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Governing Board

Brett Thorburn

Board Member

Brett returned to New Zealand a few years ago after 15 years in Italy. His daughter was diagnosed with coeliac disease when she was 2 and as a result he has been involved with the Italian Coeliac Society for the past 8 years. He is director of a successful tech business and has experience in international business and finance.  

In his spare time, Brett likes to explore the Hauraki Gulf or take to the hills on tramping expeditions – although most hikes are less ambitious than his successful ascent of Kilimanjaro in 2008.  

Robyn Moore 

Board Member

Robyn has worked at Fonterra for 14 years and is currently the General Manger for Brand Experience. Prior to joining Fonterra, Robyn was involved in a not-for-profit for many years and was focused on humanitarian aid projects in Asia, primarily around the health & well-being of women and children.

Robyn has been a coeliac all her life and is committed to being the best she can be despite the diagnosis. Her niece and 2 members of her close family are also coeliac so the family have embraced the Coeliac lifestyle. She is passionate about people and well-being and actively works to help others new to the diagnosis or struggling with eating a healthy well balanced diet.

Corinne Cameron

Board Member

Corinne's desire to be part of the Coeliac NZ board stemmed from her family’s journey into the gluten free world in 2016 when her eldest daughter was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease just prior to her fifth birthday. She believes in the positive power of a support network behind each person diagnosed with Coeliac Disease and sees Coeliac NZ playing an important part of that. She now believes it is her turn to give back and have a direct influence in the support other CNZ members receive to enable them to live healthy lives.

Corinne brings with her strong financial and analytical skills through experience as the Financial Controller at a London law firm and Meteorologist at MetService NZ. Her governance experience includes a variety of community organisations where she has held Chair and Treasurer positions. She is passionate about making a difference and providing greater support and education opportunities for families both beginning and on their coeliac journeys.

Adam Bouman

Board Member

Adam is based in Auckland, where he has worked as a volunteer and service coordinator in a variety of not-for-profit settings. He is passionate about seeing volunteers thrive in meaningful opportunities. He is excited to be on the Coeliac NZ Board in particular to assist with developing a strategic volunteer framework, and more generally to ensure people with Coeliac disease live healthy, well lives.

Kirsty Vercoe

Board Member

Kirsty’s journey with Coeliac NZ began in 2012 when she was diagnosed with coeliac disease in her late 20s. Despite having family members and friends with the disease, she found that the support and information she received from the organisation during those initial months helped her adjust to the new diet and lifestyle. As a pharmacist and more recently having held commercial and strategic roles within the biopharmaceutical industry, it is Kirsty’s recent governance experience in the health sector that will be a valuable asset to the Board. She lives in Auckland with her food scientist husband and young children and has a passion for health and wellbeing.

Rosie Jerram

Board Member

Rosie was diagnosed with coeliac disease in 2016 and is keen to see how she can help Coeliac NZ create positive change for individuals and their families affected by the disease. She is particularly interested in advocacy, education and liaison and brings a fresh, contemporary perspective to the Board. Rosie is currently a full-time student, studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Otago.


Dawn Folkard

Board Member

Dawn has held a wide range of senior roles in both the corporate and charity sectors and has set up and currently manages her own business in the food industry. She has well established networks in the not-for-profit sector and has worked in a variety of positions in charity organisations involving branding, fundraising and strategy. While currently focusing on her business, Dawn is also keen to contribute back to the community.


Wendy Paul

Board Member

Wendy's governance experience in the dairy sector includes the programme management of Fonterra’s Governance and Representation Review in 2016, implementation of a number of the recommendations from the WPC80 Independent Inquiry of the Board Review, including new ways of working for the Board Risk Committee and development of a revised and enduring Group Crisis Response Plan. Wendy also took a lead role in the response to the national 1080 Infant Formula threat and acted as a key liaison person on behalf of Fonterra across a number of government agencies, industry bodies and external stakeholders. She currently holds an external board member role on one of the Ministry of Defence's project boards.
This, together with her extensive background, experience and leadership in functions including governance, organisational change and transformation, crisis and risk management, customer services, sales operations and supply chain provides a valuable skill set to the Coeliac NZ Board. Alongside her commercial skills it is Wendy’s empathy, wisdom, courage and pragmatism that she will bring to the board table and her willingness to learn and broaden her capability and knowledge.