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Contact us

Feel free to get in touch with members of our team.

How to find us

Physical address:
Level 3 - ProCARE Building, Grafton Mews, at 110 Stanley Street (GPS: 50 Grafton Road), Grafton, Auckland 1010
Postal address:
PO Box 5541, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141
09 303 5200

Our staff and email addresses

The standard format for email addresses is first name initial and last name in full, followed by

For example:

Chief Executive

  • Dr Vernon Choy, Acting Chief Executive and Director of Research Investment and Contracts
  • Jacqui Tweedale, Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive


For website, media, and other communications-related enquiries:

  • Aileen Coombe, Communications Manager
  • Suzy Botica, Communications Adviser

Finance and Corporate Services

  • Grant Barnett Director, Business Operations and Chief Financial Officer
  • Sandra Burge Finance Administrator
  • Ai Lan Pau Accounts Payable Assistant

Knowledge Management and Information Systems

  • Esther Viljoen Senior Advisor Business Operations Optimisation
  • Peter Adams IT Systems Administrator
  • Jason Cleaver Web Developer


For enquiries related to legal and ethics matters, please contact:

  • Lana Lon Project Manager, Ethics

Investment Processes

  • Dr Vernon Choy Director of Research Investment and Contracts
  • Dr Katie Palastanga Research Investment Manager - Biomedical 
  • Dr Miguel Jo-Avila Research Investment Manager - Biomedical
  • Lucy Pomeroy Senior Research Investment Manager
  • Luke Garland Research Investment Manager - Public Health
  • Dr Deming Gong Manager Research Investment Contracts
  • Melanie Duncan PA/Administrator
  • Toni Liu Health Research Fund Coordinator
  • Vlatka Matich Administrative Assistant

Māori Health Research

  • Stacey Pene Senior Manager, Māori Health Research Investment
  • Le-Shan Pomana-Wesley Assistant Research Investment Manager
  • Catherine Ramzan PA/Administrator

Pacific Health Research

  • Tolotea Lanumata Manager of Pacific Research Investment

Research Partnerships

For enquiries about the HRC's Partnership Programme, please contact:

  • Fiona Kenning Research Investment Manager, International
  • Scott Aitken Research Investment Manager, Research Partnerships
  • Lea Narciso Research Investment Manager, Research Partnerships
  • Potesia Cocker Administrator

Strategy and Policy

  • Dr Tania Pocock Director of Strategy and Policy
  • Dr Patricia Anderson Chief Advisor
  • Zoe McKechnie Strategic Relationships Manager
  • Megan Willmott Senior Evaluation Analyst
  • Jessica Glen Senior Impact Evaluation Analyst
  • Joshua Cronin-Lampe, Policy Analyst
  • Jessie McMath System Design and Performance Analyst 
  • Dr Alexandra Boyle Policy Analyst 
  • Catherine Ramzan PA/Administrator