My background is in community-based health research and youth development. Originally from the West Coast of Canada, I have lived and travelled throughout the world and bring a passion for innovation and creativity to all my work. I am strongly committed to women’s health and gender equity; and have worked at community Women’s Centres and managed research projects on the social determinants of women’s health. Currently, my work involves facilitating spaces for positive growth and development for young women. I hold a Master of Arts in Development Studies and a Master of Public Health in Social Inequities and Health. I am very excited to be able to support the health and wellbeing of women in Aotearoa New Zealand and to be involved with the amazing team at Women’s Health Action.
My passion for women’s health began in the 1970s when I became aware that women were not being well served by the health system and were often not given good information about their bodies. As a result I formed a women’s health group. That led to a career change from teaching to health promotion. I worked for Family Planning for nearly 15 years before joining the Cervical Screening Programme and BreastScreen Aotearoa. At the Ministry of Health I held a range of roles covering sexual health and healthy eating. After five years at the Heart Foundation I joined Auckland Regional Public Health Service as lead of an Auckland wide partnership collaboration called Healthy Auckland Together. I bring my knowledge and experience of 30 years in public health to my role of Deputy Chair of the WHA Trust Board.
I am passionate about Health, Education and Finance and have been fortunate to join WHA earlier in 2017.
My day role is a management role at the University of Auckland and I work to sucessfully recruit and retain Māori and Pacific students into the health workforce, to also improve Māori Health in the professional medical programs in addition to supporting research activites affecting Māori and Pacifi whanau health outcomes.
I am a Chartered Accountant, with an MBA and retrained from an IT background.
I have long been an advocate for women and children. My interest in WHA comes from a place of being able to contribute at a different level and have a greater reach and influence. A registered nurse I have worked for an NGO for the last 10 years as the General Manager of the social service arm that has a particular focus on outcomes for families , specifically women and children. My studies have included papers in womens health.
I have 2 adult sons, a husband and spend any spare time I have training for long distance triathlons.
I am a fundraising and communications professional and have worked in the non-profit world for the past thirteen years. I have experience working for big, multi-national charities like Amnesty International, Save the Children, MSF and Unicef, and also for smaller, local charities in Canada and New Zealand. Currently I am the Fundraising Coordinator for YWCA Auckland. My passion is for women’s rights, health, and social justice so I am delighted to join the Board of Women’s Health Action – an amazing organisation that punches above it’s weight, in areas that are vitally important.
I am a public health professional and since 2014 I have been employed as an Epidemiologist in the Planning, Funding and Health Outcomes unit across both Auckland and Waitemata District Health Boards. Previously I have held roles within the public health units of Waikato District Health Board and Canterbury District Health Board. I have a real passion and enthusiasm in the area of children’s health and believe that every child should have the best start to life.
I hold a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Otago. I have presented my work in the areas of sexually transmitted infections, female infertility and children’s health at international conferences and also published in peer reviewed academic journals. I am excited to be provided with an opportunity to contribute to Women’s Health Action.
My background is primarily in planning, reporting and strategy in the tertiary education sector, where I have held roles over the last 10 years. I have a real interest in the wider determinants of health and wellness. I currently work in the University of Auckland, Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences Finance team. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science (Health Promotion), and a Masters in Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship. In 2015 I completed the Governance Development Programme at the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.
I am excited to bring my skills and energy to the talented and influential Woman’s Health Action trust and contribute to the success and governance of the Board.