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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.

Ken Simons

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

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.

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

Dementia Hawkes Bay Charitable Trust is a not-for-profit organisation that provides community support services, active brain programmes and cognitive stimulation workshops, assisting people to live well with dementia. Our services are unique, as we support people to live well in their own home and within the community from the point of diagnosis and throughout their dementia journey.

Our goal is to create a diverse board of strategic minds who are smart, who will engage in healthy debate and who will challenge the status quo. We are after innovative thinkers with divergent backgrounds who will bring a varied perspective to our decision making, you do not need to be an expert on dementia. We are looking for board members who understand governance principals, philanthropic relationships, creative problem solving and have may have experience in government and public policy, human resources, legal activities.

For more information or to submit your application for this unpaid role, to begin in October 2021, please contact Bev Bibby at chair@dementiahb.org.nz by 30th August 2021.

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


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