David Hitchcock - National Sales Manager
Over the last three years or so, I’ve led our sales team nationwide. Getting out and about with the team means we proactively build relationships with our clients, and deliver customised training and health services that enhance their productivity. In a nutshell, we build safer and healthier workplaces together each and every day, and my coffee expense claim is huge!
With a background in Sales Management and Account Management, I worked for Repco for 15 years and VTNZ for 12 years.
One strange thing about me? I have a huge dispassion for coriander, urgh! So much so I have joined the ‘I hate Coriander’ Facebook page; the T-shirt is on its way.
My idea of fun is chilling on the beach under the beautiful New Zealand sunshine, safely of course.
Dr Steve Taylor - Company DR (MbBs MRCGP Dip Occ Med Dip Derm FPC)
I am a General Practitioner who qualified in the UK many years ago and worked full time in General Practice for 25 years before fulfilling a dream and coming to New Zealand.
Whilst working in the UK I developed an interest in Occupational Medicine and undertook the Diploma in Occupational Health.
Since arriving in Tauranga I have been working in General Practice but I have also been doing pre-employment and health surveillance medicals on a regular basis.
Dominique Askham - Regional Manager (Northern)
Pam van der Nest - Regional Manager (Central)
Hi, my name is Pam van der Nest and in 2017, I moved to beautiful Tauranga to join this amazing team.
I am a Registered Nurse, Midwife and Phlebotomist. After originally training as a nurse in the military, I went straight into midwifery and practised for five years. I then went to work in various health care sectors in either supervisory or management roles.
I then worked in Occupational Health before I moved to Melbourne to study Phlebotomy ( for two and a half years).
Outside of work I love spending time with my husband and two daughters.
With my wide range of experience in health, I am passionate about helping New Zealand workplaces look after their staff’s wellbeing and health. I would love to help you achieve the best outcomes for your staff – I am ready to help answer any questions you may have.
Karen O'Connor - Deputy Regional Manager (Lower North Island)
Hi my name is Karen and I have been with Life Care Consultants Ltd since 2016.
After originally training and working as a registered nurse, I joined Life Care Consultants as a Health Consultant before moving into the role of Regional Manager.
Health and wellbeing is important to me and I feel that what we do here at Life Care really does empower people to look after those important parts of their lives.
What keeps me happy and healthy? Mornings at the gym, time with my family and walks with my dog.
I am passionate about helping people find the best health training and service solutions for their workplaces and staff.
Donna Corboy - Regional Manager (Southern)
I’m Donna Corboy, the Regional Manager for Southern New Zealand. Being a Regional Manager means I do anything and everything within my power to keep things running smoothly down in the South. That could include attending meetings, quality checking paperwork, staff training, staff engagement and budget management as well as the odd bit of cleaning or shopping. It’s a varied role, and one that I’ve been doing happily and successfully for a little over five years.
When I left school I trained as a Psychopaedic Nurse, and taught health and business subjects at Polytech before eventually joining the team at Life Care.
Outside of work, I am passionate about theatre. I once starred in a small movie and performed on stage at the Christchurch Repertory Theatre. One thing the theatre teaches you is to be afraid of nothing!
If you’re ever down south, let’s chat – I’ll buy the coffee!
Wayne Upson - Project Manager & Nurse
Hi, I’m Wayne Upson and I’m the Project Manager as well as a nurse (NZRN).
As Project Manager, no two days are the same. I mainly focus on moving the operational and strategic goals forward, along with providing guidance to the admin, operational and management teams.
My nursing registration remains current and so I also find myself delivering operational requirements of the business such as training, seminars, pre-employment health checks and flu vaccinations. I’ve worked with Janet now for over 10 years, working my way up from a Health Consultant to where I am now.
I am Scottish, so that means you’ll be buying the coffee when we meet! But seriously, I qualified as a nurse in the UK, working throughout acute respiratory, acute medicine, infection diseases, urology surgical, rehabilitation of orthopaedics, cardiac and stroke, head and spinal injuries, and amputees. Another varied job!
In the past, I’ve worked as a greenkeeper for the Nicklaus Corporation, and met Jack Nicklaus when he opened the golf course. I still enjoy getting outdoors when the time permits; however, the majority of my free time is spent with my family. I am getting back into my swimming though, and looking to compete in some open water swims this year.