Meet The Team

Our team is made up of bright and like-minded individuals, who have come together to explore endless possibilities. We come from a variety of different fields and technical backgrounds, yet our passion for Tango Kilo Mike ties us all together. Check out the people who make Tango Kilo Mike the amazing charity it truly is.

We all have direct or indirect experience of veteran life, suicide prevention or the pressures on emergency responders.  We know how hard it is, what works, and what doesn't.

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Chris Collins

Co-Founder & Chair

I'm the face to TKM and am responsible for tech, communications and media.

Naomi Basson

Learning Development

I'm responsible for pulling together our world class training

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Cindy Collins

Finance

I'm responsible for all accounting needs.

Michelle Hannan-Brown

Operations

I'm responsible for the smooth running and operational effectiveness of TKM.

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Jemma Hokai-Mataia

Ambassador - NZ Navy

Jemma proudly represents TKM as ambassador as well as NZ Defence Force Navy Person of the Year 2022.

Jesse "Mr Ronin" Puata

Strategic Advisor

Mr Ronin is the head coach of New Plymouth MMA and a fervent supporter of activity that enables wellbeing in people.  He holds a brown belt in BJJ and other ranks in other martial arts.

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Tony Gurnick

Technical Advisor

Tony is a long-established brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and coaches at Coast Academy BJJ.

Brennan Matheson

Owner and head instructor Bush BJJ

Brennan and the team at Bush BJJ Whangarei have been supporters of TKM from day one, and are a constant source of humour and technical knowledge for both martial arts and mental health.

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Pedro Pacheco Fernandes

Head instructor - Tukaha BJJ

Pedro and the team at Tukaha have been supporters of TKM from day one, and arguably provide some of the best Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in New Zealand.