Our People

NZNF Staff

CEO: Sarah Hanrahan, BHSc, NZRD, PG Dip Bus
Sarah is a dietitian with a post-graduate Diploma in Business (Marketing).  Prior to joining the Nutrition Foundation in September 2008, Sarah spent time living in the Netherlands and United States and working for Nutricia as Sales Manager and Product Manager. Sarah developed our JUST COOK programme and has worked on supporting our Corporate Members with nutrition and communications.

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.

Nutritionist: Jane Petrie, BCApSc, BSc
Jane is a nutritionist with both Human Nutrition and Food Science degrees from the University of Otago. With over 20 years of work experience, Jane has worked for a variety of companies including Sanitarium Health Food Company and Plant and Food Research. Jane joined the NZ Nutrition Foundation in April 2011.

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, Fonterra
Niki Russell, Board Member, Nutrition Care

Last modified: January 28, 2022