Meet the team

Alpha New Zealand has a base in Penrose, Auckland, but we have team members living around the country.

Zelda Robertson

National Director

I have seen lives transformed on the mission field in Africa, through pastoral counselling, and in youth ministries. I am South African-born, wife to Craig Robertson and mother of Tristan and Scarlet.      

I first completed an Alpha course in 1998 and it ignited a life-long passion for evangelism. I volunteered extensively while working in corporate South Africa, and in 2016 we moved to New Zealand. 

I have two decades of strategic management experience, leadership development, business and marketing qualifications, and certifications in coaching, counselling, and facilitation in training. Craig and I have a clear vision to leave this legacy for our children: “Jesus remains alive and active in our communities today.”

Ana Bracefield

Alpha Coach and Fundraising & Donor Support

I came to faith on an Alpha course in 2013, taking my 8-week-old baby on the retreat weekend. That was a challenge for the Alpha hosts, but they were warm and so hospitable. I simply couldn’t get enough of Alpha, so for the next 5 years I kept coming back—first as a helper, then a host, and then I became the Alpha leader at my church.

In 2019 Alpha NZ filmed my testimony. Soon after, I became Alpha’s Office Manager before taking on my current role.

Meeting Jesus on this course changed my life as well as my children’s and my parents’ lives. I met my husband on an Alpha course and it has been an intergenerational blessing, one I haven’t stopped talking about.

Maryanne Spurdle

Communications & Digital Support

I work part-time behind the scenes, managing Alpha New Zealand’s digital presence and the content and design of various media.

I began working life as a journalist in California, but changed course when I moved to the UK to work for a Christian organisation that supports vulnerable adults. In 2006 I returned to NZ and continued to work as a writer, graphic designer and editor, primarily for Christian nonprofits.

Over the past few years I completed a Master’s in Public Policy, married my favourite person, and began freelancing “for real.” I’m grateful for opportunities to contribute to organisations such as Alpha that share the gospel and invite people to seek truth. 

Suzanne Gamble

Project Manager

My role encompasses managing the support team and the systems we use, overseeing training and events, and producing our “Korero” series of filmed testimonies. Even before I began working for Alpha in 2012, I had a deep desire to be involved in this ministry and to speak words of encouragement to church leaders.

While raising my family, I had various paid and voluntary roles in ministry. Prior to that, my career was in respiratory physiology. The common thread through each season has been a creative mix of thinking and action, seeing things the way they might be and seeing how to make them happen.

Mervyn Bassett

Canterbury Regional Coach

I have been involved with numerous Alpha courses over many years, both here in New Zealand and in the UK. My wife Ann and I currently lead the Alpha courses in our local church.

It has been exciting to see people come to faith through Alpha and to see many others have their faith revitalised by the Alpha experience. The enthusiasm of our volunteers, who are so keen to serve our Alpha guests, is inspiring. The obvious fruit of the Alpha courses led me to get involved as a Regional Coach.

My background is pastoring and church planting. I love to see people succeed and I am passionate about seeing people come to faith in Christ.

I am married to the lovely Ann, who has been my girlfriend since 1974. We have four children and seven grandchildren. Life is good and the best is still to come.

Rev. Martyn Day

Administration Support

I attended the very first Alpha conference in the UK in 1993 and have been running Alpha courses ever since then. I work a day and a half at Alpha, and I pastor the South Harbour Vineyard Church in Auckland. There is much synergy between these two roles.

At Alpha, I’m responsible for fulfilling the orders for resources, managing stock, arranging re-prints, and answering general enquiries.

Matt Gould

Engagement & Team Manager

In my role I get to lead an incredible team of people who have a desire to create lasting change and leave an impact for Jesus in our nation. Having worked in pastoral ministry for over a decade, it’s such a privilege to now be working to equip the Church with tools to help them reach their communities all across Aotearoa.

I’m based in Tāmaki Makaurau, am blessed to be married to my beautiful wife Alicia and we have one daughter, Noah Grace.

Maria Hudson

Administrator & Events Coordinator

I have the opportunity to serve, connect with and pray for people, which aligns with my passion for people to come to know Jesus as their personal Saviour and friend.

In between raising a family, I have been in several people-focused roles. I attended Faith Bible College in 1995 and have been involved in church ministry, worship teams and children’s church.

I have been blessed with two amazing sons, daughters-in-law and three grandchildren. 

A career consultant once told me, “You need to be working in a place that is making a difference to humanity, or it won’t hold you.” I couldn’t think of a better place than Alpha, where there is an opportunity for an eternal change, one soul at a time.

Lisa Bottomley

Accountant

I started out auditing in the mid ’80s after graduating and have worked in a variety of industries since then—recruitment, shipping, coffee, marketing.

I am married to John and we have three adult children. We lived in Indonesia for a while in the 1990s, and John recently returned there for his work. I will join him later in 2022, after the wedding of our eldest daughter. We also have some travel planned, which I am very excited to be able to do again.

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