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 joined MS & Parkinson’s Canterbury in mid-2021 and took on the role as minute secretary for the committee meetings. Later that year I was invited to become a trustee.
I work for a corporate dairy farming group which operates across 2,800 hectares and employs over 50 staff, managing the business support, human resource and finance functions as well as providing support to our Board of Directors. I also provide business process consultancy services to other farming operations across the South Island.
The committee is dedicated to ensuring that our community is served well in the long-term by securing financial stability, fostering a collaborative culture with other organisations, and expanding and improving the services and support we provide.
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.