Kath first became involved with Coeliac NZ a few years ago as a member of the Medical Advisory Panel. As a New Zealand Registered Dietitian, she has assisted many people overcome the nutritional challenges that come with coeliac disease and following a gluten-free diet. Kath is currently a Senior Performance Dietitian at High Performance Sport NZ, leading the nutrition support for many of our Olympic & Paralympic athletes and has recently returned from the Paralympic Games in Rio. As a former President and Board member of Dietitians NZ, Kath is passionate about member, not-for-profit organisations and is looking forward to working with the CNZ team.
Tracey’s journey into the world of Coeliac Disease started in early 2016 when her then seven year old son was diagnosed with the condition. Improving her understanding and the changes required in his diet also aligned with her personal interests in food, health and well-being issues.
Tracey has experience as a Board Member, Senior Executive and Chartered Accountant. Her twenty five year career has been primarily in international trade and investment, working in both the private and government sectors. She has held roles in Europe, the United States, South America and New Zealand. Tracey is looking forward to combining her personal interest in the Coeliac condition along with her governance, financial, policy and advocacy skills to contribute to successful outcomes for the Coeliac New Zealand Board.
Sylvia and Peter recently sold their business, as Land Surveyors and Resource Management Consultants, in Wellington. Both are still employed as a Consultants
by the new owner of the business but Sylvia is now semi-retired in Carterton with two beautiful cats. Most of her spare time during summer months is
occupied with officiating at major Track and Field meetings around the country and sometimes overseas.
While in Wellington Sylvia was heavily involved with Athletics administration as secretary of the Wellington Track and Field Committee for 15 years and then a further 6 years as Chairperson of Athletics Wellington. During that time she has also spent 20 years as a Wellington Councillor to Athletics New Zealand. Sylvia was diagnosed as a coeliac in 2006 and joined Coeliac New Zealand and the Support Group in Wellington. With the recent move to Carterton, Sylvia has set about resurrecting the Wairarapa Support Group and also taken over the role of Support Group Leader/Key Contact for the area.
Brett returned to New Zealand a few years ago after 15 years in Italy. His daughter was diagnosed with coeliac disease when she was 2 and as a result he has been involved with the Italian Coeliac Society for the past 8 years. He is director of a successful tech business and has experience in international business and finance.
In his spare time, Brett likes to explore the Hauraki Gulf or take to the hills on tramping expeditions – although most hikes are less ambitious than his
successful ascent of Kilimanjaro in 2008.
Libby Sinden is a new member of the Executive Committee. With close family members, including her brother and niece, being diagnosed coeliac she has a passion for making a difference in the lives of those affected by the disease. She is a lawyer with a background in corporate law who currently works part time in general practice at a family firm in Eden Terrace. Living in Auckland with her husband and two young children, Libby has a passion for good nutrition, food and cooking. She enjoys adapting recipes to make them gluten free and testing them out on her discerning niece. Libby is also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Board MemberAlan was a partner with KPMG for 19 years and has governance and senior management experience in the Not for Profit sector both as a board member and adviser. He has used his skills and contacts to make a significant contribution to Auckland Football, Dance Therapy and more recently with RNZSPCA. Alan is currently the Chairman and Finance Committee member of Make A Wish NZ.
His natural empathy, ability to listen, motivate and lead has enabled him to transform two national divisions of KPMG. Alan has significant governance experience from being an audit partner on both large and small entities, leading KPMG Auckland's internal audit and governance practice and presenting on behalf of the IOD at the new Director course. He also understands and can relate to different cultures having worked in Shanghai, London, Rarotonga as well as Auckland.
Alan is currently looking to get more involved in community organisations as it gives him great satisfaction whilst enabling him to help others less fortunate than himself and finds working in the charity sector very rewarding. The opportunity with Coeliac NZ is important to Alan as his wife Elaynor is Coeliac and his daughter Jasmine are both gluten and dairy intolerant.
Robyn has worked at Fonterra for 14 years and is currently the General Manger for Brand Experience. She manages a team of 14 who everyday bring the Fonterra story to life through local and international events and strategic visits. Prior to joining Fonterra, Robyn was involved in a not-for-profit for many years and was focused on humanitarian aid projects in Asia, primarily around the health & well-being of women and children.
Robyn has been a coeliac all her life and is committed to being the best she can be despite the diagnosis. She is very passionate about life and has made it her business to learn as much as possible about health and well-being and has actively worked to help others new to the diagnosis.
Corinne's desire to be part of the Coeliac NZ board stemmed from her family’s journey into the gluten free world in 2016 when her eldest daughter was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease just prior to her fifth birthday. She believes in the positive power of a support network behind each person diagnosed with Coeliac Disease and sees Coeliac NZ playing an important part of that. She now believes it is her turn to give back and have a direct influence in the support other CNZ members receive to enable them to live healthy lives.
Corinne brings with her strong financial and analytical skills through experience as the Financial Controller at a London law firm and Meteorologist at MetService NZ. Her governance experience includes a variety of community organisations where she has held Chair and Treasurer positions. She is passionate about making a difference and providing greater support and education opportunities for families both beginning and on their coeliac journeys.
Adam is based in Auckland, where he has worked as a volunteer and service coordinator in a variety of not-for-profit settings. He is passionate about seeing volunteers thrive in meaningful opportunities. He is excited to be on the Coeliac NZ Board in particular to assist with developing a strategic volunteer framework, and more generally to ensure people with Coeliac disease live healthy, well lives.