Our Board of Trustees
Lynley is currently joint owner and director of Lifestyle Magazine Group, New Zealand’s premium lifestyle content publisher. Prior to becoming an independent publisher, she held several senior management roles during 20 years with Fairfax Media including General Manager of Fairfax Magazines.
With an early career in finance then wholesaling, she turned her financial and logistics’ background to the world of magazine distribution. Her career in this sector culminated with the role of General Manager of Gordon & Gotch, New Zealand’s largest magazine distribution company.
Lynley was honoured by the magazine industry with a lifetime achievement award in 2016 for her contribution to the industry.
Lynley is a CA and Fellow of Governance NZ. She serves on the executive committee of the Magazine Publishers Association having formerly been its Chair. She has also previously Chaired the Audit Bureau of Circulation and served as an industry representative on the Advertising Standards Complaints Board.
Chairman & General Manager Estee Lauder Companies
Marie-Ann Billens is the General Manager of Estee Lauder Companies, a role she has held for the past 12 years. Her tenure with Estee Lauder Companies spans 25 years having worked in Australia and Asia in a variety of roles encompassing training and brand management.
Marie-Ann is the chair of Look Good Feel Better, the cosmetic industry charity, a long standing trustee and previous chair of the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and an active member of the Zonta Club of Auckland.
Marie-Ann is an avid reader and keen theatre goer who enjoys spending the weekend boating on the Hauraki Golf.
Chief Officer Product at Sovereign.
Len Elikhis is the Chief Officer Product at Sovereign.
As a member of Sovereign’s Executive Leadership Team, Len is responsible for the design and pricing of Sovereign’s life and health insurance products. Len is passionate about the role that insurance plays in securing people’s futures and helping to restore people’s health. Prior to joining Sovereign, Len worked as a consulting actuary in Australia.
Like many New Zealanders, Len has been touched by cancer and understands the benefits that come from social and community support. And Len is honoured to be part of an organisation that provides practical support to help people regain a sense of control and dignity during a particularly challenging period in their lives.
In his spare time, Len enjoys reading, skiing and hiking.
Dr Caroline Gray
Dr Caroline Gray
Specialist Breast Physician
Caroline has been practicing as a specialist Breast Physician since 2001. She has completed her Fellowship examinations of the Australasian Society of Breast Physicians and is a Fellow of the Australasian Society of Breast Physicians. She looks after all aspects of breast health and breast disease, including family history surveillance (for women with a strong family history of breast cancer). Caroline graduated from University of Cape Town in 1985 and moved to New Zealand in 1987. After working in General Practice and Appearance Medicine, an interest in women’s health led to a career in Breast Medicine. A mother of two and married to Trevor. She keeps fit with walking the dog, Pilates and yoga, and loves skiing, tramping, and paddle-boarding.
Vikki Lee Goode
Vikki Lee Goode
Director, Goode PR
Vikki Lee Goode is an ardent supporter of LGFB. She was first introduced to the charity by one of her PR clients and later co-opted on the board of trustees for her promotional skills and fundraising abilities. Vikki Lee was a former LGFB chairperson and has over twenty years continuous service on the board.
Vikki Lee is a successful PR professional with more than 30 years’ experience. As director of Goode PR, she has provided expert counsel to some of the world’s most respected brands and staged some of New Zealand’s most innovative events. She is a firm believer that successful people are those that give back to those less fortunate. Her company motto is “Goode people doing great things” and that is also a philosophy she lives by when it comes to supporting good causes like Look Good Feel Better.
“It’s not hard to be enthusiastic about Look Good Feel Better when you see how effective it is in changing the lives of Kiwis with cancer,” she says. “I find it rewarding to work with and for, an organisation that is so practical and ‘hands on’ in its approach. This is a charity that is all about positivity, empowerment and facing challenges with confidence and that’s an easy thing to champion.” As communications professional, Vikki Lee has a special interest in the ‘not for profit’ sector and cause-related marketing. Outside of work, she is a keen traveller with many passions and pursuits.
Vikki is a partner in Kerridge & Partners – a leadership and executive search consultancy firm based in Auckland with a national and global reach. A native of Scotland, Vikki joined the company in 2006 and has earned a reputation for successful CEO and GM appointments across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She also plays an important role in identifying NXD Directors for listed and non-listed businesses. She is married to Andrew and has two sons Angus and Ollie.
Previous non-for-profit board experience includes involvement with The Starship Foundation and currently she serves as a Trustee with the CatWalk board. "Look Good Feel Better is an amazing and inspirational organisation which I am humbled to be part of."
General Manager at Elizabeth Arden (NZ)
Valérie has been General Manager at Elizabeth Arden (NZ) Limited for the past 17 years and has worked in the cosmetic industry for over 20 years. Elizabeth Arden is a founding sponsor of the Look Good Feel Better charity and, in her role as General Manager, Valerie has proudly and actively been involved in all aspects of supporting this worthwhile cause in New Zealand. She was the CTFA president from 2008 to 2010. Valerie emigrated from her native France with a French law degree to New Zealand with her Kiwi husband in 1987. They have one teenage daughter. She remains a keen tennis player and enjoys many active pursuits.
Executive General Manager of L’Oréal New Zealand and the General Manager of the Consumer Products Division
Born in New Zealand, Martin Smith is a Commerce and Business Management Graduate of University of Auckland, NZ, and the University of Michigan Advanced School of Management, USA. His early career began in senior marketing and sales management roles in the New Zealand FMCG industry, managing a portfolio of well-known consumer, household cleaning and food service brands. From 1999, after joining L'Oréal New Zealand as a Brand General Manager, he has spent 14 years in various senior international management roles for L'Oréal, based in London, Paris and Shanghai. These include his appointment as Managing Director of L'Oréal's Professional Division, United Kingdom and Ireland, and successive Zone Director appointments managing L'Oréal's professional markets in Africa, Middle East, India, Western Europe and recently the 14 countries of Asia Pacific. In 2014, Martin was appointed Executive General Manager of L'Oréal New Zealand and the General Manager of the Consumer Products Division. He serves on the Management Committee for L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand. Martin is a Board Member of the NZ Cosmetic Toiletry & Fragrance Association and is also on the Board of Trustees for Look Good Feel Better. A keen 'global explorer' and rugby and water sports fanatic, Martin and his wife are now based in Auckland, New Zealand.
Before her retirement from corporate life in 2008 Penny Thompson was the Managing Director of the Estee Lauder Group in New Zealand and then Australia. Today she works with small businesses as well as her favourite charities.
Penny set up Look Good Feel Better on behalf of the CTFA, when she was Managing Director of Estee Lauder New Zealand. Involved with all the initial presentations to the hospitals and cancer societies around the country, Penny helped to secure their ongoing support. She also employed the initial charity staff, and worked with the cosmetics industry to secure product requirements.
She remained a significant figure in the Look Good Feel Better charity until 2001, when she was transferred back to Estee Lauder Australia. She sat on the board of the CTFA and LGFB in Australia from 2001 until 2008.
Penny rejoined the LGFB board in New Zealand in 2005, and was Chairperson from 2008 until 2013.
Aside from her involvement with LGFB, Penny also co-founded the National Breast Cancer Foundation in NZ, and served on their board for many years.
She is also a founding trustee of World Child Cancer New Zealand and has responsibility for their fundraising which supports Pacific Island children with cancer..