I completed my dietetic training in Cardiff, Wales before moving to South London for my first new graduate role in 2001. This role provided me with experience of working with a broad range of clients, before I moved into a specialist role in cardiothoracic and then renal dietetics. I left my role temporarily in 2007 for a twelve month career break in New Zealand to work as a Renal Dietitian at Middlemore Hospital. After returning back to the United Kingdom for five months I realised that New Zealand was where I wanted to be, so I jumped on a plane and headed back to take up the Section Head Role for Outpatients at Middlemore in 2008 and have been here ever since, moving into my current role as Associate Director Allied Health Nutrition & Dietetics approximately five years ago. When I am not working or studying, you can find me out on the West Coast of Northland, relaxing with my family.
I bring strong leadership skills, engagement and networking experience and health sector knowledge to the new skills-based Council.
Finance and Risk Sub Committee Chair
I live and work in provincial Nelson as a Consultant Dietitian specialising in older adults, athletes, families and ACC clients. I also manage a large community complex and facilitate the Senior Chef programme in the region.
My experience in Governance goes back 20 years and includes memberships on the boards for the Kindergarten Association, Plunket, School Boards of Trustees (including Chair of the Waimea College BOT for 7 years and the Executive Committee for Dietitians NZ, including being a past President. I have also participated working parties for strategic planning, curriculum, awards review and governance.
I am passionate for the future of our association, reflected by my continued voluntary involvement, and bring a diverse of finance; strategic; breadth of practice and governance/policy skills to Council.
Council New Graduate Representative and Internal Engagement Sub Committee Chair
After studying both marketing and nutrition at the University of Otago I worked at Southern Hospitality as part of their social media and website development team. After a year I decided to go on and complete my Masters of Dietetics at Otago and finished in 2015. I then spent some time doing some contract work including rest homes and as an in-store nutritionist for foodstuffs. I am now back in Dunedin working as part of the inpatient team at Dunedin hospital. I have been involved in both the Christchurch and more recently the Southern branch of Dietitians NZ. I bring enthusiasm for getting students and other new Graduates involved in Dietitians NZ, as well as breath of practice and marketing/comms/media – sales & sponsorship skills to Council.
External Relationships Sub Committee Chair
After finishing my studies in Otago, I launched into my first role as a community/PHO dietitian in Taupo. Most recently I have been in a food industry role at Network Communication PR company in Auckland. At Network, I was a dietetic consultant within the FoodGroup team, leading food and nutrition campaigns that influence attitudes, build awareness and encourage action. Working across a diverse range of clients and projects gave me great insights into health, nutrition and food issues in NZ and has really shown me the value dietetics has in a number of different settings.
In an environment where Kiwis are more confused about nutrition than ever before, I believe Dietitians NZ has a crucial role to play and I’m looking forward to continuing to be part of that journey throughout my position on Council. I specifically bring breath of practice and marketing/comms/media – sales & sponsorship to Council.
During 2014 I returned to Auckland where I am employed as a DHB foodservices manager, and in my private consultancy specialising in food and menu development. Most of the prior decade I worked in UK food industry and in contracted foodservices posts. Before moving overseas I worked at different times in Hawkes Bay, Otago and Christchurch.
My drive with Dietitians NZ is to raise the profile of our profession with the public and its leaders so that we are seen as honest reliable food and nutrition knowledge brokers, who advocate best value solutions for those whose nutritional needs are not currently being met.
Chief Executive Officer
Ph: (04) 477 4704 or 027 686 6533
Email Cheryl Linge
Cheryl has been with Dietitians NZ since May 2015. Previous to joining the association as CEO, Cheryl has had 20 years’ strong leadership experience in strategic initiatives and operational management including 13 years working within the NGO health & social services sector in senior management roles in both mainstream and kaupapa Maori health organisations.
Cheryl’s role as Dietitians NZ CEO is to lead a small but dedicated team to implement Dietitians NZ strategic outcomes. In particular, Cheryl is responsible for managing all strategic operations which includes financial viability, delivery of member services, health & safety and legislation compliance and of course manage human resources to ensure Dietitians NZ operates as a good employer.
Ph: (04) 477 4701
Email Jacqui FitzGerald
Jacqui is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the main office.
Her responsibilities include:
- National Office general administration
- Management of membership services and processes
- Advertising and partner relationships
- Ensuring the website is kept up-to-date