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 frontotemporal dementia at a relatively young age. 

Susan brings considerable leadership and governance experience from across the public and social profit sectors.  She held senior positions for over 20 years in the public sector (in what is now the Environmental Protection Agency, the Commerce Commission and Education Review Office), and has worked extensively as an independent consultant for nearly fifteen years (particularly with organisations at the centre of government, such as The Treasury and Te Puni Kokiri, agencies in the health and education sectors, and many other government agencies across a wide range of sectors. Susan also offers an international perspective, having worked on public management reform projects in Armenia, Mongolia and Fiji.

In the social profit sector, Susan has contributed her governance, strategic and financial management expertise for more than a decade on a voluntary basis to a number of organisations, including the YWCA of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand, and as a Governance Advisor to the New Horizons for Women Trust.

Susan brings commitment, energy and passion to her role as Chair of Alzheimers NZ.


Kerran Larson

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.



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.


Di Stokes

Dianne has been involved with Alzheimers Taranaki for more than 12 years, until recently as president, and remains on the board.

Born and bred in Taranaki, she has worked as a community geriatrician in New Plymouth for more years than she cares to remember. During that time she has also owned and run a cafe and bookshop for 5 years, and completed a masters degree in sociology. Her clinical interests are in movement disorders, ethics and advance care planning.



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