About NZANLP Committee

Role Descriptions

Management Committee

The New Zealand Association of Neuro Linguistic Programming is a non-profit Incorporated Society run for its members by an annually elected committee.

The Committee comprises the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and up to six Committee members. All members of the Committee must be members of the Association. Tenure as President is limited to two consecutive years. The Committee meets monthly by Skype.

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Mel Abbott

I completed my NLP and NLP Master Prac training in the UK after doing an NLP-based course that resolved 11 years of chronic fatigue syndrome in two weeks! I have now been back in New Zealand for 8 years, working full time in private practice (www.empowertherapies.co.nz), specialising in chronic illness recovery. I have developed my own NLP-based programme called "The Switch", which is a 4 day course to educate people about mind-body interaction and teach them NLP-based techniques to create a full, healthy life.

I joined the committee because I believe in the importance of a collective organisation that gives NLPers professional credibility and ongoing professional development. I know that organisations can only function when each member takes their turn at supporting the club. Now it's my turn to make sure we have a great line-up of events for our members!

Vice President

Vice President


Georgina Vertongen

Georgina completed her NLP Practitioner training in 2018, and joined the NZANLP committee as a way to contribute to the ongoing success of the NLP Association. Georgina works in IT Solutions for Enterprise and uses NLP and NLP Communication techniques to support corporate project practices and bridging relationships between Corporate Business and ICT solution providers.

In her spare time Georgina is a busy mum and wife.

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Tony Yuile

Tony practices as a fulltime life coach in Wellington. He specialises in helping people master stress, overcome anxiety and lift depression. He is a Master Practitioner and a clinical hypnotherapist.

Prior to becoming a coach Tony enjoyed a long and successful accounting career in the private and public sectors. Tony brings his accounting knowledge and experience to the role of Treasurer. He is looking forward to contributing to the ongoing success of the Association.

In his spare time Tony likes to write fiction and strum away on his ukulele.

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Gloria Henderson
Membership Coordinator

Gloria completed her NLP Master Practitioner and Instructor training in 2004 and incorporated the accelerated learning aspect into her work as a corporate trainer. She started doing individual change-work in 2006 and has used NLP for health issues, sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship challenges, stress, self-confidence, career choices and life coaching.

In 2011 Gloria completed Satir Level 2 training and incorporates the Satir approach within her counselling work.

Gloria has volunteered to serve on the Committee since 2014 as she believes the NLP Community can work together to make a difference in the world. Before taking on the role of Communications Coordinator Gloria has held the role of President and Secretary.

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Jane Cullinane
Events Coordinator


The Association contracts a part-time admnistrator.

Member Participation

Members are encouraged to actively contribute and share ideas and information relating to all aspects of NLP and the role of the Association.

All members are eligible to attend AGMs and nominate members for committee. Voting privileges depend upon the membership category held.