Sue Matthews and Anna Charrington

Anna and Sue are presenting together to show top tips for cooking when making plant-based foods. There is no point in knowing the science of better living without knowing how to put it into action!

Sue is the ACE/STAR Coordinator for EIT (Eastern Institute of Technology), and Anna has been the resident chef for our community programmes for the last several years. EIT has been hugely supportive of our lifestyle change programme where participants are able to get hands-on with cooking.

Jasper Robards

Jasper Robards, horticulturalist and arborist, student of life

Jasper was a crowd favourite from our 2018 conference and we’re lucky he has agreed to return for 2019!

Jasper has been an organic farmer since 2003, as he learned how to begin applying all-inclusive permaculture principles when he started growing food on his family’s land in the coastal desert of Santa Barbara, California.

Since 2012 when he came to the south Wairarapa, he has chosen to help grow his family’s vision of environmentally regenerative plant-based farming. He works with his wife Solimar and family, and an incredible local team, on Cameron Family Farms. This includes 22 hectares of polyculture food forest, beekeeping to increase pollinator populations, native tree reforestation, large-scale arable cultivation of legumes, hemp, vegetables, and an indoor sprouting operation.

His passion is connecting thriving organic ecosystems and communities together.

Dr Mark Craig


Mark is from Essex, UK, trained at Edinburgh Medical School and dabbled in overseas medicine in India and Malawi before doing four years of Ear Nose and Throat surgery training. Subsequently, he trained in General Practice in North London. After moving to New Zealand in 2010 for a change of scene, he worked at a high needs practice in Grey Lynn in Auckland for 7 years before shifting to Four Kauri Medical Centre in Mount Albert in 2018. He has 2 boys aged 8 and 10 and regularly takes part in bicycle, swim, run and adventure races, having also represented New Zealand in age group World Triathlon finals.

He currently works in General Practice, and has a particular interest in using plant-based diets to help reverse and prevent chronic disease. He gives talks on the topic locally to interested groups.

He became interested in lifestyle medicine and plant based nutrition after being introduced by a colleague in 2012 and realised that this was the missing link in his medical education.

He remains keen to start up a ‘True South’ health facility specialising in lifestyle and plant based medicine!

Grant Dixon

Grant Dixon, Film maker, Electronics Technicians Certificate, Diploma of Divinity (LTh), Master of Communications (Victoria University)

Grant Dixon will be presenting his film “The Big Fat Lie” and there will be an opportunity to interact with the film maker and ask him questions.

Grant is an independent film and television documentary maker. He researches, produces, writes, and directs broadcast quality documentaries that pick up on issues of public interest and social concern.

Previously Grant made films and documentaries for the New Zealand National Film Unit, TVNZ and TV3, that include the 1996 TV3 ‘Earthquakes’ documentary that predicted the destructive outcomes of the 22nd February 2011 Christchurch quake. A recut has received more than 130,000 YouTube views.

Grant became plant-based 8 years ago after he heard an interview with Dr Caldwell Esselstyn on Radio New Zealand. He has since become passionate about the need to reform Ministry of Health heart and cancer health policy.

Since 2015 Grant has produced four documentaries, three of which have been successfully shown on broadcast television. As well they all were officially accepted into international film festivals and have won numerous awards including ‘Best Documentary’ and ‘Best Editing’.

Grant’s latest feature length documentary ‘The Big FAT Lie’ has so far been accepted into four international film festivals, – one as a semi-finalist. This film is currently being road-showed around New Zealand and screened in cities and towns that include: Auckland, Christchurch, Whangarei, Alexandra, Dunedin, Hastings, Waipukurau, Palmerston North, Hamilton, Gisborne, Nelson and Wellington.

TBFL & 4 Film Fest laurels

Prof Dr Kathleen Kevany

Dr Kevany will be joining us via Skype.

Dr. Kathleen Kevany, Doctorate (EdD) in community building and social change and a masters (MEd) in counselling and human relations. Certified Canadian Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Currently completing certificates with the World Peace Diet and eCornell in Plant-based Nutrition.

Dr. Kathleen Kevany is well respected for her work as a social change agent in building vibrant, resilient and sustainable communities, and in enhancing individual health and community well-being. For decades she provided consulting and counselling through her own business, The Decentralized Intelligence Agency. After helping individuals, families, organizations and communities through so much pain and dysfunction, she realized that she wanted to devote her life to prevention and building optimal relations, through mindful compassion and holistic skills-building.

Kathleen has been vegan and a strong advocate for conscious consumption and compassionate diets for over twenty years. Growing up in a large Irish family, the sharing of songs and food were meaningful, though the diet was not always helpful. Although very active, her poor diet of meat, bread and cheese had unhealthy outcomes. Change was stirring. Kathleen took control of her food choices – improving her health, lightening her footprint, and better aligning her values of compassion and social responsibility through integrating plant-rich living. She continuously seeks ways to reduce gaps between her own values and actions.

Dr. Kathleen Kevany is the Canadian expert on the movements around plant-based diets and plant-rich living. She is frequently called upon as a speaker and researcher. To shift systems to plant-rich living, she works with a strong international network of colleagues, some notable partners are in Turkey, Spain, England, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, USA and Canada. Currently, Dr. Kevany, is an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. She is the author of many articles, book chapters and two books which are to be released in 2019: Succulence, Strength and Sustainability through Plant-based Living and Fear Less, Hope More. She seeks to further reduce her footprint by riding her bike everywhere, using little power, eating whole food, plant-based (mostly from the local farmers’ market), buying clothes second hand, and adding levity and lightness in her relationships. She knows she has more work to do and welcomes your ideas on how to use technology and techniques to further, “act justly, love tenderly, walk humbly with the Earth.”

