Plunket’s leadership team consists of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and the Senior Management Team (SMT). The ELT consists of seven members, and the SMT includes all members of ELT and five General Managers.
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.
Andrea joined Plunket in August 2013.
Andrea has over 15 years experience in health management in both the public, private and NGO sectors. Andrea’s passion is to make a difference to individuals and communities in Aotearoa.
Andrea has a Bachelor of Midwifery and other qualifications include Women’s Studies, Rehabilitation and Music.
Away from work and study, Andrea is kept even busier as a mother of 6, which helps to make her somewhat uniquely qualified from a well-child perspective in terms of managing the development and delivery of Plunket’s frontline services.
Andrea’s weekend time is spent standing on the sideline of the football field (usually shouting), ferrying kids round the city and enjoying the Boho culture of Wellington
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.
Hera joined Plunket in January 2015. She is a native speaker of te reo maori me ona tikanga. Her iwi affiliations include Ngai Tuhoe, Te Whanau Apanui, Tuwharetoa.
Prior to joining Plunket Hera held positions in the Ministry of Education, Wananga mainstream and kura education settings. She has been a Lecturer at Te Wananga o Awanuiarangi and Te Wananga of Raukawa in Early Childhood, Graduate and Masters programmes. Her most recent management position was in the National Office of the Ministry of Education.
Hera is completing a post doctoral degree at Te Awanuiarangi.
Amanda joined Plunket in 2014 and brings a wide range of marketing, communications and senior leadership experience to the organisation.
Working across government and education institutions Amanda has led significant marketing and behavior change campaigns, including the highly successful ‘It’s not Ok’ campaign against family violence while at the Families Commission. Most recently she has held senior management roles within the science and tertiary education sectors.
Amanda is passionate about the importance of Plunket to Kiwi families and through her leadership of the funding, marketing and communications teams she aims to ensure every family is able to access Plunket support when they need it most. A major area of focus for Amanda is securing the funding required to maintain the wide range of Plunket services available across New Zealand.
Of Ngai Tahu descent, Amanda grew up in Christchurch and she has lived in Wellington for the past 18 years.
Lois joined Plunket in August 2015 and brings a wealth of IT and business experience from a career that spans consulting, start-up businesses and large corporate organisations.
She is experienced at both business management and delivering business strategy and transformation through IT enablement, and comes with a customer and innovation focus. Having worked in the UK and Australia, she is now settled back in New Zealand, and most recently was Head of Business Information and Technology Services at Z Energy.
Lois has Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Music (Performance) degrees from the University of Auckland
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.
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.
Bram joined Plunket in January 2015.
He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from his experiences in a range of senior Health Sector leadership roles both in New Zealand and the Netherlands. He has worked in commercial, DHB, Not-for-Profit, Health and Disability sectors.
Bram has a clinical background as a Registered Nurse and has also completed a Masters of Business Studies.
During her time with Plunket Stephanie has worked in a number of roles within the organisation. Starting first as a Plunket Nurse Stephanie then working as a Clinical Leader, Area Manager in Waitemata, Auckland City and also a few months in Canterbury before taking on the role of Service Delivery General Manager, which had a national overview of all the services and supports provided by Plunket.
Now in the role of General Manager of Community Development and Volunteers, Stephanie and her team support Plunket staff and volunteers to work with the many diverse communities across New Zealand identifying their own needs and developing appropriate and relevant services.
Although it has been 21 years since Stephanie started working for Plunket, she has not lost her passion for the organisation and loves supporting staff and volunteers across the country to do amazing work on behalf of Plunket.