National Office

National Office

P O Box 12482
Level 1, Thorndon Rise Building
95-99 Molesworth Street
Tel: 04 472 8099
0800 STROKE (0800 78 76 53)

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Red text denotes member of the National Leadership Team

Mark Vivian, Stroke Foundation  CEO

Chief Executive Officer: Mark Vivian

 Julia Rout

National Health Promotion ManagerJulia Rout

Julia and her team aim to create environments where it is easier for New Zealanders to lead a healthy lifestyle. Their goal is to reduce the number of people experiencing stroke, especially in high risk communities. Initiatives include the Big Blood Pressure Check, Pacific Stroke Prevention Project and FAST campaign. Julia has over 10 years experience working in public health and is a registered dietitian (currently on maternity leave, Vicki Robinson covering this role).

 Simon Bradwell

National Communications and Promotions Manager: Simon Bradwell

Simon is responsible for media coverage of the Stroke Foundation and issues affecting the stroke community. He issues press releases and can assist with all media inquiries, particularly around the FAST campaign and Big NZ Blood Pressure Check. Simon joined the Stroke Foundation after more than 20 years in national media organisations.

Media enquiries: 027 506 9822

 Donna McMahon

National Administration Manager: Donna McMahon

Donna and her team oversee and support the administration, ICT, HR, asset and financial management of the national office and the regional offices. She is responsible for consistent administrative policies and procedures for the whole organisation and for the systems that support regional administration and operations.

 Nita Brown

National Māori Health Advisor: Nita Brown

Nita primarily focuses on stroke prevention, reducing risks and the impact of stroke among whanau Māori throughout the country. Nita builds relationships with Māori health organisations such as Whānau Ora, GPs and Disability Support Services to support stroke prevention. She has years of experience in public health and over 20 years experience in education.

 Vanessa Reihana

Donor Relations Assistant: Vanessa Reihana

Vanessa works with the foundation's many donors on bequests, gifts and donations.

Donor Database Assistant: Penelope Esplin


Penelope is responsible for processing our appeals, as well as supporting and updating donor information in our system. Penelope has previously worked in libraries and book stores, and is a musician who has performed in bands around New Zealand and Europe.


Health Promotion Coordinator: Campbell Clark

Campbell has a background in health promotion and is passionate about helping people make healthy lifestyle choices to reduce their risk of stroke. He is responsible for project managing the Big Blood Pressure Check as well as other campaigns run by the Stroke Foundation. Campbell has previously worked in a public health unit as an advisor and researcher.


 Tai Faalogo

Leader, Pacific Stroke Prevention Project: Tai Faalogo

Tai is a health promoter working on the stroke prevention project for the Pacific communities in Auckland. Her role involves networking with Pacific organisations and raising awareness of stroke and stroke risk factors, such as salt and high blood pressure, among Pacific communities. Tai is housed with a Pacific provider called Vaka Tautua.

 Ginny Abernethy

National Stroke Network Coordinator: Ginny Abernethy

Ginny coordinates the National Stroke Network – a group of stroke clinicians from across New Zealand DHBs whose objectives are to provide a strategic direction for stroke services. The network activities include the development, promotion and maintenance of best practice and quality assurance and to provide high level clinical guidance on issues arising in stroke in NZ.


Julie Reedy

PA to National Administration Manager: Julie Reedy

Julie works closely with Donna McMahon and undertakes a variety of administrative, clerical, and managerial tasks. She enjoys her contact with all Stroke Foundation staff members to assist and support them. Julie finds dealing with the stroke community and supporters especially satisfying.

Monique Hall

Receptionist: Monique Hall

Monique is our front of house reception who answers and responds to general queries that come to the Wellington national office via email or phone, and directing them to the appropriate staff member. She helps stroke survivors and their families make contact with the foundation's Community Stroke Advisors. She also provides resourcing and administrative support.



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