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NZNF Staff

Chief Executive: Jane Bollard, Bsc (Nutrition), Dip Bust St (Health Management), Dip Bus (Finance) 
Jane joined the organisation in May 2022 and looks forward to working with the Board and team to lead the organisation into the future. Jane has operated as a consultant for over 15 years in the charity sector. She brings extensive experience in chief executive, general management and board roles across a range of health and community organisations. Jane’s passion is for developing sustainable organisations who are best able to meet their purpose.

Nutritionist: Anna MrkusicDip HSc, Dip Teaching, PGD Education, PGD Science (Community Nutrition), Master of Philosophy
Anna is a food and nutrition teacher with over 30 years’ experience. Her work has involved helping pupils develop skills and knowledge to effectively manage and maintain lifelong diet quality. There has been an emphasis on nutrition and health-related issues that influence individuals, families and communities, as well as what actions can be taken to improve their well-being. It was during her Masters Research project in 2011 that Anna decided she would like to work in health promotion and nutritional education at a national level. Anna was appointed to the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation Council in October 2013 and in 2015 Anna has taken up a project manager’s role with the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation.

Dietitian: Shona Gomes, BSc, NZRD
Shona graduated from the University of Auckland with her Dietetics degree in 2020. She began her journey with the Nutrition Foundation as a volunteer at the JUST COOK programmes and then took on a full-time role working as a team member. Her job involves overseeing our website, producing content for our social media platforms and helping out with the delivery of programmes.

Nutritionist: Andrea Ler, BCom/BSc, GradDipCom, GradDipSc
Andrea graduated from Massey University in 2013, majoring in Human Nutrition. Prior to studying nutrition, she worked with the finance industry, after completing her finance and computer science majors. Andrea joined the NZ Nutrition Foundation team in 2014 as a Research Assistant with the Just Cook programme ‘My Food My Future’. She worked closely with the Liggins Institute and The National Institute for Health Innovation to develop a fun, interactive teaching tool which encourages youth to learn about food and cooking family meals. In 2015, Andrea has taken up the role of Nutritionist with the NZ Nutrition Foundation. She is currently on Maternity Leave, and due to return in August 2022.

Board Members

Tania Watson (Chairman), Orange Associates Ltd.
Professor Emeritus Elaine Rush (Scientific Director), AUT University
Logan Granger (Treasurer), Johnston Associates
Vikki Lee Goode (PR Director), Goode PR
Niki Bezzant, Board Member, Writer
Justin Alblas, Board Member, Consultant
Mindy Wigzell, Board Member, Flex Nutrition
Niki Russell, Board Member, Nutrition Care

Last modified: May 30, 2022