Meet the Team

The Project SEARCH onsite team consists of a full-time Tutor who runs the classroom programme with focus on work related skills. Two Skills Trainers work alongside Interns and CDHB department staff to identify and provide training for the intern's skill acquisition and the transfer of classroom learning to the workplace.

Linda Leishman

Tutor & Coordinator

Linda has lived experience of disability through her adult son, which led into a career in education. Her professional roles have been as a Teacher, Deputy Principal in a Special Education School, Head of Department in a Secondary School as well as acting Manager of the Lead School Transition pilot in Christchurch. Linda was also a member of the Advisory Group for the Christchurch Enabling Good Lives demonstration. 


Her interest has always been the transition from school into adult life with the hope that some of her knowledge and experience can help make that a smoother process for young people with learning disabilities and their families. She considers herself very fortunate to have the opportunity to set up the first Project SEARCH programme in New Zealand. 

Erin Shackley

Skills Trainer

Erin is a qualified and experienced Youth Worker who joined the Project SEARCH team in it's second year. She is passionate about providing support to young people so they can reach their full potential. She is committed to breaking down the barriers that people with a disability may face while trying to gain meaningful employment and bring about real change in Canterbury businesses. 

Additionally, Erin brings skills from the professional development industry where she coached people in administration, digital literacy, mental health, communication, budgeting and employment matters. 

Demarnia Lloyd-Harris

Skills Trainer

Working for local organisations providing funding information, advocacy and support to people with disabilities and their families has given Demarnia a well-rounded understanding of the Canterbury disability sector.

It is a privilege for her to be a Skills Trainer at Project SEARCH working alongside enthusiastic interns as they expand their options for life after school.  

Courtney Murray

Job Developer

A qualified professional coach and experienced recruiter, Courtney is passionate about fostering the growth and development of others in the professional space.

Courtney has always been drawn to working with youth, and as a recruiter for New Zealand Police has especially enjoyed supporting students of pre-policing programmes along their journey to become sworn officers. Courtney has studied professional coaching - exploring mindsets to inspire change - to further enable others to reach their goals.

Merging her skill in professional coaching and recruiting, Courtney is humbled to bring her experience and drive to Project SEARCH.