Megan Rees

Event & Fundraising Manager

Megan brings events, public relations and communications knowledge to implement a successful programme of fundraising activities for Melanoma NZ. With several years organising events in a variety of different genres – wine, food, arts, music and fashion, Megan is ecstatic to be working for a charity that she is extremely passionate about.

“I have volunteered for several charities throughout my life and am now fortunate to be able to contribute to one that affects so many New Zealanders ”.


Melanie Ion

Office Manager

Melanie started in October 2010 when the Melanoma Support and Information Centre was very first established. Melanie's varied position involves the administration, accounts, payroll, events and fundraising, social media, website maintenance and she also enjoys volunteering and partaking in Melanoma New Zealand events and fundraisers.


Sinda Hall

Melanoma Information Advisor

On arrival in New Zealand in 2000, Sinda made a career change from Neonatal Intensive Care to Palliative Care. She is a Registered General Nurse, with a post graduate qualification in health sciences. Her last position was with Sweet Louise, a charity helping those with advanced breast cancer, where she worked in a supportive care role for 9 years.  Sinda feels that the management of the physical aspects of any cancer diagnosis is only one element of the patient’s care.  Good supportive care encompasses providing information, practical assistance and emotional support for the patient, their families and caregivers. 




Paul Head


Paul Head is the CEO of the Commercial Communications Council, the industry body representing advertising and media agencies. He also sits on the Board of the Advertising Standards Authority. Prior to his current role he led the marketing functions at some of NZ’s leading organisations.


Jessica Pritchard


Jessica is a chartered accountant and admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the high court. She is currently on a career break enjoying time with her children and is joining Ernst and Young as Partner in early 2018.  Jessica is passionate about raising the awareness of melanoma in the agricultural sector. Her father, a farmer, died of melanoma in 2010.


Fred Soar


Fred heads up Soar Printing, a family-owned company founded in 1920 by his grandfather Lt. Colonel Fred Soar. He is a great believer in blazing a trail, rather than walking the predictable path. Under his guidance Soar Printing has become a leader in sustainable printing in New Zealand. Part of Soar's sustainability commitment is giving back to the community, through sponsorships and by volunteering time to charitable organisations. Fred is also a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants.


Mr Richard Martin


Richard is a NZ trained Surgeon and spent two and a half years at the Sydney Cancer Centre, the largest treatment and research facility for melanoma in the world, specialising in melanoma and head and neck surgery. He completed a Master of Surgery in Surgical Oncology at the University of Sydney. Richard publishes in numerous academic journals, is a regular presenter at international conferences and is actively involved in research and clinical trials. Richard works at the Melanoma Unit and Waitemata DHB. He chairs the National Melanoma Standards group and the Auckland regional melanoma group. Richard is also on the executive committees of Melanoma New Zealand, the Australian and New Melanoma Trials Group and MelNet. 


Geoff Ross

Geoff was the founder and CEO of 42 Below, which was a listed Company for three years prior to its sale to Bacardi in late 2006. Geoff is also Chairman of Trilogy International, an NZX listed company focused on the home fragrances and body care products market. Prior to 42 Below, he was a Managing Partner and Board Member of DDB Advertising for two years and was a Client Service Director and Management Team Member for Saatchi & Saatchi in Wellington for eight years. Geoff is also a trustee at Pure Advantage and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture).


Megan Clark

Megan is the Managing Director of Copper Brand Experiences and is a pioneer in the New Zealand Brand Experience, Sponsorship and Activation industry. She launched New Zealand’s first independent, specialist experiential marketing agency, Copper, in 2004. She has earned respect over the past decade for being a passionate advocate and game changer in the industry with her agency’s innovative, creative and integrated approach.


Dr. Rosalie Stephens

Rosalie Stephens is a medical oncologist treating patients with advanced melanoma in Auckland. She completed specialist training in Auckland before completing a fellowship at the Melanoma Unit of the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. Clinical and translational research in melanoma is an active interest and Rosalie has joined Melanoma New Zealand as a trustee hoping to advocate for improved and equitable access to new drug therapies and clinical trials.


Lisa Mackay

Lisa is the Managing Director of HRtoolkit and comes with over 20 years HR experience, and extensive experience working as an advisor to various Boards. She has also sat on many committees over the years including Chairing the Grey Lynn Business Association, and the Summerfield Villa’s Body Corporate. 


Niko Toluono

Niko is currently the General Manager of Snakk Media, a publicly-listed smartscreen advertising company. His advertising career began back in 2002 two years after arriving from Samoa at the age of 22. Niko is also involved on other Boards. He is committed to utilising his various experiences to help Melanoma New Zealand achieve its mission of preventing avoidable deaths and suffering. 


Don Mackay


Don Mackay is an independent consultant and company director.  He returned to NZ in 2016 after nearly 20 years working in London, The Hague and Singapore in various senior executive and board level roles in the energy and maritime sectors.  He has extensive experience in strategy development, risk oversight and stakeholder management, and understands the importance of building a strong governance culture and implementing governance best practice.  He has personal experience with melanoma and is a passionate advocate for reducing its incidence with sun (UV) protection and preventing avoidable deaths through its early detection.  Don is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and a Chartered Member of Engineering NZ.

Jan Shearer


Jan has a diverse range of interests and experiences mostly relating to sports and outdoor activities.  She is an Olympic medallist in Yachting and her initial working career was in engineering (20 years) however over the last 5 years has switch to the sports industry where she is Head of Performance for Tennis NZ (NSO).

Her governance experience is mostly in the Not for Profit area ranging from trustee work for small organisations to National Bodies.  Jan is currently on the Snow Sports NZ Board, and President of the Nacra 17 and 470 NZ Olympic Yachting Class Inc Societies. 

Jan and her husband Murray Jones are based in Auckland and have 2 adult children.


Johnathan Eele


Johnathan is the General Manager of Energy for Vocus, the business which owns Slingshot and Orcon. Johnathan joined Vocus following the Group’s acquisition of Black + White; a specialised business telco he founded in 2008. Johnathan’s career in the utilities sector spans 17 and he has worked in the UK, Ireland, USA and NZ for companies such as Cable & Wireless, Hutchison Whampoa, and Telecom NZ (now Spark). His roles have covered marketing, procurement, product management, sales and general management. Johnathan and Rebecca moved to NZ in 2004 and enjoy supporting Digby 14, who is an avid sailor and Oscar 16, who is mad about basketball. Living in Takapuna means the dog gets a work out on the beach as often as possible.  

Harry Townsend
Mark Habgood
Ian Duff
Fred Soar
Mr Richard Harman

Honorary Trustees