Meet the trustees

Pene Milne


Pene has sold real estate in Auckland since 2001, and merged her business Milne & Co Real Estate with NZ Sotheby’s International Realty in 2015. Prior to this, Pene was a senior nurse manager and clinical risk manager working for the BOP District Health Board over 18 years.

Pene was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 1996 and has been in remission since 2004 after extensive treatments culminated in a bone marrow transplant. She has three adult children and a real appreciation of the challenges to be faced with diagnosis and treatment issues while supporting and raising young children.

Pene has lived in Auckland since 2000, and been with the LBCNZ board since 2011.

Dr Peter Browett

Peter is a Professor of Pathology and Head of the Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology at the University of Auckland School of Medicine, Consultant Haematologist at Auckland City Hospital, and Consultant Haematologist at Diagnostic Medlab.

His involvement with Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand stems from his clinical interest in the management of patients with haematological malignancies, including blood cell and bone marrow transplantation. In the laboratory, he has an interest in cell marker and molecular studies in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with leukaemia, lymphoma and inherited blood disorders. Peter has had a long association with LBC, acting as Medical Director and trustee for many years.

Ned Fletcher

Ned is a director of the Manukau-based law firm, Kayes Fletcher Walker Limited, which holds the warrant to prosecute all serious crime in South Auckland on behalf of the Government. In 2015, he was awarded a PhD for his thesis on the meaning of the English text of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Ned was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and Burkett’s Lymphoma in 2012 and received chemotherapy treatment at Auckland Hospital. He and his family were involved in fundraising for the new haematology ward in 2014.

Fale Andrew Lesā JP. 

Fale was recently elected to the Manurewa Local Board at Auckland Council and the Wiri Licensing Trust. He was appointed by cabinet to the Child & Youth Mortality Review Committee for eight years and oversaw a review of the national travel assistance scheme for the Minister of Health in addition to appointing the new workforce development councils. Fale is currently on the boards of Kidney Health New Zealand, Diabetes Foundation Aotearoa, and Emerge Aotearoa. He is also the former deputy chairman of both the Auckland Conservation Board (DOC) and the board at Manurewa High School.

He is passionate about underrepresented consumers and equity. He lives in South Auckland with his grandparents who survived cancer. Fale is a native Samoan speaker and conversational in Te Reo Māori.

Andrew McKenzie

Andrew is Chief Executive of Housing New Zealand, a Crown entity responsible for stewardship and management of the Government’s 61,000 state houses.

Andrew holds a BCA and a BA from the University of Wellington and is a Chartered Accountant. Prior to his current role, Andrew held senior finance roles at Fletcher Building, Auckland Council, Auckland City Council and Wellington City Council for six years. In 2013, he was recognised as the EY New Zealand CFO of the year.

Shai Patel

Shai was born and bred in London but has been in New Zealand since 2003. He has a Law Degree from the UK and has been in the financial services for over 10 years specialising in Risk Insurances specialising in Shareholder Contingency for small to medium businesses.

For years Shai has seen what he does has helped people financially at a time that people need help. The industry is a great industry to work in and he loves meeting and helping people and businesses.

Shai has been involved with many cancer claims over the years and has had a number of clients and friends diagnosed with Leukaemia. Being part of Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand has given him an opportunity to understand how amazing the organisation is and the great work they do.

Shai is also a Trustee of Future Whangaparaoa Trust.

Mark Radburnd

Mark is Chief Executive of Profiler Tech, a high-tech startup company.

Mark holds a B. Com from the University of Canterbury. Prior to his current role, Mark has held senior Finance and management roles in both national and international companies including more recently, General Electric Inc.

Mark is involved with other Community Organisations and Charatable Trusts. He is currently Secretary of the local Saint Vincent De Paul Society and a Trustee of the North West Christchurch Community and Sporting Trust.

Personal interests include reading, travel, rugby, cycling and multisport. Married to Rose, with one son (26 years) and one daughter (24 years).

Matt Roberts

Matthew is Chief Executive of SAS IT with expertise in technology, risk and business transformation.  He has a long history within community service roles and has sat on the boards of a number of not-for-profits, charitable institutions, including YMCA National and Auckland, and Diabetes Auckland. He is also a trustee of the John Nesfield Trust and a mentor at the Massey University incubator which provides an innovative ecosystem for entrepreneurs and start-up companies.

Naomi McRae

Naomi has been at PwC since 2010 and leads the PwC Foundation, the firm’s charitable arm. Prior to this, Naomi had an established career in Human Resources having worked in large corporations across the globe.

Naomi was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma back in 2010 and has been in remission since 2011. She has had two miracle boys post chemotherapy treatment and is very passionate about using her professional skills to help pave the way for current and future blood cancer patients.

She has been part of LBC’s Consumer Advisory Board since 2016 and joined the main board of LBC as a trustee in 2022. She has also fundraised extensively for LBC in the past taking part in various challenges such as the Pork Pie Mini run and the Sky Tower Step Up Challenge.

Naomi lives on the North Shore of Auckland with her cricket mad whanau – husband Sam and sons Lauchie and Owen.