Jim Lindsay MPhil, BSc (Hons), Dip Teach, MInstD, Chair
Jim is an experienced executive who has worked in telecommunications. government and the health sector. He is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors and brings management and board experience to the Trust. Jim is currently Chief Executive of Tracecare Ltd a company that specialises in mobile health and safety systems. Jim also works across the health sector in professional regulation.
Tess Clarke RN, BN, Educator and Executive Officer
Tess is a Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist at Capital and Coast DHB. She is passionate about raising awareness of issues relating to type 2 diabetes and its prevention. One of the founding Trustees, Tess was the 2013 winner of the Ellen Dougherty Award for Excellence in Nursing and in 2014 was selected as a finalist in the Westpac Women of Influence Awards in recognition of her work in this area.
Vito Lo Iacono, General Manager
Vito is passionate about making a positive difference. He has been top executive and director of both public and private sectors entities, leading projects aiming at improving organisations’ visibility and generating economic returns. As General Manager at Healthy Futures, Vito ensures smooth running of the Trust, alignment to its values and aims, as well as ensuring its long-term sustainability.
Dr Moira Smith BDS, PhD, PGDipSci, DPH, Board member
Moira is Deputy-Director and Senior Research Fellow in the Health Promotion and Policy Research Unit, Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington. Moira is a registered dentist and public health researcher with interests in child health, oral health, children’s rights, children’s food environments and public health nutrition and health promotion. Moira's PhD examined whether the sport-related food environment supports children's right to health. Moira is a founding Trustee of Healthy Futures.
Emma Hickson MN (Applied) RN, RM, Board member
Emma is the Director of Nursing for Primary and Integrated Care at Capital and Coast DHB. She has qualifications in District Nursing, education and prescribing and has completed research for the Ministry of Health. Emma's focus remains on how nursing and other professionals can empower people and communities to improve their health.
Dr Nikki Blair, General and Community Paediatrician, Board member
Dr Nikki Blair is a General and Community Consultant Paediatrician at Wellington Hospital. Nikki’s interest in childhood obesity is reflected in her publications on the issue and its clinical management. Nikki looks forward to supporting child obesity prevention strategies in her role as Trustee with Healthy Futures.
Simon Shepherd, C.A., B.Comm, M. App Fin., Treasurer
Simon is a Chartered Accountant who works at BNZ in their Financial Markets division. He has an interest in nutrition and healthy eating as a result of being an average weekend endurance athlete. Simon sees being part of Healthy Futures as a way of giving something to a very worthwhile cause. He is married with two teenage children.
Kirsty Newton RN, BN, MPHC, Educator and Social Media Contributor
Kirsty is a diabetes nurse specialist and founding trustee of Healthy Futures. Kirsty spent many years working with young people with diabetes and was alarmed at the growing number of young people being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She is keen to make prevention a priority and raise awareness about obesity and type 2 diabetes particularly in children and teens.
Miranda Walker RN, MPhil (Nursing), Educator and Programme Manager
Miranda is a Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist at Capital and Coast DHB. She has previously worked with people who need dialysis or organ transplant because of kidney disease, and saw the alarming increase in the number of people developing kidney disease due to diabetes. Her Masters’ research looked at prevention of diabetic kidney disease, and she is committed to finding ways to prevent diabetes in our communities.
Dr Amber Parry-Strong, MSc, PGDipDiet, PhD, Dietitian and Diabetes Research Fellow
Amber is a NZ registered Dietitian and a Research Fellow in the Endocrine, Diabetes and Research Centre at Capital and Coast DHB. She is involved in many areas of diabetes research that include dietary factors – such as treatment, education and prevention. Amber is passionate about helping people find good health through good food.
Chris Te’o, Pacific Health Advisor
Chris has almost 10 years' work experience in the Pacific, having worked for the international unit of the New Zealand Family Planning Association and for the Secretariat of the South Pacific, based in Noumea. Following the loss of his father to cancer in 2009, Chris began the USO Bike Ride to promote better health and well-being for Polynesian people in Aotearoa and the Pacific through cycling. Chris is based in Wellington and is currently working for the Cancer Society as a Health Promotion Coordinator.
Sera Tapu-Taala, MN (Clinical), BN, RN, Educator and Pacific Health Advisor
Sera has over 16 years nursing experience and has worked as a diabetes nurse for the last 11 years. She is an Accredited Diabetes Nurse Specialist and completed her Masters’ degree in 2011 with a thesis that focused on the experiences of Samoan people with type 2 diabetes and their transition to insulin therapy.
