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Our Board

Our team is dedicated to the mission of helping those with hearing loss in New Zealand. Get to know the people who make Hearing New Zealand what it is.


Dr Lisa Seerup

President/Board Chair

Lisa is the President of the National Hearing Association

 Lisa has over 30 years of experience in hearing health and conservation. She has gained experience working in the US, Australia, Mexico, Argentina, Switzerland, and Denmark. She is the WHO’s Global Changemaker in New Zealand, and has been a fierce advocate for hearing health.  Her goal is to make NZ the gold standard in Hearing Health with equitable services for all NZers


Rachel Nelson

Vice President/Board Member

Rachel is the Central Regional Representative to the Board

Her background is in Social work and brings an intergrated approach to hearing.  She has supported people through the Justice system.  Her goal is to decrease the level of incarceration due to misunderstanding in questioning during this process.  Rachel is our constitution whisper- a must have for every organisation.

In her spare time, she has a small sheep farm in Dannevirke.


Catherine Clark

Board Member

Catherine is the Northern Regional Representative to the Board.

Her background is in nursing. She is also president of Matamata hearing association.  She brings a strong health focus to hearing

Paul Matthews

Board Member

Paul is the Central Regional Representative to the Board

Paul is a  little camera shy and your will always find him behind the scenes.  He has been working with Hearing New Zealand for many years.  He brings a wealth of financial management and grant writing exerience.

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Tony West

Board Member

Tony is the North Regional Representative to the Board.

Tony orignially came out to NZ from England to sort out the railways after working on the London underground.  His backgound in planning and logistics has been a good addition to the board,


Simon Gutschlag

Board Member

Simon is the Southern Regional Representative to the Board

Simon's background in IT and management bring a necessary skill to the board.  His ideas from the corporate world are working towards a more sustainable model going forward in the 

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Julie and Alan Mills


Alan is a retired Accountant and Julie is an acount manager.  Together they keep a sharp eye on the books, making sure everything is in order and all grants and donations are accounted for and properly allocated.   


Jenafor Rollins

Board Member

Jenafor is the south island representative.  

Jenafor is a published author whose stories uplift, inspire and warm the heart.  She brings creativity and energy to the board.  Jenafor finds stories that need to be told.  Her advcacy around service dogs is inspiring her next book.

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