Alzheimers New Zealand Board

The Alzheimers New Zealand Board is:

Susan Hitchiner (Chair)

Susan Hitchiner has been the Chair of Alzheimers New Zealand since February 2013, having joined the Board in November 2012. Like many people, Susan’s connection with Alzheimers New Zealand was a personal one, with a close friend being diagnosed with a rare and rapidly progressive form of dementia at a relatively young age. 
Susan brings to the role considerable leadership and governance experience from across the public and not-for-profit sectors, having held senior positions for over 20 years in the public sector and working extensively as an independent consultant for nearly fifteen years.  She also offers an international perspective, having worked on development projects in Mongolia and Fiji.
Susan has contributed her governance, strategic and financial management expertise over most of the last decade on a voluntary basis and to a number of organisations, including the YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand.   She is also an Advisor to the New Horizons for Women Trust.


Kerran Larson (Vice Chair)

Kerran Larson is Vice Chair of Alzheimers New Zealand and Chair of Alzheimers Southland. Proprietor of a business and management advisory practice, working with a wide range of clients across Southland, Otago and Central Otago for over 30 years.
In his spare time, Kerran enjoys duck shooting, boating, reading, developing new projects and spending time in Central Otago, where he and his wife have an interest in a vineyard and winery.


Jean Gilmour

Since the 1980s, Jean has contributed at both a local and national level to Alzheimer’s organisations supporting people with dementia. Jean was motivated to get involved through nursing in a respite care ward, where she became aware of the lack of family support at the time.

Jean is a registered nurse and a lecturer in the College of Health at Massey University in Wellington. She has teaching and research interests in the area of support for people with dementia and their family/whānau. Jean also coordinates the Alzheimers New Zealand Charitable Trust Research Advisory Committee.


Nigel Wynn

Nigel is originally from the Hawkes Bay town of Waipawa, going to Massey University and completing a degree in Business Studies. He moved to Wellington to take a position in accounting firm ACA for three years, he then gave that all away to take up a role on the trading floor at the New Zealand Stock Exchange. 

He then worked for the Renouf Firm before starting his own firm, Garlick and Co. Two years later when sharebroking was de-regulated he was one of the founders of New Zealand’s first discount brokering company before starting his own firm, Access Brokerage. Three years later he started up Direct Broking, which was eventually sold to the ANZ bank.
Nigel then worked with ANZ for two years, before being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at age 46 after his wife, Tania, begun to notice changes in his behaviour. Nigel has been involved with Alzheimers New Zealand for over five years and brings the perspective of someone with Alzheimer’s to the Board.
Nigel is married to Tania and the couple have three children. 


Karen Foster

Karen is a registered nurse with extensive experience in primary, secondary and community healthcare. Karen’s professional experience has included caring for people with dementia and their families from within the community setting through to managing the care provided in a hospital level dementia facility.
Karen has also been closely involved with Alzheimers South Canterbury, having previously held the roles of committee member and president.



Liam Butler

Liam is a Board Member of Alzheimers Nelson.  He currently works as an employment consultant for Workstar, an organisation that supports people who manage a disability to find and maintain employment.  Liam also consults within the health of older people sector and is a regular contributor to Eldernet Gazette.

Liam has a Bachelor of Commerce and Management degree and a Masters of Commerce and Management Majoring in the Marketing of Services with Honours.  Liam also has a Diploma of Social Work and is a registered Social Worker MANZASW.  His work experience as a health professional includes five years as a Consumer Advisor for the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board NASC.



Jan White

Jan White trained as a nurse and worked in that capactiy for many years. Since 1990 she has worked in management roles for organisations such as Southern Cross Healthcare and WDFF Home Care. Her role as Manager of the local NASC agency, she developed a strong understanding of funded services and their development and challenges, and gained excellent knowledge particularly of the aged care and disability sectors of the local community.

Jan is currently employed as a National NASC Reviewer and specialist advisor to the Health and Disablity Commissioner on NASC related complaints.

Jan is on the Boards of numerous relevant organisations: Age Concern Waikato; Waikato DHB Agewise Advisory Group; NZ Gerontology Association; Hamilton City Council’s Older Person’s Advisory Group.

Jan has consistently supported the Board and staff of her local organisation, Alzheimers Waikato, particularly when they were experiencing difficutlies in 2009.  She has maintained an active interest in Alzheimers Waikato and is eager to contribute to the development of the local organisation, as well as to offer her experience and skills to
the Alzheimers New Zealand Board.



Dave Paddon

Dave Paddon has been a resident of Tauranga since 1974 (39yrs) after schooling in Auckland area.  He completed an engineering apprenticeship with Page and Macrae  in the late 70’s early 80s. He travelled extensively overseas (South Africa, USA, Europe, Great Britain) for 5 years in mid-80’s. Dave gained valuable work experiences working in the gold, coal mining and nuclear power sites and was involved with the first mobile in car phone institutions in the UK.

Had the opportunity to branch out into professional photography in late 80’s with marvellous experiences and meeting famous people at the time  He returned home to NZ late 80’s to get involved in first of many local businesses here in the BOP selling the last business earlier this year.

“Having been diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s earlier this year I have decided to help the association by being elected on the Board to raise awareness whilst I’m in good health and also help raise the much needed funds,” says Dave.



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