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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 – Richard Chambers

Richard Chambers Lo resComing to HFNZ from Education; Richard has been Principal of Primary and Intermediate Schools in Southland, Otago and Canterbury. In his time within schools he has worked closely with communities and individuals as they have faced a variety of challenges. He holds a Master of Teaching and Learning and other teaching and leadership qualifications.

Joining HFNZ in 2014, Richard is excited by the opportunity to work for and with the diverse community that is HFNZ.

Richard enjoys creating new things , being involved with creative and passionate people, and being with his family; Noemi, Isabelle and Christopher as the children discover who they are.


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 and Tommy, and the dog, Edith.)    


Administrator - Karen Melville

Karen Melville - Office AdministratorKaren recently moved back to Christchurch with her family. Originally from South Africa, she has lived in New Zealand for nearly a decade.

Her recent experience has been in schools in South Canterbury as office manager and before that she worked in the broadcasting and Public Relations fields for some time.

She is excited to be working for an organization where she can use her diverse and varied work and life skills. Apart from spending time with family and friends Karen is an ardent reader of fiction.  


Northern Outreach Worker – Nicky Hollings

NIcky 05.2016Nicky has a passion for working with people and their families. After over 10 years a counsellor in the Alcohol and Drug field, where she felt privileged to be part of the process of people getting well, Nicky has joined the HFNZ team to be the Outreach Coordinator for the Northern Area.

Outside of work Nicky counts herself fortunate to have found a love for travel, as well as spending time with her family, which includes two gorgeous grandchildren. On occasion Nicky enjoys doing endurance cycling events, and spending as much time as she can in or on the ocean. 



Midland Outreach Worker – Joy Barrett

Joy BarrettSince Joy Barrett joined the HFNZ team in June 2010, she continues to learn about bleeding disorders and issues that affect the lives of the individuals and whanau she meets each week.

Joy holds a Bachelor of Applied Counselling and is passionate about seeing individuals make that most of their lives in spite of the difficulties that arise. Her many years of pastoral ministry and her private counselling service has provided a great base for her to work alongside people of all ages.

Living in Hamilton gives her easy access to the local Treatment Centre and is regularly seen at the Outpatient Clinics.


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.


Southern Outreach Worker – Ali Mitchell

Ali MitchellAli was born and brought up in Scotland, and has now lived in New Zealand for 10 years. She is a Registered Nurse with a wide and varied background within the fields of Cancer Care and Support, Public Health, and Research.

Ali lives in Christchurch with her cat Brodie. Her interests outside of work include cooking, design, watching some reality tv shows ( the crazier the better), plus trips to Sydney whenever possible!
She is happy and excited to be in her new role at HFNZ.

She is looking forward to developing herself in this role at HFNZ, meeting new people, adding a positive voice to those seeking support, and lending an ear and experience where needed

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