As Board Chair I will be working to ensure the Trust is well resourced and financially positioned to provide support and services for those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s in Canterbury.
Having family members with Parkinson’s I am familiar with this neurological condition and the difference that professional support, exercise, and well-being programmes can assist in everyday life.
I will be using my governance experience and my professional skills in management and leadership to guide the advancement of the Trust as well as the Braintree Wellness Centre as the Trust’s representative director on the Canterbury Braintree Collective.
I have been a Committee member for over 20 years including 17 years as President. I was also the President of Multiple Sclerosis NZ for 8 years and I am still a committee member. I have also been a member of Parkinson's NZ regional Committee for 6 years. I was the General Manager of an office product company with over 100 staff, for 20 years. Jeannie, my wife was diagnosed with MS in 1974. I am a Life Member of MS and Parkinson's Canterbury.
Vice Board Chair
I was Treasurer of the Society from 2013 until 2021 and a committee member since 2007. I have been a Chartered Accountant for over 30 years and am a Director of a company providing financial services to schools throughout New Zealand. Our company has also developed financial reporting software for the school financial reporting.
In 2018, after over 20 years in the Security Industry I wanted a change of direction which led me to Disabled Persons Assembly – Christchurch & Districts. I work part time as the Kaituitui (weavers who stitch together many threads of knowledge in their community) and Administrator. We identify system barriers and develop and advocate for solutions.
Having been diagnosed with MS in April 1999, I am excited about the path we are taking with the BrainTree Wellness Centre alongside Dementia Canterbury, and the positive impact it will have on both members and staff. Sharing the premises with other health services and having a place to gather and chill out after a workout in the gym will be great.