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Contact us


How to find us

Physical address:
Health Research Council of New Zealand, Level 1 South Tower, 110 Symonds Street, Grafton, Auckland 1010
Postal address:
PO Box 5541, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142
09 303 5200

Our staff

Chief Executive's office

  • Professor Sunny Collings Tāhuhu Rangapū - Chief Executive 
  • Mel Phillips Pou-Taituarā - Executive Assistant to Chief Executive


For website, media, and other communications-related enquiries:

  • Aileen Coombe Communications Manager
  • Suzy Botica Senior Communications Advisor

Finance and Corporate Services

  • Lynne Bjarnesen Chief Financial Officer and Director of Corporate Services
  • Joy Capuno Management Accountant
  • Esther Viljoen Head of Corporate Services
  • Ai Lan Pau Accounts Payable Assistant
  • Andilee McCallaghan Risk Manager
  • Peter Adams IT Systems Administrator
  • Jason Cleaver Senior Web Applications Developer 
  • James Hastings Data Administrator
  • Vlatka Matich Administrative Assistant
  • Rachel Mose Iopu Administrator
  • Melanie Duncan Administrator
  • Marian O'Brien Administrator


For enquiries related to legal and ethics matters, please email

Investment Processes

  • Stacey Pene Director of Investments
  • Le-Shan Pomana-Wesley Portfolio Lead (Māori Health)
  • Tolotea Lanumata Portfolio Lead (Pacific Health)
  • Orin Robb Portfolio Lead
  • Dr Katie Palastanga Portfolio Lead
  • Audrey Tay Investment Process Manager
  • Hannah Neale Integrity and Regulatory Lead
  • Natasha Hall Health Equity Policy Advisor
  • Mia Loheni-Brown Health Equity Policy Analyst
  • Scott Aitken Account and Relationship Manager
  • Dr Miguel Jo-Avila Senior Investments Process Coordinator
  • Toni Liu Associate Research Process Manager
  • Sia Cocker Havili Investment Process Coordinator 
  • Hannah Park Investment Process Coordinator 
  • Tracey Gardiner Investment Process Coordinator
  • Brynn Spain Investment Process Coordinator

Research Partnerships

For enquiries about the HRC's Connecting for Impact Fund, please contact:

  • Scott Aitken Account and Relationships Manager

Strategy and Policy

  • Dr Tania Pocock Director of Strategy and Policy
  • Megan Willmott Senior Policy Analyst
  • Jessica Glen System Design and Transformation Lead
  • Alexandra Boyle Senior Policy Analyst 
  • Zara Rahmani System Design and Performance Analyst
  • Katie Ferry Policy Analyst

For general enquiries

For all general enquiries, including feedback on the HRC's use of plain language, please contact us at