We are pleased to introduce the following Trustees

Dr Simone Petrich (Chair)

Simone graduated from Heidelberg University, Germany, in 1997 and received her Medical Doctorate the same year. She trained as an obstetrician and gynaecologist in Germany, which included breast diseases. Working in New Zealand she provides care in obstetrics and gynaecology as well as working as a breast surgeon at Dunedin Hospital. The main focus of her work is oncology. She established the genetics meeting in Dunedin for gynaecology and breast, is lead colposcopist, accredited breast surgeon for the breast screening program and fellow of the RANZCOG. Her academic interests are reflected in her commitment as a senior clinical lecturer for the University of Otago in Surgery as well as O&G and involvement in a number of research projects in the areas of CIN, BRCA as well as breast and gynaecological cancers.

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Dr Kate Bromfield

Kate is a Chartered Director with experience in sustainable governance. She sits on the Trust to bring her governance experience to a charity that aims to promote equity among ethnicities and cultures across communities in relation to access for services for the prevention and treatment of familial breast and ovarian cancer. She is particularly motivated to advance education into familial breast and ovarian cancer and provide resources to families in need of information.

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Nicola Coom

Nicola is the Executive Director of Emerge Aotearoa Limited and Ignite Aotearoa. She is also on the Board of Mind and Body Consultants and The Neonatal Trust. In 2010 Nicola founded The Gift of Knowledge, a charity that provides peer support to whānau impacted by hereditary cancer and was recognised for this work as a finalist in the inaugural Westpac Women of Influence Awards. Nicola resides in Ōtautahi with her husband and three boys.

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Harry Fraser

Harry practices as a Genetic Counsellor at the Northern Regional Genetics Service in Auckland.

He trained in Manchester, UK, and relocated to New Zealand in 2019. Though his role includes working across multiple areas of clinical genetics, there is a particular focus on cancer genetics, including familial breast and ovarian cancer.

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Helen Harris

Helen is a Chartered Accountant and works at the University of Otago.
She is a breast cancer survivor and is passionate about helping others to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
The aim of the NZFBOC Trust to benefit the community by seeking to reduce the rate of preventable familial breast and ovarian cancers is close to her heart. Cancer impacts so many families and the more that can be done to reduce this impact and share knowledge, the better the outcomes for all.

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