Our team

Emma Barker

Support Services Manager

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 almost 3 years and believes strongly in building support and resilience for patients, their family and carers, as well as for the health professionals involved.

Tim Maifeleni

Senior Support Services Coordinator

Northern Region

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.

Matthew Eby

Senior Support Services Coordinator

Midland Region

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.

Ady Drummond

Senior Support Services Coordinator

Southern Region

Ady is a registered nurse and has been with LBC for over 2 years and has a number of years’ experience in the healthcare sector. After working in rehabilitation for ACC and Healthcare New Zealand, Ady moved to Christchurch and provided support for families and children living with cancer before joining the LBC Support Services team. Ady is a registered nurse and is passionate about building resilience in patients and carers and enjoys being able to help keep families connected through difficult times.

Rochelle Mills

Support Services Coordinator

Northern Region

Rochelle is a registered nurse who worked at Starship Children’s hospital in oncology/haematology prior to her role at LBC. Originally from Dunedin, Rochelle made the move to Auckland after finishing study and spending time travelling. 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.

Dónal McGoldrick

Support Services Coordinator

Northern Region

Dónal has a background as a clinical Dietitian and has worked primarily in the areas of Haematology and Oncology in The National Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Ireland as well as the National Centre for Oesophageal and Gastric Cancers. Caring for and providing practical advice & assistance to patients and families has always been a large part of his role. Originally from Ireland, he moved to New Zealand in 2016 and joined the LBC team in 2017. He enjoys interacting with people and particularly helping guide people through difficult times in their lives.

Sally Black

Support Services Coordinator

Central Region

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.

Helen McDermott

Support Services Coordinator

Southern Region

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 Tomlin

Support Services Coordinator

Southern Region

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 Verrall

Support Services Coordinator

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.

Maggie Guy

Support Services Administrator

Maggie works alongside the Support Services Manager and assists in operational and event support to ensure the Support Services Coordinators are well supported in the roles across the country. Maggie 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. Maggie also liaises with health professionals around the country ensuring that LBC’s support services are well represented.