The CDHB is faced with a substantial upgrade of buildings and services to cope with an expanding and ageing population but restricted funding has forced the board to prioritise between competing demands.
My background as a chartered accountant (ACA); a fellow of the Institute of Directors (FInstD); a fellow of the NZ Trustees Association (FNZTA), and as trustee of several social service organisations places me in an excellent position to assist the CDHB through these next difficult years. In the recent past I have served as trustee, including chairman of finance, for Presbyterian Support (Upper South Island). I am a long-standing trustee of the Mackenzie Charitable Foundation which funds the Mackenzie Chair of Cancer Medicine based at Christchurch Hospital, and co-funds the Rural Health Academic Centre based at Ashburton Hospital.
Currently there is proposed legislation that will transfer decisions for community water fluoridation over to the District Health Boards. I am opposed to the forced fluoridation of community water supplies. My intention is to benefit the CDHB with my long experience in financial matters, properties, and social services. The CDHB has an urgent need for my specific attributes.