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.

Board John Knight

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 professional clinical nurse supervisor contracting to Coast to Coast Health Care and Coast to Coast Hauora Trust, both in Wellsford. Lou has professional experience in paediatrics, Māori health, lecturing for BHSc Nursing programs and mobile nursing for a Māori health provider. She is committed to ensuring best practice in the delivery of respiratory care from health care services. Lou has also been a dedicated volunteer for the local Asthma Society in Northland in which she volunteered for 28 years.

Board Cheryl

Cheryl Davies

Ngati Raukawa te iwi, Ngati Wehiwehi te hapu. Cheryl has managed the Tu Kotahi Māori Asthma Trust over the past 16 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 ten years.

Board Matt

Matt Allen

Matt is a Director and owner of Wellington-based policy consultancy, Allen + Clarke. Matthew trained in environmental health and has worked as an environmental health officer and enforcement officer. He has also worked as a policy analyst and manager in various health policy areas. His particular interest is 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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