Our People

Vitality Works has a focus on delivering quality programs and services that are evidence-based and effective, but most of all life-changing.

Vitality Works has a focus on delivering quality programs and services that are evidence-based and effective, but most of all life-changing. To do this we rely completely on the skill and passion of our team. They include experienced and accredited practitioners who are also considered some of the foremost experts in their field. More importantly, our people bring our vision to life.

Meet some of members of our team


Brendon Blanchard

Business Manager, NZ

Brendon has a vast amount of experience managing and implementing health, wellness and injury prevention programs across Australia and New Zealand. As the New Zealand Business Manager Brendon leads his expert health team ensuring exceptional client outcomes.

Samuel Samhan

Head of Commercial

Sam is a senior commercial finance professional with over 13 years’ experience. Sam has had broad exposure to various industries; covering all aspects of finance, business integrations and strategic plans. Sam is passionate about health and wellbeing and making a positive difference to people’s lives.


Cathy McDonald

Executive General Manager – Health & Wellbeing Services

Cathy has worked for Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing – Australia and New Zealand’s largest health food company – for the past 24 years, where she is currently Executive General Manager of Health & Wellbeing Services. In this role, Cathy is the Executive General Manager of Vitality Works; a significant player in the Workplace Health market across Australia, and New Zealand.


Rachael Smith

Business Development Manager

Rachael Smith is our Business Development Manager for New Zealand. She has a broad range of experience including corporate health and wellbeing, over 10 years with Qantas. Rachael has also completed rowing at an elite level for national and New Zealand in sweep oar and sculling.


Ben Tootill

Senior Partner

Ben has worked in client account management and partnership roles for over 13 years, he has a background in Coaching & Training and is currently undertaking study in Positive Psychology & Wellbeing. Ben is passionate about Wellbeing and its connection to engagement and performance in the workplace and enjoys partnering with Vitality Works clients, providing solutions that produce positive and lasting change.


Nicole Morrison

Client Partner

Nicole has been working in the health and wellness industry for several years and is very passionate about helping others towards a happier, healthier lifestyle. She works closely with our clients to deliver exceptional services and understands the importance of having healthy employees to produce a thriving business.

Consultancy Services


Chloe Gibson, MSpEx

Health Analyst

Chloe has been with Vitality Works since 2012 and has worked in several roles during that time. She has a vast knowledge of our full spectrum of health and wellness services which helps her to produce meaningful and insightful reports for our clients.

Jane Gibbons

Jane Gibbons

Senior Occupational Health Advisor

Jane has a number of years’ experience implementing health, wellness and injury prevention programmes to major NZ companies. Jane is passionate about educating employees on how to reduce their risks related to workplace injury and disease.

Digital Services

Dan Hibberd

Dan Hibberd, BPhEd

Innovation Manager AU & NZ

Dan has spent a number of years in the health and wellbeing industry helping individuals strive toward better health. Dan combines his experience in the industry with his creative strengths to develop content and innovate programs that assist people in making positive lasting changes to their health and wellbeing.


Ulrika Ballinger

Hub Specialist

Ulrika’s background is in IT journalism and media production, with over 10 years’ experience in online publishing. Ulrika is also a group exercise instructor with a passion for motivating and inspiring people to lead healthy lives.


Rachel Oscilowski

Senior Thrive Specialist

Rachel has a real passion for the health and wellness industry and as the Senior Thrive Specialist she is responsible for ensuring our clients are engaged in successful team wellbeing challenges. Over the years Rachel has been the catalyst for many amazing success stories. This is what motivates her to get out of bed each day!


Joanna Horan

Digital Services Coordinator
Joanna works with our clients to co-ordinate fun, team wellbeing challenges. She has completed a Bachelor in Physical Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Analysis, working with Professional Netball Teams. Combining her passion and knowledge to implement programs that encourage sustainable behaviour change.

Lesh Karen

Digital Services Coordinator
Lesh has over 20 years’ experience in the health and wellbeing industry, which includes her experience as a pharmacist, medical writer, food coach, and digital content creator and editor. Lesh is passionate about holistic health, which she believes is gained through self-awareness.


Tanya Smith

Digital Services IT Support

Tanya has experience working in Information Technology support across several industries for more than 10 years. Tanya also has a Science degree and is fascinated by the interaction between diet, micro-organisms, and human health.

Assess and Prevent Services

Karen Dickinson

Karen Dickinson, BSc

Assess and Prevent, Health Monitoring Specialist

Karen experience working onsite with clients delivering our services has given her a great perspective in understand our clients’ needs. Her expertise in implementing our programs such as employee health checks, nutrition consultations and one-on-one health coaching makes her invaluable to our clients.


Tom Gibbs

Assess and Prevent, Health Monitoring Specialist

Tom comes from a sports physiology and health science background, and is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of others. When not out surfing, Tom facilitates the implementation of the Occupational Health Services in the Central/Southern Region of New Zealand.

Shared Services


Karen Barson-Wright

Human Resources Partner – Health & Wellbeing Services

Karen has worked for Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing – Australia and New Zealand’s largest health food company – for six years. Karen has over twenty five years’ experience in Human Resources across a wide range of industries from Professional Services to the not-for-profit sector. Karen brings this knowledge and experience to her role as People and Culture Business Partner for Health and Wellbeing where she is able to exercise her passion for making a positive difference in people’s lives.

Deirdre Kelly

Finance Manager

Dee is a senior finance professional with 8 years’ experience across various industries; with a primary focus in the health & wellbeing industry in the last 4 years. Dee is enthusiastic about health & wellbeing and making a positive difference to people’s lives.

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