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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. 

With a background in Social Work and Information Design, along with an 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

Northern Outreach Worker Amber Maihi finished work at HFNZ on 23 December 2020.

We are currently undertaking a recruitment process to replace Amber. Find out more on our Vacancies page..


Midland Outreach Worker - Laura-Lee Perawiti

Laura Lee copyKia ora Huihui mai tatou. No Waikato, Raukawa, Rereahu me Maniapoto ahau.
I descend from the tribes of Waikato, Raukawa, Rereahu and Maniapoto and currently reside in Kirikiriroa (Hamilton).

I am an Indigenous Māori and bicultural social worker practitioner and I am registered with the Social Worker Registration Board of New Zealand. My background is in tertiary and primary education, disability, child protection and whānau advocacy, having worked and held various roles within Government, non-Government and Iwi sectors.

I have a social services business that provides Indigenous Māori and Bicultural supervision to frontline government and non-government practitioners and students, including education and training in traditional Māori healing and transitional support services.

Outside of my HFNZ role I am a mother to 3 young men, and a newly grandmother. I am an Iwi board member, and an effective Hapu, Marae and community member.

I enjoy exploring, learning new things, reading and spending quality time home with my whānau.

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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 - Rosie Maguire

Rosie Headshot 2As a registered primary and drama teacher, Rosie began her career in the classroom. From leaving teaching she worked in project management before starting a career in media. Working her way up to a Producer for children's television Rosie has had the pleasure of working on many different creative projects and has worked with communities from all around the country.

She is looking forward to jumping into a new line of work through the Foundation and connecting with the Haemophilia community of Te Waipounamu. 

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