Ms Adele Saunders

Manager Wellbeing & Psychological Services, St John NZ

Adele Saunders is a Registered Psychologist, with over 17 years’ experience working with individuals presenting with complex issues relating to their experiences of trauma. Over her career she has provided therapeutic intervention for individuals and families as well as developing staff and organisations through coaching and supervision. Adele currently works for St John developing a robust mental health and wellbeing structure and strategy in this high-risk organisation. This has meant that in the last few years Adele has been closely involved in supporting the St John Ambulance staff following major incidents such as the Christchurch Mosque attacks, the Whakaari eruption and more recently the COVID-19 Pandemic. Adele was recently awarded the New Zealand Practitioner of the Year for Health and Safety, recognising for her contribution to mental health and wellbeing within St John.