Our team

Healthy Life Media is staffed by a dedicated, tight-knit team of professionals with many years’ experience across both the health and media sectors. They are passionate about helping people by delivering useful, credible and practical information that makes it easy to live more healthily and sustainably.

Phil Ryan Llb, BCom, Managing Director

Phil is an experienced magazine publisher who founded the award-winning NetGuide magazine in NZ and Australia. He is a former winner of the NZ Publisher of the Year, at the Magazine Publishing Association Awards. After many years of consumer research and discussion with health experts, Phil realized there was a need to cut through the confusion around healthy eating. Consumers need easy access to evidence-based information on healthy eating and health issues affected by diet. And if this was presented in an easy to read and inspirational format, it would make eating better, enjoyable and easier. So Healthy Food Guide was born in 2005, consumers loved it, and the awards piled up. Food products and science are always evolving so there is a never ending supply of topics to cover and update.

In family life Phil has two energetic teenage sons well known for their ability to eat their way through a week’s worth of food in a day or two, but increasingly becoming more interested in healthier options. Along with his lovely wife Ann, Phil tries to encourage spirited conversation around the issues of the day, including health claims and where things are at with evidence-based science.

Jenny de Montalk BA, GDipJourn, Editor

Jenny is on a mission to make healthy eating accessible to everyone. She believes that food is the glue that binds people together and loves nothing more than sharing a delicious meal with family and friends. Jenny’s background as a health reporter and a digital journalist has provided her with a strong journalistic ethic, and maintaining Healthy Food Guide’s reputation as a legitimate, trustworthy source of evidence-based nutrition advice is at the core of her work on the publication. Jenny is mother to a teenage Instagram star, partner to a juice maven and the harried owner of two badly behaved dogs.

Niki Bezzant, Editor-at-Large

Niki Bezzant is a writer, speaker, editor and commentator. She’s the founding editor (now editor-at-large) of Healthy Food Guide magazine, a columnist for the Herald on Sunday and a frequent contributor to broadcast media. Niki has been involved in the food media for nearly 20 years. She is currently president of Food Writers New Zealand and a proud ambassador for the Garden to Table programme which helps kids learn how to grow, cook and share food. She is a member of the Council of Directors for the True Health Initiative, a global coalition of health professionals dedicated to sharing a science-based message of what we know for sure about lifestyle and health. Niki is on the Board of the NZ Nutrition Foundation.

Rachel Dudding, Sub-editor

Rachel is an experienced sub-editor, coming most recently from the world of daily business, financial and economic newspapers. She has a lifetime love of food and cooking shows, and is determined to make available to her young set of grandchildren healthy, delicious recipes – and to her children, all the latest research and knowledge about nutrition.

Rose Carr MSc (Hons), Senior Nutritionist

Rose is a registered nutritionist with a BSc and an MSc (Hons) in Human Nutrition. Prior to retraining she had a successful career in marketing ‘fast-moving consumer goods’ – that’s ‘grocery products’ to the rest of us – before making the change to nutrition. Rose has since worked in a private nutrition clinic, lectured at Massey University, and undertaken project work for the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation.


Katrina Pace MSc, Nutritionist

Katrina is an HFG nutritionist and registered dietitian with an interest in helping people through diet and nutrition. She has 20+ years of experience working in the health and wellness industries.  Katrina is a writer, researcher and clinical and holistic dietitian.  She is based in Auckland with her husband, two kids, two cats and a large lolloping dog.


Claire Turnbull – NZ Registered Nutritionist, BSc (Hons) Dietetics

Claire trained as a Dietitian and fitness instructor in the UK and after working in the NHS for several years, moved to New Zealand in 2005. For several years Claire worked as a nutritionist at Diabetes New Zealand, taught fitness classes and did personal training in the community as well as working as a nutritionist for a professional rugby team.

Claire has been part of the team here at Healthy Food Guide for over 12 years, as well as contributor to the magazine and representing Healthy Food Guide on TV, Radio and in print media, she works as part of our Workplace Wellbeing team.

In addition to her work with Healthy Food Guide, Claire is the owner and director of the private nutrition practice and corporate wellness company Mission Nutrition where she has a wonderful team of people working alongside her. She is a professional speaker, has published two best selling books with Penguin Random House, Lose Weight for Life and Feel Good for Life and she has also released a wellness diary called ‘It’s a beautiful day’. Outside of work, Claire loves the gym, travel and spending as much time as possible with her two little boys Zac and Josh along with her friends and family.

