Our leadership management team

Our leadership management team run the day-to-day tasks of managing the organisation. Below are each of their bios.

Tony has more than 25 years’ experience in leadership, management, and senior executive positions in the health sector in New Zealand, Australia and West Africa. His previous roles include General Manager Operations Mercy Ascot Hospital and CEO Mercy Hospital, Auckland. Tony has been appointed Vice President Elect of the World Heart Federation to take effect in 2017. Tony has an MBA from Macquarie University in Sydney. 

Louisa has an extensive background in the public health sector as a health professional, health manager and public health administrator in mainstream and Pacific health. She began her career as a registered nurse working for 14 years in the USA in intensive and coronary care units. Louisa has a passion for Pacific health, along with expert and personal knowledge of Pacific people and communities, their values and cultural practices in the health sector.

Dave has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition and a Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics. He is responsible for overseeing the Foundation's food and nutrition work, including nutrition position statements and also a number of award winning food and nutrition related programmes focused on environmental change. A father of three he is actively involved in a range of sports including touch rugby and indoor cricket. Dave has a passion for keeping things real when it comes to food and is keen on developing practical initiatives that support families to make healthier food choices. 

Justine began her career as an early childhood educator, working both in New Zealand and the UK.  She subsequently graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition and has enjoyed incorporating this alongside her earlier work in the education sector in her role. Now with her own children in school, Justine has a personal and professional passion for creating education environments which promote healthy eating and physical activity for children, young people and their whānau. 

Kathy brings strong organisational development experience along with strategic and operational HR capabilities to her role as HR Manager. She has 20 years' experience in a variety of UK and New Zealand food and beverage companies. A volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross Refugee Resettlement and the YWCA Youth Mentorship Programme, Kathy is driven to help bring out the best in individuals, teams and organisations through excellence in people practices, capability, culture and values.

Shaun has over 14 years of commercial IT experience both locally and overseas.  He began his career in the consulting space before focusing on the management side of IT delivery. Shaun has worked for a variety of NZ and Australian companies including: NZ Couriers, ANZ, Sovereign and Deloitte Consulting. 

Gerry has been Medical Director since 2014. A general and interventional cardiologist at Waikato Hospital, Gerry is also Associate Professor in Medicine, Waikato Clinical School – Auckland University. He is an accomplished clinical academic cardiologist who is a highly effective regional and national leader in heart health care. An active researcher, Gerry has over 60 publications to his name. Research interests include: acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, valvular heart disease and systems of care.