Who we are

Mark Vivian, Chief Executive Officer, Stroke Foundation

Mark joined the Stroke Foundation as CEO in 2006.  He has enjoyed a diverse career in what he calls the social profit sector, which includes setting up community development projects, effective treatment programmes for sex offenders and an abuse survivor initiative.  Early in his career he ran a night shelter and worked for a disability service while his last position was with a problem gambling treatment service. He holds a master’s degree in social work and an MBA.

Donna McMahon - Stroke Foundation NZ

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.

Julia and her team work to support an environment where it is easier for New Zealanders to lead a healthy lifestyle. Our goal is to reduce the risk factors, inequity and number of people experiencing stroke especially in high risk communities. Our key initiatives include the Big Blood Pressure Check, Pacific Stroke Prevention Project and FAST campaign. 

Simon Bradwell, Communications Manager

Simon is responsible for media coverage of the Stroke Foundation, and publicising the stories of stroke survivors and issues affecting the stroke community. He can assist with all media inquiries, particularly around the FAST campaign and Big Blood Pressure Check. Simon joined the Stroke Foundation after more than 20 years in national media organisations including TVNZ, Stuff, The Dominion Post, and Sunday News.

Media enquiries: 027 506 9822

Robbie Ross, National Fundraising Manager - Stroke Foundation

Robbie and his team are responsible for the development, implementation and management of the organisation’s fundraising strategy, maintaining and enhancing current fundraising channels and identifying new opportunities. These include direct mail, regular giving, corporate partnerships, event management and bequests. Robbie worked for The Salvation Army New Zealand, Fiji & Tonga Territory for 25 years with the last six years holding the appointment of Public Relations Secretary (Head of Fundraising). He then moved to a newly created role of Marketing and Fundraising Manager for Age Concern New Zealand for two years and has spent the past almost four years as Marketing & Fundraising Manager for the Wellington City Mission. Some form of fundraising has been part of his life for the past 30 years.

Nita Brown, National Māori Health Advisor - Stroke Foundation

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.

Paul Rout, Southern Region General Manager - Stroke Foundation

Paul manages Stroke Foundation services and staff located in the South Island.  Supporting staff to deliver high quality services to stroke survivors and building effective working relationships with DHB stroke services, other community organisations and stroke clubs is a key focus of his role. Paul has a 35 year background in a range of management roles within community mental health and addiction organisations and DHB planning and funding. Establishing and managing the national Alcohol Drug Helpline which has assisted tens of thousands of people over its life has been one of his most satisfying achievements

Cee Kay, Midland Region General Manager - Stroke Foundation

Cee is General Manager for the Midland Region and is responsible for service delivery and development in the area and for employing and leading the region’s staff team.  Cee has over twenty years’ experience working in Health and Social Care organisations and NGOs in the UK with the last 12 years in senior management roles.

Don Scandrett, Northern Region General Manager - Stroke Foundation

Don has managed the Northern region of the Stroke Foundation for more than six years. He oversees the Stroke Foundation’s team of Community Stroke Advisors in Auckland and Northland. He was previously the Fundraising Manager for St John Northern Region, Marketing & Business Manager for the Coastguard Northern region, and Events & Sponsorship Manager at Harbour Sport.

Dr John Gommans - Stroke Foundation NZ

Dr John Gommans is Chief Medical Officer – Hospital at the Hawkes Bay District Health Board. He was previously the Stroke Foundation President and has been a strong advocate for Stroke over a number of years.

Derek McCormack - Stroke Foundation NZ

Derek McCormack is Vice-Chancellor of the Auckland University of Technology. He has previously served as President of the Stroke Foundation and on the Stroke Foundation National Council.

Elizabeth Spellacy

Dr Elizabeth Spellacy is Consultant Physician for Older People at Tauranga Hospital. She has been the Honorary Medical Director for the Stroke Foundation Midland Region for a number of years and has also been a member of the Stroke Foundation National Council.

Stewart Germann

Stewart is a commercial lawyer and principal of SGL, lawyers at Auckland. Stewart is past Chairman of Cognition Education Limited and a past President of the Rotary Club of Auckland. Stewart, who is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors (CFInstD), has been on the Board of the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand since 2013 and has an active interest in the causes of stroke and its prevention. He really enjoys his role in providing governance, direction and legal guidance to the Board when required. Stewart is married to Janice and has four children, two of who are doctors, in Auckland and Sydney.


Bill Hardie - Stroke Foundation NZ

Bill Hardie is a Chartered Accountant and a self-employed business consultant based in Christchurch. He was a council member of both Stroke Foundation Southern Region and Stroke Foundation National Council for a number of years prior to (temporarily) migrating to Timor-Leste in 2011.

Ruth Payne

Ruth has held general management roles in large NZ organisations, with responsibilities across HR, Planning & Performance, Communications and other corporate functions. She has also led a range of change initiatives, including major restructuring programmes and innovation processes. She applies her wide-ranging experience of corporate management, strategy and organisation development in her work as an independent contractor and in governance roles.  

Ruth holds Masters’ degrees in History and Management and has a post-graduate Diploma in Creative Writing. She is a Fellow of HRINZ and a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Ruth joined the Board of the Stroke Foundation in 2018 and is based in Wellington.


-36.738835, 174.753409

Northern Region

PO Box 65371, Mairangi Bay, Auckland 0754

Don Scandrett, Northern Region General Manager - Stroke Foundation

Don Scandrett

Northern Region General Manager

Tracey Dealey

Regional Administrator

Tania Brady

National Grants Officer & Regional Accounts

Nick Johnston

Return To Work Advisor

Rachelle Barrett

Return to work advisor

-37.707756, 176.153356

Midland Region

The Kollective,17th Avenue, Tauranga South, Tauranga 3112
(Postal Address - P.O. Box 990, Tauranga 3144)

Cee Kay, Midland Region General Manager - Stroke Foundation

Cee Kay

Midland Region General Manager

Dale Fowke

Regional administrator

-43.5064038, 172.6337852

Southern Region

Level 1 / 159 Cranford Street, Christchurch  8014
(Postal address - P O Box 26024, Richmond, Christchurch 8148)

Paul Rout, Southern Region General Manager - Stroke Foundation

Paul Rout

Southern Region General Manager

Claire Gee


Amy Church

Return to work advisor

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