Breast Cancer Foundation NZ is governed, and guided by, two professional bodies, The Board of Trustees and the Medical Advisory Committee. Members, who are all leaders in their respective fields, are wholly dedicated to achieving the Foundation’s vision of zero deaths from breast cancer. They dedicate their time and expertise voluntarily, and BCFNZ owes its continuing existence to the commitment of these hard-working individuals.
BCFNZ also has three diligent and highly respected patrons, without whom, the Foundation would not have been able to achieve such success in advocacy, awareness and education, research and support. All are highly valued for the contribution that they bring to the work of the Foundation.
Justine Smyth CNZM
Justine is a professional company Director and is currently the Chair of Spark NZ, and a Director of Auckland International Airport. She is also Co-Chair of the Champions for Change group. Justine has experience in governance, mergers and acquisitions, taxation and financial performance of large corporate enterprises from being the Group Finance Director at Lion Nathan and a Partner at Deloitte. She also spent 10 years owning and running her own businesses.
She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants NZ and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors. In 2020 Justine was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Governance and Women.
Patricia Wright has more than 20 years of charitable experience, and is currently a trustee of the Starship Foundation and The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. She is also the chair of Vivid Solutions, a for-profit company providing organisational connectivity on a secure network to the Ministry of Health and the District Health Boards, and other related organisations.
Patricia was the first executive director of the Starship Foundation, a position she held for nine years.
Patricia has been a Board member of The New Zealand TelePaediatric Society, vice-chair of the Friends of Starship, trustee of the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand, The Children’s Promise (a global millennium appeal), and committee member of the first TV3 Telethon.
Joanne is a senior partner with Deloitte with more than 20 years’ experience in corporate tax advisory. She is currently responsible for Deloitte’s trans-Tasman tax desk and leads the NZ Global Employer Services practice. She has experience advising both large multinational corporations and owner-managed businesses in all areas of taxation.
Joanne is currently a trustee and Advisory Board member of NZ Global Women and on the Board of the GIFT centre, which runs residential and pastoral care for intellectually disabled adults. She has also been a past Chair of LifeLine New Zealand.
Reena graduated from the University of Natal Medical School as a Fellow of the College of Pathologists (South Africa). She then practised as Consultant Pathologist/Senior Lecturer at the Natal Medical School. In 1996, Reena emigrated to New Zealand, practising at Diagnostic Medlab.
Since her arrival in New Zealand, Reena has completed her Ph.D (2000) and The Australasian College of Pathologist Fellowship. She developed her subspecialty interests in gynaecology, oncology and breast pathology with presentations and publications. She is the Clinical Director of Surgical Pathology, Waitemata District Health Board.
For many years Reena was the lead Pathologist for Breast Screen Limited (Auckland Central) and actively pursued research projects in women’s health. She was a member of the BreastScreen Advisory Group, an active member of the Auckland Breast Cancer Study Group and was president of the NZ Society of Cytology. Reena was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2013 New Year Honours in recognition of her services as a histocytopathologist.
Anna is a partner at the law firm Bell Gully. Bell Gully has had a long-term association with Breast Cancer Foundation NZ and currently provides the Foundation with support and legal advice through its pro bono programme.
As a specialist in corporate law, Anna has advised a number of major New Zealand and international companies on their activities. Internationally, she has worked for Clyde & Co in Dubai, and for Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons) in Sydney.
Anna is enthusiastic about the opportunity to give something back to the community and personally support a cause that helps so many.
Prue Kapua (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Kahungunu) was National President of Māori Womens Welfare League from 2014 to 2022. She is currently the Chair of Māori Women’s Development Inc. and a member of the Waitangi Tribunal. She is a lawyer and Principal of Tamatekapua Law.
Prue was Deputy Chair of the Medical Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal and a director of First Health NZ Ltd (a Southern Cross NZ Ltd subsidiary). In 2000 the Minister of Health appointed her to represent the interests of Māori women in the Gisborne Cervical Cancer Inquiry.
Andrew Taylor is Head of Digital and an executive director of Theta, a New Zealand IT consulting company. He also heads up Theta's Innovation Lab, which develops software products and works with emerging technologies.
Andrew has over 20 years' experience in IT consulting and delivery in New Zealand and the UK and is independently accredited as a Chartered IT Professional NZ (CITPNZ) by ITP, the professional body of the IT sector in New Zealand.
Andrew welcomes the opportunity to contribute his technical governance and innovation expertise to BCFNZ.
Eugénie graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts and later completed a Masters of Arts at the University of Hong Kong. She returned to New Zealand in 2002 to raise a family and was involved in fundraising in education and the arts. From a family with a long investment history in New Zealand she has a keen interest in emerging companies and the broader public and private equity markets. Eugénie is passionate and focused on the areas of children’s and women’s health both through her role with Breast Cancer Foundation and her work with her family's charitable foundation.
Gordon is a highly credentialed business leader, who held a range of senior executive roles over a 15-year period at Ryman Healthcare Group, where he most recently served as CEO. Prior to this, Gordon was a Corporate Finance and Advisory Partner with PWC and was also the Finance Director of a London listed Hi Tech company, Xaar, based in Cambridge, England.
Gordon was recently appointed to the Board of Spark and Delegat Group. Gordon holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury, is a Chartered Accountant Fellow, and a Member of the Institute of Directors.
Gordon has a strong passion for the mission of the Foundation, having lost his Mum to breast cancer when she was only 56. The experience of breast cancer on a loved one and whanau left Gordon with a drive to help others either avoid this suffering, or cope with as much knowledge and support as possible.
Gordon’s business leadership experience in healthcare along with his operational and commercial expertise will be a valuable complement to the existing skills-mix of the Board.
Karen is passionate about women's health, and is an experienced midwife having worked in both New Zealand and Australia.
Karen is the Digital Health Leader for the Hauora practice at PwC, and brings a clinical and equity lens to digital health in her pursuit to transform the delivery of healthcare. She specialises in health data and information strategy, digital identity, service design and workforce development.
She is committed to improving health and wellbeing outcomes enabled through data, information and technology. She enjoys the challenge of achieving better design, development and implementation of digital capabilities so all New Zealanders can live
their best lives.
A proud Ngāi Tahu wahine, Karen brings over 25 years of health sector experience, she is a registered midwife and has also worked in government, management and education. She has held various governance roles across digital health and the public health sector, and is currently the Board Chair of Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ).
Mary Los’e is the Chief Executive of the Pacific Business Trust. Of Tongan and Māori descent, Mary is Ngāti Rereahu ki Ngāti Maniapoto and is from the villages of Ha’ano, Foa and Faleloa, Ha’apai.
Prior to joining PBT, Mary was the Chief Service Experience Officer at National Telehealth Services, Whakarongorau Aotearoa. Mary led the community co-design and operational delivery of the Pacific and Māori Telehealth pathways to meet the needs of communities during the resurgence of COVID-19.
Mary’s experience in the private and public sector includes 25 years as a journalist and editor in multimedia and broadcasting. She went on to further hone her communication and engagement skills with the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, Housing New Zealand (now Kāinga Ora), Bank of New Zealand’s Innovation Unit and New Zealand Magazines.
Mary has a Bachelor and Master of Business Administration from the University of Auckland.