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August 23, 2019

Diverse team to contest ADHB

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Communities and Residents (C&R) is pleased to introduce its diverse team to contest the Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) in the local elections. Running on the C&R ticket are professionals Debbie Burrows, Troy Elliott, Adam Hughes, Fiona Lai, Kit Parkinson, Monique Poirier and Ian Ward.

Debbie Burrows is a breast cancer survivor and knows exactly what it’s like trying to navigate the health system while working, being a Mum and struggling with health issues. Debbie is committed to ensuring ADHB delivers value-for-money, effective resource management and quality decision-making that puts patients and families at the heart of everything. With her personal experiences and business background she'll add innovative, fresh thinking and new perspectives to the board.

Troy Elliott is an experienced senior business leader and through determined pressure was instrumental in Pharmac increasing their range of funded cancer drugs. He is a founding member of Patient Voice Aotearoa and is regularly interviewed by media about the battles he and his wife Tracey face with the health system. Troy will be a strong advocate and use his business skills to ensure ADHB does everything possible for patient care.

Adam Hughes is a Health, Safety and Environmental leader for a Fortune 100 company based in Auckland and chairs Neuro Connection Foundation. He graduated as a Physiotherapist from Otago University and holds Master degrees in Occupational Health & Safety and Business Administration. Adam is an assertive, pragmatic board member and will bring knowledge of health, risk management and governance to provide rational guidance and accountability to how your tax dollars are invested and spent.

Fiona Lai is a qualified medical professional with over ten years’ experience as a pharmacist. She is a member of the NZ Pharmaceutical Society and regularly hosts seminars on health risks and disease prevention. Fiona will bring her professional expertise, caring nature, practical business skills and fresh approach to ensure ADHB focuses on the things that matter to patients.

Kit Parkinson has proven governance experience in business, community and ecological organisations. For nine years he's served and currently chairs Auckland's Ōrākei Local Board. Kit will work for effective funding and delivery of focused health services and will challenge management so patients and families are always put first. He will closely scrutinise strategy, budgets and back office performance and focus on the decisions that matter.

Monique Poirier is passionate about mental health and has seen first-hand the extent of the need for funding so mental health services are available when people and their families need support. She is a director of a business that helps young people become fit, active and confident in themselves, and understands strategy, budgets, risk and people management. Monique will advocate for improved maternity services, better after hours and emergency services, and new systems so frontline services are reliable and efficient.

Ian Ward offers considerable knowledge and governance experience in the NZ health sector. Ian was an ADHB board member for nine years and chaired the Finance, Risk and Audit committee. He was Deputy Chair of NZ Blood Service and former board member of Health Vision Limited and Francis International Health. As a former Chief Financial Officer for ADHB, Ian held senior executive responsibilities for HR, IT, legal, risk management, facilities and infrastructure. He's passionate about urgently addressing community mental health issues, treatment of cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and musculoskeletal conditions.

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