Kerry says working somewhere where people feel valued, connected and encouraged to celebrate their authentic selves is really important to her.
“I believe that everyone has a role to play, both in looking after their own wellbeing and in building a safe and inclusive workplace.
“This includes taking an active approach to raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing, as well as having access to appropriate support services and high quality training opportunities.
Kerry’s partner works in emergency services so she can appreciate how the operational and organisational demands of the job may impact overall wellbeing.
“I’m really excited to be part of an organisation who strive to create a culture of self-care and self-awareness, and to support one of the most operationally complex environments in the country.”
“Getting to know the people of Wellington Free will help me understand how we can best support one another to thrive from a wellness perspective”, says Kerry.
Kerry’s previous role in Wellington City Council’s Research and Evaluation Team used a variety of different research tools and methods to inform internal decision-making; all skills she hopes to bring to Wellington Free.
“I really enjoy working with others to co-design wellbeing initiatives that are supported by evidence and driven by people and their values.”
Motivated by her own experiences she says she is really interested in the factors that support mental health resilience and inclusion in the workplace.
“I take a strengths-based approach to wellbeing and believe that kindness and connectedness are at the heart of what we do, as reflected in Wellington Free values, act with kindness – aroha atu, aroha mai.”
Kerry says this past year has highlighted that the health and wellbeing of people in New Zealand is now more important than ever. “We need to look after ourselves, be kind and support each other to be both physically and mentally well.”
Having moved from Scotland four years ago Kerry says she and her partner fell in love with New Zealand when they travelled here a decade ago.
“We love exploring New Zealand and soaking up the diverse range of nature experiences available.”
“The South Island landscapes are particularly stunning and remind me of the rugged hills of Scotland; just a little bit warmer!” says Kerry.