Health is social. It is easy to see our life’s journey as an individual path, separate from others. As humans we have the ability to connect deeply with each other and change hearts, minds and behaviors for better health. Better together.
Siobhan is the founder and CEO of Melon. An entrepreneur at heart, she has 20 years experience running her own companies specialising in social media and applied game design. An intrepid traveler she has traveled the globe, is a certified yoga instructor and recharges with trail running, meditation or piloting small planes.
Bridget has a background in law, psychology, and high performance sport. She holds an LLb and BSc from the University of Canterbury and an MBA from London Business School. Having returned to Auckland, New Zealand, in 2018 with her young family after nearly a decade abroad, Bridget joined Punakaiki Fund as Investment Manager.
Paula is the CEO of the Problem Gambling Foundation. Her previous roles include CEO of Quitline, Director Community Relations at ACC, General Manager of social housing at Housing NZ, and Deputy CEO at Alcohol Advisory Council. Paula is a Trustee of the Unicef Children’s Foundation. Paula’s tribal affiliations are Ngapuhi.
Brian is a tech entrepreneur with over 25 years in product design and commercialisation. He founded and ran Zephyr Technology Corp a US based medical device company for 14 years, before successfully exiting to Covidien (now Medtronic). He has 22 patents in silicon chip design and physiological monitoring.
Lance is the founding principal of Punakaiki Fund, which invests in high growth companies in design, technology and internet sectors. Lance has an MBA from Yale and a B Tech in Product Development. He motorcycled through much of the world before it was fashionable.
Siobhan is a social entrepreneur, with over 15 years’ experience in marketing and business development, running her own companies, specialising in social media and applied game design. Leaving us all wondering where she finds the time, she also teaches yoga, runs marathons and flies planes!
Programme & Partnerships Director
Sam is a mental health specialist with experience in crisis teams and brief intervention with primary health. She has worked in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Her off duty pursuits include community radio, all things music, and watersports. Sam is passionate about sustainable living and the way it can be enhanced by modern technology.
Chief Technology Officer
Andy is a technologist who has been building mission critical digital products (and teams!) for over a decade. He believes in cultivating environments where curiosity, excellence, and simplicity can flourish. When he's not behind a keyboard you'll probably find him drinking a coffee with his wife or running around a playground trying to keep up with his daughter.
A General Practitioner since 1997, Chris has 15 years experience as a Clinical Director of one of NZ's high performing PHO's. He has a passion for supporting primary care’s ability to provide innovative services that support people to self manage and prevent chronic conditions.
Chief Commercial Officer
Dwight has been working at the intersection of health and technology for over 20 years. Recognizing technology possesses the power to transform our health system, his North Star is a transformed health system that empowers people to help themselves.
Komal has a passion for managing the day-to-day running of fast-growing businesses , bank reconciliation, PAYE, GST, debtor management, creditor payments, budgets, cashflows and invoicing. She runs a busy household with two teenagers and a large cat. In her spare time Komal loves to cook and is a dab hand at interior design.