Sprott Team

The Sprott House organisational structure comprises several teams, under the management of Chris Sanders, which focus on different areas and keep the facilities and services running smoothly.

These include Administration, Clinical, Quality and Health and Facilities.


Chris Sanders

General Manager

Chris Sanders was appointed to the Board of Trustees at Sprott House in 1999 and served on the Board until December 2010 when she resigned upon taking up the role of General Manager for Sprott House, a position she currently holds.
Her early working life revolved around nursing and midwifery. She has worked in various nursing roles over the years, most recently as a nursing coordinator at Wellington Hospital and as an investigating nurse advisor for the Nursing Council. Prior to accepting her current role, she was employed by Victoria University in the area of policy development.
Chris, her husband and family have lived in Karori since 1989 continuing a family association with Karori since the late 1890’s.


Lynette Mazey

Finance & Administration Manager

Lynette began her working life in a firm of chartered accountants where, for five years, she received a thorough grounding in all aspects of financial management. For the next five years she was assistant accountant in a large Wellington construction company, leaving to raise a family.
Lynette commenced part time at Sprott House in March 1985 doing the fortnightly wages for 30 staff and organising and paying the monthly accounts. At that time there were thirty eight residents in the home, all rest home level, and twenty one ladies, fully independent, paying peppercorn rentals in the Bishop Holland Villas. The home was run by a live-in matron and the president of the board did any administration required. Times changed and needs increased in the aged care sector. In October 1993 Lynette was made full time Office Manager shortly before the matron retired and the first general manager was appointed. Lynette later became Finance and Administration Manager, the position she currently holds.
Lynette was born in Wellington and her children live in Whitby and London.


Erin Torio

Quality Manager

Erin Torio has an educational background in Public Health with a post graduate degree in Tropical Medicine. His past experience was in the academe as a Professor for nursing students in the areas of Human Anatomy, Medical Microbiology and Parasitology. Prior to this, in the dairy manufacturing industry he took the roles of a Laboratory Head, Customer Relations Officer and Quality Management Systems Coordinator.
Upon his appointment as Quality Manager at Sprott House in 2010 he completed courses on Health & Safety, Management System Auditing and Quality Management in Healthcare. He is responsible to oversee our Infection Control, Health & Safety, Education and Quality programmes. He is also a qualified Careerforce assessor.
Erin’s family has migrated to New Zealand from the Philippines in 2009 and has already settled to make this their permanent home.


Lisa Cooke

Lifestyle Support Manager

Lisa moved from Leicestershire, England in 2009 to Wellington and was initially employed at Sprott House in 2010 as the facility Occupational Therapist. Lisa qualified as an Occupational Therapist in England in 2000 and for the nine years’ worked with people and their families with Mental Health conditions. In 2011 Lisa became the Unit Manager for Duncan Lodge and so was asked to manage Duncan Lodge, Sprott’s dementia unit. Lisa has worked hard to develop a welcoming, homely environment and focuses on resident’s quality of life and promotes independence. Lisa currently resides in Churton Park with her husband, two sons and pampered pooch Meg.

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Jean Espelita

Care Manager North Wing

Jean completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in the Philippines then went on to do her Masters in Public Health. After that she worked as a Haemodialysis nurse for two years. She took on the role as a Clinical Instructor and later, as the Level 1 Chairman for Adventist University of the Philippines College of Nursing, prior to coming to New Zealand in 2009. Jean completed her Competency Assessment Programme at Whitireia Polytechnic in 2013 and worked as a part time Registered Nurse at Sprott House in the same year. She started full time work in 2017 and stepped up as the Care Manager for the North Wing in 2018.


Melinda Bramwell

Support Services & Villas Coordinator

After moving to Wellington from Christchurch in early 2012, Melinda commenced working at Sprott House as a Receptionist in January 2014 and subsequently was appointed to the role of Managerial Assistant to Chris and her team in June 2015. In addition to this role, Melinda also holds the role of Villa Coordinator with responsibility to ensure the smooth running of the 13 Villas at Sprott House. In January 2017 Melinda was appointed to the role of Support Services and Villas Coordinator.
Melinda has extensive administration, business and finance experience as well as gaining 20 years’ experience in the Tourism Industry having managed five star apartment complexes in Queenstown, combined with owning & running her own online tourism business. Melinda resides in Karori with her husband and two sons.


Ray Wang

Payroll Administrator

Being a member of the management support team over the previous five years, Ray has developed himself into a financial professional through managing payroll and monitoring labour cost.
After Ray graduated from University of Otago and Victoria University, he has worked a couple of roles in both accounting and marketing fields in Christchurch and Wellington. He is good at using his analytical thinking to help business identify and solve problems. Ray is also the treasurer of Karori Community Centre to help local community development.
Ray and his family live in Karori and they are enjoying work and life balanced lifestyle in New Zealand.

Helen Wilson

Helen Wilson

Receptionist / Admissions Coordinator

With a BA in Religious Studies and English from Canterbury together with a Teaching Certificate Helen worked as a Primary Teacher in Christchurch for some years. A move to Wellington and two children later Helen started up the first Barnardoes Family Day Care programme on the Kapiti Coast. With her own children growing up and having a Mother who helped out, full time work at Workbridge, a quasi government agency, was then able to be a reality. Being an Employment Consultant at Workbridge for people with various disabilities was challenging and enjoyable for some 10 years. This job was followed by a stint in Management at a small Employment Trust fulfilling a government contract to place people with extra challenging disabilities, into work - indeed a major challenge! This 2 year contract ended successfully for all parties and Helen left there to start her dream job, owning a beautiful bookshop in Petone. Unfortunately the economic downturn and the switch to Kindles rather than real books meant the business did not survive longer than 6 years. Happily now Helen has a job here at here at Sprott House where she is able to indulge her main interest in life which has always concerned people. Her beloved mother reached the end of her life at a rest home and as an only child, Helen spent a lot of time with her in that setting. Helen appreciates the needs of the elderly and loves her job here working with a very dedicated team of people including a charming co receptionist, Laura.

Suzanne Blackburn

Suzanne Blackburn

Receptionist / Admissions Coordinator

Suzanne has a degree in Special Education from Victoria University. While completing a Teaching Diploma she caught the singing bug and spent the next ten years as a professional singer. From there she moved to the other side of the stage. For the last twenty three years she has been the Front of House Manager at CIRCA Theatre. Suzanne's favourite part of this job was connecting with and helping the audience members. Her desire to work in the Aged Care sector was prompted by her experience with helping to care for her much loved Mum.