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Susan Haldane is the driving force behind Mind Over Manner.

Susan directs and facilitates with a professional team of theatre practitioners who are dedicated to the study of human difference and behaviour.

Susan has worked as a freelance actor, director, singer and teacher over the last 30 years. Her work has focussed predominantly on youth and their development of social confidence and flexibility. Susan has directed and toured devised theatre works in secondary schools emphasising music, object animation and stylised theatre forms.

Susan has facilitated theatre workshops with refugees, multicultural and differently abled groups – and also used communication role play techniques extensively in schools, prisons, with legal, medical and other professional groups and with kids on the street.

As a result of all this combined experience, and as a parent of a teen with ASD/ADHD Susan has developed her own extensive knowledge of the cognitively diverse individual and what their specific needs may be.

As these children have reached adolescence Susan has also come to recognise the increasing needs of the parents, family, teachers and other professionals who are in close contact with these students.The strength and stability of these people in their interactive role is a fundamental contributor to the positive development of the teenager.


ADRIAN SHIELDS – Company Director
Adrian has 20 years experience in Charities, Governance and Advocacy. His area of expertise is community development for all ethnic groups
– Board Member
Sandy has a Masters in Education, Dip Counseling Psychology with honors from the University of Auckland, a trained NLP practitioner and a member of the New Zealand Association of Psychological Type (NZAPT). She also works as a volunteer in Governance roles on NFP Boards for community groups including Mind over Manner, Integrated Neurological Research Foundation.

Simone is a NZSTA registered speech and language therapist at Be Heard. She offers a strength-based approach to improving communicative confidence and social opportunities for individuals and families on the autism spectrum. Other professional areas of interest include advocacy for youth with behavioural challenges related to language or learning differences, and supporting the communication needs of mental health consumers.

MIKE HALL – Board Member
Mike is a father of a 14 year old boy with Aspergers and ADHD. When Mike attended his first Mind Over Manner workshop he was so inspired by the content of what they did and what they offered that he had to ask what he could do to help them spread their message to others. Mike specialises in Media and Communications.

DIANA EDWARDS – Board Member. 
Diana is a Physiotherapist specialising in Hand Therapy at Middlemore Hospital. Diana is director and manager of a horticulture business . She has long term understanding of the requirements of families who live with neurodiversity and other disabilities.