Chief Executive Officer

Tania Jones (Chief Executive Officer)

Tania Jones - Chief Executive Officer

Appointed in November 2016, Tania comes to CMF NZ with experience in project leadership and management in tertiary education and economic development, and experience in various community governance roles. She is also a business owner with a distinctive bias for community development and engagement. She is passionate about strengthening people and organisations through collaboration, connection and learning. Email tania.jones@cmf.nz

Board Members

Helen Saunders (Board Member)

Helen Saunders - Chairperson

Helen is a General Practitioner at the National Refugee Resettlement Centre in Auckland & also clinical lead for refugee health. She's been involved with CMF as a medical student, then in Wellington in the 1990's before returning to Auckland in 2003 and helping organise CMF events until 2008. She sees the value of medical students and graduates spurring each other on as followers of Christ in our different work spheres.


Sarah Masterton (Board Member)

Sarah Masterton - Secretary

Sarah is a doctor working in Canterbury. She has been involved with CMF since she was a medical student and has attended a number of international congresses. She is keen to see recent graduates develop and maintain links with CMF.


Fraser Hodgson (Chief Medical Officer)

Fraser Hodgson

Fraser is a General Practitioner in Te Awamutu where he has lived with his wife and five children (now adults) for many years. He has also worked with the University of Auckland as the Clinical Director for General Practice at the Waikato Clinical School, and serves as a medical officer for Waikeria prison. Fraser is co-opted onto the board with responsibilities for membership liaison and newsletter communication. Email fraser.hodgson@cmf.nz



Derek Woodard-Lehman

Derek is Lecturer in Theology and Public Issues at the University of Otago. His research and teaching engage the intersection of Christian faith and democratic society. He joined the board in February 2018, and enjoys working with the CMFnz community on issues of biomedical ethics and healthcare policy.

Pete Le Cren

Peter Le Cren - Vice Chairperson

Pete is a barrister and health law specialist.  He has over 20 years experience in medico-legal roles and has a particular interest in supporting not-for-profit and humanitarian providers.  Pete joined the CMF Board in February 2018. 



Diana Rae - Vice Chairperson

Diana has been involved in CMF (UK) since a medical student. Originally working in General Practice, she trained in Palliative Medicine in the UK, before moving to New Zealand in 2014. She now lives in Taranaki, and works in a hospice. Diana is keen to set up CMFnz meetings in New Plymouth, and to meet new students and doctors at the annual conference.

Steve Withington

Steve is a Consultant Physician and Rural Hospital Specialist. He currently works part-time in Ashburton Hospital and part-time for the University of Otago Rural Postgraduate Training Programme. Having completed a Masters in Theology from Laidlaw College, he was previously a part-time pastor and now serves on the Board of Elders at South West Baptist Church. Steve has a passion for Christian community development.

Jack Haywood

Jack is a registrar, currently working in the Christchurch Emergency Department. He is training in Rural Hospital Medicine, and hopes to also train in general practice. He has been involved with CMFnz as a student and a graduate, and is passionate about the good work CMFnz does to reach students and doctors across New Zealand.


Hannah Sim (Board member)

Hannah Sim - Student Representative

Hannah is a 5th year Medical Student at the University of Otago campus in Christchurch. She grew up as a Third Culture Kid in North Africa, returning to New Zealand just before starting university. She has been involved in CMFnz student groups for a few years and is excited to see students connecting into a fellowship of support that can establish them in their careers as doctors and followers of Jesus.

Callum Hammond (Student Representative)

Callum Hammond - Student Representative

Callum is a medical student at the University of Auckland, currently rotating through a variety of specialist teams. He has been involved with CMFnz since 2016, and co-led the CMFnz group at Grafton Campus in 2017. He believes God uses CMFnz on campus at Auckland University to teach Christians and non-Christians alike the reality of the good news.



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