DR LEE KANNIS-DYMAND
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 has a diverse background in both the commercial, local and central government sectors in New Zealand and Australia.
In the infancy of her career Sarah worked in the economic development unit of the Canterbury Development Development Corporation. During that time she formed a strong interest in social economics and the development of human capital.
At that time, she 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 (and is now well recovered).
Shortly thereafter, she studied economics and law at the University of Canterbury. However, was unable to complete her studies due to repetitive concussion complications directly associated by her road crashes.
Sarah has a varied commercial background ranging from commercial insurance brokering to private enterprise. Some of her more recent accomplishments in Sydney, Australia include part ownership specialised physiotherapy clinics treating numerous patients ranging from Olympian athletes to those that suffer from chronic pain, many of which had been in motor vehicle crashes. Other recent commercial experience includes regulatory affairs in the veterinary pharmaceutical sector specialising in trademark litigation, compliance, pharmaceutical product registration and intellectual property in numerous countries including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Myanmar and Australia.
Since 2018 Sarah has helped lead the Trusts new structure. In 2020 she led the appointment of new Board, Strategic Plan and formal re-brand to support the Trust to enhance its service offerings to continue to provide for the unmet needs in our community.
Sarah is pleased to continue to support the Trust. Her future aspirations is to ensure it continues to provide meaningful impact to our community, particularly those most vulnerable.
She would also like to see more diversity in the sector, in particular stronger representation from women, Maori and Pacifica communities in the road safety, transportation engineering and healthcare sectors.
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.