Our Management Team
Genesis Youth Trust's Management Team
Rob Woodley | GM / Sergeant ONZM
Having served at the helm for over a decade now, Rob firmly believes he was born to do this job, "I was born to serve my fellow man and be a part of something that is genuinely changing young lives for the better and restoring broken families' says Rob. "I love it, live it, and dream about it. Genesis fulfils my personal purpose in my working life and stretches me to the limit in terms of my abilities and strengths. Our strategic heartbeat resonates with me as a person". In addition to being GM of the Trust, Rob is a sworn police officer holding the rank of Sergeant. Rob was awarded an ONZM is for services to New Zealand Police and youth in 2015.
Rob began his policing career in 1995 as a Constable at the Mangere Police Station. A pursuit of career options away from enforcement into preventative initiatives culminated in him being assigned as 'project manager' of the Youth-at-Risk Project in 2001; this was the precursor of 'Genesis Youth Project – New beginnings' in 2002 before evolving into a community partnership in 2004 and renamed the 'Mangere Genesis Youth Project Trust'.
Suzanne Teague | Business Practice Manager
Suzanne brings a wealth of experience in Office Management including financial management, overseeing and implementing processes and procedures and facilities and human resource management. During a long history of voluntary work in the community Suzanne has held roles on Plunket, Kindergarten and School PTA committees and School Boards of Trustees including holding the role of Chairperson of a Board of Trustees. Suzanne is also a Registered Marriage Celebrant and is an appointed Justice of the Peace.
Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and is delighted to be working in a role which not only utilises her experience and competencies but also involves being part of a team working to bring about positive outcomes for young people and their families in the wider community.
Turei Marshall | Operations Manager - Counties Manukau South
In July 2013 Turei moved from Genesis HQ (Mangere) to our Papakura office to lead the Counties Manukau South team. Turei has been with Genesis since 2004 initially as a police-employed Youth/Social worker and since 2009 has been a vital part of the Genesis management team. He is currently completing his Bachelor of Social Work degree but Turei's principal qualification for helping youth-at-risk is one of personal experience in turning his own life around from being at-risk himself. "I know young people today are looking for two things: love and acceptance! How do I know this? – because those are the two things I was looking for ........." comments Turei.
"Genesis' role in the community is to work in partnership with all agencies striving to get the best outcomes for all our clients and families. Our aim is to go over and above as if these were our own children and families".
Turei has a natural touch and affinity for youth and engages with them in numerous ways beyond his role with Genesis, this includes: the Mangere Youth Providers Network; coaching rugby and touch-rugby; leading Youth Development Centres in Otara and Mangere; leading and training the Destiny Church Youth Performing Arts Programme; and being MC/presenter for major youth events in the South Auckland area.
Emil Huch | Operations Manager - Counties Manukau West
Emil was appointed as Operations Manager in July 2013 after many years working on the front line for Genesis. Emil says that "supported by a great team with varied skills and attributes our young person/families are impacted in a massive way".
|Emil Huch | Operations Manager - Counties Manukau West
Outside of his current job Emil also provides a box-fit class that caters in areas of health and fitness for our young people. To him it's all about longevity - a long duration of LIFE with purpose.
Emil says he believes each young person has a God given talent and ability to pave a path towards a successful and healthy life. "I provide motivation, energy and tenacity that can conquer and overcome their circumstances and situations together as a family. Everyone is "Born for Greatness" and with Genesis Youth Trust I have the opportunity to do this". Emil loves his job and is happily married with 6 gorgeous children.
Jack Scanlan | Project Manager, Glen Innes
Jack has been with the programme as a police-paid employee since its inception. He holds a BA majoring in Sociology and a Masters in Social Work. Jack is the first of the Genesis's managers to replicate the programme beyond South Auckland in Glen Innes. Prior to joining the Police, Jack was employed as a senior case manager with Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust, working with at risk and youth offenders.
Jack also coaches rugby, having formerly played in a number of police rugby teams, and other community involvement includes the 'GI Just 4 Dads programme'; the 'Eastside Youth Network'; 'Te Waka Whaanui' involvement in supporting three Maraes in the Tamaki region in their work with Maori youth; and the Glen Innes Community response team for youth suicides. Jack is committed to Genesis because, "it serves the people of every community. It is about changing young people's lives so that they can fulfil their potential.....and empowering families to make their own decisions for their own lives so they are not dictated by factors that have brought them to Genesis - people can change".
Flora Apulu | Support Services Manager
Flora oversees the Mentoring, Counselling and Family Services Teams. Flora says "Genesis Youth Trust is a rewarding place for any youth or social work practitioner to work. Genesis offers a holistic wrap around service that caters to the needs of high-risk young people and their families through a team of passionate and skilled professionals". Flora holds a Bachelor of Social Work, a Post Grad Diploma in Youth Development and is also currently working towards her Masters in Arts (Youth Development).