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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
  • Joy Capuno Management Accountant
  • Ai Lan Pau Accounts Payable Assistant

Knowledge Management and Information Systems

  • Esther Viljoen Senior Advisor Business Operations Optimisation
  • Andilee McCallaghan Risk Manager
  • Peter Adams IT Systems Administrator
  • Jason Cleaver Senior Web Applications Developer 
  • James Hastings Data Administrator


For enquiries related to legal and ethics matters, please email

Investment Processes

  • Ellen Campbell, Director of Operations and Investments
  • Dr Katie Palastanga Research Investment Manager - Biomedical 
  • Dr Miguel Jo-Avila Research Investment Manager - Biomedical
  • Luke Garland Senior Research Investment Manager
  • Scott Aitken Senior Research Investment Manager
  • Melanie Duncan Investments Portfolio Coordinator
  • Toni Liu Research Investment Manager
  • Orin Robb Research Investment Manager
  • Vlatka Matich Administrative Assistant
  • Marian O'Brien Contracts Coordinator (secondment)
  • Rachel Mose Iopu Team Administrator

Māori Health Research

  • Stacey Pene Director of Equity, Māori and Pacific Health Research
  • Le-Shan Pomana-Wesley Manager, Māori Health Research
  • Natasha Hall Health Equity Policy Advisor
  • Mia Loheni-Brown Health Equity Policy Analyst
  • Hannah Park Project Coordinator (fixed-term)
  • Malia Tonga Administrator (fixed-term)

Pacific Health Research

  • Tolotea Lanumata Manager of Pacific Research Investment
  • Sia Cocker Havili Research Investment Coordinator 

Research Partnerships

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

  • Scott Aitken Senior Research Investment Manager

Strategy and Policy

  • Dr Tania Pocock Director of Strategy and Policy
  • Megan Willmott Senior Evaluation Analyst
  • Jessica Glen System Design Lead
  • Alexandra Boyle Senior Policy Analyst 

For general enquiries

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