Our Team

We have a fabulous team of very experienced carers, nurses and allied health professionals that are focused on achieving our mission. LFT is regarded as having a special feeling and it is the team that generates this through empathy, care and an adept understanding of our clients.

Management Team

Robert McIntyre

Robert has considerable experience in the rehabilitation field of traumatic brain injury and assessment. He is a qualified speech and language therapist, has had his own business in community rehabilitation and assessment, and has been the general manager of LFT Canterbury residential service before arriving to lead the team at LFT Wellington

Chris Mulder

General Manager Operations
Chris joined the Laura Fergusson team in early 2020. He is an experienced operations manager with a passion for people and the ‘for purpose’ sector. Recently settled in New Zealand, Chris has worked extensively in Asia, Africa and Europe and now calls Wellington home with his young family. Chris most recently managed a charity that supported parents and is excited to move into the residential care sector. He is responsible for the day to day operations at Laura Fergusson Wellington.

Deidre Hampton-Eales

Rehabilitation Manager
Deidre joined the Laura Fergusson Team in 2016 as the Therapy Coordinator after working in the community as a Speech-Language for the Hutt Valley District Health Board. She brings over 20 years rehabilitation experience working with adults across different aetiologies and settings including the community. It was during this time that she visited LFT in her role as Community Speech-Language Therapist. The energy and compassion of the staff, during those times, is what attracted her back as an employee. Deidre completed her Bachelor of Speech-Language Therapy at the University of Canterbury in 1996, working in Christchurch initially before heading to the UK for 2 years. Upon returning to New Zealand she chose Lower Hutt as her base working for the Hutt Valley DHB and ABI. Deidre has a passion for rehabilitation and getting the best possible outcomes for people living with a disability.

Dina Naran

Finance Manager
Dina Naran joined the Laura Fergusson Trust in June 2012  when her youngest daughter started school.  She comes from a corporate background and has previously had positions as Corporate Services Manager and various Finance Manager roles.  She comes with over 20 years’ experience and graduated  from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in 1994.  She was admitted to the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1998 as a Chartered Accountant.  Eager to explore the world completed an overseas experience in 2002, working in the United Kingdom and travelling Europe before returning to New Zealand.


Cameron Madgwick – Chair

Virginia Grainer

Angela McCarthy-Foster

Fiona Ross

Helen Cruse

Alison Molloy

Michael Markam

John Emerson