Executive Director Mr Max Ritchie steps down from Neurological Foundation after 23 years of service

Tuesday, 11 April, 2017

After 23 years of dedicated service Mr Max Ritchie will be stepping down from his role as Executive Director of the Neurological Foundation at the end of this month.

The Foundation was established in 1971 with the mission “to alleviate suffering from diseases and disorders of the brain and nervous system through research and education". The Foundation remains the only dedicated charitable organisation committed to funding neurological research in New Zealand. Since his appointment in 1994, Mr Ritchie has made a major contribution to the continued growth and success of the organisation.

Neurological Foundation Council Chairman Mr Ian Robertson says “Mr Ritchie has worked hard to raise both awareness of, and funding for, world-class neurological research in this country. Additionally, he has overseen the implementation and establishment of ground-breaking research initiatives that have impacted on patient care, research and the future health of our community.”

The Council would like to thank Mr Ritchie for his contribution to putting the Foundation on a strong footing and his long term and dedicated service to neurological research and ultimately better outcomes for neurological patients.

The Council has begun the process of finding a permanent replacement and in the interim appointed Miss Sue Giddens, a member of the Neurological Foundation’s senior management team for seven years, to take over in an acting capacity from 1 May 2017.

For enquiries, please email admin@neurological.org.nz