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GirlBoss Edge: Healthcare Mentoring Sessions

Bookings are now closed. 

All of our mentors are highly qualified and are so excited to meet you!
All mentoring takes place online between Thursday, April 20th and Saturday, April 22nd.
Sessions are 25 minutes long. 

Enjoy Your Mentoring Session!

Meet your Mentors

Below are the Bio's of all of our wonderful professional mentors. 
You can view all of our wonderful student mentors here.

Esther Fata

Team Lead - Te Whatu Ora

Talofa Lava, my name is Esther and I am a Team Leader for a Business Support Team at Te Whatu Ora. I have worked in government for over 11 years now and I am keen to share my experiences with those who are wanting to learn about this industry. Born and raised in Wellington and like to spend time with my family and watch movies in my free time :)


Tessa Small - Full

Development Manager at Skin Institite

Hi, my name’s Tessa and I’m a Development Manager at Skin Institute. I previously worked as a Community Physiotherapist in the Auckland region for 8 years. I have a Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) from AUT. I love that GirlBoss exists and only wish it was around when I was a teenager! I’m super passionate about helping girls and women in health to reach their potential. In my spare time, I like to attempt to skateboard and go hiking.


Gil Sewell - FULL

Kaihautu Tikanga | Chief People & Culture Officer

Ember Korowai Takitini

Kia Ora, my name is Gil, I work in People & Culture at Ember Korowai Takitini, an NGO in the mental health & addictions and intellectual disability space. I Have previously been Exec. Director HR & OD (Organisational Development) at Waikato DHB and HR Director, OD & Recruitment at Auckland DHB. I am passionate about excellence in the people support roles in healthcare organisations. I am Welsh and came to Aotearoa in 2006 with my husband and 4 kids now 25, 27, 32 and 34. I am a foodie, love reading and training.

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Hannah Zuhir - FULL

Project Manager EPMO

Kia Ora, ko Hannah toku ingoa. I am a Physiotherapist and specialise in neuro rehab. My current role is Project manager for EPMO at Te Toka Tumai. I started in this role couple of weeks ago. Prior to that, I was the Clinical Lead for Physiotherapy at Te Toka Tumai. I love coaching and developing people and healthcare is my passion. I am a classical dancer and love to read in my spare time


Luciana Garcia Genta - FULL

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Manager - Sport NZ

Kia ora! My name is Luciana and I'm the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager at Sport New Zealand. After finishing my studies in Uruguay and working for a couple of years as a PE teacher, I moved to Spain where I continued my studies and progressed my career in sport and physical activity. In 2010 I moved to New Zealand to take on a role as the Head Coach of the NZ Synchronised Swimming Team and a club in Invercargill. After 5 years of lots of fun and adventures, I decided to move on and took on a role at Sport Southland. There I got to work in a few different leadership roles for 6 years. In 2021 I started as Women and Girls Lead at Sport NZ and I'm now leading this team. I live in Wanaka with my partner and my two dogs and I'm expecting my first child... and a couple of weeks ago we found out it's a Girl (and I'm sure we will be a GirlBoss!)

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Amie Baker Jaggs - Full

Leadership and Talent Specialist at St John (Ambulance Service)

Hi! My name is Amie, I am a Leadership and Talent Specialist at St John, it's a tricky title but means I work to help people be their best selves at work through professional development. Everyone is a leader and it takes everyone's unique skill sets and perspectives to make this a thriving sector. This program has so many benefits to help you on thinking about your career(s) and make some great connections! After returning from the UK recently, I live in Auckland with my husband, 6 and 4 year old, and love getting out into nature and exploring.

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Georgi Lynch - FULL

Education and Training Pharmacist, Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Christchurch Hospital

Kia ora, I am Georgi and I am an education and training Pharmacist at Te Whatu Ora Waitaha based at Christchurch Hospital. I have been working as a pharmacist for 13 years. I completed my undergraduate training at Otago University and have completed postgraduate training through both Otago and Auckland universities. I worked at Greybase and Middlemore hospitals before coming down to Christchurch. I have enjoyed living in rural and urban areas of Aotearoa and love the different environments that we have at our fingertips. I am passionate about healthcare and the role of pharmacy in helping to keep NZ'ers well. I look forward to being able to help inspire other NZ women to explore what pharmacy has to offer.

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Ruchika Tandon - FULL

Senior Paediatric Clinical Pharmacist at Starship Children’s Hospital 

Hi! I’m Ruchika and I’m a Senior Paediatric Clinical Pharmacist at Starship Children’s Hospital. I work across multiple specialties at Starship as part of a team to help optimise medication therapy and improve access to medicines for some of the most vulnerable children in NZ. I’m really passionate about advocating for and working with young people and I’m grateful that I get to do this in the performing arts and community volunteering space too. I have experience in mentoring and providing supervision to junior pharmacists in the workplace and enjoy this role very much. I graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (with Distinction) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (with Distinction) from the University of Otago and am deeply committed to ongoing learning in my life. Born and raised in Christchurch, I love spending time in nature, adventure sports, creative pursuits like art and dancing and study dance movement therapy in my spare time.

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Komal Sharma - FULL

Compounding Team Leader at CompoundLabs

Kia Ora, my name is Komal and I am a registered pharmacist working as a Compounding Team Leader at CompoundLabs. I have at my current workplace (in various roles) coming up 9 years. Before this, I had worked at community and hospital pharmacies throughout the North Island. I was born in Fiji but have spent almost 2/3 of my life in various parts of NZ (Auckland, Hamilton, Otorohanga and Palmerston North). I am a mum to a little boy who just turned 5 and started school this year.


Georgia Meekings

Pharmacist/Funding application advisor at pharmac

Kia ora, my name is Georgia and I’m a funding application advisor at Pharmac. I am a registered pharmacist and have worked across community, hospital and education before joining Pharmac. I just bought my first house in Welly where I was born and raised and went to university in Auckland. My favourite thing to do is just chill at home with my husband Scott and our sweet puppy Eero.

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Christine Troughton

Locum Pharmacist

Kia ora I’m Christine. I am a Pharmacist and work in Community Pharmacy. I owned my own Pharmacy for fifteen years and currently locum ( relieve ) in several Pharmacies around Waikato. I have had many Pharmacist students placed with me and trained many Pharmacy Technicians as well. I currently live rurally inland from Raglan with my husband, my adult son and our black Lab Rico. I love that my job is varied and that I help lots of people with big and small health issues every day. Pharmacists are the health professional people see most often. No appointment needed. I would love to help you decide if being a health professional is for you.

