, rangatahi (youth) and their whanau (family) achieve positive and sustainable outcomes. 

Suzanne O'Shaughnessy

Suzanne is a fully qualified counsellor, working with us on Thursdays and Fridays each week. Her experience guides her well with the clients she works with, pulling on the right counselling techniques to get great results and positive outcomes

Sandra Muirhead

Financial Mentor Team Leader

Sandra is trained in Financial Mentoring and is a qualified budget adviser, with over 15 years' experience in the budgeting sector. While she is highly skilled and very knowledgeable about setting financial priorities and managing personal finances, she also has a compassionate approach to assisting with these. Sandra is well practiced with insolvency procedures and has a separate role as a Summary Installment Order Supervisor working for the NZ Insolvency & Trustee Service. Sandra is the Financial Mentors Team Leader.

Sandra is available on Wednesdays

Katie Phillip & Leanne Koorey

Financial Mentors

Katie & Leanne are both trained financial mentors and qualified budget advisers. Joining the House back in 2019, they are experienced in advising on budgeting and financial prioritisation, able to help you manage your personal finances. Don't delay, come and see Katie or Leanne to set a budget or get your finances straightened out, without judgement. These sessions are free and will give you more control and peace of mind over your finances.

Katie is available on Tuesdays & Thursdays
Leanne is available on Mondays & Tuesdays

Nicky Revell

Nicky is a financial mentor at the Community House, joining the team in February 2021. She is caring and compassionate towards the people she helps to work through their finances. Providing advocacy with creditors and organisations like work & income, she will walk alongside you to reach financial stability

Annette Willis

Annette is a Whanau Support Working providing social work support to individuals and families. A long term volunteer for Victim Support, she is experienced with providing urgent support and keeping everyone calm in a crisis. Her skills ensure that she can walk you through whatever is going on for you to minimise the overwhelming feelings and be there when you need her support to guide you. Annette is someone strong to lean on when you don't know where to turn, providing advocacy, support and guidance to meet your goals

Gary Aoake

Gary is a whanau support worker at Cambridge Community House. He will walk alongside you, helping you to seek out the information and support you need to meet your goals. Removing those feelings of overwhelm and getting you on a path to where you want to be in life. He provides advocacy where needed and linking in with other services to get what you need to ensure successful outcomes

Gina Lowe

Gina is a Whanau Support Worker, she will walk alongside you to help you set and meet  your goals. Her background in mental wellness and linking her clients/families in with extended services, means she is great at networking and advocacy, to get the best outcomes for the people and families that she works with

Ruth Nicholls

Ruth may be last on the list but by no means is she the least. She is such a power house in the role of Violence Free Waipa coordinator. She has a passion for stopping violence and abuse in our community, across the whole of Waipa in the Waikato. Connecting in with other services and organisations to bring the best of the best to our community. Ruth can often be seen at community events flying our flag in this space. She has a passion for prevention and runs the Loves Me Not programme in the high school, teaching them about healthy relationships, keeping themselves safe and looking out for their peers. She brings many programmes of support to our community, please get in touch with us to enquire about these

Board of trustees

Our board of trustees volunteer their time to guide the trust, making strategic decisions to ensure that Cambridge Community House Trust meets the needs of our community