Board

Megan Tunks

Megan (Te Whānau-a-Apanui, Te Whakatōhea), has over 20 years’ experience in the public health sector in government and non-government agencies, with her most recent role as senior advisor Māori at the Health Promotion Agency. Megan brings to the ANA executive board a wealth of knowledge and skills including Māori public health strategy and networks, workforce development, evaluation/research, community, education, sport networks as well as planning and funding knowledge.  Megan is the current kaiwhakahaere matua – CEO of Toi Tangata.

Mafi Funaki-Tahifote

Chairperson

Mafi is a New Zealand registered dietitian of Tongan ethnicity with over ten years experience in public health. She is currently the operations manager for the Pacific Heartbeat team at the Heart Foundation working to reduce heart disease amongst Pacific people through improved nutrition, increased physical activity and being smokefree.  Mafi is also one of  the founding members of PIFNAG which was, in part, set up to support the very few Pacific people working in nutrition.

Sally Hughes

Sally has been involved in public health for nearly 30 years, working across government and non-government organisations and as a health sector consultant. Currently she is the programme lead of Healthy Auckland Together at the Auckland Regional Public Health Service. Sally has held a number of board and committee positions including the Health Promotion Forum National Council for 10 years and the Liquor Advisory Pre-vetting System Consultative Committee. She is currently the deputy chair of Women’s Health Action Trust, the chair of Save Our St Heliers and convenor of the Character Coalition.

Alison Molloy

Alison has over 20 years senior managerial experience in a variety of organisations with a key focus on developing good business practice to improve service delivery. Her experience is supported by a background in organisational development, strategic planning and finance.  She has worked with boards, chief executives, senior management teams and others to improve the understanding of business strategy as it applies to service delivery and outcomes.  Alison is currently the CE of Site Safe. 

Anthony Cooke

Anthony is a skilled leader of human services, with more than two decades of experience encompassing public, private and voluntary organisations and the special education, disability support, health care and sport & recreation sectors. Anthony’s current roles include being co-founder and managing director of consulting firm PHOcus on Health and owner and director of a health & fitness oriented gym in South Auckland.

Julia Rout

Julia has worked in public health for over a decade and is a New Zealand registered dietitian. She has held positions in both government and non government organisations and is currently health promotion manager for the Stroke Foundation of NZ. Julia is an experienced project manager, specialising in finding clever solutions to complex problems, working across cultures, stakeholder engagement, evidence informed practice, leadership and advocacy.

Sophie Carty

Sophie is a registered dietitian and is currently working as a health promotion specialist at WellSouth in Otago. She is involved in the coordination of health promotion programmes, as well as public health advocacy, research, policy development, and participation in local networks and advisory groups. Sophie has a passion for public health dietetics, sustainable food systems, and creating environments which empower people to make informed choices to better their wellbeing. As a new board member, she looks forward to the opportunity to improve health and health equity.