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Letitia O'Dwyer
Chief Executive

Letitia was previously the Chief Executive for the New Zealand Organisation of Rare Disorders (NZORD) an organisation, which under her leadership raised its national awareness, professionalism and support group engagement. 

Letitia has over 20 years extensive experience in the health sector which

includes the introduction of new health technologies, improving access to medicines, initiating imaging and diagnostic trials and establishing international healthcare networks.

She holds a Bachelor of Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Business and a Masters in Health Management all from the University of Auckland, School of Population Health. She has sat on a number of international and national advisory boards and most recently was an invited speaker to the World Orphan Drug Congress in Washington DC.

She has held senior management positions in both the corporate diagnostic and pharmaceutical industry, and collaborated with many NGOs over the years.

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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 is currently a trustee on the board for PSYLO (Porirua Sing Your Lungs Out), and sits on the Activity and Nutrition Aotearoa (formerly named Agencies for Nutrition Action) Strategic Council.


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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. 

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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. 

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Lyndal Bremer
Grants and Fundraising Manager

Lyndal is responsible for the Foundation’s Grants program as well as seeking out new fundraising opportunities for the organisation.

She has recently worked for the NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders as Fundraising and Communications Manager. She has many years’

marketing and communications experience, previous roles have been with the NZ Lotteries Commission, Colgate Palmolive, AXA New Zealand and Kiwibank.

Lyndal holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Management majoring in Marketing from Lincoln University.


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Vanessa Searing  
Marketing and Communications Advisor

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

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. 

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Hayley Sims Marketing and Partnerships Advisor

Hayley is responsible for the coordination of the Sensitive Choice Programme and 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.

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Robyn Love
Office Coordinator

Robyn is responsible for the general running of the office, ensuring efficiency in the areas of administration and data entry. Robyn assists in many of the Foundations exciting projects, including organisation of the Sailor the Puffer Fish show.

Robyn has a range of work experience including roles as a receptionist, personal assistant and in customer services. She also gives her time generously for a local community helpline.

Originally from the UK, Robyn settled in Wellington a year ago. We are thrilled to have her on the team.


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Dr. Stuart Jones
Medical Director
MBChB (Otago 1995), PhD (Otago 2003), FRACP (2007) 

Dr. Stuart Jones originates from the Far North, however headed to the far south attending Otago Medical School from which he graduated in 1995. He spent his initial post-graduate years working at Dunedin Hospital before taking up a post as respiratory research fellow at the Dunedin School of Medicine. In 2003 he graduated with a PhD from Otago University with a thesis entitled: Exhaled nitric oxide and the clinical control of airway inflammation.


He commenced his respiratory specialist training in Dunedin before heading to the UK for a further 3 years of training. During his time in the UK he was based in Cambridge where he worked at the local university hospital (Addenbrookes) and at Papworth Hospital, a specialist cardio-respiratory unit. While at Papworth he trained in pulmonary hypertension and sleep medicine. He then went to Edinburgh where he worked as a sleep fellow at the Royal Infirmary.

He is currently employed as a Respiratory and Sleep Physician at Middlemore Hospital. He specialises in general respiratory medicine, with a particular interest in sleep medicine, asthma and airway inflammation, and bronchiectasis.

Dr Jones is also the President of the New Zealand branch of TSANZ (Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand).

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John Clarke, CNZM
Chief Cultural Advisor – Māori
John is of Ngati Porou descent with whakapapa connections with Ngapuhi and Ngati Kahungunu.

He is the current Principal Cultural Advisor to the Minister of Treaty of Waitangi negotiations. He regularly provides consultancy services to the Crown Law Office, the Office of the Treaty Settlements, and the policy division of the Ministry of Justice.


John spent the early part of his career in education which spanned over 25 years, and included time spent teaching in Awanui, Wairoa, Te Teko, and at Epuni Primary School.  He 'pioneered' the teaching of Te Reo at Wainuiomata College, and over his educational career went on to become principal of Ngata Memorial College, Ruatoria and Wellington High School and Community Institute.

John has an excellent and thorough understanding of Māori issues. His role with the Foundation will include, providing advice on the various aspects of tikanga Māori and protocols. John is a fluent speaker of Te Reo Māori, and represents the Foundation to raise awareness within the wider Māori community and with other key stakeholders.

John has held numerous high-level roles including Chief Executive of the Ministry of Māori Affairs, former Race Relations Conciliator and Human Rights Commissioner of Aotearoa New Zealand. He is a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM), which was awarded in 2011 for outstanding service to Māori.

The Foundation is privileged to have John's support, and we thank him for offering his services to us.

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