Meet the management team

Peter Fergusson


Peter has recently joined LBC as CEO bringing with him over twenty years of CEO and governance experience in the commercial, health and disability sectors. Previously CEO of YMCA Auckland, Peter has held CEO roles at Independent Living Services, Franchise Association of New Zealand, New Zealand Squash and Northland Rugby RFU.

Peter is currently Chair of the Cerebral Palsy Society of New Zealand and has previously been Director of the New Zealand Recreation Association as well as part of the Advisory Panel for Sport and Exercise Science at Auckland University of Technology.

Sophie Chen

Finance Manager

Sophie has been the LBC Finance Manager for over 8 years and in that time has helped implement a range of new financial systems and processes to ensure the organisation’s finances continue to run smoothly.

As a chartered accountant, Sophie is responsible for managing all financial aspects of LBC such as funding, accounting and payroll management. Prior to working for LBC Sophie worked in a similar finance and accounting role at Microsoft New Zealand.

Emma Barker

Head of Support Services and Operations

Emma has a background in psychology and business management with several years’ experience in clinical and operational management within not-for-profits. Emma has previously specialised in clinical service and team management in the mental health arena and before that worked as a Psychologist in London, and has specialised in anxiety and depression prevention programmes for youth. Emma has been with LBC for over 5 years and believes strongly in building support and resilience for patients, their family and carers, as well as for the health professionals involved.

Annabel Lush

Business Manager

Annabel joined LBC in 2014 in a new role to develop and strengthen business partnerships and sponsorships as well as working on new fundraising and philanthropic opportunities. She is also responsible for Trust funding.

Annabel has both law and marketing qualifications from The University of Auckland. She worked for many years in the hospitality and tourism sector, including management roles with Air New Zealand and Sheraton Hotels in New Zealand, Australia and China before moving to the not-for-profit profession.