Bev Bibby – Board Chair
Bev Bibby has recently joined the Dementia Hawkes Bay Board. She was born and raised in Hawke’s Bay and where she and her husband David are now raising three teenage children. While raising three children she spent a number of years on the Board of Trustees of a local primary school including the Chairperson role for a three-year period.
She enjoys playing netball, umpiring, running and supporting her family in their interests. During the day she works at ANZ as a Business Manager financially supporting people in business. Bev has also held several Branch Manager roles throughout Hawke’s Bay. She looks forward to working with the staff and the other members of the board to ensure that Dementia Hawke’s Bay continues to support our local community.
Ken is a former chair of Alzheimer’s Society Napier Incorporated and is presently a Trustee of Napier Foodbank Trust and Volunteering Hawke’s Bay.
Ken’s wider family have extensive employment experience in dementia care. His ambition for Dementia Hawkes Bay is to help provide financial sustainability for the organisation through both a “Friends of Dementia HB” platform, and by building a loyal and vested volunteer base.
Sue Smith brings a strong background in leadership, stakeholder relationships and health contract management. Sue is currently part of the Senior Management Team at Sport Hawke’s Bay where she manages the health, recreation, older adult, cycling and workplace wellbeing programmes.
Previously to this Sue was employed in the Aged Care Sector in Sydney working as a Case Manager for Consumer Directed Care Packages. Sue is passionate about being active and leading a healthy lifestyle.
She currently enjoys open water swimming, biking, yoga, gym and walking her dog. Sue is a strong believer in the benefits of physical activity, and it’s benefits to our physical and mental health and wellbeing.
John Harder JP DHA
John has held several senior positions in Health Service Management including; Manager Thames Hospital, Deputy Manager Auckland Hospital, Medical Services Manager HBDHB, General Manager of a Private Hospital and Rest Home in Hastings and recently retired as Manager of Te Mata Peak Practice in Havelock North.
John has been a Justice of Peace for more than thirty years, during this time he spent 8 years on the Council of the HBJP Association including 2 years as President of the Association.
John holds a Diploma of Health Administration from Massey University.
Recently joining the Board of Dementia Hawkes Bay; John has a close connection with dementia as his best friend suffering from the disease and dying earlier in the year and his brother in-law is also suffering from dementia.
His interests include golf, gardening and has recently taken up golf croquet.
Caroline has extensive experience working in community organisations both in a voluntary and paid capacity, as well as holding a number of directorships in similar organisations. Primarily these organisations have been involved in delivering Health, Education and Community Support services. Originally a teacher, Caroline has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and has held several senior management roles, including at Waiapu Anglican Social Services, Te Kupenga Hauroa, Dove Hawke's Bay and most recently General Manager of What Ever if Takes (WIT).
Caroline has lived in Hawke's Bay for more than 20 years and is married with four adult children, four grandchildren, a large country garden and two Labrador dogs to keep her busy!
Averill originates from Hawkes Bay, spent time in Palmerston North, Auckland and Sydney before returning to the Bay when her eldest was about to start primary school. She was Chairperson for two years of the childcare her son attended and on the PTA of her children’s primary school.
Averill started her career as a registered nurse initially working in oncology, surgical then spending fifteen years in intensive care units in Hastings, Auckland, and Sydney. On returning from Sydney with a young family she worked for Cranford Hospice for six months before returning to the ICU at the Hastings Memorial Hospital..
While the children were in primary school Averill completed her Bachelor of Business Studies through the EIT Hawkes Bay and is now a chartered accountant with her own practice.
She is excited about being able to bring her knowledge from both disciplines to this role.
Averill and her husband enjoy yoga, weight training and hiking and are often found up Te Mata Peak in the early weekend mornings. Their latest challenge is to complete all the Great Walks of New Zealand before they turn 60. They are enthusiastic attendees of live shows and concerts and love to entertain family and friends from 9 course degustation’s for 20 to family occasions of 40 or more.