Our patron, board and staff


Helen Clark

Rt Hon Helen Clarke ONZ SSI PC

Former New Zealand Prime Minister and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme



Chair: Emeritus Professor Robert Beaglehole, independent global public health practitioner.

Board members:

  • Mihi Blair, General Manager of the National Tobacco Control Advisory Service at Hāpai Te Hauora.
  • Dr Stephen Child, General physician with respiratory interest, elected to the Medical Council of New Zealand and past Chair of the NZ Medical Association.
  • Dr Gerry Devlin, Cardiologist and Medical Director of the Heart Foundation.
  • Sefita Hao’uli, retired journalist and broadcaster.
  • Rebecca Ruwhiu-Collins, Māori Hauora expert in treatment, national training for tobacco addiction and community mobilisation and development at Hāpai Te Hauora.
  • Dr Grace Wong, Director, Smokefree Nurses Aotearoa/New Zealand 



Director: Deborah Hart, former lawyer, Human Rights Review Tribunal Panel member.

Policy Advisor:  Ben Youdan

Researcher:  Sally Wong