Meet The Team

The work of the Dingwall Trust is supported by a dedicated team of professionals and supporters united by their desire to provide opportunities and fulfilment to children and young people in need of foster care.

Our caregivers, care assistants, social workers, personal advisors and support staff are the heart of Dingwall Trust. The heads of each work area are:

Tracy Shipton

Tracie Shipton

Tracie has been with Dingwall Trust since 2000 and has a wealth of experience in working with children and young people in foster care as a foster parent, social worker and manager of NGO social services. A qualified social worker and strengths based trainer, Tracie has a passion for ensuring that the voices of children in care is reflected in policy development in New Zealand as well as shaping the service that we provide.

Melanie Morunga

Acting Residential Care Manager
Mel has worked at Dingwall for more than 20 years in various roles from caregiver to social worker to team leader. As well as her social work degree, Mel holds a diploma in child protection studies, a post-graduate certificate in professional supervision and is close to finishing a diploma in counselling theory. She is a strong child advocate and her experience working at the Dingwall Trust over the past two decades drives her to work towards and ensure the implementation of best practice and better outcomes for children living in care. Her passion is the care and protection of children and young people.

Uinita Vao

Manager, Care to Independence
Uinita took over this role in February 2017, but had been working with the programme for three years. Previously, she worked as a social worker with the residential team from 2008. As well as a bi-cultural social work degree, Uinita has a post-graduate certificate in clinical supervision. Uinita’s focus is to help young people build positive connections with whanau and community to support their transition towards independent living. Uinita and her team work with young people who come from all over greater Auckland. She is a mum of four adult children and grandmother to three small children.

Chris Kelly

Senior Caregiver
Chris is our Senior Caregiver and has been a caregiver at Dingwall Trust since 1995. His extensive experience with children in care gives Chris a sound base for supporting the practice of our team of caregivers. He is a long service, active member of fostering associations working to support excellence in practice for caregivers.
Tim Baldwin

Tim Baldwin

Residential Care Manager (On secondment to VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai)
Tim has been part of the Dingwall Trust team since 2007 and brings with him experience in child protection, child and adolescent mental health and residential care. A qualified social worker and manager of social services, Tim has an interest in ensuring the delicate balance between child centred practices and meeting caregiver needs to support good care experiences.


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