General Manager:
Dave Robertson

Dave Robertson is the co-founder of Brothers in Arms working as General Manager until 2010, when he transitioned to a full time Olympic class sailing coach. He has coached at over 10 World Championships and worked with athletes who have become World and Olympic champions. Dave remained involved with BIA as a board member, and has recently returned to the staff team as the General Manager. Dave has a passion for performance, planning and human development. Dave is married to Jo and has three young boys Beau, Jack and Danny.

Programme Director:
Dietrich Soakai

Kia Ora! My name’s Dietrich. I am of Tongan, Samoan, German, Irish and Scottish heritage. I am a large fruit smoothie of ethnicities! Because I am all of these indigeneities, this left me curious and really interested in wanting to know who I am. My personal journey grew alongside and fed into my love for people; who they are and where they come from! I love hearing stories in the form of landscape, poetry, music, movies, audio books and food. Yes, even food tells glorious stories. I’m the oldest of 4 siblings and I have a little nephew who’s the cutest little kid EVER.

Mentoring Coordinator/Kaitautoko:
Kimberley Pond

Kia ora, my name is Kimberley. I was born and raised in west Auckland, although now my husband Jono and I call South Auckland home. I am a trained and qualified hairdresser, makeup artist and counsellor and have worked with youth for 10+ years. Throughout my counselling studies I saw a gap where many of our young people in NZ lacked having one on one support and someone to love and care for them, which lead me into the mentoring sector. I have a huge passion and drive for mentoring and would love to see our youth grow and prosper from the impact a mentor can have on them. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, spending time with friends, going on road trips and have recently developed an interest in fishing, so feel free to pass on any tips!

Mentoring Coordinator/Kaitautoko:
Daryl Powell

Bula Vinaka, My name is Daryl and I am from the Beautiful Isles of Fiji. I am one of ten kids, and my parents named us alphabetically! I love getting outdoors but also wouldn’t shy away from kicking it on the couch watching some good telly. I have found a big love for the youth sector and believe strongly in the value of mentoring.

Young Parents Programme Coordinator:
Anna Celligoi

Kia ora! I’m Anna, coordinator for the Young Parents Mentoring Programme. I’m a young parent myself and have been blessed with one cheeky, inquisitive little boy. I am a born and bred Aucklander and have a background in primary education. I love the outdoors (camping, hiking, rock climbing), baking, travelling and a good book.

Funding Administrator:
Simone Graham

I’m Simone… Mother, Party Nut, Book Lover, Blogger, Human Being.
I’m a single mum to three quirky kids and a rescue dog. My background is in youth work, design and ice-cream scooping and writing.
I love to tell stories and share my struggles honestly but with hope (I usually learn by messing up). In my spare time I like to binge-watch series with my kids, have coffee with friends, DIY my house and read for hours on end. I value kindness more than anything.