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Our People

Our People - Mike King  |  Dallas Gopi  |  Boris Sokratov

Our Board - Kyle MacDonald  |  Mike Dawes

Mike King

Founder and Ambassador

In a past life, Mike was one of NZ's most well known entertainers, but that role has changed dramatically since the conception of the radio show The Nutters Club back in 2009. The show evolved from Mike's own experience of mental illness and addiction and has become a huge success with it now airing weekly on Newstalk ZB on a Sunday evening.

These days Mike is better known for his work as a prominent mental health educator and Ambassador for The Key to Life Charitable Trust, which aims to reverse the population trends of depression and suicide by effecting positive social change.

Mike's uses an unorthodox approach when talking to youth and wider communities sharing his struggles with his inner critic and allowing people to recognise that everyone has problems and it is ok to ask for help.

Although suicide prevention is the big picture, Mike doesn't actively discuss it choosing to concentrate on delivering a hopeful message and connecting people, services and resources within the community.

Mike's work is invaluable to the Trust and his passion and dedication is unwavering.  Whether it be mentoring young men and women on a one to one basis, or visiting schools, Mike is always delivering his message of hope in some way or another.


 

Dallas Gopi

Sponsorship and Partnership Manager

Dallas first met Mike in 2015 after returning from six months in India.

As well as accompanying Mike on his many talks around the country, Dallas is responsible for raising money to guarantee our Cool to Korero programme can be delivered to as many schools and communities as possible around Aoteoroa.


Boris Sokratov

Producer – The Nutters Club radio show

Boris is the producer of the Nutters Club radio show on NewstalkZB every Sunday night. The show is funded by NZ on Air and features guests who share their personal stories to help others.

A successful business career spanning a wide range of business and community sectors has enabled him to develop an enviable network of contacts. Boris knows a tad about overcoming adversity, learning from failure, and what you need to do if you want to successfully build sustainable caring communities and multi-million dollar businesses.


OUR BOARD

Kyle MacDonald BA; MHSc(Hons.) MNZAP

Trustee

Kyle is an experienced psychotherapist who has worked for over 15 years in mental health, addiction, domestic violence and specialist psychotherapy programmes. He specialises in addictions, the effects of trauma and anxiety.

He is a regular NZ Herald columnist and co-host of the NewstalkZB Key to Life radio show The Nutter's Club.  He was one of the initiators of the People's Mental Health Review a joint project with Mike King and Action Station in 2017 that sought to highlight the crisis in mental health series leading into the 2017 election.


Mike Dawes

Trustee / Interim Chairman

Mike is our resident techy and has vast experience working in the IT sector both in NZ and the UK from hands on delivery to managing large delivery teams.

In late 2013, following the suicide of his friend and boxing coach, Mike decided to pull together a charity boxing event (IT Heavy Hitters)to raise money for a suicide-prevention related cause which saw him connect with Mike King and the Trust.

Since then, Mike and his team continue to pump out the successful annual IT Heavy Hitters event in Wellington and Auckland, with KTL as its beneficiary of all funds raised.

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