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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.

Asmitha Patchay

Asmitha is a registered nurse with over 26 years’ experience. She has completed her Master's Degree in Nursing in 2013 and Master's Degree in Business Administration in 2019. Equity, quality, excellent clinical standards and professionalism are essential core values that Asmitha believes are critical to nursing and healthcare. She has knowledge and deep respect of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and recognises the critical role of healthcare in contributing to improving equity for Māori.

Her experience is diverse as she has worked across healthcare sectors in NZ including primary and secondary care, community, education, quality, service improvement and strategy. She is a strategist, has strong financial acumen and understands the difference between governance and operations. Asmitha has recently accepted a new role and is thrilled at the opportunity to work as Clinical Director for Custom Care Nursing as she believes that the organisation has potential to significantly influence health outcomes and care for all people that access the services. 

Averill Walmsley-Bartlett

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.

New Board Member

We are seeking expressions of interest for person(s) with governance experience, a range of skills and experience and a passion to inspire and empower our community to live well with dementia

We are a progressive Board, encouraging Board diversity in all aspects that will give a well-balanced perspective in continuous improvement of governance and guidance on strategic decisions.

For more information or to submit your application for this unpaid role, to begin in November 2021, please contact Bev Bibby at chair@dementiahb.org.nz by 20th October 2021.

Applications are to include an up-to-date CV and cover letter.


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