Jenny Cameron

Grad Cert Human Nutrition (Deakin University), Grad Cert Tertiary Education (Victoria University), Grad Dip Information Services (RMIT), BA (Swinburne)

Jenny is a nutritionist and research librarian living in Melbourne. Together with her partner Dr Malcolm Mackay they run plant-based health seminars and immersion programs, give talks in their local community and offer nutrition consultations in person and via Skype. Jenny is active in running online communities to support people in their plant-based journey and is a member of the Advisory Council of the newly established charity organisation Doctors For Nutrition.

Jenny and Malcolm have created the website: as well as the Facebook page, Plant Based Health Australia.

In recent years Jenny has completed the Plant Based Nutrition Certificate (eCornell) University), the Starch Solution Certificate and level 2 Certificate in Wellness Coaching along with her university qualification in nutrition. Prior to this she worked as a librarian in the university sector for more than 20 years and continues to provide training to researchers and librarians in the use of the EndNote program in Australian and New Zealand.

Dr Malcolm Mackay

Dr Malcolm Mackay, General Practitioner, BMBS (Flinders University), Grad Dip Human Nutrition (Deakin University), Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician (ASLM/IBLM)

Malcolm is a GP from Melbourne, Australia who has a special interest in preventing, treating and reversing chronic disease with a whole food, plant-based diet and other lifestyle interventions. Malcolm’s personal and professional interest in plant-based nutrition began in medical school 35 years ago. After graduating, he was actively involved with the Pritikin Health Association in Adelaide before furthering his nutrition education with a Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition from Deakin University in the early 1990s.

In recent years, Malcolm has connected with the plant-based nutrition movement and leading practitioners around the world and is a member of the Advisory Council of the newly established charity organisation Doctors For Nutrition. He has attended the first six International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conferences in the USA and has completed the Plant Based Nutrition Certificate from eCornell University, CHIP Facilitator training and the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competency Program.

Malcolm has recently qualified as a Board Certified Lifestyle Medicine Physician (ASLM/IBLM). With his partner Jenny they have created the website: and the Facebook page, Plant Based Health Australia. They run seminars and a 6-day immersion programs in Victoria.

Malcolm is a keen snow skier and a competitive distance runner. It was his desire to keep skiing and running as he grew older that initially motivated him to personally follow a whole food plant-based diet from his early twenties. Malcolm still posts a reasonable time for marathon and fun run events.

Shamiz Kachwalla

Shamiz Kachwalla, Certified Wholistic Health & Natural Healing Counsellor from the Vibrant Health & Wealth Academy

Shamiz has had first hand experience on how to overcome disease through a plant based diet. He was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis a common digestive disorder, in May 2012 and spent 6 weeks in hospital in Japan. He discovered that a plant based diet plays a vital role in the recovery of such a disease. After being on a plant based diet and overcoming Ulcerative Colitis, Shamiz has been healthy and fit for over 6 years now.

His aim is to make people aware of how a plant based diet can cure disease, and is very passionate about spreading the message about how to stay healthy and fit.

Dr John McDougall

John A. McDougall, M.D., Board Certified Physician

Dr McDougall will be joining us via Skype for an interactive session with audience. A great opportunity for him to reflect on his amazing and hugely influential medical career that involved being THE pioneer for lifestyle medicine!

Profile from his website:

A physician and nutrition expert who teaches better health through vegetarian cuisine, John A. McDougall, MD has been studying, writing, and speaking out about the effects of nutrition on disease for over 50 years. Dr. John and Mary McDougall believe that people should look and feel great for a lifetime. Unfortunately, many people unknowingly compromise their health through poor dietary habits.

Dr. McDougall is the founder and director of the nationally renowned McDougall Program: a ten-day residential program that he and Mary McDougall host at a luxury resort in Santa Rosa, CA where medical miracles occur through diet and lifestyle changes. In addition to her formal training as a nurse, Mary McDougall provides many of the delicious recipes that make the McDougall Program not only possible, but also a pleasure. Dr. McDougall has cared for thousands of patients for 5 decades. His program not only promotes a broad range of dramatic and lasting health benefits but, most importantly, can also reverse serious illnesses including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and others, all without the use of drugs.

A graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, Dr. McDougall performed his internship at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and his medical residency at the University of Hawaii. He is certified as an internist by the Board of Internal Medicine and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He and Mary are also the authors of several nationally best-selling books as well as the co-founders of Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods, which produces high quality vegetarian cuisine to make it easier for people to eat well on the go.Dr McDougall

Liz Williamson

Liz Williamson, BDS (Hons 2nd class) Newcastle University, UK, 1986, Certificates in plant Based Nutrition (eCornell Univ) and WFPB cooking (FOKRouxbe cooking school)

Liz emigrated to NZ in 1986 and worked at Dunedin Hospital Dentistry before moving to Lawrence, West Otago with husband, Martyn, to experience rural dental practice for the next 8 years while bringing up a family of 3 children.

In 1996 the family moved to Alexandra, and she joined Tarbert St Dental Practice where she has worked since. In her dental clinics she coaches her patients to overcome stress and anxiety without the need for drugs. She has explored hypnotherapy techniques, neurolinguistic programming (NLP), life coaching, and Landmark Education programs for personal development. These interests led her to discover “that Sugar Film” and “Forks over Knives” which led to a transformation in Liz’s own diet.

Liz loves cycling, fitness, exercise, and performance. These, combined with a curiosity about the barriers we perceive to lifestyle changes and food has recently led to her helping form PlantStrong Living to deliver information and support to those seeking their best health through whole food, plant-based eating.