The wellness and health of Pasefika people has always been at the forefront of Sera's nursing practise. Sera was born and raised in Samoa, where she was fortunate to be embraced by her culture and language. These significant fundamentals have formed the basis of her commitment and duty to the Pasefika community and most importantly to her four children.
Kathryn Park, BC (Bachelor of Communication), PGDipBus., Fundraising Coordinator
Kathryn works in Projects in the public sector, with a background in communications, marketing, event management and customer service. Outside of work she has been studying a Diploma of Health Science by distance at Massey University, stemming from her own health experiences and an interest in nutrition for general health and well-being. Working with Healthy Futures gives her the opportunity to contribute to her community and influence their perspectives around food and physical activity.
Ma’u Pauta, MN (Clinical), BN, RN, Board Member
Ma’u Pauta has 9 years experience working as Practice Nurse at Porirua Union & Community Health Service (PUCHS) in Cannons Creek, Porirua. She has a Master of Nursing (Clinical) from Massey University. Her thesis focused on pre-diabetes - a major issue in the predominantly Maori and Pacific PUCHS population.
Ma’u was born in Tonga and is fluent in both Tongan and English. She is committed to making a difference to the health outcomes of people in the Pacific community through her work as a Diabetes Nurse and her involvement in Healthy Futures.
Julie Cederman, BLMSc, Consultant
Julie has a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Otago) and began her career as a medical laboratory scientist at Canterbury Health Laboratories. Since then she has worked in laboratories, project management and customer service management roles.
Julie has brought her health background combined with her broad work skills and strong community links to Healthy Futures, to support improvements to the health and wellbeing of New Zealand children.
Dr Anna Ferguson BDS, Consultant
Anna is a Dentist with 13 years of clinical experience in the hospital and community dental settings of New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She has also worked in diabetes research and has studied human nutrition.
Anna is passionate about ensuring the healthy choice is the easy choice, especially in environments where children, teenagers and families operate. Anna's focus this year is ensuring water is the easily accessible drink choice for Wellington children and their families.
Ha Nguyen, BSc, BA, Garden to Table Schools Coordinator
Ha studied Human Nutrition at Otago and is passionate about nutrition, simple food, and community. Ha also believes in prevention of diseases by having a healthy diet and lifestyle. Aotearoa is a diversely cultural country where nutrition knowledge is highly varied, meaning that raising nutrition education is an excellent way to improve health equity amongst Kiwis.
Toni Shanks, BEd, Dip. ECE, Healthy Steps Coordinator
In 2018 Toni set a New Year’s resolution to walk up Mt Kaukau 100 times, pledging $1.00 to Healthy Futures for every walk she completed. Through the powers of social media, this New Year’s resolution quickly became a community movement. Many people joined the challenge to get active, and the group made them feel connected and supported which led them to reaching their goal.
It is from this initiative that Healthy Steps was conceived. Through her work with Healthy Futures, Toni hopes to spread this initiative to the wider Wellington region – encouraging more people to step into a Healthy lifestyle together.
Morag Wright-McNaughton NZRD (BSc and MDiet), Wai Water Coordinator
Morag is a New Zealand Registered Dietitian working as a Nutrition Advisor for the Heart Foundation supporting schools and early learning services to provide healthy environments for our tamariki. She is also involved in diabetes research at the University of Otago looking at dietary, genetic, metabolic, and body composition factors that may be involved in treatment and prevention options. She is passionate about promoting nutrition and active movement to individuals and communities as a way to improve their overall health. She is looking forward to making water more accessible as the drink of choice for our tamariki with the Wai Water programme at Healthy Futures.
Paula Pollock BSc (Hons), Certificate in Communication, Communications Advisor
Maintaining good health has always been important to Paula and she hopes to make this an attainable goal to everyone by joining the team at Healthy Futures. Paula has an Honours degree in Biochemistry and is currently studying towards a Diploma in Communication. Paula particularly enjoys research, strategising, solving problems, and working collaboratively to deliver great communications solutions. Her blend of science and communications expertise makes Healthy Futures a great team to be part of. Paula is focussed on helping Healthy Futures to communicate the wealth of information, and evidence, on the benefits of making healthier lifestyle choices.