Our Team

National Office

Neighbourhood Support New Zealand is ran by a small but dedicated team. 

We are based at Police National Headquarters in Thorndon, Wellington.

Our office hours are M - F 9am to 4pm. As we are a secure building, visits are by appointment only.

Get to know the team who help to coordinate Neighbourhood Support at the national level...

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Tess Casey

Chief Executive

Kia ora, I'm Tess! I was born and bred in New Plymouth but have had the joy of living in Wellington for the past 20 years. 

Since being appointed CEO of NSNZ in 2017, I’ve really enjoyed working for an organisation that is focused on building communities where everyone can feel safe. I also love that NSNZ is an organisation that is open to new ideas - it’s been amazing what we’ve been able to already achieve together in a fairly short time!


In terms of my role, I’m particularly interested in organisational development and community engagement and I enjoy the opportunity to get out of the office and connect with our members.


Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family. I’m an avid reader, writer and music listener, and I love walking and Pilates.

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Margot Girvan

Administration Assistant

Kia ora, I'm Margot, the Administrative Assistant here at NSNZ National Office.


I handle our members' resource orders, security vetting processes and am often answering calls on our 0800 line and responding to external queries.


I am currently a student too, with one more year of my bachelors degree to go!


Outside of work I enjoy cooking, writing and swimming in the ocean when it is occasionally warm enough in Wellington.

I love interacting with and helping our Neighbourhood Support members, and hope to interact with all of you eventually!

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Kelsey Scarr

Community Advisor

Kia ora, I'm Kelsey! Originally from the Wairarapa, I moved to the 'big city' when I was 13 and have lived here ever since.

Prior to joining National Office in 2015, I was the Manager of Hutt Safe City Group which looked after the operational management of Neighbourhood Support, 7 community patrols and the city’s CCTV network in the Hutt Valley.

In my current role I love connecting with Members + Supporters from across the country and seeing their local groups and organisations flourish with a bit of help and guidance.


In my spare time I like to hang out with friends and family, watch sport (especially rugby and V8s), relax at the beach and work on some home + garden projects with my partner since we've recently purchased our first house together. We also love to spoil our lovable furry ginger feline, ED.


Hannah White

Tai Tokerau Community Advisor 

Ko Puketapu tōku maunga,

Ko Waikato tōku awa,

Ko Tainui tōku waka,

Ko Tainui tōku iwi,

Ko Ngāti Te Ata tōku hapū,

Ko Tāhuna Pā tōku marae,

Ko Ngahuiarangi rāua ko Arthur White ōku tūpuna, i haere rāua ki a Hukerenui, heoi anō, Ko Taitokerau tōku Ūkaipō,

Ko Hannah White ahau.


My family has lived in Northland for 5 generations. I grew up in Whangarei and spent 8 years of my 20s living in Auckland. Since moving home about 8 years ago, I have been involved in a number of groups, activities & events around Whangarei. I love living in a small community where I walk down the road and see many people I know and connect with. I am excited to now be working for an organisation committed to establishing, supporting and furthering those connections to create a community where we all feel safe and loved.

National Board

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Louise Grevel


Kia ora, I'm Louise but you can call me Lou! I'm a Coordinator for Neighbourhood Support Waitakere as well as the District Representative for Waitemata District which covers Members in Waitakere, Rodney, North Shore and Greenhithe. I am proud to have repsented the Waitemata District at Board level since 2014.

As one of the longest standing members of our current Board, whilst also being a Coordinator at the local level, I have a vested interest and passion for seeing NSNZ continue to grow by increasing our profile in a positive and constructive way.

Outside of Neighbourhood Support I am also a volunteer for my local Fire Brigade, a Trustee for the Waitakere Township Hall and Whangateau Cemetery, as well as a Ranui Swanson Waitakere Community Patroller.

When I have the time, my hobbies include woodworking and renovation / DIY projects. I love to create furniture and art using recycled materials as a way to relax.

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Craig Yarndley


Kia ora, I'm Craig - the numbers guy! I'm the Principal Chartered Accountant of Gener8 as well as involved with our local Neighbourhood Support organisation 'CommSafe' based in Te Awamutu.


My wife Jenny and I have 6 children which understandably keeps us busy as we support and encourage their various artistic talents.

Our faith keeps me grounded and this has led me to a particular interest in building relationships, and helping people to reach their full potential.

I love the technological age and strive to use it to its full potential in all areas of my life and work.

