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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.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

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.