We believe that everyone has the potential to live well and the right to a healthy home.
Together, we make a difference
We link people to healthy and affordable homes, and the right support services for their health and wellbeing needs. We help people to be contributing members of their communities, good tenants and good neighbours - no matter what service they receive from us.
We couldn’t do this without our strong community relationships with services, organisations and landlords – because together, we make a difference.
You’ll find us throughout New Zealand, including the Auckland, Waikato, Lakes, Taranaki, Manawatu, Wellington and Canterbury regions.
Successfully navigating social services and having a home are both really important for a person’s health and wellbeing. So, in 2016, Keys Social Housing and Linkage teamed up to become LinkPeople. Our new name describes exactly what we do.
If you have worked with Keys Social Housing or Linkage before, you can expect to get the same excellent services, by the same people, from the same locations.
Our board members
Julie is joint chief executive of the Wise Group and has been instrumental in growing the organisation from one employee to over one thousand people who work nationwide to help those with mental illness live great lives. Julie has vast knowledge and experience in the areas of governance, infrastructure services, leading complex services and development of solutions.
Julie is a strong advocate for quality housing and effective wrap-around support services for our most vulnerable people. Julie is proud of the pioneering role she has played in bringing Housing First to New Zealand through the establishment of The People's Project, and for providing support to the Housing First Auckland collective.
Julie is regarded as an authentic leader who engages deeply with people and builds strong enduring relationships.
Paul Bennett is currently CEO of Braemar Hospital Ltd. He has strategic and operational oversight of one of the largest private surgical hospitals in New Zealand. He has recently led a two stage $45million land acquisition and hospital construction project.
Paul has held CEO or general manager positions in several different industries, both profit and not-for-profit, in New Zealand and Australia. His experience covers plastic manufacturing and exporting, the export meat industry, public and private health sectors, and the cordage industry.
Paul's governance roles in the health sector include: Chair of Enrich+, Chair of Work Outcomes GP Ltd and Trustee of Spectrum Energy.
Paul is the Deputy Chairman of the Waikato branch of the Institute of Directors and the Independent Chair of Hauraki District Council Audit and Risk Committee.
Hine Martin has worked within the Wise Group for the last eleven years in operational and strategic management roles. Hine holds a Master of Public Health and has an extensive background in community and workforce development. Areas of research and work experience include health indicators, health outcomes, healthy public policy, Māori health and the social determinants of health.
Hine is committed to work which influences the economic and social conditions among vulnerable populations and to reduce inequalities in health status.
Bruce Sheridan has been involved with the Wise Group since it began more than 20 years ago. He is on the boards of various charitable trusts, NGO, and commercial enterprises. For many years he was a partner in accounting firm KPMG, acting as a business advisor.
He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Bruce also chairs the Wise Trust Board.
Our leadership team
Christine has extensive management experience working in the mental health sector. Before joining LinkPeople and Keys Social Housing, Christine managed the Henry Bennett Centre Acute Adult Admissions Ward and the Adult Community Mental Health teams for the Waikato District Health Board. She has also been involved in The People’s Project, a community initiative to end homelessness in Hamilton.
Christine is a trained occupational therapist and has completed her Master of Business Administration.
Rami leads LinkPeople’s Housing First programme in South Auckland.
Rami shares LinkPeople’s passion for making a difference in the community and for the people we serve. He has worked within the mental health sector for ten years, starting out as a support worker and progressing through various leadership roles. He has extensive experience in establishing and delivering community-based health and wellbeing services.
Rami has completed a conjoint Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science at the University of Auckland majoring in psychology and sociology, and is a current Master of Business Administration student.
Jim came to LinkPeople in early 2017 from the social housing, strategic purchasing team at the Ministry of Social Development. Prior to this, Jim was the national operations manager for tenancy services within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment managing the dispute resolution services across the country along with tenancy advice and education. He has previously worked in leadership and management roles in Pathways, Inland Revenue and mental health services.
Jim is based in Wellington, overseeing Wellington, Christchurch and Whanganui.
Laurie joined the Wise Group in 2006 as clinical lead supporting the implementation and use of outcomes measures in District Health Boards (DHB). Prior to this, Laurie worked with Waikato and Eastern Bay of Plenty DHBs and NGO services throughout the Waikato.
Laurie is passionate about the mental health needs of Māori, and is an active member of Te Roopu Tautoko Ki Waikato: Māori Mental Health Local Advisory Group. The group is endorsed by Waikato DHB’s Iwi Council to provide strategic advice to Waikato DHB’s strategy and funding group.
Laurie is a registered comprehensive nurse, with a Diploma in Forensic Nursing. She holds a Bachelor in Business Studies, Master in Business Administration and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Research.
Annabelle has been with LinkPeople since 2014 in several different leadership roles. She brings to LinkPeople a wide range of experience in both the public and private sectors, including policy work with central government, and regulatory and leadership roles across the pharmaceutical and medical communications industries. Annabelle holds a Master of Science in psychology and pharmacology, and postgraduate qualifications in coaching psychology.
Her role is to work across LinkPeople to implement systems and projects that support consistent and safe delivery of all LinkPeople services.
Michelle is excited to be providing leadership to the newly established housing team in Rotorua.
Michelle’s background is in the social housing sector with 16 years’ experience with Housing New Zealand, including 4 years in a community development role.
She feels very privileged to be a part of the LinkPeople team where her passion for people and communities is shared, and where there is an ability to work alongside whānau to build and strengthen capacity in all aspects of their lives.
Michelle and her team are 100% committed to supporting people with their housing needs with the aim of positive, sustainable outcomes.