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Dr Mataroria Lyndon - FULL

Doctor and Clinical Director at Tend Health. Senior Lecturer in Medical Education, FMHS University of Auckland

Kia Ora ko Mataroria Lyndon toku ingoa. I hail from Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Whatua, Ngāti Wai, and Waikato iwi. I've worked as a doctor at Middlemore Hospital, Mahitahi Hauora in Whangarei, and now at Tend Health. I did my Masters of Public Health at Harvard University and my PhD in Auckland as well where I'm now a Senior Lecturer. I'm keen to tautoko more rangatahi through their pathways and contribute to better health particularly among our Māori, Pacific, rural communities, and for our LGBTQI+ Takatāpui whānau which I'm a part of. I'm excited to meet you and hope we can share stories, ideas and experiences to tautoko your journey ahead. Ngā mihi.


Lanny Wong - Full

Pharmacist, Owner and Managing Director

Kia ora wahine, my name is Lanny Wong and I am a pharmacist, owner and managing director of Mangawhai Pharmacy. I am a mother of 2 children, wife and human mum of my dog Valda. I have been a pharmacist for 17 years and owned my pharmacy for the last 5 years. Pharmacy is a profession dominated by dynamic and intelligent women. I am passionate about science and maths; I look forward to connecting with young women who share the same passion as me. I was born in Malaysia and immigrated to Aotearoa in 1996. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the beach, walking Valda and surfing badly in the wave.


Supriya Maharaj - FULL

Operations Manager at Odyssey Trust, Auckland

Bula! My name is Supriya and I studied a Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Auckland, and now have over 15 years of experience in health and social services. I specialized in addiction and mental health and enjoy travel and spending time with my loved ones (usually eating) in my spare time. I am a proud Fijian Indian representing both Pacific and South Asian cultures, and would love to chat more about your future aspirations :)

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Kristy Toroa - FULL

Integrated Programmes Development Lead at Te Pou

Kia ora, I'm Kristy Toroa and I am the Integrated Programmes Development Lead at Te Pou (the workforce development centre for people working in adult mental health and addiction services). As part of the Data, Research, Information, Evaluation and Monitoring team, I support the integration of information-based programmes with workforce development initiatives across the mental health and addiction sector.

Care is at the heart of everything I do. For more than a decade I have been working with mental health and wellness organisations, technology companies and educators to re-design and transform how we care for, and build the capacity of people, organisations, and communities.

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Irene Walden - Full

Nurse Practitioner at Southern Cross Hospital Rotorua

Kia ora. My name is Irene. I’m a Nurse Practitioner at Southern Cross Hospital in Rotorua. Previously I worked for 15 years at Rotorua Public Hospital. 13 years in the Intensive Care and Coronary Care units and as an ICU Outreach Clinical Nurse Specialist. I have completed a post graduate certificate, diploma and masters all in health sciences, through the University of Auckland.


Theatre Services Manager at North Shore Surgical Centre

Morena Tong - Full

Hello, my name is Morena and I am the Theatre Services Manager at North Shore Surgical Centre. I have previously worked as a Theatre Nurse at Waitemata Hospital, as a contractor all around Auckland and also in Melbourne, Australia. I have a Bachelor of Nursing & Post-graduate diploma at the University of Auckland and I'm passionate about education, knowledge and opportunities for women in this industry. I'm a big foodie and like to travel!


Sharon Robinson

Digital Project Manager - Metlifecare

Hi my name is Sharon and I started my career working as a technician in a microbiology laboratory which I love. Over the years I have moved into IT and have worked in numerous roles within the health sector with my most recent role being in aged care at Metlifecare. Working in the healthcare industry is very challenging but you meet the most caring, committed people.

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Anna Stove

Independent Director

Hi my name is Anna. I started my career as a Nurse & have spent over 25+ years in the pharmaceutical industry. I have been in Global leadership roles in NZ, UK & Asia Pacific. I am now an Independent Director of both Private & Publicly listed companies. Always been interested in putting a hand out to support emerging women leaders on their journeys. 

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Jill Iti - FULL

General Manager at Royal District Nursing Service NZ

Kia ora. My name is Jill and I am the General Manager at the Royal District Nursing Service NZ. I have been a registered nurse for many years working in many settings from the ward to practice nursing, school nurse to community assessing to where I am now. I've also had a period working in a kaupapa Māori setting in intellectual disability services. I am passionate about reducing inequities in the delivery of healthcare services and meeting the needs of our rural and indigenous communities. I am currently based in Northland but work across the country.


Ziyen Lam - Full

Business Support & Strategic Lead - Pharmacy & Medicines Management at Te Whatu Ora Te Toka Tumai Auckland

Kia ora, I am Ziyen, a clinical/hospital pharmacist currently working at Te Toka Tumai Auckland Hospital. Malaysian-Chinese and bred in Auckland, I graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) and have since gone on to complete my Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy. I'm excited to be able to support young women in their journey in a health care profession and happy to answer any questions that you may have. With over 12 years of pharmacy experience, I've got a strong interest in developing the pharmacy profession having worked with undergraduates and interns. I've also been fortunate to share the work I've done at several international conferences. In my spare time, I love working out, traveling, cooking/baking and dining out.


Stephanie Shen - FULL

Healthy Active Learning Advisor at Te Whatu Ora AND Primary Care Dietitian at Elstree Ave Family Doctors

Kia ora, 你好! My name is Steph and I was born and raised by my incredible immigrant parents in Tāmaki Makaurau (in Pakuranga). My healthcare journey took me down a Master's in Nutrition and Dietetics, and then working in public health path and research. I now wear two hats: one as a Healthy Active Learning Advisor at The Whatu Ora - Auckland Regional Public Health Service and the other as a Primary Care Dietitian at a GP practice in Glen Innes. Looking back, I wish I knew more about the broad range of opportunities in healthcare when I was your age and can't wait to support you in your journey to find out! In my spare time, I love to bake, doodle and play ultimate frisbee.


Emma Wylie

Co-design & Design Operations Lead at Te Toka Tumai Auckland

Kia ora, my name is Emma and I am the Co-design & Design Operations Lead at Ara Manawa - the design & innovation lab at Te Toka Tumai Auckland. I have Bachelors degrees in Health Sciences - Population Health, and Science - Human Geography & Environmental Science, and my Honours is in Global Health. Lots of words to say - I'm passionate about the bigger picture determinants of health, and how people experience the health system. My work now is centering the patient and whānau voice in the way we design the services, spaces and products that make up our health system.

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Grace Sook Ryu - FULL

Operations Manager at Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand

I am the Co-chair of the Asian Mental Health and Addiction (MH & A) Governance Group and the Operations Manager of Asian Health Services, Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand which leads the ‘first-in-our-nation’ Asian Health Services.