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Claire Steer

Vice Chair

Kia ora, I'm Claire! I'm based in Pauanui Beach where I'm the Chairman for Pauanui Neighbourhood Support, a role I've held since 2014. I'm also currently the Neighbourhood Support Deputy District Representative for Waikato as well as a Justice of the Peace.

In my role as Chairman, I've been proud to secure long term funding for town security cameras as well as providing upskilling for household members and street contacts. I've also helped to bring PNS into the 21st century by establishing a social media presence for the organisation.

As a member of the Institute of Directors and having many years of governance experience in the education sector, I am confident of adding value to the board of Neighbourhood Support New Zealand.

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Lois Scott-Muir

Board Member

Kia ora, I'm Lois!


After an extensive career in broadcasting , both Radio and TV, I found my way into the community sector and fundraising which brings me great joy.


I have hosted and organised major charity fundraising events including raising $200,000 in a single go.


I have also worked in HR, management and marketing and have had a long association with Neighbourhood Support - nearly two decades!


I am excited to be sharing my expertise with Neighbourhood Support New Zealand via my new role as a Funding Advisor.


I also currently serve as a Board Member / Trustee of 4 Dunedin Trusts, and am a recipient of the New Zealand Order of Merit for fundraising.

Neighbourhood Support New Zealand is governed by 5 to 7 elected Board members.

Our current Board members are:

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Brendan Thomson

Board Member

Kia ora, I'm Brendan but you can call me BT! I'm a Senior Constable with New Zealand Police based at North Dunedin Police Station with over 33 years of experience in policing. I am also a Board Member of Otago Neighbourhood Support Charitable Trust, a position I've had the pleasure of holding for over 4 years. 

Through this connection I operate as the Police Liaison Officer for Otago NS, forging links between other stakeholders such as CPNZ, Campus Watch (Otago University), the business sector and schools. I also regularly attend Neighbourhood Support events and training workshops as well as provide ongoing support to our Regional Otago NS Coordinator.

I'm a huge supporter of NSNZ and see the enormous potential in building even closer relationships with Police throughout the country. I look forward to continuing to play a role in NSNZ's growth so that we can become a major player in emergency response and community safety here in New Zealand.

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Betty-Ann Smart

Board Member

Kia ora, I'm Betty-Ann! I joined South Canterbury Neighbourhood Support as a part-time Coordinator in April 2019 and have since been the South Canterbury Rep attending our Canterbury Regional Meetings.

From 1998 to 2008 I was involved with the Pre-School Learning Alliance (a National Early Years Educational Charity in the UK) as a volunteer, Outreach Worker, Team Leader/Manager, QA Mentor + Assessor, Adult Trainer and Project Manager at the local, regional and national levels.

Since moving to Aotearoa, I have worked as the Principal's PA and Executive Officer at Central Hawke's Bay College while also serving as Board Secretary and Privacy Officer for the Board of Trustees. During my time there I was appointed Returning Officer for 3 Elections and regularly undertook training.


I see these experiences as being valuable in my role on the NSNZ Board and look forward to representing Canterbury nationally!

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Colleen Brown

Board Member

Kia ora, I'm Colleen! I've been the Chair of Manurewa Neighbourhood Support for 7 years and am also the District Representative for Counties Manukau.

With a background in education, I've been a lecturer in Communication as well as a Manukau City Councillor for 9 years where I am currently serving another term on the Counties Manukau District Health Board where I chair two committees. I have also been passionately involved in the disability sector in governance and advisory roles whilst also supporting my son for the past 30 years.

I live in Hillpark, Manurewa, Auckland one of the last urban forests in New Zealand where I spend my days writing and watching Tui, Kereru and finches zoom around my garden.

I see NSNZ as being a key factor in creating sustainable, healthy, and well connected communities across the country. With a large immigrant community in my district, Neighbourhood Support creates an opportunity to cultivate a sense of ownership of our streets and wider community, giving residents both old and new a sense of pride and belonging for where they live.

District Representatives

As a membership-based organisation, we care deeply about ensuring the diverse voices of our Members are heard at the national level. Our District Representative Forum comprises of twelve democratically elected Members - 1 from each of the 12 Police Districts.

Our current District Representatives are:

Bay of Plenty District - Richard Perkins

Canterbury District - Betty-Ann Smart

Central District - Alison Jarden

Counties Manukau District - Colleen Brown

Eastern District - John Roberts

Southern District - Jacqueline Hyde

Tasman District - Charlotte Wood

Waikato District - Chris Smith

Waitemata District - Louise Grevel

Wellington District - Emma McGill


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