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6 Oct

New CFNZ Chief Executive Appointed

6 October 2021

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Chief Executive, Lisa Burns. Lisa will be joining the team, based in the Grafton office, from the 1st November.

“It is a privilege to lead Cystic Fibrosis NZ in to the future. I'm committed to the priorities of CFNZ, supporting and improving the quality of life for all people affected by cystic fibrosis. Our success in shaping our future I believe, will come from communication, relationships, courage and resilience as we navigate this next phase together," Lisa said.

While GM Marketing and Fundraising for Dementia Auckland and Dementia New Zealand, Lisa has led significant transformation as a key influencer, raising awareness and profile for the organisations, building vital connections and changing the way people talk about the condition through Still Me (See the person, not the condition). She has over 18 years of extensive experience in leadership, strategy, communication, project management, marketing and fundraising with a natural talent for building strong mutually beneficial relationships.

Lisa is driven by passion and purpose to make a difference and impact the lives of Kiwis and communities who are affected or disadvantaged by a health condition. Intuitively she puts people at the heart of everything she does, leading with an honest, open and authentic approach. She has been a leader in the for-purpose and corporate sectors holding senior positions, managing multiple stakeholders to drive and influence change.

"The (CFNZ) board members and myself are delighted to have Lisa on our team as our new CE. She comes to us with a huge amount of energy, commitment and a great skillset. This is an exciting time for CFNZ with some very promising opportunities to improve the lives of those with CF. We look forward with pleasure to working with Lisa and her team in delivering them," said Warwick Murray, CFNZ Board Chair.

CFNZ and the Board is very grateful for Christine Perrins, who stepped into the Acting CE role as we went through this appointment process.