We aim to improve patient experience, equity access to healthcare services, and the health status for culturally and linguistically diverse patients and their families. I have delivered successful health projects and programmes and have received Waitematā Health Excellent Awards in 2016 and 2018, and the Inaugural Public Health Award 2022. I have been working with ethnic communities for the past 26 years with extensive governance and advisory experience in central and local government and NGO sectors.

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Kerry Weir-Smith

Project lead for least restrictive practice at Te Pou

Kia ora, I am Kerry - an occupational therapist with a passion for person-centered, trauma-informed, equitable practices in mental health and addiction. I am blessed to call Aotearoa home for the last 8 years after coming over from South Africa. I am a mum, wife, daughter and friend ...and a highly effective member of a brilliant team at Te Pou developing resources to support our mental health and addiction workforce.


Shirena Vasan

Business development manager at Pharmaceutical Society of NZ

Kia ora, I’m Shirena and I am a pharmacist with a qualification in Public Health. I worked in NZ, Australia, the UK, and the Republic of Ireland in community pharmacy early in my career and understand the challenges of working in your chosen career overseas. In have managed an education and training division and developed programmes for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians (both very rewarding careers!). I now work as a Business Development Manager. I also have an interest in providing mental health support for parents, and recently started the Parental Well-Being Podcast. I look forward to connecting with you!


Kyla Osborne

Learning Technologist at The University of Auckland

Hello, I'm Kyla, a UX and instructional designer with a passion for healthcare technology. Originally from Tauranga, I completed a BSc in Physiology and a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences at The University of Auckland before spending three years as a Medical Laboratory Technician. As someone who has recently transitioned into UX design and completed an internship at the National Institute for Health Innovation, I understand the challenges and opportunities that come with exploring new fields. I am eager to share my insights and guide young women pursuing careers in STEM.


Deb Boyd - FULL

CEO Ormiston Surgical and Endoscopy Ltd

Hi, I'm Deb Boyd, CEO of Ormiston Surgical and Endoscopy Ltd, a private hospital in southeast Auckland. I have been leading private health services for 15 years. I started my career as a registered nurse. I have a Masters in Health Services Management and am passionately interested in health technology. I am a certified health informatician (CHIA) and a HiNZ Fellow.


Palak Shrivastava - FULL

Consulting Analyst at Deloitte

Kia Ora, my name is Palak and I am currently working as a Consulting Analyst at Deloitte. I came to New Zealand in 2020 to pursue my post-graduation in Immunology from the University of Otago. I am passionate about working in the intersection of science and business and encouraging more people to walk down this path :) I really enjoy music, travel and reading and love trying out new food joints!


Anna Berwick - FULL

Group Manager, Organisation Strategy and Performance

Kia ora, ko Anna Berwick toku ingoa (my name is Anna). I am a Group Manager for Strategic Performance and Planning at Te Aka Whai Ora, the Māori Health Authority. I have worked at the Ministry of Health and other central government agencies for ages. A highlight was my time with the Governor-General helping her realise her strategic priorities. I am now responsible for ensuring our organisation meets our obligations to government, Māori, and all New Zealanders, and that we do it very well. I was born in Gisborne, went to College (boarding school) and Uni in Auckland. I have a Bachelor degree in Health Science Psychology from AUT. I have five children (four boys, one girl she's 5yo) and am passionate about supporting young people navigate their life journey.


Debbie Sinclair-Paton

Operations Manager, National Coordination & Response, National Public Health Service Te Whatu Ora

I am an Operations Manager and have previously worked in the government at all levels of Emergency/Incident Management, Health & Safety. I worked within the New Zealand COVID-19 Response since March 2020, in a number of operational roles prior to commencing as Operations Manager in the National Coordination & Response Group in August 2022.


Kim Ibberson

Business Manager Rotorua Eye Clinic

Kia Ora, I am Kim, and I am the Business Manager for the Rotorua Eye Clinic. Previously I was a Service Manager at Te Whatu Ora Lakes for the medical management unit, Emergency department and agency nursing. My background is in Human Resources and coaching. I am passionate about staff development and training. I would love to have the opportunity to support more young women into this sector.


Hana Smith - Full

Consulting Analyst: Hauora Health and Wellbeing, PwC

Kia ora, my name is Hana and I'm an Analyst in the Hauora Health and Wellbeing team at PwC. I have a Bachelor of Law / Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Auckland. I am passionate about health equity and encouraging young women to enter the non-clinical health workforce. In my spare time, I am a bit of a food critic and love trying out new food spots!

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Rosie Moore

Project Manager - Quality and Safety, Ministry of Health

Kia ora, ko Rosie toku ingoa. I am a quality improvement and health services manager, currently working at the Ministry of Health. I have previously worked within public hospitals in New Zealand and Australia and with health consulting companies in the UK and New Zealand. I have a post-graduate in health services management and a bachelor in cell and molecular bioscience. I was part of the management residency program run by the Australasian College of Health Service Executives in Melbourne. I am really excited to support female leaders within the healthcare sector and look forward to having some great conversations with you.

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Jo-Anne Deane

Service Manager Lakes Hospitals

Kia ora my name is Jo-Anne and I am a Service Manager at Lakes Hospitals. I trained as a Registered nurse in the UK and moved to NZ in 2010 where I have had a number of senior leadership and management roles. I also fitted in a year in Sydney!! I remain passionate about providing care for our communities! I spend time walking my dog, having fun with whanau and love a good book or movie!!!

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Brenda Hynes - FULL

Sector Portfolio Manager, Te Whatu Ora

Kia Ora, my name is Brenda. I qualified as a RGON and RSCN. I have previously held roles as Charge Nurse in Paediatrics, National Clinical Advisor (Nursing) and GM Operations for Plunket. I currently work as a Sector Portfolio Manager for the Data & Digital Directorate. In my time at Plunket, I led the clinical project of the digitalisation of their nurses records. While during the COVID Pandemic, I work as Manager of the Response and Co-ordination team. My hobby is volunteering for Order of St John, where currently I am a member of Chapter which is a national governance group.


Juliette Hellyer - FULL

PACU Daystay Manager at North Shore Surgical Centre

Kia ora, my name is Juliette & I am the PACU/Day stay Manager at North Shore Surgical Centre, we are an Orthopaedic Day stay Unit in Auckland striving to provide both a positive patient & staff experience. I have previously worked as a PACU nurse, surgical ward nurse, practice nurse & vaccinator. I have a Bachelor of Nursing from Otago polytechnic/AUT Auckland & l am passionate about supporting others into the interesting industry of healthcare. I love the variety of experiences available within nursing both here in NZ & abroad as well as the flexibility it can provide when raising a family. I was born & raised in Auckland & enjoy exercising, reading, crafting, karaoke & spending time with my family & friends when I'm not at work. I look forward to speaking with you.


