Our People

PDT is governed by a Board of Trustees from a variety of backgrounds, including heath, education, mental health and private enterprise. The management team provides human resources, programing and operational duties.


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Jc Bedwell: Chairman

Jc has a long and distinguished history of Maori representation on a number of community and national boards. Jc has been at the forefront of pursuing justice and equality for Maori since the early 1980’s.

Jc’s extensive private enterprise background extends from farming, to property development and he currently operates a business in the wellness industry.



Warren Mason B.Com, Dip Coun, MNZAC: Treasurer/Secretary

Warren is a fully registered counsellor with and Bachelor of Commerce and a Diploma of Counselling.  He specialises in domestic violence conselling clients with general and acute social, psychological and psychiatric problems.

Warren has a background of runanga management and private enterprise.


Rik Tainui: Trustee



Management Team


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Phil Tikao, General Manager/Kaiwhakahaere

A Founding member of Positive Directions Trust, Phil has an extensive back-ground in social development, youth work and alternative education.

A Member of the Canterbury Youth Workers Collective since 1997, Phil worked under contract with CYF to provide safe care, residential, and youth monitoring services to at risk youth and youth offenders. His strengths include financial guidance and business advice, extensive knowledge of non-profit organisational legislation and guidelines.

Phil has spent the last 16 years directing and managing the affairs of PDT and was a director of Opal Group in property development and is also a director of Working Wonders Ltd, a social development business.

He has represented Maori interests on many trusts and boards including Fathering the Future Forum, He Oranga Pounamu, Maori Tu Mauri Ora, and has been a trustee on the Aranui/Wainoni Family Centre Board.

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Adele Tikao, Kaitoko Whanau Manager

Adele has been involved with PDT since 1997.

Her career background extends from youth work to alternative education with PTE’s such as Salvation Army Employment Plus, Carich New Zealand Ltd and Avonmore Tertiary Academy.

Adele is a member of the Canterbury Youth Workers Collective since 1998 and has created and delivered programs for the above mentioned PTE’s. She specialises in writing unit standards in line with New Zealand Qualifications Authority and Tertiary Education Commission requirements and creates and teaches intergenerational literacy and numeracy programs for Positive Directions Trust.

She also runs the day to day operations of PDT’s Kaitoko Whanao and Whanau Ora services, this includes program management, community liaison, funding applications, staff co-ordination and adminstration.

Adele specialises in creating programs, marketing, and developing community support networks.