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Susan Haldane is the driving force behind Mind Over Manner.

She is the Founder and Creative Director of this charity

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

Using her 35 years  experience as an actor, director and teacher, Susan now utilises the power of theatre as the creative medium through which to shift thinking, reframe our understandings and reassess our responses towards our more complex youth.

Susan’s work has focused predominantly on youth and their development of social confidence, flexibility and activating their personal contribution towards Creating a Culture of Respect.

Susan has facilitated theatre workshops with refugees, kids on the street, for multicultural and differently abled groups, in schools, in prisons, with educators and with legal, medical and other professional groups

As a result of all this combined experience, and as a parent of a young adult with ASD/ADHD, Susan has become specifically curious and 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 most positive development of the teenager.


ADRIAN SHIELDS – Charity Advisor
Adrian has 30 years experience in Charities, Governance and Advocacy. His area of expertise is community development for all ethnic groups

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.

MARGARET MARY HOLLINS – Board Member Margaret Mary brings a wealth of experience in

– 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.