Staff John Wills

John Wills 
Chief Executive

John is chief executive at the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ and is responsible for overseeing operations, along with reporting to the chairman of the board and board members. 
John has held a number of high-level management roles including director of commercial operations at Australian Red Cross, chief executive of Zoo’s Victoria, chief executive of 

The Centre of Adult Education in Melbourne and general manager of strategy and research for Lend Lease.

His background also comprises of extensive retail experience including director of Sussan retail group, director of Jag and director of GM Myer Department stores. 

He is currently a member of four boards in Australia including the chair of both Nutrition Australia Victoria and Playgroups Victoria, and a board member of the Auckland Zoological Society and OLGC (Our Lady of Good Council).

He has a Masters in Psychology/Counselling, Masters in Business, Masters in Education, Diploma in Organisational Behaviour and Diploma in Early Childhood Education.

Staff Teresa

Teresa Demetriou 
General Manager - Education and Research

Teresa is responsible for the education portfolio, which includes educating on respiratory conditions, the annual national respiratory conference and providing professional development and training for health professionals. 

She has extensive experience in management positions within intensive care, elderly care, public health, school nursing, practice nursing and respiratory health education. Teresa is a registered nurse with over 30 years of experience working in the health sector.

Teresa represents the Foundation on the board of the SmokeFree Coalition and currently sits on the Activity and Nutrition Aotearoa (formerly named Agencies for Nutrition Action) Strategic Council.

Staff Judy

Judy McLuskie 
Donor base Coordinator

Judy coordinates all donor relations, which includes strengthening existing relationships and acquiring new donors. She sends out regular communications to donors and is responsible for our donor family. Judy has worked at the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ for over 20 years and is an integral team member who is energetic, dedicated and passionate about her work. 

Staff Taniya

Taniya Scott 
General Manager - Marketing and Fundraising

Taniya leads the marketing team at the Foundation. Her role is to manage all marketing and communications activities including the Sensitive Choice® programme.

Taniya has worked in a variety of roles, including Team Leader at GSB SupplyCorp, a procurement services provider and business trading network representing brands such as BP, Noel Leeming, OfficeMax and Fonterra.


She has also served for two years as President of the Wellington Young Professionals and currently sits in the executive board of Scope Wellington. Taniya holds a BSc majoring in Psychology and minor in Education from the University of Otago. 

Carole

Carole French
Fundraising Manager

Carole is responsible for the fundraising strategy and development at the Foundation. With more than 20 year’s experience as a fundraising professional, Carole has worked with many of New Zealand’s most respected charities. Over this time she has provided fundraising expertise to causes ranging from children’s health to environmental conservation.

Carole is currently an Advisory Panel Member of Rogare – the Fundraising Think Tank, Plymouth University; and a Trustee of Business and Community Shares (BACS).

Carole has a Bachelor of Social Science from Waikato University and is completing study towards a Graduate Diploma in Not-for-Profit Management at Unitec.


Staff Vanessa

Vanessa Searing  
Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Vanessa is responsible for the planning and coordination of marketing activities at the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ. 

Her experience includes working as a Campaign Manager for Sensis in Australia and managing strategic online advertising campaigns,

working with brands such as Yellow Pages® and White Pages. Prior to that she worked for organisations such as Wellington City Council and Realestateview. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration majoring in Marketing from Victoria University of Wellington. 

Hayley

Hayley Sims Digital Marketing Coordinator

Hayley is responsible for the coordination of digital marketing activities at the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation. 

Her experience includes working in Marketing Coordinator roles at ACCO Brands New Zealand, New Zealand Wine Society and Footsteps Early Childhood Education.

Hayley has a Bachelor of Management Studies majoring in Marketing and Public Relations from Waikato University.

Staff Tristram

Dr Tristram Ingham 
Strategic Advisor - Māori 
Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou

Tristram is a senior research fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of Otago in Wellington. He also holds a number of governance positions across the health sector, including board memberships of Wellhealth Trust PHO, Capital & Coast Māori Partnership Board, and the Combined Community Public Health & Disability Advisory Committee of Capital Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs. 

His medical and research background includes work on the burden of bronchiolitis, asthma and COPD, along with the pharmaceutical management of these and other conditions. 

A particular focus for Tristram is understanding and addressing the basis for the striking disparities in health outcomes seen for Māori and Pacific people with respiratory illnesses. 

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