2022 Conference: Breaking Through 2-3 June 2022

Our Team

Our Board

Our Board of Directors holds honorary positions and consists of leading thinkers, educators and practitioners. They are passionate and committed to advocating and embedding professional industry standards for health and wellness coaching in Australia and New Zealand.

Importantly, three Board positions will be held by practising HCANZA Professional Health & Wellness Coach Members. This is your Board!


Linda Funnell – Milner

Chair, Co-founder, Australia

Linda holds degrees in Law and Education, Adv. Dip  Nutritional Medicine, Dip  Clinical Hypnotherapy, Certs NLP, and Health & Wellness Coaching certificate from the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy.  Until recently, Linda worked as a consulting Nutritionist, Health Coach and Clinical Hypnotherapist in clinical practice. She currently holds a Non-Executive Director board position with the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA) and is a member of the Australasian College of Environmental Medicine (ACNEM).
Prior to being a health practitioner, Linda held corporate managerial and senior executive roles internationally, developing strategic policies on global issues and was a registered political lobbyist. This led to international program experience as an Australian Business Representative on collaborations with various United Nations programs including six years as Chair of the UN-sponsored GRI Stakeholder Council based in Amsterdam. From 2007 – 2013 Linda was a Non-Executive Director and Chair of Governance and Finance Committees with large Australian social justice and environmental NFP Boards.



Louise Schofield

Director, New Zealand

Louise holds a PhD in Public Health and 15 years’ experience in the corporate well-being industry developing behaviour change programs that achieve results. She is a successful entrepreneur and innovator. As co-founder and CEO of PreKure, she is on a mission to extend the human health span by preventing chronic disease, and where chronic disease already exists, reverse or reduce the disease burden.

Her mission is to change medicine to focus more on prevention, before the cure is needed.  


Samantha McBride

Director, Co-founder, New Zealand

Sam holds an Honours Degree in Human Physiology from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Her career path has taken her from ‘part-time’ Platoon Commander in the UK Army Reserve focused on leadership and teamwork, through employment in Pharmaceuticals industry, marketing, and running her own small business for 10 years in Te Anau.   In 2017 Sam trained and graduated as a Health and Wellness Coach with the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy.
Sam is located in Te Anau in Fiordland , NZ and is the CEO and founder of liveMEwell. She is focused on finding solutions to deliver support, health understanding and guidance in service limited and remote geographical areas. In particular she runs a course called ‘Building Better Blokes’ with a focus on small business owners and agribusinesses where men (and their families) often feel isolated and without the time and resources to care for their own health and well-being.
She is passionate in helping bridge the gap between conventional and integrative medicine, guiding people to understand their own ability to create health from within.

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Fiona Cosgrove

Director, Australia

Fiona holds Masters Degrees in Sports Science and in Counseling. She is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach and is undertaking PhD studies through Canterbury Christchurch University in UK. Fiona has owned and managed several highly successful health clubs where she offered coaching services before heading up the Golden Door group of Health Retreats in Australia. As a University lecturer, keynote speaker and author, she is highly respected and known for her passion for supporting people in sustainable lifestyle change – not only those struggling with health conditions but to ensure optimal wellness for all.

Fiona has been a pioneer in the health and wellness coaching industry in Australia for over 12 years. Her training school, Wellness Coaching Australia was the first international program to be an approved program under the stringent terms of the NBHWC. Fiona firmly believes that the way forward is ensuring that standards are set around training but also the assessment of coaches to ensure that they can deliver the practical side of coaching that is necessary to help others change for good – as well as the knowledge they need to ensure the safety of clients. In this way the public and medical industries will recognise the scope and have trust in the important work that health and wellness coaches do.


Melanie White

Director, Australia

Melanie holds an Honours Degree in Biology from Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. She is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBHWC) and also holds a Cert IV in Training and Assessment, a Cert IV in Personal Training, and an Accredited Certificate in Nutrition.

In 2007, Melanie left her Environmental Consulting business for a sea change to NSW so she could focus on her passion; helping people to change in a way that makes sense to them, so that they can live happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives.

Melanie has since delivered group weight loss coaching program and resilience coaching programs in her own business since 2010. In parallel, she is a Coach Trainer and Business Mentor to students of Wellness Coaching Australia. Since 2016, Melanie’s business has focused primarily on business and resilience coaching.

