Broughton Beauchamp Thomas.

MBChB. (Otago), F.R.C.P. (Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh).

I have been Medical Practitioner for 50 years, first as a General Physician and for the last 25 years as a Geriatrician working in the Waikato DHB. I retired from medicine in 2013. As a specialist in health the older person, I built deep experience working with clients experiencing dementia symptoms, and a practical understanding of what those experiences mean to them. Over this time the striking increase in the incidence of dementia gradually became apparent, as did my appreciation of the need for, and the importance to our community of, our dementia support, lobbying and education organisation Dementia Waikato (previously called Alzheimers Waikato). I am the Chair of Trustees for Dementia Waikato, and a founding Director of Dementia NZ.

I live on a few acres on the outskirts of Hamilton and have a particular interest in Horticulture and trees. Many years ago I built a small batch at Te Akau South on the north side of the Raglan harbor, and to everyone’s surprise, it still stands today. This place is a haven for our family and friends. I also enjoy sailing on the Hauraki Gulf when time allows.

I am married to Roddy and we have three children and six grandchildren who all live not far from us, so the word “retirement” shouldn’t really be part of my vocabulary.

Jocelyn Weatherall B.Com., BA.

Jocelyn is an inaugural board member of Dementia New Zealand.

Relevant Experience
Jocelyn has been a Board Member of Dementia Auckland since 2011 and prior to this Vice Chair of Alzheimers Counties Manukau Board, which merged with Alzheimers Auckland in 2011 to form what is now Dementia Auckland. For many years Jocelyn and her firm has undertaken voluntary consulting with individuals and their families who are diagnosed with dementia to assist them to plan their future financial and legal affairs.

Jocelyn has a financial and business background, holding the designation of Authorised Financial Adviser AFA and is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®).

She brings to the organization sound financial and management principles, a strategic oversight and historic understandings of the national dementia organisation sector.

Background and Areas of Specialization

  • Qualifications AFA AIF® B Com BA
  • Graduated Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Auckland University
  • Member : Institute of Directors
  • Member: Investment and Financial Advisers Association
  • Member: ICANZ Trust Special interest Group, ICANZ Not for Profits Special interest Group
  • Board Member of Dementia New Zealand
  • Chair: Alzheimers Auckland Charitable Trust
  • Chair: Alzheimers Auckland Charitable Trust, Finance Audit and Risk Committee
  • Associates: Jocelyn is joined by a team of highly qualified and broadly experienced board members

Specialist areas;

  • Charitable Trusts Financial and Investment Policy Development
  • Broad Strategic Planning, Pathways and Consultancy for Individuals, Family Trusts and Charitable Trusts seeking financial and investment direction

Relevant Experience

  • Worked in Private and Investment Banking positions with a number of international and domestic organizations in advisory, research and service-development roles with both private and charitable clients and in the area of overall asset management.
  • Aside from her business and community life Jocelyn is married with three adult children and holds an interest in design, gardening, enjoys the daily routine of walking the family dog, scheduling in a few half marathons and time spent at their family beach house at Matakana, North of Auckland.

Cheryl Robinson

I have a background in nursing, working mainly in medical, elder care and mental health. I worked for eight years at the psychiatric unit in Hastings, at a time when this was the only service for people with a dementia related diagnosis. My interest in dementia has been through my involvement at both a local and national level. It has also been fostered through involvement and personal journey with two family members.

I have been involved with management positions across several different sectors – initially with a private, tertiary education company in Napier. In this role I held the National Health Education portfolio for the company. In 2006, I took on a challenge with Radious Solutions and established a Community Home Care agency and Nursing Bureau in Palmerston North. Then, in 2007 I returned to Havelock North and for the next nine years managed an aged care facility and retirement village in Havelock North for a Christian based organisation.

I was a member of the Alzheimers Society Hastings Inc board and was chairperson for three of the eight years. As their representative at National level, I was also a member of the Advisory Board with Alzheimers NZ. Alongside this I held a position with the Community Services Advisory group at Eastern Institute of Technology and the Hawkes Bay Aged Care Residential Executive Committee.

I was actively involved with Alzheimers Hastings working towards the amalgamation with Napier, in the formation of ‘Dementia Hawkes Bay’ and the alignment with Dementia New Zealand. My role is now as a Trustee and I also do contract work externally. I continue to assess for workplaces engaging in training through Careerforce. My husband Paul and I have lived on a farm on the outskirts of Havelock North for the last twenty three years. We have three adult daughters and seven grandchildren. My interests are boating, reading, gardening, biking and socialising with friends. Our vision for future is to spend more time in Kinloch, Taupo – being active, living life, enjoying our work and remaining connected to community through our interests and current associations.

I look forward to being involved with Dementia New Zealand, bringing my experience and a regional perspective to the table.

Dr Mark Fisher

Dr Mark Fisher is currently Clinical Head and Consultant Psychiatrist in Mental Health Services for Older People in Counties Manukau Health, South Auckland. He is also the Director of Area Mental Health Services for Counties Manukau under the Mental Health Act. Dr Fisher has been a practising psychiatrist for 20 years, and has worked in old age psychiatry, liaison psychiatry and ECT services. He has spent many years in leadership roles within mental health. He has worked primarily in New Zealand but also worked in the United Kingdom. His research interests are in dementia services, mental health law and driving in dementia. He has been keenly involved in the setting up of new dementia services in South Auckland.

Carol Fisher

Carol has been Chairperson of Dementia Lakes for over 15 years. She is committed to help position Dementia New Zealand and its Affiliate groups to best meet the needs of present and future clients, along with their carers, and whanau/family members. She knows that good quality support services have shown to assist both people with dementia and their carers to live well at home and to remain engaged in their own communities for as long as possible. Carol works part time as a Registered Nurse, her main interest being in the area of health services for older people.

Frances Blyth

Frances Blyth Frances is Chair of Dementia Wellington. She has a background in the management of policy and service development in the Health, Justice and Education sectors. Frances has been on the board of Wellington Help, is a Trustee of Incredible Families, and is a member of the Ministry of Health's NGO Health and Disability Council. She has personal experience of family members with dementia.

Michael Aitken

Michael Aitken Michael Aitken brings with him significant experience in the delivery and management of health care, as well as experience in multiple governance roles.

Michael is currently a senior manager at the New Zealand Transport Agency. Prior to this, he trained and worked as a clinical psychologist in the public health system in Christchurch before moving into to a range of senior management roles in health and local government in Christchurch and Auckland.

Michael is a Member of the Institute of Directors and serves on the boards of Dementia Canterbury, Dementia New Zealand, the Building Bridges Community Mental Health Trust and the Canterbury Brain Collective (CBC).

Michael is married with three children and one granddaughter.