Our board members
Our board of directors jointly oversee and steer the objectives of the organisation. Below you can learn more about each of them by reading their bios.
Aroha Hudson is the Chief Executive Officer of HealthWEST Limited. She is a chartered accountant and has a Masters of Business Administration.
As well as being a member of the Heart Foundation Board, Aroha also holds other governance positions at various organisations including: Unitec Council, National Hauora Coalition, Auckland PHO, Te Hononga o Tamaki me Hoturoa and Spectrum Care Trust.
Faye Sumner joined the Board in 2008, and comes with more than 40 years’ experience in the healthcare sector. Faye is the Chief Executive Officer for the Medical Technology Association of New Zealand (MTANZ) and has been at the forefront of negotiations with the Government and Ministry of Health in the development of proposed medical devices’ regulations.
More recently, she has been involved in the healthcare reforms and procurement of medical devices. Faye is a Trustee of the University of Auckland, School of Medicine Foundation and a member of the University’s MedTech CoRE Governing Board.
Faye is also a member of the Crown Entities; NZ Artificial Limb Board and NZ Standards Approval Board. As a registered nurse, trained in coronary care, Faye is very supportive of the Heart Foundation’s objectives.
Ian is a co-founder and Director of AA Smartfuel and a trustee of Mapura Studios (centre for visual arts and art therapy programmes for people living with disability and diversity).
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 has been on the Executive teams for both McDonald’s and Westpac in New Zealand as Marketing Director.
Jim Mann is a member of the Heart Foundation’s Board. He is Professor in Medicine and Human Nutrition at the University of Otago and Consultant Physician at Dunedin Hospital. He is Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Human Nutrition, 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.
Malcolm Legget trained in cardiology at Green Lane Hospital and at the University of Washington, Seattle and is a consultant cardiologist at the Green Lane Cardiovascular Service, Auckland City Hospital, and at Auckland Heart Group. He was Director of Echocardiography at Green Lane Hospital from 1995-2000.
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 ischaemic heart disease, and the diagnosis and management of valvular heart disease.
He is the Principal Investigator on the Multi Ethnic New Zealand Study of Acute Coronary Syndromes, which is supported by the Heart Foundation and the Healthier Lives National Science Challenge.
Michael Benjamin is Deputy Chairman of the Heart Foundation's Board. He is also Chairman of the Business Development and Finance Strategic Advisory Group.
Michael has more than 40 years experience in finance as a stockbroker and was Chairman of the Auckland Stock Exchange in 1986.
He has also been a director of Wilson and Horton and Firestone (NZ) Ltd, Chairman of the Elizabeth Knox Home and Hospital, and a trustee of Wanganui Collegiate School.
Mike Tomlinson is Chairman of the Heart Foundation’s Board and a member of the Business Development and Finance Strategic Advisory Group (SAG).
He has represented a range of organisations at governance level including: the Appliance Network Society, Auckland YMCA and St Cuthbert’s College. Mike is currently the director of a number of companies and also has an accounting and advisory practice.
He was a partner at Ernst and Young for 30 years.
Tom has spent a lifetime in the wholesale produce industry. Currently, he is also a member of the board of Market Gardeners Ltd - New Zealand's largest domestic wholesale produce company.
Tom is also a board member of a number of private companies and trustee of various family trusts.
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.
To see what we are focusing our work on at the moment, have a look at our strategic plan.View strategic plan