Our quality of life relies on our good health.
We rarely appreciate it until we don’t have it. Government spending reflects the importance we place on our health. $1 of every $5 we pay in taxes goes into health spending. Your District Health Board is charged with managing its budget in your best interests and in the best interests of your family and our community as a whole. With constant demands for more money from all health interests, District Health Boards must weigh all the arguments carefully on behalf of the communities and the thousands of people they serve.
I have nearly 20 years' experience in the health sector including six years in DHB governance, two years in the medicines industry and more than 10 years in patient advocacy. For the past three years I've served on the Waikato DHB, chairing its Disability Support Committee, and representing the Board on the Lakes DHB Disability Support Committee. I previously served on the Auckland District Health Board during the construction of Auckland City Hospital. I am a former President, now a Life Member, of national patient organisation Diabetes Youth NZ, and I am a former corporate and public affairs manager for Medicines NZ. I have sat on Government and DHB advisory groups on diabetes. I have also prepared and led submissions on Government health legislation, and appeared before the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification on behalf of Diabetes Youth NZ.
I am an award-winning communications specialist with a 25 year career in marketing and communications, and business journalism, in New Zealand and the UK. I currently work as a senior communications advisor to the Waikato District Council, and previously worked in an advisory capacity for the University of Waikato to promote its specialist research services.
As a director of Bridger Beavis & Associates Ltd I have consulted for organisations operating across a range of technical and industrial sectors including educational and research organisations, health, utilities and financial services. I moved into marketing and public relations consulting after working as a business journalist for the NZ Herald and National Business Review.
I have committed hundreds of hours of volunteer time to community programmes, developing and running youth camping programmes for Diabetes Youth NZ, running school sports programmes and serving my St Stephens Tamahere (Anglican) church community in a variety of ways. In my spare time I review books for Radio New Zealand.
PGDip Mgmt (Distinction)
University of Waikato 2016
University of Auckland 1985
Accredited member, Public Relations Institute of NZ, since 1994.