We are governed by a Board which works to ensure that our organisation is well managed and focussed in its activities. The Board determines the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ’s policies and assures its good financial management.

John Knight Circle

John Knight, Chairman

John has been involved with Asthma Hawke’s Bay for over 20 years, with over 15 years as president. During this time Asthma Hawke’s Bay has gone from being a small society to becoming a registered charitable trust, which now receives DHB funding and employs three asthma educators. John has a sound understanding and knowledge of management and governance roles, along with outstanding strategic and leadership skills. He currently works in the real estate industry and is a member of Business Mentors.

Board Janice

Janice Kuka

Janice is from Tauranga Moana and is of Ngatiranginui and Ngaiterangi descent. Her current role is Managing Director at Nga Mataapuna Oranga – Māori PHO covering the Western Bay of Plenty and parts of the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Janice comes from a professional background within the health industry and has experience both in hospital and community sectors. She sits on a number of health boards in Tauranga as well as Auckland.

Board Ruth

Ruth Gardener

Ruth is a registered nurse and a lecturer at the Otago Polytechnic School of Nursing. Prior to this she worked as a clinical nurse respiratory educator at Dunedin Hospital and in a general practice. Ruth is committed to advocating for people with respiratory conditions to ensure they have access to education and services to help them manage their disease. To assist this process, Ruth believes, primary, secondary and tertiary care providers need to work closely together to effectively use, strengthen and develop services for people.

Board Lou

Lou Te Hinepouri Jurlina

Lou is a recently retired Professional Clinical Nurse Supervisor. She has a background in Paediatrics, Maori Health, Social Science and Respiratory Health. She lectured in the BHSc Nursing Programme and nursed with a team of mobile nurses for a Maori Health Provider. She is committed to ensuring best practice in Respiratory Health Leadership and support. 

Board Cheryl

Cheryl Davies

Ngati Raukawa, Ngati WehiWehi oku iwi. Cheryl has managed the Tu Kotahi Māori Asthma Trust over the past 22 years. Tu Kotahi was formed as the first Māori Asthma Society in New Zealand in the early 1990′s. She has presented at a number of conferences both nationally and internationally with a focus on discussing Māori and respiratory illnesses and healthy housing. Cheryl has a keen interest in research involving Māori and has been involved with a number of key research projects over the past seventeen years.

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Matthew Allen

Matthew is a Director and owner of Wellington-based public policy consultancy, Allen + Clarke. Matthew trained in environmental health and has worked as an environmental health officer, enforcement officer, policy analyst and public sector manager. As Director of Allen + Clarke he manages the company’s strategic and operational planning, financial and quality assurance portfolios. He also manages a range of multi-sectoral policy, research and evaluation projects, with a particular focus on operational policy and regulatory design and review. Matt has a particular interest in tobacco control, on which he has worked for over 20 years. Matt consults for international funders and governments, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, on population level interventions to discourage tobacco use. 

Board Phillip

Philip Aldridge

Philip Aldridge is an experienced Executive Manager and Director. He is currently Director of Business Services and Operations at Superu (Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit). Philip has worked across both private and government sectors and has held management roles at Infratrain NZ, Telecom New Zealand, AgITO, The Treasury, and the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology (FRST). He has led mergers/amalgamations, set up private/public partnerships, developed and successfully implemented strategic plans, managed a NZ$2 billion investment portfolio and developed new channels to market. He has a BSC (Hons), an MBA, and has studied at Sloan School of Management (MIT) in Boston.

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