Andrea Newland

Chief Executive Officer

Andrea Newland joined Melanoma New Zealand in January 2019.

With more than 20 years’ combined experience in marketing, communications and the not-for-profit sector, Andrea drives a comprehensive fundraising programme to enable Melanoma New Zealand to invest further in its strategic objectives of championing prevention, promoting early detection and increasing access to high quality clinical care.

Before joining Melanoma New Zealand, Andrea spent more than nine years at the Starship Foundation (a social-profit organisation raising funds for the national children’s hospital) where she headed up the Marketing, Communications, Events and Corporate Partnerships functions.

A qualified and experienced journalist, Andrea has worked closely both in and with the media her entire career. Previous roles include Editor of the National Business Review magazine and Associate Editor of Management magazine. Andrea also has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Auckland.

She is a trustee on the St Cuthbert’s College Educational Trust Board.

Andrea is passionate about delivering meaningful social outcomes through the not-for-profit sector and is a committed advocate for compassionate healthcare and access to the best health resources for all.


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.




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 their teenagers Digby, who is an avid sailor & Oscar, who is mad about baskeball. Living in Takapuna means the dog gets a work out on the beach as often as possible.


Paul Head

Deputy Chairperson

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 Partner at EY, specialising in transactions and tax. She is formally qualified as a chartered accountant and admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the high court. Jessica is passionate about raising the awareness of melanoma in the agricultural sector. Her father, a farmer, died of melanoma in 2010.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Honorary Trustees

Harry Townsend
Mark Habgood
Ian Duff
Fred Soar
Mr Richard Harman