Our board members
Our board of directors jointly oversee and steer the objectives of the organisation. You can learn more about each of them by reading their profiles below.
Mike Tomlinson is Chairman of the Heart Foundation’s Board and a member of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee. He is currently a director of the Appliance Network Society, Vintage Harvest Holdings (Acacia Cove Retirement Village), Structurflex Ltd and Food First Ltd.
Mike was a partner in Ernst and Young for 30 years and served a wide range of clients during this time. Currently, he is a director of a number of companies as well as maintaining an accounting and advisory practice.
Aroha Hudson is the Chief Executive Officer of HealthWEST Limited. She is a chartered accountant and has a Master's of Business Administration.
As well as being a member of the Heart Foundation Board, Aroha also holds other governance positions at various organisations including: Homes of Choice Ltd, Auckland PHO, Te Hononga o Tamaki me Hoturoa and Spectrum Care Ltd.
Faye Sumner is the former Chief Executive Officer for the Medical Technology Association of New Zealand (MTANZ), a role she held for 21 years. As CEO, she was at the forefront of negotiations with the Government in the development of proposed New Zealand medical device therapeutic regulations and the move to centralized procurement of medical devices for New Zealand.
In the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Faye was appointed Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for her services to the medical technology sector.
Faye was a member of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Code of Business Ethics for Medical Devices Expert Working Group that developed the 2011 Kuala Lumpur Principles.
Faye was a founding Director for the Global Medical Technology Alliance (GMTA), an international body of global medical technology associations that engages with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to improve access medical devices to improve and save lives.
Faye is a Trustee of the University of Auckland, Medical & Health Sciences Foundation, and a member of the University’s Te Titoki Mataroa MedTech Research Translation Board. Also, Faye is a Board member of the Government’s NZ Standards Approval Board, deputy Chair of the NZ Heart Foundation and Chair of the Heart Health Trust. Faye is a Director of Pharmaco (NZ) Ltd.
Ian is a co-founder and Director of AA Smartfuel, founder and Director of Pet Depot Ltd and a trustee of the Home of Cycling Charitable Trust.
He has previously held Directorships and Trustee positions with McDonald’s Restaurants (NZ), Ronald McDonald House Charities and Sir Peter Blake Trust (alternate Trustee).
Ian was part of the Executive teams for both McDonald’s and Westpac in New Zealand.
Wayne Fletcher has extensive governance experience from both New Zealand and overseas companies. He is currently Director of AMACO Professional Services Ltd and Chair of the Finance, Risk and Audit Committee at the Heart Foundation. He was the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director at Bauer Media Group.
Wayne also held Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director positions at British multinational advertising and public relations company, WPP, for a number of years as well as Alzheimer’s NZ.
Wayne brings a wealth of financial management, digital and information technology experience to the Heart Foundation Board.
Jim Mann is a member of the Heart Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is Professor of Medicine at the University of Otago and a Trustee of the Otago-Southland Diabetes Research Trust. He is Director of the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre at the University of Otago, the ‘Healthier Lives’ National Science Challenge and the New Zealand-China Non-Communicable Diseases Research Collaboration Centre.
His research has been in the fields of lipids and carbohydrates as they relate to coronary heart disease, diabetes, obesity and in developing guidelines for the treatment and prevention of these diseases.
In 2022 Jim was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health.
Malcolm Legget trained in cardiology at Greenlane Hospital and at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked as a cardiologist with the Auckland District Health Board from 1995 to 2019 and as a consultant cardiologist with The Heart Group since 1997.
Malcolm is a director of The Heart Group Limited, Ninety Nine Investments Limited, and a Trustee of Neuroendocrine Cancer New Zealand. He has had a long association with The Heart Foundation and helped organise the Great Ride for Heart in 2010 which contributed to the establishment of the Chair in Heart Health at the University of Auckland.
Since 2014, Malcolm has been an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Auckland. He completed his MD in 2008 on quantitative three-dimensional echocardiography. He is part of the team that introduced CT coronary angiography and percutaneous aortic valve implantation into clinical practice in Auckland.
Malcolm's research interests relate to the application of imaging and genomics to the treatment and prevention of ischemic heart disease, and the diagnosis and management of valvular heart disease.
Tom has spent a lifetime in the wholesale produce industry. Currently, he is Managing Director of Ballina Lodge Ltd and Director & Chairman of Woodhaven Gardens Ltd.
Tom is also Chair of Finance for OLV Catholic Church Christchurch and a board member of a number of private companies and trustee of various family trusts.
Steve Anderson brings extensive governance experience to the Heart Foundation Board of Directors. He is currently Director of AWPT Limited and Beacon Point Consulting Limited. He was previously MD of Foodstuffs New Zealand, CEO of Foodstuffs South Island and General Manager of Sales at Mainland Products.
Steve also has a wealth of international business administration experience as a result of his roles with Shell Chemicals in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Steve also chaired the Food for Thought Trust, a Foodstuffs initiative delivered by the Heart Foundation, which sees nutritionists go into schools and educate students on how to make healthier food choices.
Clive Nelson joined the Heart Foundation as Chief Executive in August 2019.
An experienced leader of people, Clive brings established networks and a track record of partnership, collaboration and innovation to New Zealand’s heart health charity.
Prior to joining the Heart Foundation, Clive was the Chief Executive of the government’s Health Promotion Agency for seven years from its creation in 2012. He has previously held executive and general management roles in the public and private sectors, including positions with Watercare Services Limited, the Auckland Transition Agency and Fairfax New Zealand. He is currently Director & Shareholder of Sydney Street Property Holdings Ltd.
Clive is MBA-qualified and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. Outside of work his interests include his family, cooking and travel.
Gerry is the current Medical Director of the Heart Foundation and the Clinical leader of the New Zealand cardiac network. He is an Honorary Associate Professor with the University of Auckland.
Having worked as a Cardiologist and Interventionalist for 22 years at Waikato DHB, Gerry moved at the end of 2018 to take up a new challenge as a Cardiologist in Gisborne.
Gerry is an experienced general cardiologist, with a special interest in the prevention and management of coronary artery disease, hypertension and heart failure.
Gerry is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and moved to New Zealand in 1988. He successfully completed his FRACP in 1995 and is also a Fellow of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. He became a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology in 2012 and completed an MD thesis with the University of Auckland in 2013.
Gerry is a busy clinical researcher with over 100 publications. Research interests include acute coronary syndromes, heart failure and systems of care.