NZBRI Board Members

These are the current directors of New Zealand Brain Research Ltd, who serve voluntarily to provide guidance to the Institute.

Board Members

Mr Richard Sudell

Richard Sudell

Board Chair

Richard moved to Christchurch in 2013 with his wife Anthea and 3 boys. He provides commercial, capital works and transaction advisory services to both public and private sector clients. He was a founding director of Trinity MRI, a specialist neuro-MRI facility in Auckland, and FoodCap International, where he helped to commercialise the FoodCap System, a turn-key integrated supply chain solution for the processing and distribution of retail ready meat. He has worked with the Manukau Urban Maori Authority and was on the establishment committee for the Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust, a charity dedicated to the preservation, promotion and celebration of the work of Hone Tuwhare. 

Simon Carey


Simon is an experienced Chartered Accountant and business adviser with expertise across private business, government and public interest entities in New Zealand and a track record in strategic planning, analysis, and business turnaround. Simon is supported by his wife and two children and is an avid golfer. In his spare time plays tennis and does mountain biking.

Rachael Todd

Board Member

Rachael brings over 25 years expertise in Health Economics, Market Access, Health Outcomes, and Strategy across the Asia Pacific region in the Medical Devices and Pharmaceutical sector. Rachael has held senior commercial roles in large multinational pharmaceutical and medical devices companies across Asia Pacific with success in achieving regulatory approvals, reimbursement and funding and bringing lifesaving medical innovations to physicians and patients across the Asia Pacific region including neurological medical devices such as deep brain stimulation. Rachael has a deep connection to people living with Parkinson’s disease as her mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 52. Rachael is based in Christchurch with her family and enjoys the outdoors, especially mountain biking.

Geoff Cranko

Board Member

Geoff has extensive commercial experience from small start-ups through to leading large multinational businesses. Working in a variety of sectors, including engineering, technology, medical, construction, and professional services, he has lived and worked across the world. He brings a diverse cultural and business perspective with a specific focus on holistic business strategy and marketing. With over 30 years of governance experience he provides clear thinking and offers straight talking advice. On a day to day basis Geoff is actively involved in Strategy, an international brand consultancy and NV Interactive, a national digital agency. He sits on several private company boards and has been actively involved in many Community Trusts and Clubs in Canterbury. He is a member of the Institute of Directors in both Australia and New Zealand. He is happily married to Andrea with two amazing daughters, Toni and Monique.

Caroline Stark

Board Member

Caroline is the General Manager of St Georges Cancer Care Centre and Aspiring Medical Centre. Caroline has an extensive background in senior leadership roles, having spent 10 years within the Australia healthcare sector. Caroline enjoys hiking, cycling, and paddle boarding, and volunteering at the SPCA.