Current Chairperson of Asthma Foundation of NZ
John has been involved with Asthma Hawke’s Bay for over 29 years with 23 years as President. During this time Asthma Hawke’s Bay has grown from small beginnings as a Society to a Registered Charitable Trust today that currently has District Health Board funding, and employs three Asthma Educators, along with an administrator.
John has had over 30 years involvement in voluntary and community organisations including chairing a School BOT, currently Chair’s the Footsteps Early Childhood Centre for over 20 years, is a member of an integrated High School Board of Governors in Palmerston North.
He currently works in the real estate industry and is a member of Business Mentors.
John has a sound understanding and knowledge of management and governance, and has outstanding strategic and leadership skills.
Sue has been in NZ for fourteen years having worked as a nurse in the UK for 20 years, in all areas of respiratory medicine. She now works as the Clinical Nurse Specialist in respiratory for HBDHB, four days per week. This involves working within primary care alongside the nurses and GPs to ensure early diagnosis of respiratory disease and the best possible long term management, in order to substantially improve their quality of life. This is helping to decrease the acute flare ups that are so common in respiratory disease and has reduced the amount of hospital admissions for COPD and asthma. Sue is passionate about all areas of respiratory medicine and enjoys promoting respiratory health in the community.
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