Alzheimers NZ Board

Ngaire DixonNgaire Dixon


Dr. Ngaire Dixon joined Alzheimers NZ as an independent director in March 2015 after both her father-in-law and mother-in-law were diagnosed with dementia.

Prior to her governance career Ngaire was the CEO of Pets n Vets Ltd, a veterinary business with the concept of total care, which she formed and expanded from to be part of a national organisation. She is highly experienced in all aspects of operational business management practices, in particular HR and corporate culture.

Ngaire has a strong appetite and understanding of philanthropic organisations and has extensive international experience, frequently doing business in Asia.

She is involved in leadership training and mentoring with a number of different organisations.

Ngaire is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the Veterinary Council of NZ, the Institute of Directors and Global Women.


Jan White photoJan White


Jan White trained as a nurse, and worked in that capacity for many years. Since 1990 she has worked in management and advisory roles for organisations such as Southern Cross Healthcare and WDFF Home Care.

From 1990 – 2008, Jan was employed as the Manager of the local NASC agency, Disability Support Link, where she developed a strong understanding of funded services and their development and challenges, as well as gaining excellent knowledge of the local community, particularly the aged care and disability sectors.

Since 2009, Jan has been employed as a National NASC Reviewer (under contract to NASCA, on behalf of the Ministry of Health) and a specialist advisor to the Health and Disability Commissioner on NASC (Needs Assessment and service Coordination) related complaints.

Jan is fully conversant with the NZ Disability Strategy, the Health of Older Persons strategy as well as many of the other documents and strategies that are relevant to the aged care sector.

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.

In her role as Manager of DSL, Jan consistently supported the Board and staff of the local Alzheimer’s organisation, particularly when they were experiencing difficulties 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. We believe she would be an excellent ambassador for the Federation and for all affected by dementia.

Dave Paddon

Board Member

Dave Paddon has been a resident of Tauranga since 1974, after schooling in the Auckland area. He completed an engineering apprenticeship with Page and Macrae in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and then he travelled extensively overseas (South Africa, USA, Europe, Great Britain) for five years in the mid-1980s. Dave gained valuable work experiences working in gold, coal mining and nuclear power sites, and he was involved with the first mobile in car phone institutions in the UK.

Dave had the opportunity to branch out into professional photography in the late 1980s with marvellous experiences and meeting famous people at the time. He returned home to New Zealand in the late 1980s to get involved in the first of many local businesses in the Bay of Plenty 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.

Dianne Stokes

Board Member

Di Stokes has been involved with Alzheimers Taranaki for more than 12 years, until recently as president, and now as a Board member.

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.

Lyneta RussellLyneta Russell

Board Member

Lyneta joined the Alzheimers NZ Board in 2016 after serving on the Board of Alzheimers Otago since 2009, with five of those years as the Chair.

Lyneta spent 40 years working in the NZ health service as a nurse. For the last 15 of those years she managed a not-for-profit residential care service which provided various levels of aged care including day care, rest home level dementia care and hospital level dementia care. She has a Masters degree in Nursing, and in 2014 she undertook a part time yearlong Institute of Directors governance course.

Lyneta supports her 97-year-old aunt who has dementia and her 89-year-old mother who is in the early stages of dementia.  

Brenda WraightBrenda Wraight

Board Member

Brenda joined the Alzheimers NZ Board in December 2016 as a co-opted member. She has extensive governance experience, and is currently Deputy Chair of the Alzheimers Nelson Board, a member of the Mistletoe Bay Trust Board, and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Brenda has many years experience in the health and education sectors, with not for profits as well leadership roles in the public sector. She is now an Independent Consultant, working in NZ, Australia, and with the World Health Organisation in the western pacific region. She holds a Masters degree in educational psychology, is a trained facilitator, and also has expertise in the development and review of standards of practice and regulations for health care professionals.

Brenda has a long standing interest and involvement in improving equity and access to good quality health care and support, in both community and hospital settings. She has family and friends affected by dementia. Now living in the Marlborough Sounds, with boat-only access, she is all-too familiar with the challenge of living in rural and remote locations, and the need to ensure that no matter where people live, they should expect a similar level of knowledge, service and understanding to support their journey through the disease.