National office


Heather Verry - Chief Executive

Heather comes to Diabetes NZ with a strong background in not-for-profit organisations, most recently as Chief Executive of the NZ Police Association. Her previous roles include Chief Executive of Manfeild Park Trust, a motor racing circuit and events centre in Manawatū, and Deputy Chief Executive of New Zealand Council of Victim Support Groups.

Heather joined Victim Support at a time of significant development and restructure when 67 local committees were centralised to the national office.  The aim was to provide a consistent level of service across the country and advocate for victims at all levels. 

Diabetes NZ is at a similar stage of growth as it completes its unification of the societies.  Heather has the experience to ensure Diabetes NZ continues to grow its reach into communities and key stakeholders to improve diabetes awareness, education and advocacy.


Nicky Katsanos - Director of Corporate Services

Nicky is a Chartered Accountant who joined Diabetes NZ in 2015.  Her key responsibility is to work alongside the Chief Executive to provide essential support to internal and external stakeholders across three main areas: finance, management support and payroll.

Nicky leads and manages the Finance, Membership and Administration team to provide financial reporting, business and budget planning, forecasting, process reviews and management of all supply and procurement contracts. In addition Nicky has responsibility for all property matters and health and safety operations. As a member of the Senior Management team, Nicky interacts with the Board, the Finance Committee, the Advisory Council and Branches.


Jo Chapman - Business Development Manager

An extensive background in the not-for-profit and health & exercise industries allows Jo to blend her experience into the role of business management and fundraising for this role with Diabetes NZ.

Jo is the key relationship contact for champion sponsors, partnerships and financial stakeholders. She is responsible for ensuring Diabetes NZ has adequate financial support so that people with diabetes can continue to receive free resources, help and advice and is able to advocate for improved health and medical opportunities for all. Jo is also responsible for all social media which includes the website, Facebook and our monthly electronic newsletter Connect.


Nicky Steel - Membership Services Coordinator

Through the 0800 DIABETES information line, Nicky has the privilege of a front-line role in supporting Diabetes NZ members and other people with pre-diabetes or diabetes.  Another key role is to support GP surgeries, PHOs, DHBs and other health sector organisations by providing them with our Diabetes NZ information resources.

 After a career that has included policy and communications roles, Nicky loves the opportunity this role affords to help New Zealanders manage a health challenge so that they can reach a happy and healthy place in their lives.


Liz Dutton - Service Development Manager

Liz’s role is to engage and support our branches as Diabetes NZ moves to a nationally consistent approach to support services. Liz has a keen interest in Diabetes Self-management Education Programmes and is working towards the development of a structured self-management support service that Diabetes NZ can utilise within their branches.

Liz was a former Clinical Nurse Specialist in Diabetes at Compass Health PHO, Wellington. She achieved a post-graduate diploma in Primary Health Care with a focus on Long Term Conditions and Diabetes. Her last role as Programme Lead: Long Term Conditions at Compass Health, involved the management and development of the multi-disciplinary Diabetes team and Long-Term Conditions services in the PHO.

Liz’s diabetes knowledge and skills are an asset to her role at Diabetes NZ.


Marsha Mackie - Youth and Project Manager

Marsha recently joined Diabetes NZ on a short term contract to manage the production of Diabetes New Zealand’s cookbook. 

Marsha's experience and skills in event and project management and keen interest in photography lent themselves perfectly to that position.  With the cookbook done, her new focus is on November’s activities, namely our annual conference and the Diabetes Action Month activities around the country. 

Marsha is also the liaison person for Lions Clubs who wish to get involved in fundraising ventures and assist us with raising awareness of diabetes in the community.