Jane Kelley - FULL

CEO of NZ Health Group

Kia ora, my name is Jane (Ngai Tahu), and  I'm currently working in my dream job as CEO of New Zealand Health Group. I have over 25 years in the health sector, with a variety of executive, operational, and project leadership roles. Most recently one of the most amazing jobs I've had was the Director National Controller Covid-19, responsible for facilitating the Ministry of Health’s initial crisis response to Covid-19. I have three daughters and live on a lifestyle block with horses, cats, dogs and chickens. I'm passionate about making a difference in health and I love what I do! 

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Sarah Upston

Manager, Clinical Quality and Safety at the Ministry of Health

Kia ora - my name is Sarah Upston and I am a Manager for clinical quality and safety in the Ministry of Health. I have worked in the health system for over 20 years. I started my career as a Registered Nurse, working in the cardiac surgery ward and intensive care. I was also an infection prevention and control nurse, and then did formal training in quality improvement. I love working to improve the health system, and using my clinical background and previous nursing experience to influence that work.

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Sarah Clarke - FULL

Clinical Chief Advisor Rural Health at Manatū Hauora | Ministry of Health, Clinical Director Rural Hospitals at Te Whatu Ora Te Tai Tokerau, Rural Hospital Doctor Kaitaia Hospital

Kia ora. Ko Sarah Clarke ahau. I'm a rural doctor from Te Tai Tokerau working in clinical leadership at both local and national levels and I would have never got to do the things I do without great support from my mentors over the years. I have worked in many medical jobs across Aotearoa, the Pacific, a bit in Australia and even Antarctica! My career has taken me to some awesome places to work with even more awesome people and I definitely have a career "outside the box". It is a great privilege to be able to inspire the next generation of health professionals.


Jane Lawrence

Campaign Manager at Sport New Zealand

Kia ora, my name is Jane and I am the Campaign Manager at Sport New Zealand. I lead #ItsMyMove, a campaign empowering young women to pursue physical activity on their terms. I am passionate about promoting an active lifestyle as a key component of overall health and wellbeing. Look forward to chatting!


Katie Quinney - FULL

Coach, trainer and facilitator, self-employed

Kia ora, I'm Katie, I'm a nurse who has worked in healthcare for about 30 years. I trained in the UK and moved to New Zealand in 2008. I've done a number of roles, including nurse practitioner, charge nurse, service manager, quality manager, and nurse director. I'm currently working for myself supporting leaders and teams in a number of different ways. I was in the Global Women Breakthrough Leaders Cohort of 2020 and am absolutely committed to a future of healthcare that we all need and deserve.


Chloe Bishop- FULL

Active Recreation Consultant at Sport New Zealand 

Kia ora, I’m Chloe and I work as an Active Recreation Consultant at Sport New Zealand Ihi Aotearoa. I’m also currently studying a postgraduate certificate in Social and Community Leadership at the University of Auckland. I’m passionate about the benefits of physical activity to support wellbeing, and my work involves supporting the physical activity sector to create more opportunities for young people to be active in the ways that work for them. I have a background in dance and have previously worked for Footnote New Zealand Dance and Royal New Zealand Ballet in roles relating to teaching, community participation and accessibility. I’m also a qualified yoga teacher and have experience working in a variety of community settings. In my spare time, I love to be in the outdoors and enjoy tramping, surfing and paddle boarding.


Maura Thompson - Full

CEO, General Practice NZ

I've spent my entire career working in health in both the UK and NZ, with a particular focus on primary care and workforce. I changed my nursing degree to social policy and ended up working mainly in health policy, strategy and communications, which included working for the Ministry of Health and the UK Department of Health. My current role is all about supporting the development of primary care, which is a huge privilege. I have three daughters who are now grown up and starting to forge their own careers and a stepdaughter who hopes to start her nursing degree next year.


Jess Hill - Full

Registered Nurse at Tend Health

Kia Ora, my name is Jess. I work as a Registered Nurse at Tend Health. I previously worked at an Urgent care out West and remain casual in this role. When I am not working I am either working on my studies (Masters for the win) or hanging out with my family and pets. I grew up in the beautiful South Auckland and only moved once I graduated from Uni in 2020.


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Māori Business and Policy Lead at NZHG

Kia ora, my name is Arianna (Ngāti Porou) and I have a background in Health Science and Population Health, with a passion for improving Māori health equity (Bachelor of Health Science, Majoring in Population Health from the University of Auckland). Prior to working for the New Zealand Health Group, I worked for Tū Ora Compass Health (PHO), Auckland Sexual Health Services and various roles across The University of Auckland (Faculty of Medical and Health Science/Te Kupenga Hauora Māori/MAPAS/Whakapiki Ake). I have recently moved back to Ahuriri to be closer to whānau, where I base myself for mahi. I am very excited to tautoko this mahi and to support the wonderful wahine out there in whatever journey they have their heart and mind set to.


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National Programme Delivery Officer, Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand

Kia ora, my name is Shalene. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and I moved to New Zealand more than a decade ago to further my studies and to pursue a career in health management. I have a Bachelor of Health Science and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology & Social Science for Public Health) from the University of Auckland. I have worked for the Ministry of Health and the Health Quality & Safety Commission prior to my current role at Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand. I have been very fortunate to have worked in the healthcare industry as a young graduate and I would love to share my experience and journey with young women who are interested in healthcare or health management. Outside of work, I am a huge foodie, travel enthusiast and a Netflix binge-watcher!


Maddi McLean

Women and Girls Lead at Sport New Zealand

Kia ora, my name is Maddi McLean and I am the Women and Girls Lead at Sport New Zealand. I studied a Bachelor of Physical Education at the University of Otago and started my career in the play, active recreation, and sport sector through Sport New Zealand's Graduate Programme. I am passionate about gender equity and supporting people to be physically active to positively impact their wellbeing. I live in Tāmaki Makaurau and love to adventure in the outdoors.


Celia Fleck

People Capability Consultant, Sport NZ

Kia ora, ko Celia toku ingoa, kei Ihi Aotearoa Sport NZ e mahi ana. Over the past 3 and a half years I have been working on a joint government initiative called Healthy Active Learning with Te Whatu Ora, Ministry of Education and Sport NZ as the lead agency. I have been responsible for hiring a workforce of over 100 people around the country and then the ongoing professional development and support for this workforce. Prior to working in the Sport Sector, I was a Secondary Health and PE teacher for 19 years, and then a Health and PE Curriculum facilitator for 4 years. I have a Bachelor of Physical Education from Otago University. I am passionate about whānau, and young people, and about the contribution moving our bodies makes to our wellbeing. I love reading and the outdoors.


