Senior Management Team

Philip Kearney

Chief Executive

Philip hails from the UK but considers New Zealand home, having emigrated with his family when he was a boy. Previous roles include Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Otago, General Manager Education at the Charities Commission and Chief Executive at Sport Whanganui. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration. Philip is married to Lesley and they have a daughter. He is an avid sports fan, especially golf, cricket and rugby and is also keen on DIY.

Francesca Holloway

Awareness and Advocacy Manager

Francesca has worked for many years in the non-profit sector as a manager and a volunteer, with a particular interest in advocacy. She has a teaching background and held roles in Presbyterian Support, The Deaf Association and Heart Children. She also served on the board of the YWCA, helped establish Habitat for Humanity in Dunedin and was active in a number of women’s organisations. Francesca currently sits on the Consumer Advisory Committee of PHARMAC.


Dianne Armstrong

Philanthropy Manager

Dianne has a long history of fundraising in the charitable sector. She joined Arthritis New Zealand in 2009 as Business Development Manager after receiving a CBE for services to Plunket, and working for nine years in a fundraising role with the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind. Her interests include rugby, Plunket, training guide dogs, and involvement with the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ).

Rob Mitchell

Corporate Services Manager

Rob joined Arthritis New Zealand in December 2004 after a varied career as a financial controller and corporate services manager in the commercial sector in Wellington and Auckland. He was born and educated in South Africa and emigrated to New Zealand in 1979. Rob is a qualified chartered accountant and a keen sports fan who enjoys a range of outdoor activities.

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