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Chris Sawers MSc, MInstD – Board Chair

Chris has a background in science, health, management and governance.  After graduating from Otago University, Chris worked for a pharmaceutical and cosmetic manufacturing company in Auckland, before taking up a position as Microbiologist for the Dubai Ministry of Health in the United Arab Emirates. Here she managed a laboratory, assisted in the creation of the Dubai Health Standards and reported to the Minister of Health.  

Returning to New Zealand, Chris moved to Hawke’s Bay with her husband to raise her four children. She is an enthusiastic supporter of community organisations and during this time has served as a committee member and President/Chair to a number of community sporting and education organisations. She also began her involvement with Directorship and Trustee positions during this period and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

Chris worked for eleven years as a Senior Lecturer and Programme Co-ordinator in microbiology, anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, in Health Science at EIT Hawke’s Bay. While still living in Hawke’s Bay, Chris has worked in Science Investment, for the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment in Wellington for the past seven years. Her roles of Senior Investment Manager, Assessor Manager and Advisor, have given her first hand experience into the science research occurring in New Zealand.  Chris is delighted to join the Board of Trustees of Dementia Hawkes Bay and is looking forward to making a positive contribution.

For relaxation, Chris enjoys managing her lifestyle property, snow skiing, water sports, trekking and travelling with family and friends.

Bev Bibby – Board Deputy 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.

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.

Cheryl Robinson

Cheryl has a wide range of experience in the health sector including Nursing experience in mental health, medical wards and geriatrics in the Marlborough and Hawkes Bay regions.  She has over 20 years’ experience at management level in both the commercial and not for profit sectors.  Cheryl has also been in senior management in Private Tertiary education, both locally and in community health; setting up a home care agency, working with ACC contracts and establishing a nursing bureau in Manawatu.  However, it was as Facility Manager of ‘Waiapu House’ in Havelock North, an Aged Care and Retirement Village, that her interest in dementia increased.  Management required change and here she developed an environment ensuring individual needs were met when working alongside clients with cognitive impairment / dementia.

At the same time, she became involved with Alzheimers Hastings Incorporated Society Board, now Dementia Hawkes Bay Charitable Trust, and has been fortunate to be in this position for over 12 years.  She also represented Hawkes Bay on the Alzheimers NZ Advisory Board for a period of five years and had a role in the development of the Dementia Strategy which was presented to Parliament in 2011.  Cheryl has been an assessor for Careerforce units in the area of Health, Aged Care and Dementia for about twenty years.  Since 2017 she has been on the Dementia New Zealand Board. 

Currently she is undertaking part time contract work with Vitae, working with staff in workplaces covering crisis and trauma defuse and facilitation in psychological Wellbeing workshops.

Currently living between Hawke’s Bay and Kinloch and loving the lifestyle.  Outside of governance and work roles, Cheryl enjoys meeting new and interesting people, boating, off road cycling on the e-bike, travelling, mah-jong, reading, family and friends.


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.

 

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