Meredith Baldwin, Art Director

With extensive experience in the magazine industry, Meredith has worked as designer and art director on numerous NZ titles over the years after starting out in design and advertising. A vegetarian with a keen interest in healthy eating and sustainable living, Healthy Life Media is the perfect place to be.

Hayley Pearce BDes (VisCom), Senior Designer (part-time)

Hayley has worked in the magazine industry across many NZ titles before coming aboard at Healthy Life Media. She has a keen interest in cooking healthy meals for her young family and teaching her daughters the basics in the kitchen. Hayley also runs her own screen-printing business The Art Room, specialising in printing designer pillowcases, bedding, homewares and limited-edition art prints.

Tasha Pienaar BA (Journalism), Advertising Manager

After working in the magazine industry as an editor in South Africa, Tasha decided to move to the Land of The Long White Cloud and further her career in the industry she fell in love with. Her passion for well-being is reflected in her devotion to fitness. A self-professed ‘food addict’, Tasha is always on the hunt for healthier options of everyday food.

Aimee Fraser, Media Manager Health TV

Aimee has been with Healthy Life Media for over five years and has a strong background in account management within the media industry. She is passionate about helping her clients promote their products and services via Healthy Life Media platforms, and has witnessed first-hand how this can positively impact a brand or business.

Tim Mehrtens, Account Manager Workplace Wellbeing

Tim consistently strives to be the better, healthier version of himself. This combined with his customer service background has made him passionate about helping companies improve their staff wellbeing.



Kayla Brunton BC, Digital Content Co-ordinator

Kayla is an experienced marketer with a passion for everything digital! With a keen interest in healthy living, Kayla loves learning new ways to improve her health and well-being. Kayla is constantly striving to bring the best of Healthy Food Guide to you and keep Healthy Food Guide fresh on all digital platforms.

Christine Fairgray, Customer Service Co-ordinator

With over 30 years’ experience in customer service (covering everything from hotels and television to airlines, and many more between!), Christine is armed extremely well for her interface role at Healthy Food Guide. She truly believes it’s the little things that mean a lot when it comes to customer service, and is committed to ensuring your experience with us is as seamless and enjoyable as possible.

Dave Smith BMS, CA, Accountant/Office Manager

A fully qualified chartered accountant, Dave has nearly 20 years’ accountancy experience dealing with NZ businesses. He has a young family, which takes care of any spare time! The office eye candy, Dave is loved by all.


Sarah Cowley

Sarah is an Olympian and trained physiotherapist who is passionate about living a full life by looking after your health and wellbeing. She draws on her long career in track and field as a heptathlete and high jumper and her experience as a physiotherapist to provide sensible fitness advice. Sarah’s sporting career highlight was fulfilling a lifelong dream to compete at the Olympics, which she did in the heptathlon at the 2012 London Olympics. She has been contributing to the Healthy Food Guide since 2015.

When not writing for Healthy Food Guide and other media outlets, Sarah enjoys spending time with her young family and husband Angus, preferably outdoors doing something active. She loves time in the kitchen and gets a lot of enjoyment from sitting round the table with family and friends, solving the world’s problems and enjoying a delicious meal made with love.


Karissa Woolfe

Karissa Woolfe is a dietitian and health journalist with a passion for supporting healthier relationships with food.



Sam Campbell

Before joining The Healthy Food Guide TV Series, Sam Campbell worked as a private chef, designing specialised menus for a variety of diets and palates.



Tim Crowe

Tim Crowe is a dietitian and nutrition research scientist.




Catherine Saxelby

Catherine Saxelby is a dietitian, nutritionist and author who has written about healthy eating for 25 years.




Stephanie Osfield

Stephanie Osfield is a freelance health journalist.




Brooke Longfield

Dietitian Brooke Longfield is the editor of the Australian Healthy Food Guide.




Angela Berrill

Angela Berrill is a NZ registered dietitian and director of ABC Nutrition. She is passionate about health and nutrition and believes in finding ways for people to enjoy food, while also nurturing their bodies.



Nicola Jackson

Nicola Jackson is a NZ-registered nutritionist with a passion for helping people to develop a healthier relationship with food. Nicola’s blog Eat Well NZ tells you why you don’t need to quit foods, follow rules or go to the extreme to be healthy.




Editorial Advisory Board

Healthy Food Guide enlists the expertise and guidance of the following Editorial Advisory Board members, who give their assistance voluntarily: Professor Lynnette R Ferguson Head of Nutrition, University of Auckland; Penny Jorgensen Allergy Advisor, Allergy New Zealand; Jim Mann Professor of Human Nutrition and Medicine, University of Otago; Jenny Reid Manager for Food Science and Risk Assessment, Ministry for Primary Industries.

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