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Staff Profiles - Sweet Louise

Email: - Call: 0800 11 22 77


Philippa Reed

027 4919 884

Chief Executive

Philippa joined the team at Sweet Louise just over a year ago, after working in diversity and inclusion roles for a number of years, as a consultant, as Diversity Manager at Auckland Council and prior to that, as CEO of the EEO Trust (now Diversityworks). Previously she has held senior management roles at the University of Auckland Business School and KPMG.

 “Every day at Sweet Louise, we get to experience the 'good with the bad' of life, as one of our members puts it. Receiving another call or email from someone with a diagnosis of advanced breast cancer is always sobering, but we are all thankful we can do something to support them, thanks to the generosity of the individuals and organisations that support us.”

Liz Gray

027 539 9774

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Liz is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Sweet Louise where she oversees content, communications and marketing campaigns dedicated to supporting and raising awareness of women and men living with incurable breast cancer. Prior to joining Sweet Louise, Liz was Marketing Coordinator for the Tick Programme at The Heart Foundation. When Liz is not in the office you'll most likely find her chasing around her three young children and dreaming of her next summer holiday.

Rachel Milburn-Shand


Nicola Roy

027 328 8008

Support Coordinator, Mid-central

Nicki has a Bachelor of Nursing and has spent many years working as a Registered Nurse in a number of New Zealand hospitals, predominantly in Paediatric Oncology. More recently, she has enjoyed working in community support organisations and in a diplomat role in the United States.


“I am both excited and humbled to work at Sweet Louise.  I really value how focused this organisation is on the needs and well being of it’s members.”


Tracy Smith

021 328 835

Support Coordinator, Wellington & Christchurch

For the past 22 years Tracy has worked at Mary Potter Hospice as an occupational therapist in palliative care. “Many people I have worked with in hospice have spoken of the positive support they have received from Sweet Louise. I see this role as a privilege, to be able to journey with Sweet Louise Members and to offer care and support as I can,” says Tracy.

“I am excited that the work is a team effort with partners, volunteers, and of course the wider Sweet Louise team.”


Anna Deason

027 539 9774

Grants Coordinator

Anna has joined Sweet Louise after time out from the workforce raising her three young daughters. She has a background in health research funding and is grateful to be working for a charity that provides such practical support to its members.

“It is a privilege to work for an organisation which works to better the lives of those living with incurable breast cancer. I am looking forward to working with our generous funders and supporters to help create special moments and experiences for our members and their families.”


Christine Healy

021 178 8167

Accounts Administrator
Christine is a very accomplished baker and owned and managed her own cafe for years. She decided to give it up last year (although she still bakes) and come and work for Sweet Louise. She says she has always known about Sweet Louise because of Louise Perkins:

“Through mutual friends, I knew of Louise and very much admired her spirit and courage. When this job came up, I thought that it would be lovely to work for an organisation inspired by the life of someone that I knew of.”


Angela Jackson

027 328 8009

Support Coordinator Waikato and Bay of Plenty

Angela has worked as a Radiation Therapist in Wellington and Waikato Hospitals, and more recently has worked in her Whakatane community linking people with services and support that has a focus on mental health and well-being. In her spare time Angela likes spending time with family, drinking coffee, baking and making the most out of the local beaches and bush walks in and around the Bay of Plenty.

“I am exited to be working with such a caring and vibrant Sweet Louise team and am really looking forward to meeting the members in my area”.


Jenny Cade

027 371 8686

Support Coordinator, Auckland West & North

Jenny is a pharmacist with 30 plus years’ experience in community pharmacy, pharmacy administration, education and training, and health education roles. Aside from work, Jenny has always been active in sport both as a competitor or in support roles such as a coach, team manager or serving on club committees. She currently enjoys being immersed in nature hiking and orienteering with her family and friends.

“Joining the Sweet Louise team is an opportunity for me to contribute in a very special way to the lives of New Zealanders living with secondary breast cancer. I am inspired by the principle Louise lived by; to live life to the fullest and I am excited to help our members achieve this by enabling them to benefit from the support and services offered by Sweet Louise.”


Nadine Morton

027 525 1985

Support Coordinator, Auckland Central & South

Nadine is a qualified occupational therapist from South Africa, who has worked and travelled overseas for a number of years, before settling in New Zealand with her family in 2003. She upskilled as a counsellor and worked for Mother`s Helpers and as a college counsellor until the end of last year. She has a strong interest in mindfulness and stress management. She is a mother of two teenage girls and her interests include yoga on the beach, music, book club, walking her two dogs and spending time with family and friends.
“I feel very fortunate to be part of such an inspirational organization that comes from a spirit of compassion and kindness. I am looking forward to making a positive difference in our members’ lives.”

Lesley Narayanan

027 328 8003

Support Coordinator, Canterbury, Otago, Southland & Westland

Kia Ora Kautou Katoa! I feel priviliged and excited to be joining The Sweet Louise team as a Support Coordinator for the Canterbury, West Coast, Otago and Southland areas and for an organisation that focuses on supporting those living with secondary breast cancer to live as long as possible and as well as possible. i'm looking forward to meeting you all in the next few months and to make connections and provide support throughout the South Island. Nga Mihi Nui, Lesley.  


Karri Reading

0800 11 22 77

Support Admininstrator

Karri is returning to the workforce after starting a family and migrating to her third country. Originally from the US state of Vermont, Karri worked in the division of Medical Journals and Professional Periodicals of the American Academy of Pediatrics for several years. Karri has a strong interest in public health, not-for-profit organisations, and academic knowledge and resources.