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Our Staff

Meet the Team

KTL began as The Nutters Club in 2010 but transformed into The Key to Life Charitable Trust in 2012.  The focus for Mike King shifted to helping young people, and travels the country all year round sharing his journey of being a kid with low self-esteem, shifting into addiction and depression.

Through open conversation with young people and their communities, Mike and the team work to normalise what is deemed 'abnormal' by current societal standards.

By working seamlessly with mental health professionals, service providers, business leaders, and our communities we believe it is possible to reverse the population trends of depression and suicide by effecting a positive social change.

The work of the Key to Life Charitable Trust is undertaken with respect, dignity and acceptance for all those seeking guidance, advice and support from the organisation. We respect the wishes of all who interact with us, and this will extend to confidentiality of circumstance, privacy of information shared and other reasonable requests made by these individuals.

The Key to Life Charitable Trust maintains respect for Te Titriti o Waitangi, The Privacy Act of 1993 (New Zealand Privacy Commission), the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Staff Profiles

Mike King
Mike King
Founder & Lead Ambassador

Mike is the founder of the Key to Life Trust, and the Lead Ambassador out in the schools and communities.  Mike started the trust to be able to share his journey and struggles with mental health with our young people, and talks candidly about how his own journey began back at school, relating to much of the target audience.

Mike’s role at KTL is very entrepreneurial, leading on ideas that challenge the current social norms and as our principal speaker.

Mike Dawes
Mike Dawes
CEO

Mike spent 25 years in the tech industry before moving full time into working for Key to Life as the CEO.  Following the 2013 suicide of a friend, Mike embarked on a mission to fundraise for KTL setting up a large annual event which now runs in multiple cities annually. 

Mike’s principal focus covers the day to day operations of the trust and working along side the wider team to support their goals.

Kahlia McDougall
Kahlia McDougall
Administrator

Kahlia is our newest team member and brings a huge amount of passion and energy to the trust.  Kahlia’s role as Administrator underpins all the work we do, and her level of detail helps to ensure that whatever project we are embarking on is successful.

Dallas Gopi
Dallas Gopi
Sponsorships & Partnerships Manager

Dallas’s role covers managing sponsor and partner engagements, liaising with both businesses and Kiwis wanting to fundraise for us, and ensuring they are aligned with our vision and have all the tools they need.

Outside of that, Dallas works closely alongside Mike King to photograph the schools and community talks, capturing the emotion of the conversation.

Tai Tupou
Tai Tupou
Youth Development Program Manager

Tai was originally part of KTL back in the 2012, and as a speaker travelled the country for the first few years talking in schools as an Ambassador.  As one of the youngest members of the team, his story and character are relatable to many schools he talks in.

Tai’s principal role is to run our Youth Program, finding others who want to share their stories and help them grow and provide a platform.

Jasmaine Worthington
Jasmaine Worthington
Youth Ambassador

Jasmaine joined KTL as an ambassador and advocate for mental wellbeing after bringing Mike King to talk at Reporoa College.

Jasmaine has a huge passion and a gift for helping others and from a young age has enjoyed working and involving herself in mental health issues.  Jasmaine's passion to help comes from both losing loved ones to suicide and her own experiences with her mental health.