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.

Operations Manager:
Hanna Balemi

I’m Hanna. Although my roots grow deep in the Texas Hill Country, I’m a home/friend/family collector and love having backyards in Washington, DC, Sydney and now Mt Eden, Auckland with my Kiwi husband. I love big families (oldest of 6!), beautiful spaces, solving problems, good coffee, and straight-shooters. I believe that summer should last all year, leopard print is a neutral, little things matter, friendship is the best kind of wealth and the world is seriously tiny. If I don’t pick up my phone, you’ll probably find me in my local hot yoga studio or buried in a book in a corner booth at Rad Café.

Mentoring Coordinator/Kaitautoko:
Grace Taylor

I’m 33 years old, a mother of a creative and vibrant 7 year old son.  Born and raised in South Auckland, with Samoan/English/Japanese heritage, I am a youth development worker by training and heart (since 2006) and a poet/performer/writer by passion.  My youth development training rests mostly as a past employee at Youthline Chartiable Trust and Action Education.  I have been involved in the creative arts sector as a teaching artist since 2008.

My cultural identity is a huge part of how I move through the world and I love to learn about other people and cultures constantly.  I am really stoked to be part of this wonderful team and look forward to supporting you and your journey with your young person.

Mentoring Coordinator/Kaitautoko:
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.

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.

Kaiāwhina:
Naomi Reese

Kia ora! I’m Naomi, my turangawaewae is the small rural village Paengaroa, where my Kiwi/Canadian/Lebanese whānau live. I have a big heart for our nation of Aotearoa and want to see it be the best it can ever be with healthy flourishing rangatahi! This passion led me down the path of social work and youth development. When I’m not in the office talking to you or our team I will be exploring the great outdoors, eating feasts with friends or in the dance studio.

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.