Meet The Team

The work of the Dingwall Trust is supported by a dedicated team of professionals and supporters united by their desire to provide opportunities and fulfilment to children and young people in need of foster care.

Our caregivers, care assistants, social workers, personal advisors and support staff are the heart of Dingwall Trust. The heads of each work area are:

Claudine Young

Chief Executive Officer
Claudine has a background in both social work and managing not-for-profit organisations, most recently as chief executive of CanTeen New Zealand. Originally from the UK, Claudine has lived permanently in New Zealand since 2005. She and her husband Pete live in Waitoki with a range of rescued animals including two goats, two pigs, two mini ponies, a dog and a chicken. She is looking forward to working alongside staff to provide great support and opportunities to the children and young people.

Nicola Dunlop

Manager, Residential Services
Nicola comes to Dingwall Trust from CanTeen New Zealand, where she managed youth workers across the Waikato region. She also worked closely with children in her senior management role at Porse. Nicola is passionate about improving outcomes for children and is committed to helping each one find their greatness within at Dingwall Trust. She and husband Craig enjoy a rural lifestyle in Pukekawa with their two teenage children.
Tim Baldwin

Tim Baldwin

Manager, Service Development
Tim has been part of the Dingwall Trust team since 2007 and brings with him experience in child protection, child and adolescent mental health and residential care. He is a qualified social worker and manager of social services. Tim is responsible for managing projects that develop and enhance the services Dingwall Trust offers, such as the new transition cottage initiative where children and parents can reconnect and strengthening our care standards.

Uinita Vao

Manager, Transition to Adulthood
Uinita took over this role in February 2017, but had been working with the programme for three years. Previously, she worked as a social worker with the residential team from 2008. As well as a bi-cultural social work degree, Uinita has a post-graduate certificate in clinical supervision. Uinita’s focus is to help young people build positive connections with whanau and community to support their transition towards independent living. Uinita and her team work with young people who come from all over greater Auckland.

Chris Kelly

Senior Caregiver
Chris is our Senior Caregiver and has been a caregiver at Dingwall Trust since 1995. His extensive experience with children in care gives Chris a sound base for supporting the practice of our team of caregivers. He is a long service, active member of fostering associations working to support excellence in practice for caregivers.

Denise Bosbach

Manager, Finance and Administration
Denise is originally from Germany and came to New Zealand via Australia in 2013 for a short visit, but never left after she fell in love with the country, people and culture. She has a background in both working with children and office management and was previously accounting assistant and operations manager at ICM Asia Pacific. She sees working at Dingwall as a chance to combine her passion for people and different cultures with her administration management experience.


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