Our People

Our Board


Tessa Mackenzie


Tessa Mackenzie joined the Trust in 2013 and brings with her over 17 years experience in the community and social sectors, specialising in collaborative approaches to social change.

Over this period Tessa has worked in grass-roots to governance positions for community organisations and Government agency contracts, including 9 years family driven collaborative case management facilitation for Strengthening Families (MSD). Tessa has also represented community in local and international community and industry forums around topics such as early intervention for under 6’s, youth violence, and social impacts of mining on community.

Tessa holds qualifications in personal and professional development, supervision and complementary health, as well as a BA (Social Policy) and is part way through a Masters in Social Change.

Tessa lives somewhat unconventionally in an off-grid converted shipping container, which reflects her passion for arts, music and permaculture.  She has a partner, 4 adult children and 1 moko.


Mary Dillon

Mary has lived in Tauranga in the beautiful Bay of Plenty since 1944 and has six adult children and 13 grandchildren.

Her current chairing roles include, Envirohub Bay of Plenty, the Welcome Bay Community Centre and she also serves on the Bay of Plenty Community Response Forum and the Technical Implementation Group SmartGrowth.

Recently Mary was appointed as a District Licensing Commissioner under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. Her previous roles include Board Member of Philanthropy New Zealand, Chair BayTrust, Deputy Chair Tauranga Art Gallery Trust and Chair of the PrimeHealth Trust for Community Development.

Mary served as an elected member of the Tauranga City Council for 21 years, including six years as Deputy Mayor. During that time she developed strong connections with local iwi and she values and respect Maori perspectives.

Mary has a deep interest in the sustainability of our environment and in the development of local strong resilient communities.

Nigel Tutt

Nigel Tutt

Nigel is currently the CEO of Priority One, the economic agency for the Western Bay of Plenty. His background is in digital marketing and media. He has significant commercial experience and knowledge gained from a wide ranging background in small and large companies within the private sector. In his role with Priority One his area of focii are:

– Fostering innovation
– Creating a compelling destination
– A hub for skills & talent
– Connecting & collaborating
– Investment attraction

All key areas for SociaLink – a great alignment.



Nigel Tutt

Tina Jennen

Tina is passionate about creating value through her integrated and collaborative approach.  She feels privileged to serve as a Trustee of Socialink and to support The Kollective.
Tina fosters leadership and capability development both in her portfolio career and as the mother of four thriving teenagers.  Her current professional roles include Trustee for TECT, Director of WaikatoLink, Director of Chronoptics and Guest Lecturer for Waikato Management School.  Tina’s PhD research is also aligned with the purpose of Socialink.
Tina began her work in Tauranga as a leased executive while completing the MBA at Waikato University.  She has since held a number of local executive and governance roles focused on technology and innovation in the primary sector.  Her previous US-based career experience includes fundraising and advocacy for nonprofits, financial planning and sustainable land development.
Nigel Tutt

Lynda Burch

Lynda joined the SociaLink board 12 months ago. She has highly developed skills in strategy development and system design and has had extensive experience leading central government departments in this area. She is a long standing Rotary member and a member of the Graeme Dingle Foundation board. A family focused person who brings extensive experience and knowledge to our sector.

Nigel Tutt

Jodi Manuel

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Ko Waikato te awa

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Ko Ngati Raukawa te iwi

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Ko Jodi Manuel ahau

I have been working in the Health and Social Services sectors for 23 years. My passion lies in Mental Health and Addiction, Youth Work and Community Development.

I have opened and run my own NGO called Apopo in Taupo for 9 years and closed this down in 2017 to move to Tauranga.

I currently work for The People’s Project as a Case Manager and am proud to also be the Regional Ambassador for Youth Suicide.

I believe I bring to Socialink insight into the struggles of operating an NGO and sourcing sustainable funding. The many social issues that our people face on a day to day basis and significant governance experience.