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 - Chair of Advisory Council

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.


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.


David Shearer - Independent Board Member

David has extensive management and governance experience across commercial, not-for-profit, government and education organisations.

He is a business advisor with Prime Strategies Group, a Member of the Institute of Directors and serves on the boards of Workbridge and Kidney Health New Zealand.


Simon Watts - Branch Representative

Simon has extensive experience working in large complex organisations across both the public and private sectors.

He has industry expertise in healthcare management, professional services, global banking and financial markets.

Simon has had type 1 diabetes since the age of two and is also a volunteer emergency ambulance officer with St John.

Simon is Chartered Accountant and member of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CA ANZ).