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Research Scientist, Yale School of Public Health 

Kia ora, my name is Anne and I'm a research scientist at the Yale School of Public Health, running both a research lab and a public health initiative which we are spinning out of Yale as a non-profit. My background is in medical microbiology. I grew up in Auckland and have a BSc Biomed and MSc Medical Science from the University of Auckland. After my masters I lived in London for a year and a half before moving to Amsterdam where I started work as a research technician in Utrecht. I transitioned to undertake a PhD and then moved to the US for my postdoc at Yale. As you can probably tell, I love traveling, but when I can find the time, I also love running, baking, gardening, hiking and spending time with friends.


Vishwa Dani

Portfolio Analyst at Te Toka Tumai, Health NZ

Hi! So excited to connect with you 💕 my name is Vishwa, I am currently working as a Portfolio Analyst at Te Toka Tumai Auckland. I am originally from India and came to NZ when I was 8 years old. Like many of you right now, I also studied in Auckland and went to Epsom girls Grammar for high school. I then went on to do a Bachelor's in Microbiology and Postgrad in Public Health from the University of Auckland. I am super passionate about helping young women grow and join the healthcare sector. Looking forward to mentoring again this year 😊


Morgan Clayton

Healthy Lifestyle Coordinator at Pathways

Kia ora, my name is Morgan. I was born and raised in Kirikiriroa Hamilton, and I studied Health Sciences at the University of Auckland. I am passionate about supporting equitable change to improve the health and well-being of our people. Currently, I am a healthy lifestyle coordinator at Pathways. My role involves organising activities that support the well-being of adults with lived experiences of mental illness and addiction.


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Chief Executive Officer at Braemar Hospital

Kia ora, I’m Fiona and I’m the Chief Executive of Braemar Hospital, based in the Mighty Waikato. Braemar is 97 years old, founded by a woman and is New Zealand’s second-largest private surgical hospital. We are currently the only hospital in New Zealand that is an accredited Living Wage employer. I have also worked for Auckland DHB and the Ministry of Health, so have insight into the health sector from a range of perspectives. I was brought up in Ōtautahi/Christchurch, but am lucky enough to spend much of my time these days with my family in beautiful Whaingaroa/Raglan.


Carey Campbell

Clinical Director Australia/NZ for Orion Health

Hi I’m Carey and I currently work globally within the Health IT software industry helping shape future tech to best meet clinician and patient needs. Before this, I was a Director of Nursing in both public and private sectors, a nurse specialist and a nurse manager. I’d love to talk with you about my chosen profession - nursing and how it can take you on many exciting and fulfilling journeys. I’ll also introduce you to my lovely cavoodle, George who is a great companion when I work from home.


Ginny Gray - FULL

National Quality and Risk Advisor (RN) - Southern Cross Healthcare

Hi, I'm Ginny. I'm a Registered Nurse and National Quality and Risk Advisor for Southern Cross Healthcare. In my early career, I held clinical roles in critical care and post anesthetic care in busy Auckland public hospitals. Now, I'm in a leadership role for NZ's biggest network of private surgical hospitals. I advise hospital management teams on clinical governance, hospital certification, risk management and improvement projects. I'm currently studying an EMBA. I'm a big advocate for health and nursing as a career because it's a profession that can lead to a diverse and varied range of roles in NZ and abroad. A wonderful career full of opportunity and purpose. I live in Auckland, love the beach, and am a mum to two teenage kids. I like to hike and ski for fun.

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Erica Whineray Kelly - FULL

Breast Cancer Surgeon/Health Consulting

Kia ora, I am Erica, a general surgeon, health sector consultant and advocate in Auckland. I co-founded and was the Managing Director of both Auckland Breast Centre (ABC) and Focus Radiotherapy delivering tertiary level breast cancer care, also working for the public breast screening programme. Following nearly 20 years as a surgeon, I have left clinical practice to become a health sector consultant with a focus on equity. I have a longstanding history of advocating for disadvantaged groups: as the founding Chair of the Advisory Board for InZone Girls, and accessibility advocate for Be Accessible, and a Trustee for Te Tāpui Atawhai Auckland City Mission. Outside of this, I am married to Mark, a Commercial Mediator, and I have 2 older teenage children, James and Olivia.


Stephen Wright - FULL

Clinical Psychologist with the New Zealand Defence Force and Te Whatu Ora

Kia ora, my name is Stephen and I'm a clinical psychologist with the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) and Te Whatu Ora Whanganui. After joining the NZDF in 2013, I completed my military officer training and became a registered psychologist in the 'psychologist' scope of practice. Recently, I retrained in clinical psychology and am currently registered under both the 'clinical psychologist' and 'psychologist' scopes of practice. I am passionate about psychology, science, and healthcare, and look forward to helping young mentees through this programme.


Abby Murphy - FULL

Project Coordinator at Tend Health

Hello! My name is Abby and I am a Project Coordinator at Tend Health. I studied a Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Science (majoring in Psychology) at the University of Auckland. I've always been interested in transforming healthcare for current and future generations. Outside of work, I play football and love meeting new people!


Natasha Clemens - FULL

Pharmacy Owner at Temuka Pharmacy

Hi, my name is Natasha Clemens. I am a qualified pharmacist and am now a business owner of Temuka Pharmacy. I have spent my career working in rural healthcare - but also spent 6 years working abroad in a range of healthcare roles. Pharmacy is a fantastic career filled with some amazing like-minded "Girlboss" emerging from what used to be a male dominated industry.


Shania Dean - Full

Registered nurse

Hello. My name is Shania and I'm a practice nurse. I have been nursing for 7 years and have been working in primary care for most of my career. I have a passion for helping others. I have a daughter who helps me stay up to date with all the trends.

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Tania Wealleans - FULL

Network Integration Specialist, Interim Practice Manager at Tend Healthcare Networks

Kia ora, my name is Tania Wealleans and I am a Network Integration Specialist and interim Practice manager for Tend Healthcare Networks. I have a clinical background and Bachelor's degree in Speech and Language Therapy and a Post Grad Diploma in Business Administration. I have worked in health for my whole career as a clinician, operational manager, project manager, senior manager and CEO. I am passionate about improving healthcare for all NZ'ers and supporting women to succeed in life and their chosen careers. I am a single mum of a fabulous 21yr old daughter. In my spare time, I enjoy dog walks, coffees, socialising and eating (meals out or cooking meals) with friends and family, interior design, reading and relaxing.


