GoodYarn is managed by the Good Programmes Trust which was established in December 2017. The Trust gained charitable status in July 2018 (CC55540) and is overseen by four trustees.

Meet the Board

Dana Carver


Dana has over twenty years experience in the Health and Wellbeing sector. She has a degree in psychology with post graduate studies in physiology and is a certified fitness instructor, personal trainer and wellness coach. She is currently the Wellbeing Specialist for DairyNZ and previously managed and directed a wellness centre which worked with local GPs to offer lifestyle solutions as a substitute or supplement to medication. She has served over 400 clients, both individuals and organisations. She is responsible for initiating the GoodYarn licensing programme, which has allowed GoodYarn to become a nationwide resource. She is passionate about mental health literacy and seeing GoodYarn embedded into all industries and organisations.

Lindsay Wright


Lindsay farmed a 470ha sheep and beef property in Northern Southland for 24 years from 1982 to 2006. Surviving several highs and lows of farming during this time, some personal challenges in 2005/6 resulted in him leasing his farm and exiting from active farming.

Since that time, Lindsay has become active in the Southland Rural Support Trust as an inaugural trustee in 2008 and chairperson 2010 – 2014. He is currently the coordinator for the Southland trust.

In 2014 Lindsay combined his rural background and 25 years of Toastmasters public speaking and adult education experience to partner with WellSouth Primary Health Network in the development and facilitation of the GoodYarn workshop which has now been widely delivered to participants throughout New Zealand.

As a founding trustee of the Good Programmes Trust , Lindsay continues his role as a trainer of new GoodYarn facilitators.

Katie Jahnke


Katie Jahnke was involved in the scoping, development and implementation of GoodYarn. She has a Master of Public Health and has spent the past 14 years working in public health and primary care.

Katie has previous governance experience, having spent five years as a trustee then chairperson of a charitable trust delivering a national health promotion programme in the education sector.

Katie is an advocate for improving mental wellbeing and believes that GoodYarn is an excellent programme for enabling people to have positive conversations about mental health.

Terry Buckingham MN, PG Dip OHP (Otago)

Health and Wellbeing Manager – Fonterra NZ

Terry Buckingham leads a team of 20 Occupational Health Nurses and Rehabilitation Advisors across Fonterra’s operations in New Zealand. Terry has a background in healthcare and Nursing in NZ and overseas and has led successful teams in H&S including Consulting, Finance & Insurance and Tertiary Education sectors over the past 18 years.

Terry holds a Masters Degree in Workplace Health Promotion from EIT and a Post Graduate Diploma in H&S from Otago University.

Terry and his team have successfully delivered GoodYarn to over 2000 staff across Fonterra’s operations over the last 2 years with over 80% satisfaction rates amongst participants.

Meet the Team


Michelle Thompson

Programme Manager

Michelle joined the Good Programmes Trust in September 2018 after five years as the founding chief executive of the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand. Michelle is passionate about improving health and wellbeing for communities and workplaces across New Zealand. She has a background in business start-ups and restructures, particularly for not-for-profit and charitable organisations within the health sector. Michelle currently lives on a farm in Central Hawke’s Bay running cattle, sheep and a few alpacas (not for eating).