Meet the team at Age Concern New Zealand 

Meet the team below, or contact us

Stephanie Clare 

Chief Executive

Age Concern New Zealand is where I feel at home and my role is all about people. People doing things for older people, providing connections, education, support and advocacy. I am proud to lead the team within National Office and local Age Concern member councils across New Zealand. I like leading a strong team who wants to make a difference in the lives of older New Zealanders. Passion in your work is very important to me and enjoying the work you do. Like my other roles as a nurse, no day is the same and opportunity knocks often and you have to be ready. I also enjoy my garden, pulling weeds and planting veges and will never turn down the opportunity to wander through another gardener’s garden if invited. Email Stephanie

 Natasha Muir

  Manager, Fundraising, Communications and Marketing

A lot of my role is around building relationships and engaging people to support the work we do supporting older New Zealanders. Age Concern New Zealand is a well-regarded and trusted organisation in the New Zealand charitable landscape giving me a great platform to work from. I want a New Zealand that is a great place to live at any age but also a great place to age! We are all aging and we all have a vested interest in creating a society that respects, values and celebrates the contribution of older New Zealanders.
I am an apartment dweller in central Wellington and really enjoy scouring the cities for food haunts, entertainment hubs and op shops. Email Natasha

Hanny Naus
Professional Advisor for Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention Services

My role is to support and encourage the professionalism of workers in elder abuse and neglect prevention throughout the country. It is a privilege to work with these passionate and skilled colleagues who support older people have their needs and choices respected. In previous work roles, my focus has included social work/counseling in community and health care settings with older people and people with disabilities. Email Hanny

Jane Fisher

Office Manager

Jane keeps National Office running smoothly and has a wide and varied skillset from event management to project management, fundraising and technical support and is the super user for our database. Jane keeps us all well fed in National Office, with a steady supply of delicious baking. Email Jane

Desigin Thulkanam

Manager, Policy and Health Promotion

I lead the Age Concern New Zealand’s Policy and Health Promotion work programme. We are at critical time in New Zealand’s history and we need to plan for the future by getting the right infrastructure for older people. My work focuses on ensuring that older New Zealanders are treated with respect and dignity. This means that older people have choices in the services they can access, have appropriate support if they need it, when they need it and that the services they access are cost effective. At the same time, older people can live lives that are healthy, meaningful and feel valued by their community. I am an occasional surfer, but an all-weather mountain biker. I am inspired by the generation of older cyclists who have built trails, challenged themselves and laid the foundation that now makes New Zealand a great place to live. Email Desigin

Gemma Wong
Health Promotion Advisor
My role is to support the delivery of health promotion projects through local Age Concerns across New Zealand. This means I get the opportunity to work alongside health promoters with a wonderfully diverse range of backgrounds, and together make a meaningful contribution to the health of older adults in New Zealand. I’m originally from Christchurch, but adore Wellington and am looking forward to exploring the rest of the North Island more thoroughly. Email Gemma

Louise Rees

National Social Connect Adviser
My role is all about social connection. This involves coordinating our Accredited Visiting Service. The service provides company for older people and volunteering roles for people aged from 18 to over 90. Older people’s social networks can be disrupted by things like bereavement, health problems, or stopping driving, but we help to turn that around, and support people to build new patterns and make new friends. I love working with the team of coordinators around the country, and also seeing all the ways in which we connect older people together to enjoy company, food, and activities. I migrated to New Zealand when I was expecting my first baby, and organisations like Plunket and New Mother’s Support Groups helped me to quickly develop a network of supportive friends in a country where I knew hardly anyone. I’m happy to be working for an organisation that provides similar support to older people. Email Louise

Rei Ngatai

Finance Services

My role is supporting the Accountant. I came to Age Concern New Zealand as a ‘gift hours’ Receptionist 14 years ago and 18 months later I accepted the post of Finance Services. It is a very demanding role and I deal with all the Age Concerns throughout New Zealand as well as Government funders, donors, businesses and the general public. As an ‘older’ person in the workforce I enjoy the social connection and making every day count. I live in a Thorndon apartment complex as it is very handy to my ‘bellringing’ hobby where 5  bells are hung for full circle ringing in Old St Paul’s and 14 in the Anglican Cathedral of St Paul.
He aha te mea nui o te Ao – He Tangata, He Tangata, He Tangata.
What is the greatest thing in the World – It is people. Email Rei

Gillian Cross
I come in once a week to help Rei balance the books and prepare Board and Management Reports as required. I assist a number of not for profits in a similar role and the balance of my work time is spent in my office in Porirua doing accounting and taxation returns. Out of the office, I am a Justice of the Peace, and enjoy playing tennis and netball.


Kirsty Robinson
Fundraising Coordinator
I thoroughly enjoyed interning in the charity sector whilst studying so am very excited to take on this role. My main responsibility is to strengthen the sustainability of our organisation. This ensures Age Concern New Zealand can continue to provide quality support services and information to older New Zealanders’. In my spare time I like to go for walks around our city or read a good book (preferably in the sunshine!) Email Kirsty