About Us

Board of trustees

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

Chair

Justine Smyth is a professional company director. Her current directorships include: Telecom, Auckland International Airport, Financial Markets Authority and Chair of the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ. She recently stepped down as Deputy Chair of NZ Post Ltd.

Justine is also owner and executive director of a clothing manufacture and wholesale business. Her background includes the roles of group finance director of Lion Nathan Ltd and partner at Deloitte.

Patricia Wright

Vice Chair

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 McCrae

Vice Chair

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 Ramsaroop

MAC Chair

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.

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.

Marie-Ann Billens

Marie-Ann Billens is the General Manager of Estee Lauder. In 1992 Evelyn Lauder of Estée Lauder Companies made a commitment to the fight against breast cancer and launched the first Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign at Estée Lauder counters across the United States.

Alistair Jamieson

Alistair is CEO of Starcom NZ and has for more than 20 years provided media and advertising solutions to some of NZ’s most iconic brands and advertisers.

Starcom NZ has for a number of years provided pro bono media strategy and execution to NZBCF and it is via that relationship that Alistair has joined the Board of Trustees.

Alistair is a respected member of the NZ advertising community and also sits on the CAANZ Executive Board.

Anna Buchly

Anna is a partner at the law firm Bell Gully. Bell Gully has had a long-term association with The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation 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.

James Hurman

James Hurman is the founder and principal of Auckland innovation consultancy Previously Unavailable.

Previously Unavailable, formed in 2014, is the first company of its kind in New Zealand and works with many of the country’s leading corporate, public and start-up organisations, helping them create more successful product and customer experience innovations.

In 2013 James was named the world’s #1 advertising strategist, renowned globally for his successes with highly innovative and effective communications campaigns.

James is an energetic member of the Auckland innovation and entrepreneurship sectors. He’s a mentor of the Icehouse’s ‘Lightening Lab’ startup accelerator programme. He works with a number of public sector Auckland organisations around building Auckland’s future. He also hosts the Seafarer’s Members Club’s ‘Conversations at Sea’ series of live interview events with innovative New Zealanders.

James’ 2010 book, ‘The Case for Creativity’ demonstrated the link between creativity and business success, and was described by The Coca Cola Company as ‘beautiful words of wisdom’.