Advisory Board

Louise Schofield ‐ Advisory Board Member

Louise Schofield is qualified and experienced in public health and workplace health and wellness. Louise specialises in developing wellness interventions that achieve sustainable behavioural change, and is a founder of Vitality Works. She is the author of several international research papers and a popular health and wellbeing speaker. Louise’s current role is Group Innovation Manager for Vitality Works – Australasia. One of her favourite things is spending summer at the beach and she is currently learning to surf with her husband Grant and three sons.

Gary Duberly ‐ Advisory Board Member

Associate Member ICSA

Completing his studies in 1993, Gary was admitted as an Associate Member to the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). With 21 years’ experience in the fields of taxation and business services, Gary (via his company Duberly Vincent), advises small and medium sized enterprises across a broad spectrum of industries in the areas of tax compliance, financial & management accounting, business development and management advice. Gary is a double world masters squash champion and is a passionate supporter of many sports. Gary is married to Angie and has three daughters, Jamie, Tyler and Danielle.

Tim Hurley ‐ Advisory Board Member


Tim is a trained counsellor and family therapist with clinical experience in the disability and mental health sectors. He currently works in palliative care. Tim has a ‘lived history’ with disability that began thirty years ago with the birth of his youngest son, Jonathon, who is a client of Creative Abilities. Tim has two other adult children and four grandchildren. When he is not spending time being a grandfather, he enjoys playing bridge, reading novels and exploring the New Zealand bush and beaches.

Hemant Thakkar ‐ Advisory Board Member

MSW (Applied), MANZASW

Hemant was born in Mumbai – India. He moved to New Zealand in 2002 and currently lives on the North Shore with his wife Hina and son Aryan. Hemant is an avid learner with nearly 20 years of experience in the disability sector. Prior to moving to NZ, Hemant worked for 8 years in the special education sector in Mumbai and completed a Masters degree in Psychology. On arriving in NZ, Hemant worked with Creative Abilities for 6 years in various roles from a Caregiver to Social Services Manager. Later he worked for nearly 5 years with the Health and Disability Commissioner in the role of Disability Initiatives Manager. Hemant completed his Master of Social Work from Massey in 2008 and is currently pursuing his PhD in Social Work from the University of Auckland. Hemant's hobbies include drumming, listening to fusion music, and watching Bollywood movies. Hemant is a strong proponent of person-centred practice and is thrilled to be a part of the Creative Abilities family again.