Tyler Brummer

Head of Integration and Continuous Improvement

Kia ora, I'm Tyler Brummer and work as the Head of Integration and Continuous Improvement at Tend Health, a primary care provider putting customer experience at the heart of primary care, and using technology to give people choice and control over their healthcare. I have experience as a scientist, entrepreneur and senior public and private sector business leader that I bring to building new and better services for the people of Aotearoa. There are huge challenges in the delivery of healthcare, and we need as many talented people working in system, but also on the system, to make things better for people. I can share a perspective about the interesting ways people can contribute to improving the health of all New Zealanders, outside the delivery of clinical care.


Elizabeth Holt

Research Fellow, The University of Auckland

Kia ora koutou, malo e lelei. I'm Elizabeth and I'm a Research Fellow at The University of Auckland. My research is focused on equitable hearing health outcomes for Pasifika in Aotearoa and the Pacific Region. I'm also a Physiotherapist and I teach the Master of Physiotherapy Practice course at The University of Auckland.


Nicola Skinner - FULL

Nurse at Tend Medical Centre

Kia ora, My name is Nicola and I am a nurse at Tend Medical Centre. I have about 20 years of nursing experience and have worked at Starship Children's Health, Auckland; the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne and more recently made the change to primary care nursing which I love! I have a bachelor in nursing from AUT and a post-grad diploma in child health from AUT. I have three children and love socialising and being active!


Samantha Lee - Full

Head of Customer Experience

I am a PR, communications and customer retention specialist with vast experience in the technology, healthcare, music, television, food and publishing industries across New Zealand and the United Kingdom. I have developed Customer Experience and comms strategies across a myriad of businesses and platforms - from both the ground up and as part of wider business plans. Outside of work, I adore cooking, discovering new restaurants and undertaking extreme hikes that I am woefully underprepared for.


William Wang - FULL

People Partner, Tend Health Ltd

Kia ora, I'm William from Tend Health (HR team), working for one of the largest GP healthcare providers in Aotearoa. Previously, I was at Counties Manukau DHB as a mental health researcher & a recruitment consultant for nursing. I studied Biomedical Sciences before changing over to Commercial Law & Management. I enjoy the outdoors with my dog & fixing things to give used goods a new life.


Jade Wang

Marketing Lead at Tend Health

Kia ora, my name is Jade and I am the Marketing Lead at Tend Health. Originally from China, I came to NZ when I was 6 and grew up here. I studied marketing and information systems at the University of Auckland and am a creative and curious person by nature. I love chatting to people and storytelling is in my nature hence why marketing is a great fit for me career-wise. I am very passionate about health, wellbeing and how we can create better health outcomes for all. I know how daunting and scary it can be to be a young wahine having to embark on her career and not really knowing how to navigate it. I'd be thrilled to be able to support someone in pursuing their dreams! I am also the Social Media Manager and Content Producer at Spookers Haunted Attractions which lets me explore my creativity and hobby for makeup & costumes.


Susie Burns

Commercial Growth Manager

I am currently working as a Commercial Growth Manager at Tend Health therefore in a non-clinical role. I've previously worked at Vodafone and Sky in NZ and overseas in London contracting on my big-OE. I've been so lucky to have some amazing mentors and role models as I've grown through my professional career in my working and personal life and would be stoked if I can pass on some of this wisdom to any of these young women! I'm originally from North Shore Auckland and now live out West, enjoy hanging out with friends the most, eating good food and playing tennis in my spare time


Meagan Halpin - FULL

Chief People Officer at Tend Health

Raised and educated in the USA, I have spent more than 20 years in people-focused roles, and thrive on leading HR practices that grow talent and drive company performance. At Tend, I ensure we have the best people practices to engage top talent and deliver the best healthcare experiences. After relocating from New York City to Auckland in 2016, I spent 5 years on the leadership team at My Food Bag before joining Tend. Prior to that I spent more than a decade building and leading the people team for an advertising agency, and also have experience in education, e-commerce, and legal companies. Anyone who works with me will find that I have an authentic blend of honesty, ethics, and fair-mindedness, balanced with an easy laugh and warm demeanor. I'm an adventurer, fan of live music, Olympic Games fanatic, and can often be found swimming or playing tennis in the eastern bays.


Palki Patpatia

Pharmacy Accuracy Checking Technician

My name is Palki. I have been working in the pharmacy industry for almost 10 years. I am a certified PACT. I also possessed qualifications of Degree in B. COM (Hons) from India as well as a Diploma in Business Management NZQA approved. Currently, I am pursuing Diploma in Pharmacy Technician (Specialist) level 6. I am enjoying learning the course and would like to share knowledge with Girlboss candidates. Cheers


Cathy Materi - FULL

General Practitioner

Kia Ora, my name is Cathy and I am a GP in Auckland. I studied medicine at Otago university and spent many years working in the hospital system as a junior doctor and advanced trainee. I have been involved with helping GP trainees with their exams and I enjoy teaching. I am passionate about supporting young women in medicine. I love my job and the many challenges it brings and look forward to being able to share this with you. Nga mihi

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Andi Shirtcliffe

Clinical Chief Advisor - Pharmacy & Allied Health

Ministry of Health

My name is Andi Shirtcliffe and I’m a Clinical Chief Advisor at the Ministry of Health. I have a degree and post graduate clinical diploma in Pharmacy and a micro credential in medicines optimisation in frail elderly. I’ve worked in community pharmacy, residential care, general practice and psychogeriatrics. Most recent roles of interest have been being the pharmacy lead for the covid response and the covid vaccine roll out.


Nikki Canter-Burgoyne - Full

Associate Director (Hauora) PwC and MSc Psych Student

Kia ora. No Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa, Te Paatu ahau. Ko Nikki Canter-Burgoyne toku ingoa. I work as an Associate Director in the Hauora Practice at PwC. I have previously worked as a National Leader across Te Whatu Ora (Health NZ), Te Aka Whai Ora (Māori Health Authority) and the Ministry of Health, as well as a Paramedic at St John Ambulance in Auckland and in banking and finance early in my career. I have a Bachelor of Health Science in Psychology at Massey University, and I am currently in the final stages of my thesis for a Master of Science in Health Psychology. Having being a teenage mum and realising the importance of being surrounded by strong wāhine mentors, it has always been important for me to support other wāhine in the same way. I was born in Kaitaia, am a mum of five grown-up tamariki, live in Ruakākā Whangārei and work from the Wellington PwC office. I love to Netflix binge, gardening and swim or dive in my spare time.


