Meet the team

tlc4u2 is led by founder Jonathan Harris. Together, with his strong team comprised of registered health professionals and experts in finance, human resources and other areas, they support 200+ hand-picked nursing and home care professionals to care for you and your whānau/family.

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Jonathan Harris

Managing Director

Having previously worked in the UK as a live-in caregiver and in New Zealand in residential care facilities, Jonathan established tlc4u2 Limited in 2010 with the vision of providing home-based care done differently. By taking a client-centred approach and a can-do attitude and then building up an amazing team of like-minded individuals, Jonathan has done exactly that: for more than 11 years tlc4u2 has been making a real and positive difference in people’s lives. It brings Jonathan great pride to see his clients living their best lives in their own homes, and being able to improve the quality of life all his clients, no matter how complex their condition.

Jonathan is an avid motorcyclist and enjoys exploring New Zealand on two wheels when time allows.  

jonathan@tlc4u2.co.nz
Odette Philander
Operations Manager/Registered Nurse

A registered nurse from Cape Town, South Africa, Odette has worked for tlc4u2 as a Service Coordinator since May 2018. Her diverse role sees her looking after clients with complex care needs and/or who require 24/7 care, and ensuring that they receive holistic care. She does this by liaising with MDT teams and works closely with her support workers to improve their skills to better support their clients. She has recently obtained her InterRAI CA (Contact Assessment) Assessor License and is currently working towards achieving her InterRAI CHA (Community Health Assessment) License. Odette believes in kindness, honesty and integrity and, all importantly, holds punctuality dear to her heart! Outside of her work, Odette can probably be found with her husband Adrian, on the sidelines of a netball or soccer game, cheering on one of their two children.

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Catharine Mentz
Service Coordinator

Originally from South Africa, Catharine is proud to call Northland her home. She is motivated to facilitate positive changes and has 15 years’ experience in disability support and age care.

As a Service Coordinator, Catharine’s role entails assessing support needs to identify and roster the most suitable support workers to assist tlc4u2’s clients in addressing these needs. She works largely with ACC Funded Care clients that have sustained an injury and require short term assistance to return to independence.

Catharine arrived in New Zealand in 2002 and gained citizenship in 2005. She spent a year and a half in Sydney but missed New Zealand and so subsequently returned to Whangarei.  She enjoys reading, films, theatre, beach walks and spending time with good friends.

Catharine’s favourite thing about her work is the shared values and supportive environment at tlc4u2, as well as the opportunity to make a difference.

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Philippa Scott
Service Coordinator

Philippa has recently joined tlc4u2 as Service Coordinator for the Mid North and Far North regions. She is responsible for ensuring ACC Funded Care clients receive the support they need smoothly and adequately. The nature of her work makes every day unique and she feels privileged to work with great colleagues and fabulous support workers to deliver a team effort each day.

Philippa’s professional background is in occupational therapy and she has worked for many years in mental health care and elderly care settings, both in hospitals and within the community. An avid traveler, Philippa has worked in both the North and South islands of New Zealand, across the ditch, and in England. Two years ago, Philippa made the move to Northland from Wellington, where she was managing the psychological support service for New Zealand Police. She has a strong interest in healthy living, is a keen gardener and runner, and mother of 2 adult children.

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Samantha Etherington
Service Coordinator/Occupational Therapist

Sam is passionate about holistic, client centred care and the opportunity to improve the quality of life for her clients and their whanau.  

Whilst studying she worked as a support worker both in the community and a retirement village. She graduated and registered as an Occupational Therapist in 2015. Initially as a new graduate Sam worked as a Needs Assessment and Service coordinator for the DHB, completing the contact and Homecare InterRAI assessments. She enjoyed working closely with the community allied health services, mental health services and Hospice. Sam has also completed work on ACC contracts for Social rehabilitation and Vocational rehabilitation.  

Originally for Lancashire, England, Sam arrived in New Zealand with her family and has never looked back. She has been lucky enough to make the beautiful Northland home. Outside of work Sam enjoys spending time with her little one, family and friends. 

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Emelda Tshuma
Service Coordinator/Registered Nurse

Coming soon...

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Tony Harris
Educator & Trainer

Tony has worked in healthcare for 30+ years and takes great pride in sharing his accumulated knowledge and skills with tlc4u2 staff to empower them to provide premium healthcare services in alignment with the highest ethical values and standards. His work involves facilitating lifelong learning through both theoretical and practical training with an emphasis on providing holistic care where people skills are just as important as other aspects of healthcare services. He has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and Health Sciences, and has worked as a Lecturer/Trainer/Assessor in Post Graduate Medical schools.

Originally from Devon, Cornwall in the UK, Tony now enjoys growing organic produce and animals on his rural lifestyle block in rural Northland. His many interests include travel, fishing, hunting, old cars, motorcycles and yoga.

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Georgia Jacobs
Administrator

Georgia joined our team as Administrator in early 2022.

She has worked in administrative roles for the past two years while also gaining her business administration qualification, she is passionate about working with people and finds that working for tlc4u2 gives her the ability to really feel like she’s making a difference.

Georgia grew up in Kerikeri - Bay of Islands but decided to make Whangarei her home in 2018 for more opportunities.

On the weekends you will find Georgia buying new house plants, viewing open homes or at the beach making the most of the beautiful northland scenery.


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Diane Morris
Human Resources Manager

Diane joined tlc4u2 in July 2020. In her role as HR Manager, Diane leads our people-related initiatives while balancing the needs of our people and the interests of the organisation. Her typical day includes recruiting and onboarding, revising HR related policies, forms and documents and identifying learning and development opportunities. Diane’s personal values of respect, empathy, and striving for excellence, as well as her passion for working with people and organisations to help them achieve their goals, is recognised throughout her work.

Diane moved to New Zealand from the UK back in 2005 and has never looked back. She enjoys the Kiwi lifestyle and exploring this beautiful country, most recently from the back of a motorbike!

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Melike Koca
Recruitment Coordinator

Melike is from Turkey and arrived in New Zealand in November 2019. She graduated in Human Resources Management in Turkey from two different universities and worked in HR for about 8 years before moving to New Zealand. Melike studied Health Care in the community program in NZ Level 7 equal to level 4 Health and Wellbeing. She loves spending time in nature and outdoor sports. Her hobbies are sailing, fishing, tramping, kayaking, cycling - anything outdoor as well as arts and craft.

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Ian Ambler
Payroll Administrator

Passionate about details, Ian is the one who ensures all of our incredible staff are paid for their good work. His values of honesty, integrity, compassion and fair treatment without deceit, make him a perfect fit for tlc4u2 and are no doubt what lead him to achieve the Madison Group Integrity Award 2018/2019, attributable for the Census NZ 2017/2018 National field workers payroll provision. Ian lives with his wife in Whangarei. He enjoys spending time with her and their son, and exploring Northland’s wonderful beaches, forests and towns.

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Jacqui Porter
Finance Manager

Jacqui got her first taste for financial management working alongside her husband, a self-employed dairy farmer. Initially responsible for managing their business’s finances, planning and human resources, Jacqui continued to up-skill in finance, becoming a freelance bookkeeper, and eventually completed her Diploma in Accounting in 2019. She loves helping others grow their business through professional financial management.

Jacqui lives by the words ‘work hard, play hard’. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband, their 3 daughters, and friends, going to the beach and bicycle riding.

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