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Our Staff

Erica FaibankErica Fairbank

National Education Manager

Kidney Health New Zealand would like to welcome Erica Fairbank to the role of National Education Manager. Erica has 17 years of renal nursing experience with a background of dialysis nursing, renal nurse educator and clinical charge nurse manager across North Shore and Auckland Hospitals and her native Netherlands. She has experience in educating renal teams and patients and in producing resources for both.

Erica will be answering Kidney Health New Zealand’s 0800 phone line as well as responding to web-based enquiries and managing Kidney Health New Zealand’s substantive range of resources including the website, brochures and video resources. She will also be working closely with regional patient support groups, GP practices and DHB renal teams throughout the country.

Erica will commence her role on 28 November 2019 and will be based on the North Shore, Auckland.

Deanne Hock

Office Administrator Kidney Health New Zealand

Deanne joined Kidney Health NZ in October 2006 as part time Office Administrator, working 3 mornings a week.
Previously Deanne worked for Perpetual Trust. Returning to work after being home with her young family. Deanne is enjoying the variety of work with Kidney Health and is an asset to the team.
She lives with her husband and two boys in Christchurch. 

Jacqui Jeffrey

Fundraising Coordinator KHNZ

Jacqui joined KHNZ in March 2018 as part time fundraising coordinator.

Prior to joining Kidney Health New Zealand, Jacqui worked for Youthline Central South Island as their funding coordinator.  Jacqui also runs events, and co orindates a small farmer’s market in the town she lives in. Jacqui has run both large and small community events and continues to do a couple of family events throughout the year. "I was looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to work for a National organisation that has the potential to positively impact the lives of so many people really appealed to me.  This organisation has achieved so much, and I hope that I can help us to achieve even more."

Jacqui lives in a town on the outskirts of Christchurch with her husband and three children. We are excited to welcome Jacqui to the KHNZ team.

Michael Campbell

General Manager KHNZMichael Campbell

Born and bred in Northern Ireland, Michael and his wife Mary, a midwife, emigrated to New Zealand in 1993. Michael has held a number of  leadership positions with not-for-profit, educational, governmental and commercial organisations mainly in the South Island, most recently the Mind Lab. His main focus has been innovation and growth.Michael is keen to hear from all stakeholders of Kidney Health New Zealand and begin implmenting the newly adopted strategic plan. Mary and Michael live in Christchurch and have three sons, one based in Christchurch, one in Wellington and one in Adelaide.

Carmel Gregan-FordCarmel Gregan-Ford

Contract Nurse Educator KHNZ

Christchurch-based, Carmel has been the organisaton's National Education Manager for 17 years and now works on a contract basis for KHNZ

Chrissy TaylorSandy Speedy

Contract Nurse Educator KHNZ

Auckland-based, Sandy covers the 0800 number and web-based enquiries at holidays and other times. Sandy is a very experienced renal nurse working at ADHB. 

Sandy SpeedyChrissy Taylor

Contract Nurse Educator KHNZ

Also Auckland-based, Chrissy also covers the 0800 number and web-based enquiries at holidays and other times. Chrissy is a very experienced renal nurse working at ADHB. 

John Collins

Medical Advisor KHNZJohn Collins - Medical Advisor

John Collins is a nephrologist in Auckland. He graduated from Otago University with an  MBChB in 1974, and subsequently trained in Wellington, commencing Renal Training in 1979. He undertook a three year renal research fellowship at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles from 1981-1984. He returned to New Zealand to take up an appointment at Auckland Hospital where he continues to practice. He is an Honorary Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Auckland. He also provides private nephrology consultations at Mercy Specialist Group in Epsom, Auckland.

He has had a very long-standing interest in Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis and has published many papers in these areas. He has a strong commitment to early diagnosis of kidney disease and implementation of strategies to control disease as much as possible at an early stage. He is a keen supporter of kidney education and screening of at risk populations to identify silent kidney disease. He would like to see improved outcomes for Maori and Pacific people who are the highest risk groups with kidney disease.

Dr Terry Ryan Dr Terry Ryan

Kaumatua KHNZ

Kidney Health New Zealand is delighted that Dr Terry Ryan, noted genealogist for Ngai Tahu, has agreed to be our kaumatua to helo guide our "mahi", our mission. Terry is well-known throughout the country. 

As a boy growing up in rural Waipu he would sit on the knee of his “Nannie” greataunt Annie McLeod, writing the names of tīpuna on the backs of old photographs. Terry devised a system to connect the subjects of the photos as they related to his aunt. “I’d write it all out…and I know that proved a useful format when I started my work with the 1848 Ngāi Tahu Blue Book census all those years later.” It has been almost 40 years since Terry started with pad and pen to build a whakapapa record for Ngāi Tahu. Over that time the iwi has embraced him as one of their own and Terry has come to feel as he “knows” each of the 1337 kaumātua (elders) recorded in that small blue book. For almost 20 years he worked alone building the records in his impeccable hand writing until in 1992, two staff and computers were added to help with the task. It wasn’t until 2003 that Terry would finally make the move to the new technology. “To me whakapapa means to create the “papa” within oneself. The “papa” is your rock, your anchor, your foundation. Whakapapa lives within, it can assist one’s own self and personal development . Turn the gaze inwards, correct one’s self and your world will change – this is whakapapa.”

We are delighted to have Terry's knowledge of the people, join us in supporting the people of Aoteroa for "better kidney health for all New Zealanders".

Board Members


Michael Papesch - ChairpersonMichael Papesch





Nick Polaschek - Deputy Chair

Nick Polaschel







Natalie BrownNatalie Brown







John KearnsJohn Kearns 






Christine PrinceChristine Prince






Traci StanburyTraci Stanbury





David Shearer