Board of Trustees | The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

Board of Trustees

The Board is responsible for the broad strategic direction and key policies of The Fred Hollows Foundation, and for the overall governance and accountability of the organisation.

The Board meets quarterly and is currently comprised of members elected annually at an annual general meeting in May each year.

Craig Fisher

Board Chair
Finance, Audit, Risk & Remuneration Committee

Craig Fisher

Craig Fisher is a Chartered Accountant and has been an audit partner since 1996. He is a director of RSM Hayes Audit and is Chairman of the RSM New Zealand group. As well as being a recognised specialist in not-for-profit and charitable issues and acting for a wide variety of commercial and not-for-profit clients, Craig is a licensed auditor under the Auditor Regulation Act and an Approved Auditor for the Office of the Auditor-General. A trustee of The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ since 2011, Craig stepped into the Chair role in late 2014.

"Having an eye condition myself I realise how fortunate I am to live in a developed country with easy access to eye care. Fred's legacy and The Foundation's work is fantastic and life changing for people in countries less fortunate than us. It is an honour to serve and help continue the positive difference," says Craig.

Dr Nick Mantell

Chair - Program, Clinical, Audit & Risk Committee 

Dr Nick Mantell

Dr Mantell is an eye surgeon specialising in cataract and retinal surgery. Following thirteen years of medical training to qualify as an ophthalmic surgeon, Dr Mantell spent a further three years working at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, and the Royal Manchester Eye Hospital.

He has performed thousands of cataract and vitreoretinal operations, and helped to pioneer day stay vitreoretinal surgery, making him one of the most active and highly trained surgeons in New Zealand. Dr Mantell has also been involved in the teaching of optometrists, training junior doctors and junior ophthalmologists at the University of Auckland Medical School. He helped to establish a cataract clinic in Fiji, and additional Eye Institute clinics in the North Shore and Manukau.

Debbie Sorensen

Program, Clinical, Audit & Risk Committee
Finance, Audit, Risk & Remuneration Committee 

Debbie Sorensen

Debbie Sorensen is a health strategist and management expert specialising in projects that address the health challenges that face Pacific communities in New Zealand and in the Pacific region. She played a leading role in the establishment of the Pacific health sector in New Zealand and continues to be active in the region in delivering specialist health services and building workforce capacity and capability in partnership with Ministries of Health. In 2011 Debbie was awarded a prestigious ANIVA Fellowship which enabled her to travel to Harvard to undertake additional executive development study. In 2015 Debbie was presented with the Royal Order Crown of Tonga Dame Commander by His Majesty King Tupou VI in recognition of her services to the people of Tonga.

Debbie is currently Chief Executive of Pasifika Futures, the Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency for Pacific families in New Zealand, Chief Executive of the Pasifika Medical Association, Director of international consultancy firm Health Specialists Ltd and Chair of “Make a Wish” Pacific. She is an Advisor to the Minister of Health Tonga and to Prime Ministers and Health ministers in the region. 

Kath Watson 

Finance, Audit, Risk & Remuneration Committee 

Kath Watson has been involved in the advertising and marketing industry for all of her career. She has held senior roles in the television, advertising and media industries. Kath is CEO of OMD New Zealand, the country’s largest and most awarded media agency; a role she has held since 2007. The agency works with a wide range of global, regional and local clients.

Kath is also an active executive member of the communication industry’s organisation, CAANZ which focuses on industry professional development providing awards and training programmes.

Sir Maarten Wevers

Program, Clinical, Audit & Risk Committee

Sir Maarten WeversSir Maarten Wevers was Chief Executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2004-2012. He led the Government House Conservation Project, chaired the Better Public Services Advisory Group, and led the implementation of the review conducted into New Zealand’s intelligence and security agencies. He was Regional Director of New Zealand Post International Limited and General Manager of Government Business for New Zealand Post.

Sir Maarten is a former diplomat and served as counsellor to the New Zealand Embassy in Brussels, High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, and New Zealand’s Ambassador to Japan. He was Chair of the APEC Senior Officials Meeting in 1999, during New Zealand's year as APEC host. In 2000, Sir Maarten was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the 1999 APEC summit.

Gordon Sanderson

Program, Clinical, Audit & Risk Committee

Gordon Sanderson is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Dunedin School of Medicine, where he has been based since 1972. With extensive governance experience across the eye care sector, he currently chairs the New Zealand National Eye Bank, the Visually Impaired Trust of Aotearoa and the Southern District Health Board Art Advisory committee, and is Deputy Chair of Glaucoma New Zealand.

In 2008, Associate Professor Sanderson was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to blind people and in 2013, received the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Tertiary Teaching.

Martin Enright

Finance, Audit, Risk & Remuneration Committee 

Martin is a management advisor, specialising in business development, IP and content licensing and partnering.  Martin has held executive positions in listed corporates, professional service firms, start-ups and NGOs.  He has worked in NZ, Australia, Asia, India, the Pacific and the US.

Martin began his career as a banking and finance lawyer in Sydney before moving into business.  He was Executive Director and head of business development for Warner Bros. International TV Asia-Pacific for almost 8 years.  He returned home in 2013, initially to take up an appointment as Director and member of SKY TV’s executive team.  There he looked after content acquisition, anti-piracy and subscription VOD.  Last year Martin worked in Otara with a charity helping at-risk young people.

Martin has served on the boards of a dozen companies and NGOs.  He has lectured on business and media topics at both graduate and under-graduate level since 2000.  He is in his fifth year as a judge, mentor and speaker on the University of Auckland’s Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship “Velocity” business planning program and supports local Iwi-led business development.

Martin is a graduate of Otago University, University of NSW, the Australian Graduate School of Management, London Business School, Oxford University and the Australian Film TV & Radio School (AFTRS).  He is a member of the Institute of Directors NZ and was appointed to the Leadership Panel at AFTRS.  He has been admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor in NZ and as a Solicitor in several Australian jurisdictions.

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