Experts and Presenters


We’re excited to have some of NZ’s leading health experts and personalities presenting at our Expert Sessions and demonstrating on the LIVE Stage at Healthy Food Guide LIVE!

Dr Alex Bartle

Medical Director of the Sleep Well Clinic, MB BS, Dip Obst, FRNZCGP, MMed

Alex Bartle worked as a GP in Christchurch for 30 years and began developing the Sleep Well Clinics in 2000. He completed his master’s degree in sleep medicine through Sydney University in 2009. Dr Bartle has been on the Education Sub-Committee of the Australasian Sleep Association for 10 years, and an inaugural member of the Asia Pacific Paediatric Sleep Alliance (APPSA). Dr Bartle is a co-author of the NZ Guidelines for sleep disordered breathing in children. He regularly presents seminars on all aspects of sleep medicine. 


Anna Richards

Registered dietitian

Anna Richards is a dietitian with a specialist practice in food allergy and intolerance in children and adults, in addition to her general practice. She has specialist skills in the management of irritable bowel and coeliac disease. Anna is passionate about food allergy and intolerance, accurate diagnosis, appropriate management and busting the myths. Anna is on the medical panel of Allergy New Zealand and is regularly involved in health professional training in allergy and intolerance.


Art Green

Fitbit New Zealand ambassador

Art Green has a degree in applied science, specialising in sports science and exercise prescription from the University of Otago. After managing a gym in Australia, Art joined CleanPaleo and is now a director at the company, which retails throughout all major NZ supermarkets. Art is also the New Zealand ambassador for leading wearable tech company, Fitbit.


Chris and Glenda Irwin

Mindfulness Matters

Chris and Glenda Irwin have a combined 40 years’ experience in mindfulness and meditation.  With a honours degree in psychology and as a qualified Gestalt psychotherapist, Chris also studied, practiced and taught meditation and mindfulness in Thailand and Europe. Glenda was amongst the first to teach mindfulness to children in New Zealand, and focused on teaching parents. Now an ACT practitioner (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and a life coach, Glenda also teaches the importance of developing a mindful attitude to eating.


Claire Turnbull

Nutritionist at Healthy Food Guide magazine

Claire Turnbull is a qualified nutritionist who has been working in the health and wellness industry for more than 14 years. As well as regularly featuring on TV, radio and in print media, Claire is also the owner and director of the private nutrition practice and corporate wellness company Mission Nutrition. Claire is also a professional speaker, has published two best-selling books.


Gillian M. Eadie

Director of the Memory Foundation, MEd, BA, DipTchg, LTCL, Churchill Fellow, HFNZIITP

An independent school principal for 20 years, Gillian Eadie brings a wealth of experience to the Memory Foundation mission of helping people keep brain and memory skills sharp. Now managing director, Gillian is with the University of Auckland where she managed the Confucius Institute, chaired the Human Participant Ethics Committee for two-and-a-half years and partnered with Computer Engineering to develop four neurogames.


Megan May

Founder of Little Bird Organics

Megan May is a chef, author of a best-selling cookbook and recipe app, and founder of Little Bird Organics. Her multifaceted business is a cumulation of her passion for organic plant-based wholefoods, showcasing her pioneering work in the clean food movement, encouragement of people taking ownership of their health and environmental sustainability through diet, and her love of great tasting food.


Niki Bezzant

Editor-at-large of Healthy Food Guide magazine

Niki Bezzant is a food and nutrition writer and healthy cooking expert. She is the founding editor and now editor-at-large of Healthy Food Guide magazine. The author of two cookbooks, Niki is a weekly columnist for the Herald on Sunday, a regular blogger and frequent contributor to TV and radio.


Sarah Cowley

Healthy Food Guide Fitness Expert, NZ Olympian, Commonwealth Games Representative and Physiotherapist

Sarah Cowley is passionate about health, wellbeing and helping others live fully. Drawing on her knowledge as a qualified physiotherapist and 15 years of international competition as an elite track-and-field athlete, Sarah provides inspiration and motivational tips for those who need some direction. As Mum to Max, Sarah knows what it’s like juggling the demands of life and the importance of prioritising your health.


Tania Clifton-Smith

Co-founder of the Breathing Works clinics and the BradCliff Breathing Method

Tania Clifton-Smith comes from a background in physical education, physiotherapy and, more recently, studying MindBody Medicine at AUT Auckland. She is considered a national and international authority in the assessment and treatment of breathing dysfunction and breathing pattern disorders.


Dr Tom Mulholland

University of Auckland psychological medicine Honorary Lecturer, and Senior Medical Doctor at Auckland City Hospital Emergency Department

Tom Mulholland has written two best-selling books on healthy thinking, has given more than 500 keynote presentations to the likes of Google, Microsoft and Hilton. He is currently touring New Zealand in his retro Chevy ambulance making New Zealand healthier and happier.  Dr Mulholland is a weekly wellbeing columnist for the Sunday Star Times, and has hosted his own weekly talkback health show on Radio Live and a daily chat show on TV 2.