Neurological Foundation Council

The Neurological Foundation Council is the governing body of the Foundation. The Council sets strategy for the Foundation and governs its operation, approving the appointment of key staff, sign off on operations and financial strategies for the Foundation, and ensure the Foundation is being run according to its guiding principles.

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The Council is made up of business experts, neurologists and neuroscientists who volunteer their time without remuneration. During the grant rounds, the Council are responsible for approving the grants, Fellowships and Scholarships that have been recommended by the Scientific Advisory and Personal Awards Committees. Whilst the Council does not deviate from the committee’s recommendations, they can decide to increase funding for the round to encapsulate additional research projects that straddle the funding limit.

Dr Barry Snow

Chair

Barry is a senior neurologist at Auckland City Hospital, Director of Adult Medical Services at the ADHB and former Chair of the Neurological Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee. After completing his general neurology training in Auckland, Barry became the third person to be awarded the Neurological Foundation Chapman Fellowship between 1987 and 1989 which allowed him to take up a research fellowship at the University of British Colombia, Vancouver.

Barry’s research focuses on movement disorders, with his primary area of clinical practice being Parkinson’s disease. Barry joined the Council in 2011 after serving for a number of years as the Chair of the SAC from 2000.

Professor Tim Anderson

Tim is a neurologist, with subspecialty expertise in movement disorders including Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease and botulinum toxin therapy. He undertakes two specialty clinics in movement disorders per week and fortnightly botulinum toxin clinics for the CDHB, as well as teaching 5th year University of Otago medical students and hosting students at his outpatient clinics.

Tim regularly conducts clinical pharmaceutical trials in Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions and this has enabled patients not only to have early access to new treatments but also regular clinical review and oversight. He is the Clinical Director of the New Zealand Brain Research Institute. Tim joined the Council in 2014.

Colonel Baden Ewart (retired)

Baden is a former officer in the New Zealand Army, serving for almost 50 years before retiring at the rank of Colonel. Baden has also held several managerial appointments in both hospital and primary care organisations including being a former director of Pegasus Health, Canterbury’s largest privately run Primary Health Organisation. Baden recently served as the Director of the Christchurch Central Development Unit, tasked with managing the rebuild in the Christchurch CBD.

Baden holds a Masters in Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington, an MBA from Massey University. Baden was invited to join the Council in 2014 because of his connection to the health sector. Baden is the Chair of the Audit & Risk Management Committee and the Investment Committee.

James Hellaby

James joined the Council in 2006. He is currently a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.  His background is in finance, systems and business management, having completed a Bachelor of Agriculture (Economics) at Lincoln University and an MBA at Auckland University.

James has been involved for many years in the NZ meat industry through his family’s company, Wilson Hellaby Limited.

Wayne Boyd

Wayne is a retired lawyer, investment banker and professional company director. Since retiring five years ago, Wayne has spent his time on the boards of several charitable organisations and, in addition to his role on the Council, Wayne is the Chair of the Halberg Trust. He has acted as a director of public and private organisations and is a recipient of a Distinguished Fellow Award from the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Wayne joined the Neurological Foundation Council in 2015 as neurological conditions are of particular interest to him and his wife.

Deborah Peters

Deb is a management consultant in education and health with expertise in human resource and change management. Deb is a former Registered Nurse and Sister Tutor and is currently involved developing learning modules for allied health practitioners in dementia and palliative care. Deb also serves as the Chair of the People and Performance Committee for the Council, overseeing key appointments in the Foundation.

Deb spent many years caring for her mother-in-law, who developed motor neurone disease in the late 1990’s. This experience of neurological disease led her to join the Neurological Foundation Council in order to give back to the health community by fostering research. She joined Council in 2003.

Professor Cathy Stinear

Cathy is a Professor at the University of Auckland, a clinical neuroscientist at Auckland City Hospital working with patients to promote recovery following stroke and was the Chair of the Neurological Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee from 2015-2019. She joined the Scientific Advisory Committee in 2008 because of the essential role the Foundation plays in helping researchers make new discoveries, and led the committee review process in 2018.

Cathy has been a principal investigator on a range of clinical rehabilitation trials with patients at Auckland City Hospital and is the Director of the Brain Research Clinic at the Centre for Brain Research.

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