Plunket has six general managers, a chief operating officer and a chief financial officer that report to our chief executive, all based in the national office in Wellington.
Jenny has been part of the Plunket family for over 20 years. She started as a volunteer member when her children were young and became a Plunket Nurse working in South Auckland for a number of years before taking up the role of Area Manager in Papakura and Franklin.
In 2000 Jenny headed up a national project looking at governance and operations and then went on to be Operations Manager in Counties Manukau. She was appointed General Manager of Operations in 2006.
A registered general and obstetric nurse, she has qualifications in education, psychology and business management. Jenny’s work history has taken her from tutor sister at Waikato Hospital School of nursing to village clinic nurse in Tonga to working in the South Auckland community with physically disabled children.
Jenny's understanding of today's community health environment is enhanced by her voluntary involvement with Plunket and her children’s activities and working with community health organisations in South Auckland.
Gerald joined Plunket in June 2007 after many years in private enterprise which had taken him to several parts of the globe including nearly three years in Seoul.
Gerald’s role of Chief Financial Officer sees him responsible for leading Plunket’s finance, centralised accounting (the team that supports the volunteer treasurers), legal, business services and information communications technology teams.
Mark is a displaced Scotsman, living with a gorgeous English woman and three fabulous Kiwi kids on top of a mountain (well a prominent hill according to Wikipedia) in the windiest city in the world.
Mark has managed to accumulate over 20 years worth of sales and marketing experience. He has crammed stints in oil and gas, consumer electronics and music, government, gaming entertainment, financial services, communications services and customer loyalty.
He was persuaded to jump into the not-for profit world with Plunket in April 2009.
Stephanie is a born and bred ‘Westie’ which is where her initial involvement with Plunket began, first as a client of the service and then as a Plunket Nurse.
Since then she has worked as a Clinical Leader and then as Area Manager in Waitemata, Auckland City and also a few months in Canterbury. Although it has been 17 years since she started working for Plunket she has not lost her passion for the organisation and enjoys supporting staff and volunteers across the country as they strive to deliver services and support which exceeds expectations.
The Service Delivery General Manager role has a national overview of all the services and supports provided by Plunket.
Brenda is a Southerner through and through. She was born in Invercargill, shifted to Dunedin when she was 10 years old. She has held a variety of nursing roles, as well as working with 2 community health NGO’s in Dunedin.
Brenda started working for Plunket in 2001 as the National Clinical Advisor Nursing, with 2 key portfolios – Family Violence and the Client Information System. Her key focus over the last few years has been the development of PlunketPlus and looks forward to its implementation in the coming years.
Sonya is of Rangitaane, Kahungunu, Te Arawa and Kai Tahu descent. She has worked in policy and operational policy across a range of government departments for over the last 15 years (Social Policy Agency, Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Education, Corrections).
Since 2003, Sonya held the role of Kaihautu in the Ministry of Women's Affairs and has strong relationships with Iwi/Māori across Aotearoa.
She is passionate to develop Plunket services that empower whānau to achieve their aspirations.
Liz is originally from the UK, but having made the journey to New Zealand back in 2000, now considers herself an honorary Kiwi.
In the UK her career developed from generalist HR roles, into more specialist Organisation Development management roles, predominantly within the UK's retail sector. She moved originally to Christchurch where she worked in a number of roles including GM HR of a contracting company, and as partner in a consulting firm where her clients were many and varied, and included both the Health and Education sectors.
Since joining Plunket after a move to Wellington, Liz has worked with her team to develop some unique and innovative frameworks and work programmes across the broad range of Organisation and People capability development.
Liz is passionate about harnessing the capability of organisations towards a common set of goals and values.
Craig is a born and bred Kiwi with no displacement issues. He has three kids, with the youngest a current user of the fantastic services offered by Plunket.
Craig has over 15 years experience working with IT in the education sector including web management and education sector shared services. One of Craig’s main goals is to bring a human touch to technology so that Plunket can maximise the outcomes for kids.
When Craig is not talking the technology talk, he is found coaching rippa rugby, scoring kids cricket and driving kids to the next event.
Lisa, originally from the UK, relocated to Wellington with her Kiwi partner in 2013.
Lisa brings to Plunket extensive HR experience in both technical and team leadership aspects of human resources. Lisa has worked more recently for an evidence-based medical publisher and information provider in the UK in a senior management position where she developed and implemented a highly effective organisation and people development strategy to support and facilitate the strategic aims and objectives of the organisation.
After 9 years of living and working in London, she is very much enjoying the New Zealand way of life!
Helen is a Registered Nurse whose career began in the primary healthcare sector.
Helen joined Plunket in 2002 originally as a Plunket Nurse before moving into a Clinical Advisory role and more latterly into management positions.
Helen is responsible for the leadership of the Service Development group which comprises Clinical Education, Clinical Advisory, Community Development, Pacific Health and Research/Policy/Advocacy.