Her big vision is to help put Health and Wellness Coaching ‘on the map’ by co-creating a professional, credible industry. She does this as a coach trainer and via her own membership, which helps coaches to develop successful, profitable businesses.

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Jas Streten

Director, Australia

Jas has extensive experience of the healthcare system through his involvement at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, State and Federal Government public consultations and engagement with Pharmaceutical companies. Jas has held senior management roles in the private sector across a number of business functions including Sales, Operations and Logistics.

His direct experience of the health industry includes roles as Deputy Chair of the Community Advisory Committee, The Innovation Committee and Specialist Clinics committees at a Melbourne Public Hospital, membership of Consumer Health Forum and Health Issues Centre. 

At present Jas is using his extensive experience to advocate for better patient outcomes, as  General Manager of the Australian Patients Association. In his spare time Jas paints and is preparing for his next art exhibition.

Our Advisory Team

At HCANZA we are privileged to be part of a much larger Health & Wellness community made of Doctors, Allied Health Professionals, Corporate Well-Being Advocates, Consumer Health Advocates, Researchers and many more. We are grateful to those that voluntarily join our Advisory Team, strengthening our collective scientific baseline with current patient and client-centred best practices occurring in clinics and workplaces.

Over the coming weeks new Advisory Team members will be introduced.  Take the time to understand the technical expertise and strengths each one of them brings to our community through blog posts, virtual expert meetings and resources.


Dr Suzie Carmack

Assistant Prof of Global & Community Health at George Mason University and Author

Dr Suzie Carmack is dedicated to moving individuals, teams, organizations, and global agencies to well-being.  In addition to being a two-time #1 best-selling author (Well-Being Ultimatum, 2015 and Genius Breaks, 2017), she is globally recognized as a pioneer in bringing yoga, mindfulness and compassion practices into the workplace and schools, as a way to raise awareness about sitting disease and to reduce stress in the work and school day.  As a well-being science consultant to global government agencies and media outlets, executive well-being coach, coach trainer, professor and sought-after keynote speaker, she is world-renowned for her innate ability to bring the complex sciences of stress, compassion and well-being to the public in a user-friendly, provocative and still humorous way. 

Dr Carmack holds a PhD in Health Communication from George Mason University, where she was alumnae of the year in 2018 and currently trains undergraduate and graduate students as an Assistant Professor of Global and Community Health. She also holds an MFA in Theatre; a Master of Education in Health and Kinesiology, and a BA in Communication Arts along with multiple professional training credentials as a Yoga Teacher Trainer (ERYT 500), Pilates Teacher Trainer (PMA-CPT), and Board-Certified Health Coach and Trainer of Well-Being Coaches for the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching, through her company YogaMedco. Learn more about Suzie and her efforts to bring well-being research into practice  in order to move the world to well-being at www.DrSuzieCarmack.com

Simon Matthews bio

Simon Matthews


Simon is a Psychologist, Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Professional and Fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. He supports people to achieve their goals of living healthier, more purposeful lives and has worked with government, corporate, banking and not-for-profit organizations to help their staff to understand the value of healthy lifestyle and to practice the principles of living well.

Simon is the CEO Of Wellcoaches® Australia School of Health Coaching. Wellcoaches® trains health professionals to support their clients to achieve long-lasting health behaviour change.

He writes and presents on lifestyle medicine approaches to great mental health and the role of health coaching in sustained behaviour change.

When not working, Simon also loves talking about his other passions as a Pilot, Barista and self-taught cook.

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Dr Cliff Harvey

PhD, DipFit, DipNat

Dr Cliff Harvey is a registered clinical nutritionist, former world champion and world record-holding strength athlete, and researcher. He has been coaching people ranging from world champion athletes through to the chronically and acutely unwell to perform at their best, since the 1990s. Cliff’s research has focused on the use of medium-chain triglycerides to mitigate ‘keto-flu’ and encourage faster induction of nutritional ketosis, and on identifying markers of carbohydrate tolerance and appropriateness of different diets to individuals.

He is the founder of the Holistic Performance Institute, a private tertiary college, and is the author of many books including The Carbohydrate Appropriate Diet, the Ashton-Wylie Book Award finalist Time Rich, Cash Optional and The Credo: 8 Simple virtues for living with passion and purpose in the post-truth era.