Arts for Health

We are a charitable trust encouraging the use of art for well-being and enjoyment for all.

Everyone is welcome, no matter your skill level.

Check out our services to find out more about what we do at Arts for Health Community Trust.

Meet the team

Cass Hendry

Arts Programme Manager

Cass Hendry - Arts Programme Manager

Arts Therapist and frequent gym and cafe goer, Cass is interested in symbolic design and play as a therapeutic response to wellbeing.

Lynda Preest

Funding and Trust Administrator

Lynda Preest - Funding and Trust Administrator

Contemporary crafter & serious foodie, Lynda likes Kiwiana and stylised inspired work. Lynda loves the beach lifestyle.

Maisie Bryenton

Art Tutor


Maisie Bryenton - Art Tutor 

Painter & cake baker extraordinaire, Maisie works with gouache on paper and water soluble oils on board. Maisie loves working with a wide range of people from different backgrounds.

Rhi Jackson

Art Tutor


Rhi Jackson - Art Tutor 

Painter and marathon runner, Rhi is an experienced group facilitator with a special interest in working with children. Rhi holds a BA in Mixed Media majoring in visual arts.

Our trustees

Melanie Odey


Melanie Odey - Chairperson

Melanie joined the Board of Trustees for Arts for Health in August 2008 with work experience in the disability sector and in Education. Melanie has a Masters in Social Sciences majoring in Psychology, an MBA and a Certificate in Tertiary Teaching. Melanie enjoys recreational art and writing for enjoyment.

Carla Rule


Carla Rule - Secretary

Carla is a Registered Legal Executive holding a Diploma in Law. Although Carla does not profess to be an artist in any way, she enjoys spending rainy Sundays pretending to be creative by adult colouring, painting by numbers or completing jigsaws. In the summer she enjoys triathlon and in the winter, netball.  Mostly you will find her just hanging out with her dog, Walter.

Kirsty Holdaway


Kirsty Holdaway - Treasurer

Kirsty joined the Board in 2017 with experience as a Chief Financial Officer. Kirsty's background includes working for New Zealand and overseas companies in a range of senior financial and management positions. When not working Kirsty is actively engaged at the gym and maintaining her fitness.

Glenys Steele


Glenys Steele - Trustee

Glenys has her own employment law practice, About Best Practice. She also coaches and judges at the University of Waikato Law School. When she is not working, you might find her surf kayaking or launching into a new painting. Glenys has been involved on the Board of Trustees of Arts for Health for over 10 years.

Arnold Andrews


Arnold Andrews - Trustee

Arnold is a Duty Manager at Hamilton City Council and specialises in Events.  Arnold holds a Masters in Business Management is involved with various projects ranging from mental health to rights of young workers. Being a fitness enthusiast, he likes to spend his leisure days participating in obstacle course races and running half marathons.

Jennifer Morgan


Jennifer Morgan - Trustee

Jennifer is originally from Canada where she obtained a Business Diploma and after the move to New Zealand obtained a Law Degree.  She currently works as a lawyer.  Jennifer is not very artistic but does enjoy arts and crafts time with her toddler son, as he appreciates her stick figure people and animals.  Outside of work and being a mum, she enjoys boxing to stay fit and spending time with friends and family.

Dean McLeod


Dean McLeod - Trustee

Generation X’r, creative, lateral thinker, practical, logical, diligent, traveler, explorer, caffeine addict, extroverted introvert, humorous and friendly!  Dean has been in business as a Business Consultant and Contractor for over 20 years, specialising in Change Management, Supply Chain and Operational Management. He also has a photography and web design business which helped fill in the gap while Covid was busy making life awkward, to say the least. Dean has a passion for Art and Teaching people. He runs Photography classes to try to get people passionate about photography as an art form.

Abby Jackson


Abby Jackson - Trustee

Abby rejoined the Board in 2021 after a three year absence due to the birth of her two children. Abby’s experience includes a career in journalism, communications, marketing and tech solutions in both NZ and the UK. Currently completing postgraduate studies in psychology, Abby is working towards becoming a registered clinical psychologist. Having a love of art from an early age, Abby believes in the therapeutic power of expressing yourself through creativity. 

Lisa Mitchell


Lisa Mitchell - Trustee

Lisa joined the Board in October 2021, attracted by two issues close to her heart - art and mental health.  Lisa is a closet creative who enjoys painting, writing and being a musician, alongside her 7year old daughter.  Having worked in the mental health sector and also having lived experience of mental unwellness, Lisa is excited about supporting Arts for Health. Lisa's professional background includes roles in policy, strategy and community development within local government; also training and coaching in the tertiary sector; and the management of a women's mental health service, to name just a few.  Lisa has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and an Honours degree in Labour Studies. Lisa's looking forward to summer where she spends time on the water on her stand-up paddle-board, for some quiet time and stunning views. 

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