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

Vice Chair

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.

Alister Robertson

Board Member

Alister resides in Napier with his wife Charlene. Alister was diagnosed with younger onset Alzheimer’s in 2014, aged 60. Alister cared for his father who was also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in his 60’s.

Alister graduated from Lincoln University, in 1978 with Bachelor Agricultural Commerce. Spent the following 30+ years in rural finance providing financial services to the primary sector. He also enjoyed many years advocating and promoting primary industry management within the Waikato and nationally. He was a Board member and awarded Life Membership of NZ Institute of Primary Industry Management.

After retiring from banking, Alister owned a Motel business in Taupo for 4 years and retail business in Napier for 4 years, which has since been relinquished.

Following Alister’s diagnosis he is fortunate enough to attend a day programme run by Dementia Hawkes Bay, two days a week.

Alister has become an active member and advocate for raising awareness and living well with Dementia. Alister was invited to join the Advisory Group for Alzheimers New Zealand in 2017.

Alister joined Dementia Alliance International (DAI) in 2016 and participates in the various activities provided by DAI. Alister joined the DAI and Alzheimers NZ boards in 2018.

Alister is well supported by his wife and two sons, both living in Napier. His eldest son is married with two daughters.

Dianne Stokes

Board Member

Di Stokes was appointed to the Board in 2014 after more than 10 years involvement with the organisation as president of Alzheimers Taranaki.

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.

As a geriatrician, she is well aware of the large numbers of New Zealanders who are affected by dementia and of the need for caring and inclusive communities to support them. 

Gordon Legge

Board Member

Gordon Legge has a 40 year career in marketing and the media and comes to the Alzheimers NZ board trying to give something back and make a difference, after his mother's journey with Alzheimers.

Gordon currently owns and manages a number of small companies that cover a number of sectors, everything from treating microbial contamination in diesel, importing and online retail to a marketing consultancy.

Gordon is a former Rotary president and director of Motorsport NZ. He is also a member of the NZ Directors institute.

Joanne Rowe

Board Member

Joanne Rowe trained as a Registered Nurse, working in the UK and NZ across many specialities. Since 2003 she has held a variety of leadership nursing roles, moving into senior management in 2008. Working in this capacity across DHB’s and Primary Care, Joanne has exceptional knowledge of the health sector, its mechanisms and funding capabilities, recently gaining both a Master of Health Science and Master of Management.

Joanne’s interest in Alzheimer's is inspired by her journey with her mother who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's 15 years ago. 

Becoming vice-chair of Alzheimers Otago in 2017, Joanne joined the Alzheimers NZ board in May 2019 with a desire to use her skills in furthering the needs and highlighting the cause of those experiencing dementia and those involved in their care.

Kathy Webb

Board Member

After 10 very rewarding years working in the community development world for local government my focus has now veered slightly to that of building community organisations. Community organisations build huge benefit for our communities, but are undervalued and largely fly under the radar. The work they do for their clients is valued but the fact that they contribute to the economy and build wider social well being is rarely stated. As one of the founders of SociaLink Tauranga Moana my current role with that organisation is around capability building and communicating with the social sector in the western Bay of Plenty.

Alongside this work, and as the Chair of Western BoP Neighbourhood Support I work hard to revive that organisation so we can build resilient and safe communities in the moana.

As the former Chair and now deputy Chair of Alzheimers Tauranga (WBOP) we are working hard to build a dementia friendly New Zealand. Families that live with dementia are on the increase as our population ages and no real cure or treatment is currently in sight. While not at the coal face, the knowledge that is required to help our families lends itself well to input into future planning for our communities.
And of course, there is my family – 1 husband, 1 son and daugter-in-law, 4 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson, 1 cat

Linda Holman

Board Member

Linda elected on the Alzheimers NZ Board in May 2019, having been involved in the Northland Alzheimers Society as a Board Member between 2009 to 2014, and now continues on the Northland Alzheimers Trust from 2016.

 Linda was a Registered Psychiatric Nurse from 1980 to 1995, when she moved into Health Management in Northland DHB, then was employed in the private sector as a Manager of a local Aged Care residential facility until now in the last 10 years working to support General Practice in Manaia Health PHO.

 While born in the Manawatu, Linda was raised in Whangarei, only leaving for 6 years to complete her psychiatric nursing training and experience.  She is supported by her husband, Greg, and father in Whangarei, with two girls, Amie and Nicole who are living and working out of Whangarei.