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 was named NZ Publisher of the Year at the 2002 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. So Healthy Food Guide was born, consumers loved it and the awards piled up.

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.

Jenny de Montalk, Editor

After a number of years working as a journalist and online content manager for the health sector, Jenny joined the team at Healthy Food Guide, bringing together her passion for good food with her fascination for print and digital media. During her career she has worked across both print and online publications but especially enjoys the challenges and opportunity for innovation generated in the digital realm.

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.

Claire Turnbull BSc (Hons), Nutritionist

Claire is the Healthy Food Guide nutritionist and the director of the private nutrition practice Mission Nutrition which operates throughout New Zealand. She is a professional speaker, has published two bestselling books and regularly features on TV and radio.

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, 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, Advertising Manager

After working in the magazine industry 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, 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 wellbeing. 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, 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.


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