Family Heart Limited is a New Zealand registered company. We exist to provide support to families / family members who are vulnerable or in difficulty, in particular where parents are separated or at risk of separating. We also provide life coaching support to individuals who want to move their lives forward. Independent professional educational psychology assessment and support for children is also available.
Les and Catherine Williams are co-founders of Family Heart and between them bring a broad and deep wealth of skills, experience and commitment to supporting parents and their families. They came to New Zealand in 2011 they have three adult children and a granddaughter living nearby in Wellington.
Les has a number of successful careers behind him including;
- Electrical Engineering in the power industry
- Engineering Management in Defence Procurement
- Large and Complex Defence Project Management
- Private and Social Enterprise company development as Managing Director / Chair of Boards
- Special Needs School management / Governance
- Life Coaching
- Teacher Aide supporting children with Special Needs
- Trust and Charity leadership and Treasurer roles
Qualifications include Bachelor of Science; Master of Science; Advanced Diploma in Life, Business and Executive Coaching; Intensive Mediation Training Certificate, AMINZ, Standard and Standard Teen Triple P (PPP) parent training certificates; Maori Cultural Awareness certificates (Treaty of Waitangi and Cultural Competency), Post Graduate Diploma in Social Research. Associate Member AMINZ (AAMINZ)
Social Entrepreneur Les is a passionate believer in Social Enterprise namely, working through a company for the good of communities, investing any net profits back into the venture to expand capacity and or the companies range of services. Family Heart Limited is managed as a social enterprise albeit registered as a Limited Company under New Zealand Company Law.
Hobbies Les enjoys when time allows reading, writing, running and spending time with the family.
Catherine (Cate) has a proven commitment to supporting children and young people and their families over a career that includes
- teaching in mainstream and special residential schools
- educational psychology practice in urban and rural environments
- managing multi-disciplinary teams of psychologists, specialist teachers, learning support workers and speech and language therapists
- public service advisory work focussing on improving outcomes for vulnerable children in New Zealand.
Cate has a Bachelor degree in Psychology and a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate in primary education. She achieved the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH) before successfully completing a Master degree in Educational Psychology in Exeter, UK.
Cate has a passion for putting the needs and views of the children she works with at the forefront of her work with parents, carers and professionals to support the best possible long term outcomes.