Our Board

Tō mātou poari

Our Board Members / Ō mātou mema poari

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Dr Anne Robertson // Director

Dr Anne Robertson is a consultant Sexual Health Physician at MidCentral Health. In 2022, Anne's work in the sector was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours - Anne was named an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to sexual health.

Dr Cathy Stephenson // Director

Dr Cathy Stephenson trained in Edinburgh, and then ventured over to New Zealand as a junior doctor in the 1990s. She has worked in Wellington ever since, in a variety of roles both in primary care and forensic sexual assault work. For a number of years she was part of the team at Mauri Ora, Victoria University's student health and counselling service, where her role included setting up a primary-care based gender affirmative clinic for students. Cathy is presently the Southern Region Clinical Lead of the General Practice Education Programme at the Royal College of General Practitioners. Cathy is passionate about improving access to health services and health knowledge, particularly for more disadvantaged communities, and has regular roles writing health columns and teaching on health and well-being issues. 

Dr Heather Young // Director

Dr Heather Young is a Sexual Health Physician working at the Christchurch Sexual Health Centre. She has a Diploma of Public Health and is a member of the New Zealand Sexual Health Society. She is a casual Senior Clinical Lecturer for the University of Otago. Her interests lies in STI management guidelines, medical and consumer education.

Dr Hayley Denison // Director

Dr Hayley Denison is a Research Fellow at Massey University’s Centre for Public Health Research. Hayley is an epidemiologist who specialises in sexual health research. She is experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research and teaches research methods at a postgraduate level. Hayley completed her PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, which explored health-seeking behaviour for sexually transmitted infections. Hayley is passionately committed to providing people with access to accurate and evidenced-based information, so they can make informed decisions about their sexual health.

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Alaina Luxmoore // Director

Alaina is a creative communications professional with over 15 years’ experience in traditional agency, inhouse and independent consulting roles. She pairs strategic thinking with pragmatic implementation to lead programmes in diverse markets including healthcare, technology, education and not-for-profit. With a consumer-centric focus, Alaina believes in the power of human-centred communication to raise awareness and education to enhance the wellbeing of those affected by STIs.

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Rod Acevedo // Director

Rod Acevedo is a digital consultant and design strategist with over fifteen years of experience, prioritising and empathetic and human-centred approach. He specialises in unpacking and untangling complex challenges in industries like healthcare and consumer services. Furthermore, he passionately advocates for rainbow communities and consistently strives to incorporate inclusivity into all aspects of his work.

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Shuari Naidoo // Director

Shuari is pursuing her Master of Management, specialising in sustainability, after completing her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Crimonology at Victoria University. She founded Moraka Menstrual Cups and now works at Brothers and Sisters Collective. Passionate about destigmatising sexual health, Shuari has been recognised as a Y25 for 2021, a finalist for Women of Influence, and nominated for the Impact Awards and Girls in Business Award for sustainability. She received the Young Woman in Public Affairs award from Zonta International for her dedication to public service and community impact.

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Jamie Martin // Intern Director

Jamie Martin (he/him) works as a Legal Educator at Community Law, and is passionate about ensuring people have access to the information they need to live good lives. He completed his legal studies at Canterbury University, and has a particular interest in helping make sexual health accessible for both young and queer people. He also works as a Prisoner Rights Advocate with the Howard League. His spare time is spent either at the beach or baking with Garden to Table.