Our People

Glenys Parton, Tauranga,                                                Chair, ROMAC NZ,                                                              Rotary Club of Tauranga Sunrise

Eric Horne, Oratia, Auckland
Medical Director, ROMAC (Australasia)
Rotary Club of New Lynn 
Eric is a Scot and a retired GP.
Prior to his arrival in New Zealand Eric spent 13 years working in Africa (mainly in Swaziland). He has been a Rotarian for over 40 years in 4 countries and a club president twice.
Eric has been involved with ROMAC since its inception in New Zealand.

Ed Mitchell, Remuera, Auckland
Paediatrician, ROMAC NZ Medical Adviser
Rotary Club of Remuera
Ed is a Paediatrician who qualified at St George’s Hospital Medical School, London and has worked in the UK, Zambia and New Zealand.
From 2001 Ed has been the Professor of Child Health Research at the University of Auckland, a position funded by Cure Kids.
In 1996, Ed was awarded with a Doctor of Science by the University of London for his work on “The Epidemiology and Prevention of SIDS” and has received several awards for his landmark study of SIDS.
Ed is the elected President of ISPID.

Geoff Pownall,  Mt Roskill, Auckland
Administrator / Treasurer
Rotary Club of Takapuna
Geoff is a professional trustee and corporate administrator with over 40 years experience in these roles.
A Rotarian since 1996, Geoff joined the ROMAC NZ committee in 2010 as its Administrator and later Treasurer.
Lorraine Bartlett Downtown Auckland, Patient Operations, Rotary Club of Auckland Harbourside Lorraine’s role entails all aspects of the logistics for getting the children to NZ including obtaining Passports where necessary, NZ Visas and making all travel arrangements.
Sharon Brewer, Hillsborough Auckland, Auckland East Inner Wheel

Leigh Kelly, Helensville, ROMAC NZ Trainer, Rotary Club of Henderson Leigh is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years experience in the aged care sector from staff nurse, to Rest Home Owner and Manager.
Leigh has dedicated her life to helping people getting welfare needs met And to Rotary of which she has been a member for many years.
Leigh joined the ROMAC committee in 2011. Her primary role is co-ordinating training programmes for medical professionals from the Pacific Islands
Moira McGivern, Glen Eden, Auckland, Starship Childrens Hospital Liaison
Rotary Club of Henderson
Bill Horne, Massey, Auckland, Photographer,
Rotary Club of Henderson
Barbara Watt, Avondale Auckland, Rotary Club Hosting Liaison Rotary Club of Western Springs
Youngshin Watkins, Greenhithe, Auckland, Fundraising/Grants,
Rotary Club of Takapuna
Lydia Ko - New ambassador for ROMAC Lydia Ko, Golfer
ROMAC NZ Ambassador

NZ ROMAC Representatives

Rotary District 9910 All Committee members from Rotary District 9910
Rotary District 9920 Gill Cossey, Rotary Club of Auckland Harbourside
Rotary District 9930 Glenys Parton, Rotary Club of Tauranga Sunrise
Rotary District 9940 Bill Day,  Wellington, Rotary Club of Port Nicholson
Rotary District 9970 Murray Pearce, Christchurch, Rotary Club of Christchurch West
Rotary District 9980 Helen McCurdy, Rotary Club of Invercargill Sunrise

The Medical Specialists

ROMAC NZ acknowledges the following surgeons and specialists who have provided their services to ROMAC children at no cost:

  • Kirsten Finucane
  • John Stirling
  • Richard Willoughby
  • Peter Heppner
  • Zac Moaveni
  • Jonathan Wheeler
  • Tristan Du Chalain
  • Stuart Walsh
  • Richard Nichol
  • Glen Bartlett
  • Matthew Tomlinson