Tania Gunn 

Research Manager Pionner Brand Products

Hi, my name is Tania and I am a research manager at Pioneer Seeds. I trained as a Marine Biologist and transitioned to the Ag industry almost 10 years ago. I also spend time volunteering as a Ranger leader with Girl Guides New Zealand. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, cooking and knitting.


Jay Crangle

Leadership Manager at the Sustainable Business Council

Kia ora I'm Jay and I work in sustainability. I help large New Zealand companies to take action on climate change and take good care of their people and the environment. I am also a yoga teacher and Mum to a 9-month-old boy. I enjoy walking, cooking and traveling.


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Executive Cultural Advisor, New Zealand Health Group



Stephanie Yee

Professional Teaching Fellow at the School of Pharmacy, University of Auckland

Kia ora, my name is Stephanie and I have worked in almost all areas of pharmacy across my career; hospital, community, clinical trials, medical information for a pharmaceutical company, corporate pharmacy marketing and academia. Pharmacy has been a great career for me and I welcome questions and queries about where a qualification as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician can take you.

Kia ora, ko Ranei Wineera-Parai ahau. Ko Porirua taku kaianga, Ko Ngati Toa ahau. I have been working in primary health care management for over 20 years and working across government agencies. I work with young people as part of my mahi and am on the BOT at Mana College. My quals are LLB and MPM. I enjoy mentoring young people.


Community Pharmacist

Francis Dragicevich

Hello, I'm Francis (female) and I have worked as a Community Pharmacist for a VERY LONG time. While I see many challenges for our profession, I would like to be as useful as I can to future generations - pass the baton! I call Rotorua home - it is amazing despite all the negativity - and TRY to spend time walking in the Redwoods Forest and around our beautiful lakes. I have successfully brought 2 beautiful wahine into adulthood (with my husband - let's be fair!) and they are awesome and fill me with hope for the future!


Nicky Holder - FULL

Clinical Nurse Lead - Tend Health

Hi, my name is Nicky and I am a Clinical Nurse Lead at Tend Health. Prior to working in Primary Care, I previously worked for the Starship Community Service. I have a Bachelor of Nursing and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences - Advanced Nursing from the University of Auckland. I am passionate about healthcare and encouraging more young women into the industry. I enjoy going for walks in nature, camping with friends and binging Netflix in my spare time.


Gerda du Preez

General Manager - Southern Cross Brightside Hospital

Kia Ora I am a registered nurse - trained in South Africa. Have lived and worked in NZ for the past 16 years. I have worked in NZ in both public and private surgical settings. Started off as RN at Southern Cross in 2008 and progressed first into nursing leadership, then operational leadership and now for the past 4 years GM at Southern Cross Healthcare.


Jo Pugh

National Manager Laboratory Network, Outbreak Response, Te Whatu Ora

Kia ora. My name is Jo Pugh and I am currently leading the development of the Recovery Plan for the Public Health Service, following the devastation of Cyclone Gabrielle. My substantive role is as the National Manager for the Laboratory Network for Outbreak Response, primarily focused on testing for COVID but also other communicable diseases like Measles, Monkey Pox and currently Whooping Cough. My career and qualifications have primarily been focused in Health and Safety however I have worked in both Women’s Health and an Emergency Department in the past. Confession number one, I am not a Medical Health professional. However, confession number two, I have a real interest in translating Government and Organisational Policy into practical and effective ways of operating, by engaging with and listening to people in the frontline. I would love to support women considering a career in Healthcare as it is such meaningful work that touches the lives of so many people in our Motu.


Amber Young - Full

Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, University of Otago

Kia ora, my name is Amber and I am a lecturer at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Otago. I graduated with a pharmacy degree in 2003 and I have worked in many different professional areas. I started out as a community pharmacist in Dunedin, then moved to the UK where I worked in community and then hospital pharmacy at a busy London hospital. I then worked the British National Formulary before moving back to New Zealand to work as a clinical editor at the New Zealand Formulary. I also studied part time and graduated with a PhD in 2021. I look forward to talking with you about the amazing work pharmacists are doing and what opportunities the pharmacy profession can give you.


Timea Venter

Director/Pharmacist at Henderson Discount Pharmacy

Hi, my name is Timea and I am a pharmacist and business owner from Auckland. I have an interest in positive psychology and nutrition and have been mentoring businesses for years. My hobby is photography and I have 2 children Matty and Richie. My goal is to help others achieve their potential and find their place in the world.


Clare Hynd

Community Pharmacist

Kia Ora, my name is Clare and I have just retired as a pharmacist after 44 years. I have enjoyed helping people with their health needs as well as mentoring young pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. I love living at the beach on the Kapiti Coast.


Gina Nonumalo - FULL

Head of Delivery, Ignite Aotearoa

Kia ora, I'm Gina, a Registered Nurse who has specialised in mental health. Over my career, I have worked in front line mental health nursing roles in a DHB, been a clinical nurse specialist supporting other staff, and moved into leadership and management roles. I have branched out into Learning & Development and now into digital mental health and wellbeing. I'm passionate about mental health & wellbeing and addressing inequities. It would be an honour to mentor anyone considering a health career! I live in Christchurch, am a Mum and part of a multi-cultural blended family.


Helene Barron - Full

Performance Physiotherapist - High Performance Sport NZ (Snow Sports NZ)

Kia ora, my name is Helene and I am a Performance Physiotherapist with High Performance Sport NZ, working full time with Snow Sports NZ. My Sports Physio background also includes time with NZ hockey, netball and cycling, and attendance at both the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. I am also a qualified strength & conditioning coach, an ultra trail runner and a mum of 2 teenage boys. My belief is that life balance is the key to wellbeing and performance, both in my own life and the life of the athletes I work with, and I’d love to help talk through how to make that happen with the next generation of awesome wāhine!


Sophie Parker

Advisor - Major Events (Sport and Arts & Culture)

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Kia Ora, my name is Sophie, and I am a Government Advisor for Major Events (Sport and Arts & Culture) at the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment. I have previously worked at Sport New Zealand and the likes of Cricket New Zealand and Netball New Zealand. I studied a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation, before completing a Master of Business with Honours (specialising in Sport Leadership and Management). I am a founding member of the NXT GEN Network and am passionate about supporting young wāhine in the play, sport, and active recreation sector. I love going for walks, eating good food, and catching up with my whānau and friends!


Cheycoda Cocks

Māori Outcomes - Women and Girls Advisor

Sport Manawatū

Kia ora, my name is Cheycoda and I am the Māori Outcomes - Women and Girls Advisor at Sport Manawatū. I am of Ngāti Kahungunu and Rangitāne descent. I have a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise majoring in sport development from Massey University. I am passionate about supporting more young women to join the sport industry to create social change.


