Governance Board

Clare Hynd- CHAIR

 Clare is a community pharmacist in Palmerston North. She has been involved in the care of older people all her working life and has a special interest in their health and wellbeing. Clare has friends and relatives who have been affected by dementia. She is passionate about helping to people to live well and enjoy healthy lives with the restrained health budget.  Clare holds various governance roles including the Central PHO Board , PHO Clinical Board and the Rotary Club of Takaro. 


Brian Henderson-Treasurer

Brian Henderson has a passion for assisting people and their families affected by Dementia. His mother-in-law has early onset Alzheimer’s which has been challenging for Brian and his young family to work through providing the best possible level of care for her. As the treasurer for Alzheimer’s Manawatu, Brian’s role is to keep a close eye on the numbers and make sure the organisation remains financially in good heart.

Working at the BNZ as a regional manager for the Manawatu Agribusiness team keeps him focused on interest rates and commodity prices. Alzheimer’s Society Manawatu is the only formal governance role Brian has, but he also contributes to the community via two advisory board positions. He’s passionate about enabling the best possible environment and community to support people affect by dementia.

Pauline Blackmore 

Pauline has worked as a GP in Dannevirke since 1995 and has a special interest in the health of the elderly. She has been a member of the Tararua HOP (health of the older person) team since it was set up in 2010. More recently, she has split her weeks between general practice and as medical officer at Arohanui Hospice.  Pauline is also a member of the MidCentral older person district group, the local dementia action group and the regional dementia group. She has had a close family member with early onset dementia.



Hamish Waugh

Hamish joined the board in late 2016. Hamish is a General Manager at the Manawatu District Council which requires a high level of accountability and transparency with public money – a discipline he will continue with the other board members in the delivery of the dementia services across Manawatu, Horowhenua, Tararua and Otaki. Working within the local government environment, Hamish brings an element of long term strategic planning and experience with best practice procurement and project delivery. Hamish is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and has had a number of close family and friends affected by dementia in their later years.

Sue Richardson

Sue Richardson has over 30 years of nursing experience, starting in nursing and moving into clinical & facility management. Sue is currently a Health & Wellbeing Tutor at HLC in Levin and is extremely passionate and committed to dementia care and education. Sue is delighted how communities are now adopting the healthy attitude for “Dementia friendly communities”.

Sue is extremely proud to be part of the Board of Alzheimer’s Society Manawatu and believes her experience and passion along with other board members make a real difference in the awareness and lives of those affected by dementia. 

Diane Noble

Diane Noble joined the Board in December 2018. Diane, a mother of two, was born and raised in Palmerston North, now living in Feilding.

Her iwi are Waikato- Ngati Koroki Kahukura and Taranaki- Te Ati Awa and she also connects to Pembrokeshire, Wales, where her mother’s family are from.

Diane presently works at Arohanui Hospice as a community nurse covering the Horowhenua area.  Diane has a background of working in Māori health having previously worked as a Whānau Ora nurse at Best Care Whakapai Hauora. She is also the President of a local Māori Womens Welfare League Branch, No Nga Hau e Wha, who do a lot of work in the community to support local whānau. She is very passionate about Māori health and improving outcomes, and supports the Society to achieve its aim of improving support options for Māori with dementia in this region. Her position on the board is to assist the Society to embed the cultural aspect to the societies work. 

Diane’s grandmother has dementia.