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Meet the Board

Parkinson’s New Zealand 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.


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.  Judy was a member of the Podiatry Special Interest Group, and part of the New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes. She is now retired. Having served on several Board of Trustees for the local primary and intermediate school for nine years, including two as Chairperson, gave Judy an insight on boards and governance. Judy is currently an active member in the Hawke's Bay Parkinson’s Action Group. Judy recently lost her husband of 35 years, to cancer – which has meant a huge adjustment for her and her two children.   


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 Grigg who served on the Parkinson’s New Zealand Charitable Trust Board prior to this election has been re-elected. Having served on the board while the organisation transitioned to a Trust, Jan is no stranger to what the position entails. Jan has been a member of the Central Plateau Action Group for the past six years, holding the position of Treasurer and Chairperson during this time. Jan would like to continue her position on the board as she would like to contribute to Parkinson's New Zealand Charitable Trust functioning to its full potential.

Jan got involved with her local Parkinson's community after being asked by a close friend who has Parkinson's for assistance. Since then she has taken it upon herself to do her part to improve the lives of people living with Parkinson's.


Christine Mercer

Christine Mercer is a registered nurse, with many years’ experience in education at undergraduate and postgraduate nursing and social science programmes at Waiariki Institute of Technology (now Toi Ohomai), Eastern Institute of Technology, and Wintec. Christine’s areas of teaching included leadership and management as well as research and supervision. Christine holds a BA (Soc Sci), a MEd, a PhD in Nursing as well as a PG Cert Professional Supervision.  For Christine’s PhD in Nursing, she explored the experiences of partners being hospitalised in non-local tertiary environments.  She has applied the learning of all her professional and academic learning to her work for Parkinson's New Zealand. She is currently serving in the Bay of Plenty Parkinson’s Action Group. She has cared for her husband with Parkinson’s for 20 years.They have two adult children, one who lives in Hamilton and the other in Papamoa.  


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. 


Robyn Cotton

Robyn Cotton was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's in 2017. This has motivated her to have an input into the provision of education and support for families affected by Parkinson's. She has recently moved to Auckland from the Bay of Plenty and has begun building relationships and connecting with the Auckland Parkinson's community.

Robyn is particularly interested in helping establish the newly restructured organisation and to see it evolve into an organisation that meets the needs of its members effectively. She has experience with the restructuring of a charitable trust and saw the international partnership of IN through a similar process. Robyn is familiar with the types of teething problems that can occur throughout these changes and feels she is suited to the task of building capacity in the governance of PNZCT.


Peter Garelja

Peter was diagnosed with Parkinson's 10 years ago. After retiring five years ago he joined the Parkinson's Northland Action Group and has served as Chairperson for the last two. Since joining Parkinson's Northland he has focused on raising community engagement in local activities, as well as establishing strong relationships with leading brain researchers in New Zealand. He has continued to use this network to keep members better informed on the latest research findings, encouraging proactivity in individuals with Parkinson's.

Peter intends to use his position on the board to be of service to his fellow Parkinsonians. He appreciated being part of the national working group that developed Parkinson's New Zealand Charitable Trust's current policies, structures and systems and would now like to see them through to fruition. Peter believes he has the experience, skill-set and perspective to make a real difference to PNZCT.