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Voting for November 2018 Election Now Open

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Please find below the bios and CV's for the five Parkinson's New Zealand Charitable Trust (PNZCT) Board Candidates. We have three vacancies on the Board.

There is a link to our electronic ballot at the end of this email where financial members can vote for the three people you wish to have represented on the Parkinson's New Zealand Charitable Trust Board. For people who don't wish to use the electronic form there is also a paper ballot attached. 

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 local Parkinson's community there. 
Robyn has experience in the role of board member having served on a charitable trust's board and various committees. She has been on the board of International Needs New Zealand for almost ten years. Since 2013 she has served as the New Zealand delegate to the Global Congress and as an elected member on the Governance Council, a standing committee of this Congress. Over the last five years she has also served as Chair of the Governance Capacity Building Committee, another standing committee of Congress and in 2017 she was elected to join the Strategic Advisory Group providing strategic planning advice to the Global Congress. Robyn was also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors 2012-2017, Product Development Managers Association, USA 1998-2015, and the NZ Institute of Food Science and Technology.
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.
Robyn worked in the New Zealand Dairy Industry from 1982 before establishing Hatherop Consulting in 2002. In her consulting role, Robyn worked across multiple industries to provide a variety of services at both the strategic and operational level, helping companies to improve their innovation, performance and achieve their goals. Robyn hopes to use this experience for the good of Parkinson's. Click here for Robyn's CV.

Roger Coulson


Roger's main motivation to become a member of the board is his father, Peter, who has Parkinson's. Roger believes his skillset can help the Parkinson's New Zealand Charitable Trust and thereby help his father and other people with Parkinson's. He is currently the Managing Director of Coulson McDowall Limited Partnership (CMLP) where he provides clients with strategic property and financial advice.
Roger has worked closely with the Community Housing Regulatory Authority (CHRA) and the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) to establish the ASH Foundation, a registered community housing provider specialising in the development of apartments in order to meet the demand for social and affordable housing. Roger is hugely passionate about finding innovative solutions for social housing.
Roger has previous work experience as a Financial and Property Relationship Manager at Westpac and Strategic Finance, the Chief Executive Officer of Starline where he worked on projects worth $500M and took on the role of Director on the Crown Land Development Program for the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. In his current role at CMLP he combines analytical expertise, an extensive industry network, financial discipline and relationship building skills to identify issues and find resolutions.  
Key projects Roger has worked on include: orchestrating a negotiated agreement between a government-owned development company and a local iwi to find a solution for ongoing issues surrounding the iwi’s right of first refusal over a complex development site; providing strategic advice to a government-owned entity in purchasing a difficult development site from another government ministry; and arranging funding for projects valued in excess of $100M in the past 6 years.
In his spare time, Roger's family is his first priority. As a father and step-father of five children, aged 2, 4, 11, 13 and 15 he has his hands full. Roger also enjoys travelling, keeping fit, golf, movies, food and wine. Click here for Roger's CV.   

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 would like to take up a position on the board as he would like 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.
Before retiring Peter worked in education as a teacher, vice principal and principal. He also has worked 21 years as a principal/trustee on the boards of schools serving a variety of communities. He was the National President of NZEALS (New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society), Founding Chairperson of WEST (Waitakere Educational Sector Trust), Chairperson of ISAP (Improving School Attendance Programme for Waitakere City Trust) and a Trustee on the Sport Waitakere Regional Sports Trust Board.
He has also served as committee member and/or chairperson of: AGTA (Auckland Geography Teachers’ Association), member of BOGT (national Board of Geography Teachers), Auckland/Northland leader of ABA (achievement-based assessment) trial, KPA (Kaipara Principals’ Association), ASSPA (Auckland Secondary School Principals’ Association) and many more such committees.
Peter is standing for election as a trustee on the Board as he sees it as an opportunity to use his experience on the working group to ensure policy is translated into “best practice” and that meeting the needs and wants of those with Parkinson’s will always be paramount. Click here for Peter's CV.

Stephen Goodman


Stephen Goodman is no stranger to Parkinson's. Stephen and his late mother have been diagnosed with the condition. He believes this equips him with insight into the challenges that come with a diagnosis and an understanding of what people with Parkinson's need. Stephen has been on the Auckland Parkinson's Action Group since 2014. 
Stephen has recently retired so has more time to dedicate to helping the Parkinson's community. He is both a qualified Accountant and Engineer with a wide range of high level business experience. Stephen has over ten years Senior Management experience in Finance, Management and Information Technology. Before retiring Stephen was the Director/Consultant for Goodman Enterprises Limited. In this role Stephen provided businesses with access to sophisticated solutions that met their business needs.  He worked with a wide range of organisations such as: Ogilvy and Mather, Airwork, Auckland District Health Board, RNZ Foundation of the Blind, Youthline and many more. Prior to this he occupied various management, finance, systems and engineer roles.
Stephen is currently involved with the following organisations: New Zealand Jewish Council (President), Auckland Jewish Council (President), Parnell Heritage Inc. (Patron) and the Auckland Chevra Kadisha & Benevolent Society’s Trust (Chairperson). He believes experience with these organisations and previous organisations he has worked for gives him an appreciation for some of the challenges that Parkinson's New Zealand Charitable Trust faces. 
In his spare time Stephen enjoys playing bridge as well as boating and fishing. Stephen wants to hold a position on the board of trustees so that he can make a positive contribution to people living with Parkinson's. In particular, to ensure the Trust provides the best possible service to the members of the Parkinson’s community. Click here for Stephen's CV.

Jan Grigg


Jan currently serves on the Parkinson’s New Zealand Charitable Trust board. 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. She feels there is further work to be done to achieve this.
Jan retired 17 years ago from her career in the banking sector where she worked for a major trading bank. Jan has also been a member of Zonta and Spectrum Rotorua for 18 years, and has served as Treasurer and President for both these organisations.
Jan's interests include travel; she has visited more than 50 countries. She is also an avid gardener and enjoys working with textiles. Jan particularly delights in working on her 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, so Jan travels between them regularly.
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. 

Individual or Family membership
   Each financial individual/family membership is allotted one vote. See below what each vote includes/excludes 
-    We will count the first ballot submission from each individual/family membership as valid, any thereafter will be void

Vote for the Parkinson's New Zealand Charitable Trust Board Members using the below ballot form. 
  You may vote for up to THREE of the nominees listed
-    Any forms which have more than three nominees voted for will automatically be void
-    You do not have to vote for three nominees, you can just vote for one or two

Click here to vote


Click here to download the PDF printout Ballot form to mail in

The form must be arrive by Sunday, 25 November to be counted. Please send your ballot to: 

Parkinson’s New Zealand
Po Box 11067
Manners Street
Wellington 6142

Note: If for any reason you are unable to use the electronic ballot form, or the attached PDF printout please email or ring 0800 473 4636.

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