Board Members

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Heart Kids is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of families with one or more child living with a heart condition, and we receive no government funding. We rely solely on the generous support from our wonderful community and supporters to provide the services we do for heart families.

Graeme Mann

Graeme is a Heart Parent to an adult heart child and a Heart Angel. His wife Michelle is one of the co-founders of Heart Children NZ and Graeme has been on the HKNZ Board for over 10 years in a co-opted capacity and more recently as the Upper North Island representative. Graeme has governance experience in the not for profit and private sectors and has an extensive background in business leadership roles and general management. Graeme is the current Chairperson of HKNZ.

Kate Figgins

Kate is an Adult Heart Kid and also the sibling of a Heart Angel. Her mother Michelle is one of the co-founders of Heart Children NZ and her family has since had a long association with HKNZ. Kate is a co-opted Board Member with a commercial background in logistics, supply chain management and event management. Her skills include strategy development, practitioner marketing, business development and solutions selling.

Ross Blackler

Ross has been involved with Heart Kids for the past 16 years. For 14 of those years he has been a board member representing the Upper South Island Region. He and his wife Susie have two children including heart child Grace. He is the Credit and Membership manager for Foodstuffs South Island.