Ambassador and Trustees


RosRos Pochin.

Ros is a Consultant Breast and General Surgeon working in both Nelson and Wellington. She is originally British but has lived here for 20 years and did her surgical training in New Zealand. She returned to the UK to undertake a Breast Oncoplastic fellowship, before moving permanently to Nelson 6 years ago. She and lives with  husband John-Paul and her two girls Natasha and Megan, plus  two dogs and a three legged cat!
They are involved in a multiple community projects and are keen cyclists.



TanyaTanya Glenn.

Like many who call Nelson home Tanya was born elsewhere. Born in Dunedin, attended Otago University and Massey University. After gaining an internship at the Human Rights Commission in Auckland she travelled and worked abroad in the Cayman Islands. Tanya worked in an international law firm and also at the Cayman Islands Women’s Refuge Centre. Tanya began her career in the not for profit sector at Lifeline New Zealand and then took up a role as political analyst with the Human Rights Commission. Tanya moved to Nelson in 2004 and lives with husband Jeremy and their three children Cate, Adam and James, several chickens and a dozen or so sheep. Tanya is excited about the opportunity to give something back to the community and personally support a cause that helps so many.

Kate Gregory.

Kate is a Consultant Medical Oncologist working both in Nelson, Blenheim and Wellington. She did her oncology training at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London and completed her research degree into predictive and prognostic markers in Breast Cancer whilst there. She has been in New Zealand for 6 years and lives with partner Mark and children Jack and Tom. When away from work and not chasing small boys she runs (first marathon this year) and knits!

Bridget Harwood.

Bridget was born in Nelson and returned here following her UK nurses training and the birth of her three children. Bridget is a Registered Nurse currently working in the Nelson Hospital Surgical Out-Patients unit.


Lloyd Harwood.

Originally from the UK, Lloyd has resided in Nelson for the past 15 years. Lloyd is a practicing visual artist who is also currently employed by Arts Council Nelson. He has a particular interest in the interface between the creative and health sectors and has been actively involved in community initiatives for over 25 years.


Jane Horder

Jane has a background of broadcasting, media liaison, communications and writing corporate publications. Her media career began in local radio as an announcer, followed by ten years teaching broadcasting at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. After five years living in the Wakatipu, Jane and her family returned to Nelson in 2006 and she began working with the Nelson Media Agency. In 2015 she took up a part-time position with the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board as Communications Officer. Her previous governance experience was as a school trustee. Since their daughter left home, Jane and her husband Phillip, are enjoying being ‘empty nesters’ with their dog Sid, while gradually renovating their old house in Richmond.

Olivia Van Vugt.

Olivia is a Chartered Accountant who, after spending time in various cities around New Zealand, Australia, and the UK, has decided to call Nelson her home. Following Deloitte, Olivia worked commercially, and is now the Nelson Regional Partner for RightWay.
Originally a farm girl from the West Coast, Olivia has loved returning to a smaller region and becoming involved in community initiatives that help others within the region. Olivia is also a mentor in the Big Brother Big Sister programme, and when not ‘counting beans’ (or being a kid again as a mentor!), she loves heading to the beach for a run or taking the camera out for a whirl.


Kate Coote.

Kate was the founding trustee of the NRBCT, as a two-time breast cancer survivor she is passionate about raising funds to help other breast cancer patients. Originally from the UK, Kate lived in Nelson for 12 years, she resigned as a trustee following her decision to return to the UK in 2016. She remains a dedicated supporter of the NRBCT.

We remain indebted to former trustees, Angela Ricker, Greg Witika, Kim Miccio and Kim Proctor-Western.