Have your say! Vote for our Trustees

Have your say 
The governance Board of the Parkinson’s New Zealand Charitable Trust will be made up of skilled trustees responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organisation and ensuring that strategy is successfully implemented.

This year financial members of current divisions and branches are invited to vote. When possible we prefer members vote electronically to save costs. Please place your vote by Monday 30 April.

Voting has closed.

if you are unable to access the online voting form, you can use the postal ballot form provided in the March edition of The Parkinsonian. For more information email info@parkinsons.org.nz or ring 0800 473 4636.

Financial members will each have one vote for each open position. There are two (2) open positions, so each paid member will have two (2) votes, for two (2) people.

Candidates for the Board of Trustees
Short biographies for each of candidates are below:

Judy Clarke 
After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2007, Judy says, her life took 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. She was married to Peter who had terminal cancer for 31 years and they have two children who are attending university, one in Auckland and the other in Wellington.  

Robyn Cotton
Robyn Cotton is a business consultant, and she brings 10 years of strategic and governance experience on the Board of International Needs New Zealand, a charitable trust. She has been a member of New Zealand Institute of Directors from 2012 to 2017. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2017.

Christine Mercer
Christine Mercer is a registered nurse. For her PhD in Nursing, she explored the experiences of partners being hospitalised in non-local tertiary environments. She has been the Chair of Parkinson’s Bay of Plenty since March 2017 and has cared for her husband with Parkinson’s for 20 years.

Hugh Kirby Taylor 
Hugh Kirby Taylor has been a member of the Parkinson's New Zealand Board for the past five years. He 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 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. Kirby is currently on the committee for Parkinson's Wellington.