The Sir John Kirwan Foundation’s intent is that Mitey will help address the rising rates of depression and anxiety in our children and ultimately turn our mental health and suicide statistics around. And that’s exciting.

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Sarah Manley


Sarah comes with huge experience in growing successful school initiatives having been at Hato Hone St John for 11 years, playing a significant leadership role in developing and delivering a number of impactful national health and education initiatives that focus on wellbeing. Sarah is passionate about mental health education and sees her role as driving Mitey forward, ensuring it is in every school in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Nikki Flexman

Head of Impact

Nikki has a finely honed skill set gained from her career as a lawyer, an education and psychology degree and her position for six years on the Board of Trustees of an Auckland primary school. Her passion for wellbeing and youth drives her ambition to grow and nurture a school wide approach to mental health education in New Zealand.

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Jane Keely

Head of Coaching and Delivery - Phase 1

With more than 20 years experience in New Zealand primary school education, Jane is skilled in mentoring teachers and modelling best practice. A firm believer that happy kids learn, she has a strong desire to develop knowledge and skills in young people to help them navigate a complex and ever changing world. Jane leads a team of Mitey coaches who deliver impactful professional development to teachers and senior leadership teams.

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Caroline Blair

Head of Coaching and Delivery – Phase 2

Caroline brings a varied skill set from her experience working in primary school education, commercial management and running her own business. A passion for wellbeing to ensure people thrive is what drives Caroline to ensure the Mitey is both impactful and sustainable. Caroline leads a team of Mitey coaches who deliver world class professional development to teachers and senior leadership teams.