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MEET THE BOARD

 

Parkinson’s New Zealand National Board

Murray Carey (Chair)
Murray has worked as a Chartered Accountant in Public Practice for the last 38 years and operates his own accountancy practice. He is director of a number of companies and has been the auditor for both Swimming New Zealand and the Grey Power Federation of New Zealand. He is a past President of the Aramoho Wanganui Rowing Club and a former Chairperson of the New Zealand Masters Games, Whanganui. Murray’s wife was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2008.
 
Susan Abraham
Diagnosed with Parkinson’s three and a half years ago, Susan has been involved with our Northland Committee for the past two years. She was the recipient of the local Carpe Diem Award in 2013.  Over her career she has worked as an antenatal educator, fundraising manager, primary school teacher, specialist reading teacher and handbag designer. Currently she works work part-time as a Marriage and Civil Union Celebrant.  She is a Justice of the Peace. Susan was a class leader for antenatal classes at Whangarei Parents Centre in the late 1980s, was Chairperson of the Whangarei Boys High School Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2001 and has also served on a primary school Board of Trustees. She is 60 years old, married to Ron, a GP, and mother to four adult sons.
 
Brian Brooks
Brian Brooks is currently Chairperson of Parkinson's Kapiti Horowhenua.After postgraduate study in history Brian taught secondary school for five years and during this time studied law. He subsequently lectured in law then moved full-time into industrial relations in private industry and subsequently as a full-time trade union General Secretary. In the mid-1970s he moved to Australia where he lectured in law and was later Professor of Management in the Australian Graduate School of Management. In 1994 Brian returned to New Zealand on a five year contract as Dean and Professor of Law at Victoria University of Wellington. In 1996 he was elected Life Senior Fellow of the Corporate Directors Association of Australia and in 1998 was elected an Honorary Life Associate of the Wellington District Law Society. Brian has been a member of Volunteer Service Abroad, the Casino Control Authority, the Judicial Conduct Commission, and the Legal Aid Review Panel. In 2004 Brian was appointed for a three year term as Head of the School of Business and Economics at the South African campus of Monash University in Johannesburg. In 2008 Brian was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education. 
 
Judy Clarke
After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s eight years ago, Judy says, her life has taken on a complete change. She was a self-employed podiatrist with her own practice in addition to working part time at the diabetes centre at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board.  She is now retired. Judy was a member of the Podiatry Special Interest Group, and part of the New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes. She served on the Board of Trustees for a local primary school for six years, including two as Chairperson. Judy is currently on the committee of Parkinson's Hawke's Bay and has taken on the role of Staff Liaison Manager. She has been married to Peter for 31 years and they have two children who are attending university, one in Auckland and the other in Wellington.  
 
Andrew Dunn
Andrew has been involved with Parkinson's since his father's diagnosis in 1980. He is one of the founding fathers of the organisation that is now Parkinson’s New Zealand. He has been actively involved in four divisions during the Society's thirty years - Wellington, Hawke’s Bay, Canterbury and Otago. He has also served on the National Board on and off for most of this time, most recently as Chair 2008-2015. He was made a Life Member of the Society in 1996.
 
Jan Grigg
Jan retired 13 years ago after working in the banking sector for her whole career in one of the major trading banks. She is also the Chairperson of the Parkinson’s Central Plateau Division and has been in the role for two years.Jan has been member of Zonta International for 18 years and has served as President and Treasurer. Currently also a member of Spectrum Rotorua, with 14 years membership behind her, she has also held the positions of President and Treasurer in that organisation. Her interests include travel  ̶  she has visited more than 50 countries; gardening and textiles. These days she enjoys patchwork with embroidery and beadwork. Jan is married to Don and they have two daughters and a granddaughter. Their girls live in Rotorua and Napier.
 
Graeme Roberts
Before his retirement in 2014, Graeme's working background was in tertiary education. He was Examinations Manager for the University of Auckland and he worked in Dubai for the UAE government with the Higher Colleges of Technology, initially as a lecturer in Business Studies, then as Campus Registrar. Graeme was diagnosed with Parkinson's five years ago while working and contemplating retirement. He is currently on the committee for Parkinson's Auckland. Graeme's interests include playing petanque and keeping active at the gym. He also has an interest in conservation and supports the Forest and Bird Society and is a member of  a North Shore bush reserve trust. He is married with three children all living overseas. 
 
Kirby Taylor
Kirby recently retired as an Authorised Financial Adviser working for the DecisionMakers group of advisers. In this capacity he has been advising Parkinson’s New Zealand on its investment portfolio. Previous to his 15 years as an adviser, he and his wife owned significant retail businesses in Wellington for 23 years under the brand of Kirby’s Candies. Kirby is also an active member, Past Master and the current Secretary of the Empire Fergusson Lodge Wellington which is an affiliate Lodge of Freemasons New Zealand.