Current Committee

Steph Pic  Stephanie Mills- President 

Stephanie lives in sunny Nelson and been married to her husband Craig for 15 years. She has 3 children, Ruben aged 12, Katie nearly 10 and Thomas who is 5. Steph and Craig own and operate their own business.  Her 12 year old Ruben was diagnosed with Type 1 when he was 2 1/2 years old. They manage Ruben via MDI (Multiple Daily Injections) for 4 1/2 years and then when he was 7 yrs old they moved onto a pump. Steph has been involved with Diabetes Youth Nelson for nearly 10 years socially. She has always found it to be a great place for support and advice. For the last 5 years Steph has been on the local committee as Secretary where she has worked closely with the committee to keep families supported and updated and to put on events for the kids and families including the weekend Family camp each February. She is also the Chairperson of the Parent Support Committee at the primary school where her children attend. Steph was elected to the DYNZ committee at the 2013 AGM and is enjoying the challenges and exciting work she is doing on the committee. Her passion is to support and advocate for all people with Diabetes in NZ.

  Lyndal Ludlow- Vice President

Lyndal is completing her first year on the DYNZ committee. She is married with 2 boys  – 12 and 10. The 12 yr old was diagnosed when he was 8 and her husband when he was mid-40’s. A primary trained teacher she has loved working in Primary and Secondary schools for over 20yrs. With a passion for the Arts working as a Secondary School Arts Coordinator for many years gave her many opportunities to empower young people. Currently she shares her time between event management and teaching roles as well as volunteering for a variety of Community Projects including Heritage South, Arts Festival, the Cancer Society and the Murihiku Polyfest.

 Jacqui van Blerk-  Immediate Past President 

Jacqui has an active 7yr. old who has just started school who was diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes at 2 ½ with DKA. The frustrating experience with local GPs and medical centres prior to a definitive diagnosis led to a desire to see more education at all levels around the symptoms and warning signs of Type-1 Diabetes. She has been involved with organising social events for the pre-school diabetics in the Auckland region for the past year and has recently been elected to the Diabetes Youth Auckland committee. Jacqui is an IT Analyst for IngramMicro. She lives on a lifestyle block north of Auckland with her daughter, husband and extended family of chooks and sheep. You can contact Jacqui at

craig Craig Sumpton- Secretary

Craig has an 18 year old daughter with type 1 and has been involved with DYA for 11 years and has seen the trials and tribulations of a Type 1 teenager. He is currently the Chairperson for Diabetes Youth Auckland and also sits on the Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch committee and North Island regional council. Craig is a committed volunteer and continues to make a difference to the lives of families living with Type 1 Diabetes.

Andrew Good- Committee Member
 Previous Committee Members:
Renata Porter- Past President 

Renata has been on the Diabetes Youth New Zealand committee for 5 years. She has two children with Type 1 Diabetes. Her daughter was diagnosed at the age of 4 and her son at 9. Both of which are now well into their teen and young adult years. Renata  served as President in 2013 and 2014.

Carrie Hetherington Carrie Hetherington- Committee Member

Carrie is 26 and has had type 1 diabetes for almost 8 years. She has a degree in history, politics and in high school teaching. She has worked on diabetes projects both here and in London. She recently represented New Zealand at the International Diabetes Federation Young Leaders Program and World Congress in Melbourne. She will be attending IDF in Vancouver this year. She has published an article in the global diabetes magazine ‘Diabetes Voice’ and several in the Diabetes NZ and Diabetes Auckland issues. Her motivation is to improve the lives of children with diabetes in developing countries and one of her IDF projects in collaboration with her masters degree aims to investigate diabetes health care services in Indonesia. This will be her second year on the committee.