Sue Robson

Healthy Women in High Performance Sport Lead

Kia Ora, my name is Sue and I lead the healthy women in high performance sport initiative across New Zealand. I have had a wonderful career taking me to the US, UK, Australia and now New Zealand working in many aspects of high performance sport. Up mountains, beside pools, tracks and fields. I have met many amazing people and really enjoyed my journey which continues as I meet both young and seasoned Kiwis, coaches and athletes. Learning a new environment and new people is always challenging, a new jigsaw puzzle to navigate. I am based in Ohaupo close to Cambridge in NZ and live with my 17 year old daughter and our animals: pigs, chucks and Alaskan Malamutes. I love our new home and enjoy nothing better than having coffee in the morning laughing at the antics of our pups whilst my mind puzzles out how I can create groundbreaking change for women in sports as they strive to do their best.


Edith Bennett - FULL

Principal Advisor Ministry of Health

Kia ora, my name is Edith and I work for the Ministry of Health Chief Clinical Officers as a Principal Advisor. I have a clinical background as a dietitian but have opted to take a non-traditional route and have spent most of my career working on health systems and policy. I love merging my clinical knowledge and public health expertise to understand at a system level what works well, and what could be done better to deliver the best outcomes for our population. Originally from Canada, I am an avid runner and love exploring Wellington trails when I am not too busy cafe hopping.


Abbey Butler

Director of Pharmacy at Te Toka Tumai

Auckland City Hospital

Kia ora, my name is Abbey and I am Director of Pharmacy at Te Toka Tumai, Auckland City Hospital. I started my career in community pharmacy in Australia and transitioned to hospital pharmacy relatively early. I rotated through all areas the pharmacy service until finding my 'happy place' as Specialist Clinical Pharmacist in the Emergency Department; where I spent the best part of 10 years in the resus room at a major public hospital in Adelaide. Since then I have progressed through various leadership roles until moving to Aotearoa in 2017 to take up my current position as Director. Throughout my career, mentorship and contributing to people's development and success has been an absolute highlight and a key driver for me in the workplace. We brought our beautiful Miniature Schnauzer, Gracie with us when we moved and I try to spend as much of my free time with her.


Lauren Assink

Hospital Pharmacy Manager Te Whatu Ora 

Hauora a Toi Bay of Plenty

Kia Ora, I am Lauren. My background is as a Hospital Pharmacist and I am currently the Pharmacy Manager for both Tauranga and Whakatane hospital sites. To get here I studied Pharmacy at Otago University as well as enjoyed post graduate study in clinical pharmacy and informatics. I am an avid adventurer, spending time doing Godzone, Coast to Coast and anything that involves exploring with a bike, pack-raft and an amazing set of mates. Happy to share about my journey and how I found a cool job with a work-life balance.

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Penny Thompson

Personal Trainer and Founder HERA

Kia ora, my name is Penny and I am a Personal Trainer in Wellington. I developed and now run a small group gym programme called HERA, which educated and empowers young women to lift weights confidently, safely and for a lifetime. 50 women have been through my programme in the past year. I have a certificate in Level 4 and Level 5 Personal Training and Bachelor of Commerce (Majors Human Resource Management and Psychology). I love introducing women to the gym and watching them find new passions and strength!


Isla Day

Policy Analyst, Ministry of Health

Kia ora! My name is Isla and I work as a Policy Analyst in the Therapeutics team at the Ministry of Health. Last year I finished my honours degree in pharmacology at Victoria University of Wellington and in my career I aspire to advance sustainability and equity in access to medicines. In my spare time I love getting into nature on my mountain bike and advocating for the environment.


Rachel Bray - FULL

Nurse Specialist Medication Safety

Counties Manukau Health

Hi there. My name is Rachel and I am currently the nurse specialist for medication safety at counties manukau health. I completed my bachelor of nursing and completed my new graduate year in the emergency department. I remained in ED for 9 years and was a charge nurse and nurse educator during that time. When the pandemic hit I experienced healthcare from a different angle when I had a premature son in the neonatal unit. Following this I became the med safety nurse specialist and now I am fortunate to help nurses administer medication safely across the organisation amongst many other responsibilities.

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Rachel Howells

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant, at Sport NZ

Kia Ora, my name is Rachel and I am a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant at Sport NZ. I have been at Sport NZ for almost 6 years in a variety of roles. I am passionate about supporting women to develop and grow into roles that they have passion and an interest in. I was born in England and moved to NZ over 10 years ago, having worked in the sport and education sector for over 15 years young women and girls are an area I have always had a keen interest in supporting. In my spare time I really enjoy spending time with my young family and getting outdoors.


Olivia Clare - FULL

Graduate at Sport NZ Ihi Aotearoa

Kia ora I’m Liv. I am currently in Sport NZ’s Graduate Programme. Sport NZ is the Government entity for Physical Activity in NZ. I have a Bachelor of Health Sport Human Performance from Waikato University and have just started my Masters there too where I will look at disability sport coaching across Aotearoa. I’m passionate about supporting and connecting with other young women who are interested in the sport and rec sector.

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Jose Gomez

Financial Analyst at Tend Health

Hi all. I am currently a qualified Financial Analyst and studied at the University of Waikato, majoring in Accounting and Economics. I have a passion for financial markets and smart investments. 

I have been a Financial Analyst at Tend Health since January this year.


Charlotte Nankivell

Clinical Pharmacist at Middlemore Hospital

Hello, my name is Charlotte and I am a Clinical Pharmacist at Middlemore Hospital. I have been working here since I completed my internship in 2020. I am passionate about the important role pharmacists have in ensuring patients have safe access to medicines. I was born and raised in Auckland, and in my spare time I like getting outdoors for a run or walk in the sunshine.


Catherine Wong - FULL

Emergency Department Clinical Pharmacist

Middlemore Hospital

Kia ora, my name is Cat and I set up the Emergency Department Clinical Pharmacist role at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland. I have developed a training program to work in the Resus setting which allows me to contribute to patient care in the most acute situations, in such a faced paced working environment. I love what I do and have plenty to share about my journey to get to this rewarding position. I grew up in sunny Nelson, went to Otago University, continued on after my Bachelor in Pharmacy degree to complete my Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy and the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists Certificate in Emergency Medicine. I now also facilitate and teach Auckland University Postgraduate students in Medicines Information. I am newly a mum of twin boys which is another life adventure of its own. I really look forward to chatting with you and having an impact on your career aspirations in Healthcare.


Menorah Coombe - FULL

Performance Improvement Specialist, Te Whatu Ora

I am a young Pasifika woman in strategy and governance, on a mission to improve equitable access to healthcare. With a strong focus on com