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.
Tim is a registered nurse and has been working at LBC for over three years. Prior to starting his role at LBC, Tim was working in the oncology/haematology ward in Starship Children’s Hospital. He is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives outside of the usual hospital setting and empowering them to achieve the goals they aspire to and enjoys being able to support patients on an emotional level.
Originally from America, Matt spent 6 years in Darwin, Australia working for Leukaemia Foundation Australia before making the move to New Zealand. With 8 years working in a similar role, Matt has supported numerous patients and families affected by a blood cancer. Matt strives to extend LBC’s reach by unearthing ‘holistic’ solutions to meet the emotional, practical and financial needs of patients and families affected by blood cancer.
Natasha has a background as a Registered Social Worker and has experience in supporting families through the challenges of cancer, in and out of the hospital setting. Natasha joined the LBC team a couple of years ago and is enthusiastic about applying her skills as a Support Services Coordinator to support patients and their families through their journey, in a compassionate and caring manner.
Annette has a strong background in Hospice and palliative care. She is both a registered nurse and a counsellor. She holds a Masters of Health Science focusing on the psychological and spiritual impact of disease. In addition to this, she brings a depth of personal understanding of how serious illness can affect people.
Rochelle is a registered nurse who worked at Starship Children’s hospital in oncology/haematology prior to her role at LBC. Rochelle moved to Auckland after finishing study in Dunedin and is now based in Hamilton. Rochelle is passionate about being able to provide more personalised care with a holistic approach to patients and their families. She loves being able to support people in a variety of settings and enjoys connecting people up in groups for peer support.
Sean joined the LBC family after an extensive career in haematology & oncology across NZ, Australia, Asia Pacific and Europe. Sean is passionate about using this experience to support, advocate and improve the lives of those living in Aotearoa with a blood cancer diagnosis. Appreciating that a blood cancer affects not just the patient but the whole whanau and family, Sean is there for all those who need a place to turn for support.
Sally has a Bachelor of Social Work and has worked within the health sector in family support and community social work roles for many years before joining the LBC team. Sally has a passion for people and ensuring that during challenging times they are well resourced, informed and supported. Sally also enjoys helping patients and their families build resilience and strong support systems.
Nicki has a Bachelor of Nursing and has worked as a Registered Nurse in a number of New Zealand hospitals primarily in haematology/oncology. More recently she has worked in the community supporting patients and their families to live well with cancer.
Nicki is motivated to empower patients through education and to provide support in a caring and encouraging way.
Helen is a registered nurse and has worked in the Haematology Department at Christchurch Hospital for 15 years, firstly in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit then in their clinical trials and research area. Her role as a Support Services Coordinator means Helen can combine her knowledge with the practical, educational and emotional support to patients and their family and friends as they manage their diagnosis.
Deborah is a registered nurse with many years’ experience working in a number of medical specialities. Recently she has been working in the UK as the Education Manager for a Pharmaceutical company providing education and support to patients and staff, and prior to that she was employed as a community nurse supporting patients undergoing a range of therapies in their own homes.
Sharon loves her role as a Support Services Coordinator as it means she has the opportunity to have ongoing contact with patients outside of the hospital environment. Sharon enjoys the rewarding feeling of building long term supportive relationships knowing that a phone call can make so much difference.
Sheldon works alongside the Head of Support Services and Operations and assists in operational and event support to ensure the Support Services Coordinators and Managers are well supported in the roles across the country. Sheldon works closely with the team to facilitate support groups and special events as well as providing administrative support such as handling financial assistance for patients. Sheldon also liaises with health professionals around the country ensuring that LBC’s support services are well represented.