Our people

NZNF Staff

Programme Manager: Sarah Hanrahan, BHSc, NZRD, PG Dip Bus
Sarah is a dietitian with a post-graduate Diploma in Business (Marketing).  Prior to joining the Nutrition Foundation in September 2008, Sarah spent time living in the Netherlands and United States.  The majority of Sarah’s career in nutrition was spent working at Nutricia, setting up the New Zealand sales structure and working with infant feeding and specialised nutrition products.  A particular interest was nutrition for inborn errors of metabolisim.  In addition to her Nutrition Foundation work Sarah writes a bi-monthly nutrition feature for REAL magazine.

Nutritionist: Anna Mrkusic, Dip HSc, Dip Teaching, PGD Education, PGD Science (Community Nutrition), Master of Philosophy
Anna is a food and nutrition teacher with over 30 years’ experience. Her work has involved helping pupils develop skills and knowledge to effectively manage and maintain lifelong diet quality. There has been an emphasis on nutrition and health-related issues that influence individuals, families and communities, as well as what actions can be taken to improve their well-being. It was during her Masters Research project in 2011 that Anna decided she would like to work in health promotion and nutritional education at a national level. Anna was appointed to the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation Council in October 2013 and in 2015 Anna has taken up a project manager’s role with the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation.

Nutritionist: Andrea Ler, BCom/BSc, GradDipCom, GradDipSc
Andrea graduated from Massey University in 2013, majoring in Human Nutrition. Prior to studying nutrition, she worked with the finance industry, after completing her finance and computer science majors. Andrea joined the NZ Nutrition Foundation team in 2014 as a Research Assistant with the Just Cook programme ‘My Food My Future’. She worked closely with the Liggins Institute and The National Institute for Health Innovation to develop a fun, interactive teaching tool which encourages youth to learn about food and cooking family meals. In 2015, Andrea has taken up the role of Nutritionist with the NZ Nutrition Foundation.

Nutritionist: Jane Petrie, BCApSc, BSc
Jane is a nutritionist with both Human Nutrition and Food Science degrees from the University of Otago. With over 15 years of work experience, Jane has worked for a variety of companies including Sanitarium Health Food Company and Plant and Food Research. Jane joined the NZ Nutrition Foundation in April 2011.

Executive Councillors

Tania Watson (Chairman), Orange Associates Ltd.
Dr Richard Gearry (Medical Director), Otago University, Canterbury District Health Board
Professor Elaine Rush (Scientific Director), AUT University
Logan Granger (Treasurer), Johnston Associates
Vikki Lee Goode (PR Director), Goode PR

Elected Councillors

Simone Rosentreter, Nutritionist, Network Communication

Scientific Advisory Group

Professor Elaine Rush (Scientific Director), AUT University
Dr Richard Gearry, Otago University, Canterbury District Health Board
Professor Murray Skeaff, University of Otago
Professor Lynn Ferguson, University of Auckland
Professor Christine Thomson, University of Otago
Professor Ian Reid, University of Auckland
Dr Laurence Eyres, Consultant, ECG Ltd
Dr Carol Wham, Massey University
Dr Clare Wall, University of Auckland
Dr Jane Elmslie, Christchurch School of Medicine
Maurice Wilson, Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR)
Caryn Zinn, AUT University

Committee for Healthy Ageing

Sally Watson (Chair), Dietitian, Canterbury District Health Board
Julian Jensen, Dietitian, retired, Christchurch
Alison Ogg, Teacher, retired
Dr Graham Davison, Geriatrician, retired
Phillippa Batts, Operations Manager, AUT University
Sarah Ley, Dietitian, Consulting Dietitians