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Meet the HFNZ Team

HFNZ have a team of dedicated and passionate people to carry out the organisations goals.

Chief Executive – Sue Ellis

Sue 16.09.19Commencing with HFNZ on 14 November 2018, Sue comes to the position of CEO with a broad range of experience in health and education. She has worked for many years in government and non-government organisations in many roles, including clinical manager, policy analyst, advisor, project manager, and strategic policy manager.

Sue trained in mental health nursing and taught for a number of years in the graduate nursing programmes. She later worked as a nurse consultant before moving to the Ministry of Health as a policy analyst, and then as a senior advisor with the Mental Health Commission. For the last few years, after setting up a consultancy business in health, education and research Sue has been providing consultancy services to a wide range of health organisations.

Sue lives by the beach north of Levin with her partner, their dog and cat.  

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Communications Manager – Phil Constable

Phil 05.2016Joining HFNZ in June 2015 to cover Parental Leave, Phil arrived by way of Marketing, Copywriting, and Social Media. He became permanent staff in March 2016.

With a background in Social Work and Information Design, along with a very useful Honours Degree in English Literature, Phil has a range of skills that help to enhance the work done by the team at HFNZ.

Outside of work Phil enjoys the rugby (watching not playing), test cricket, reading, reading, and reading, and his kids (not to mention the grand-kids, Cairo & Tommy, and the dogs, Edith & Pedro.)    

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Northern Outreach Worker – Amber Maihi

Amber MaihiAmber came on board with the Foundation December 5th 2018. Coming from a Social Work background, Amber has most recently been working in the community sector as a Support Worker assisting whanau with sustaining tenancies, employment, and long lasting connections within the wider community.

Outside of work Amber loves to get out and explore Aotearoa, being active and ticking off the bucket list one destination at a time. Hailing from the Hokianga region in the far north, Amber is a proud Maori wahine and takes great pleasure in performing and tutoring Kapa Haka.

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Midland Outreach Worker 

There is currently no Midland Outreach Worker. Hiring has been postponed due to the Covid-19 situation.

The Midland region is being covered by Amber Maihi and Lynne Campbell. If you live in the Waikato DHB catchment, contact Amber by clicking her link above. If you live in the Bay of Plenty or Lakes DHB catchments, then contact Lynne by clicking her link below.


Central Outreach Worker – Lynne Campbell

Lynne CampbellSince April 2009, Lynne has worked with families as the Central Outreach Worker for the Haemophilia Foundation of New Zealand providing education, support and advocacy. Her regional home base is in Wellington.

Lynne is a Registered Teacher with a background in Biology and Science teaching, as well as Transition/Careers Education at Secondary level. Lynne has also held dedicated Educational Guidance and advocacy roles managing both the quality of pastoral support and appropriateness of curriculum level and delivery to a diverse range of student groups and enrolment categories, including Adult students.

With a keen interest in genetics, a science background and transferrable guidance skills, Lynne has redirected her passion from working with students to helping people of all ages with rare inherited bleeding disorders.

Her interests outside of work include family, art, fashion, music plus regular voluntary work to raise funds for animal welfare.

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Southern Outreach Worker

Ross PatersonSouthern Outreach Worker Ross Paterson finished work at HFNZ on 18 November 2020.

We are currently undertaking a recruitment process to replace Ross.

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