Dr Lee Kannis-Dymand is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology in the School of Health and Behavioural Sciences, Thompson Institute, at the University of Sunshine Coast.

Dr Lee Kannis-Dymand is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the School of Social Sciences, Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute at the University of Sunshine Coast. Lee is also a researcher, lecturer, and clinical psychologist. He provides research supervision to PhD, Masters, and Honours, students. Clinically, he specialises in anxiety and trauma disorders.

Lee is a New Zealand citizen and is qualified at the University of Canterbury with a postgraduate diploma in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate in Psychology. He holds a postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Therapy from the University of Oxford, England. He has worked in a number of clinical settings. In the UK, he worked at Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma at the Maudsley Hospital. In New Zealand, he worked at the Anxiety Disorders Service for the Canterbury District Health Board.

Lee, along with Associate Professor Janet D. Carter (University of Canterbury, New Zealand), authored the self-help book How to Deal with Anxiety: A 5-step, CBT-based plan for overcoming generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and worry.

Lee has many research interests and projects some of these include user experience (human computer interactions; cognitive and metacognitive processes; and anxiety/trauma conditions. Lee was involved in the establishment phase of the Trust in 2009.



Simon is an actuary with over 18 years’ experience, 15 years of with Aon with three years with Mercer. He also has a depth of international experience, having worked in the United Kingdom, South Korea and Hong Kong before moving to New Zealand. Simon holds a degree in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics from the University of Warwick and is a Fellow of the United Kingdom Institute of Actuaries and New Zealand Society of Actuaries.

He is currently the Manager of Retirement and Financial Management at Aon New Zealand. As part of his role he leads the Retirement and Investment line of business, provides actuarial advice to a wide range of clients including corporations, insurers, superannuation schemes, public organisations and not for profits . Simon also provides advice and support to the Aon KiwiSaver Scheme and Aon Master Trust. He also Chairs the Aon New Zealand Retirement and Investment Committee. At Mercer, Simon was responsible for leading the retirement business, including overseeing both consulting and pension administration functions in Hong Kong and Shenzhen.



Jerry is a Senior Associate and Transport Specialist at Beca and has over 14 years specialised in transport planning, business case development, road safety analysis and management consulting experience across New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and the Asia Pacific. He has a strong background in infrastructure economics, policy development, strategic planning, financial analysis and risk management.

Some of his notable experience includes:
Team Leader for the Asian Development Bank funded Fiji Transport Sector Management and Planning (2014-2016), where he prepared a sector assessment and “road map” for future actions in land and maritime transport policy, institutional roles and capacity development.

Jerry also led the preparation of Government policy documents and a 20 year infrastructure investment plan for land (including road safety) and maritime sectors.

He was a key author for the Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency’s (NZTA) Active Modes Health Benefit Framework Review (2019-2020), where the economic values were updated and incorporated into the NZTA’s economic evaluation manual for use in project evaluation.

Outside of work, Jerry is a proud father to two young kids and he is also an avid cyclist. Jerry is also highly passionate about road safety and hopes that one day every journey is safe and sustainable.



Marisca is a Senior Manager in the Assurance team at PwC New Zealand, specialising in external audits. She moved to New Zealand in 2017, after having worked in Canada and South Africa.

Marisca has extensive experience in risk assessment and risk management, regulatory compliance and technical accounting across a wide range of sectors. Marisca is a Chartered Accountant, registered with both SAICA and CPA Australia and holds a Masters Degree in Taxation.

She is passionate about people and the community and strives to have a positive impact on all people who cross her path.



Sarah Dean is the Founder of Road Traffic Accident Trauma Charitable Trust trading as National Road Trauma Centre. In 2003, Sarah was involved in one serious and near fatal car crash at 20 years of age, followed by a further moderate car crash ten months later. She sustained injuries from both crashes. She has recovered well from the majority of the injuries she sustained and is fortunate to be able to maintain a fit and active lifestyle.

Sarah has a diverse background in both the commercial, local and central government sectors in New Zealand and Australia. Some of her most recent experience includes the veterinary pharmaceutical sector specialising in regulatory affairs, trademark litigation, compliance and  product registration in numerous countries in the pharmaceutical sector. She also was a part owner of two highly specialised physiotherapy clinics in Sydney which treated numerous patients that suffered from chronic pain in particular hip, neck and back injuries, many of which had been in motor vehicle crashes, along with Olympian athletes.



Rosalie has been with the Trust since its inception. She understands the complexities of road trauma in our community having witnessed the impacts first hand through her daughter Sarah. 

Rosalie has been very thrilled to see what the Trust has achieved over the past few years especially the Road Accident Remembrance Day bringing families together, as well as being moving appreciations of those involved in post trauma care and recovery involved.

Rosalie believes Sarah’s insight and vision has been a real inspiration to those in our community, including those closest to her.


Raylene has been involved since the inception of the Trust in 2010 and also serves as Treasurer. Raylene has a strong financial background having worked in the banking sector for over 25 years. Raylene is a well respected Trustee.

It is a privilege to acknowledge her commitment and service to the Trust over the past ten years.