Diabetes NZ Board Members


Catherine Taylor - Board Chair - Independent board member

Catherine has been a board member for two years after serving on the National executive some 30 years ago.  She has a daughter with type 1 diabetes.

Catherine has extensive senior management and governance experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Now retired she is committed to making Diabetes New Zealand more visible for all people with diabetes.


Pete Sleeman - President

Pete was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes six years ago and served on his local Otago branch committee before joining Diabetes NZ’s Advisory Council and Board. Pete, who was elected President November 2018, works for Downer NZ in Dunedin, where he is responsible for business planning, training and staff development.


Lyndal Ludlow - Vice President - Advisory Council Representative

Lyndal worked in the education sector for many years before taking on event management and communications roles.

She is a Southland regional councillor and arts sector advocate. Lyndal became involved with Diabetes Youth NZ eight years ago when her oldest son, aged 8, and husband were both diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.


Maurice Trapp - Independent Board Member

Maurice has been involved in the financial services industry since 1980, launching the Maurice Trapp Group in 2006. Maurice is also President of New Zealand Rugby, a director of the New Zealand Rugby Foundation, and has had long association with the New Zealand Spinal Trust.


Alastair McKenzie - Independent Board Member

Alastair has served as Director and Chairman of several Companies across a variety of industries including retail, hospitality, professional sport, health and marketing.

Alastair is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors.


Craig Sumpton - Advisory Council Representative

Craig is the Auckland Service Manager for Hydraulink Fluid Connectors.

He has a 22-year-old daughter who was diagnosed with T1 diabetes at the age of 7 and has been involved in diabetes for more than 15 years. He is a youth mentor for teenagers affected by diabetes and has worked closely with Starship and Middlemore Hospital on various youth initiatives. Craig has served on the Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch Committee and Diabetes New Zealand Board for several years.


Mel Harrington - Advisory Council Representative

With 20 years in the public sector, Melanie brings a plethora of skills, senior management, governance experience and ideas to the Board. Melanie, who has a close family member with type 1 diabetes, wants to help positively influence the lives of those with diabetes through advocacy and support in communities