Coach Leadership Team

Ultimately the HCANZA Board’s goal is to ensure that an HCANZA Coach membership is an irresistible proposition, creating a vibrant professional community and value for current and prospective coach members.
The Coach Leadership team is a voluntary think tank of coach members that acts as an incubator of ideas for realising that goal. They bring perspectives and strong voices of members to the Board, ensuring HCANZA continues to meet the needs of its membership.
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Youna Angevin-Castro

Youna is a specialist Women’s Health Coach who is passionate about empowering women to become actively involved in their own health journey, especially in mid-life.

She has worked in corporate communications for 20+ years, and has particular experience working with member-based organisations to improve communications and drive member engagement. 

Youna has been a HCANZA member since 2020, and is also the editor of the HCANZA Member newsletter. She is excited to be part of an inspired community of health coaches, and hopes to see health coaching gain the public acceptance it deserves within the wider community. 

Debra Carnes

Debra Carnes

Deb is an Accredited Health and Wellness Coach who focusses on work health and wellbeing amongst essential services and frontline workers. Her coaching qualification was completed through Wellness Coaching Australia in early 2021.

She has a background in nursing having worked in public and private sector environments including emergency, rural and aged care contexts. Her other work history includes the roles of industrial officer, political staffer and academic.
With postgraduate qualifications in nursing, research and education she is currently building on her coaching skills by completing a Master of Mental Health Nursing.

In addition to HCANZA she is a member of the WHO Global Patient Safety Network, Australian College of Nursing (ACN) and Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

In her spare time Deb plays piano and enjoys keeping fit by regularly going for a run around the numerous options in New Norfolk in Tasmania’s beautiful Derwent Valley.


Jared Cannons

Jared’s mission is to work with whānau in their community to take back control of their health & wellbeing & to learn to live a balanced sustainable lifestyle.

He enjoys teaching whānau how to make kai their medicine, as a Health Coach, his goal is to support whānau to confidently navigate their Hauora journey whether that be pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, exercise, sleep, weight loss & mental well-being.

As a father of 3 tamariki Jared strives to be the best he can be in hopes to inspire others to do the same.

Me mahi tahi tatou mo te oranga o te katoa

“We should work together for the wellbeing of everyone”

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Sonya English

Registered comprehensive nurse, Master in Health Practice, advanced care practitioner (NZHQSC end of life discussions/ planning), PreKure certified health coach, certified professional coach in transformative coaching (coach masters academy). ICF ACC.

Following many years in the acute care service as a critical care nurse & nurse leader Sonya has first-hand experience of the rising pandemic that is a non-communicable chronic disease. As a health coach and health coach educator Sonya believes that health & wellness coaching is about giving our families and communities back the self-belief, knowledge & ownership of their health journey. She has a strong desire to inspire health coaches’ confidence to make real changes in health outcomes and influence the future of medicine. In her role as an HCANZA leadership team member, Sonya is motivated to work with our members to innovate, connect and grow a community of strong health pioneers.  

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Susan Harbers

Susan is a health coach with a strong focus on preventive lifestyle medicine. She  brings extensive life experiences, learnings and enthusiasm to her coaching practice, motivating and supporting clients to make positive changes to their health, happiness and wellbeing.

Susan has a long history working in corporate environments, providing high-level support to senior executives. She is a confident and outcome-focused changemaker, using her strong interpersonal and organisational skills to deliver outcomes.  As a member of the leadership team, Susan will passionately work towards HCANZA’s goal of bringing widespread recognition to our community of Health Coaches.   

Susan has been a HCANZA member since 2020.

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Dr Brad Hulcombe

I am a Primal Health Certified Coach with a background as a physician, ski coach and physical trainer. After my own health journey, I was driven to find answers outside our conventional medical model. Frustrated by being unable to participate in the exercise I had previously enjoyed. The solutions I discovered were profound, involved changes to my understanding of fitness versus health, and redefined my lifestyle goals. I found myself getting better and being able to enjoy those recreational activities again. I realised that as a health coach I could help other busy professionals over 40 achieve their health and fitness goals after a health scare, burnout, or other setbacks.

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Kent Johns

Kent has been a HCANZA member for the past two years and brings passion, enthusiasm and humour to the team. He works with both individual and corporate clients to think optimistically about themselves and how to be truly engaged in their own health. Kent also has a media profile in NZ and promotes Health Coaching any chance he can!