Committee

Neil Woodhams

Neil Woodhams

President

Neil Woodhams is the Vice-President of Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand and the President Multiple Sclerosis Auckland. Neil has an extensive career in senior healthcare management at a governance and senior management level. He is a former senior executive of the Midland RHA and was Chief Operating Officer of Auckland DHB 2000-2002. He has also held many positions in management and governance in community and not-for-profit organisations, including Māori and Pacific organisations.

Neil has now been appointed as Trustee of the Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand Research Trust. He is also on the Pharmac Advisory Panel.

Neil’s core interest area is in multiple sclerosis and people with disabilities, both as an advocate and as a carer of his wife, Erin who has MS.

Louise Reed

Louise Reed

Vice President

Louise is a Barrister specialising in family law and has an interest in relationship property, proceedings concerning children’s issues (including adoptions) and proceedings under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988 (in relation to Powers of Attorney, Property Managers and Welfare Guardians).

Louise is a person living with Multiple Sclerosis and was diagnosed in 2008. She is a member of the Zonta Club of Auckland and has held leadership positions in that organisation.

Louise has completed the Auckland Half Marathon and the 50 km cycle challenge in the annual “Bike the Bridge” event in 2013. She has also completed the 20 km challenge of Bike the Bridge several times. Louise is a regular member of the hydrotherapy group at Diocesan school and has been a volunteer collector for the society for the annual Street Appeal. 

Louise enjoys being part of the Committee and working with people who are aware of the issues concerning people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Peter Wood

Peter Wood

Treasurer

Peter is a Chartered Accountant and a Director in Ingham Mora Ltd, Chartered Accountants in Tauranga.

He is also a Justice of the Peace and a Director of numerous companies and other organisations. He is a respected and trusted advisor to many local business people and is a Trustee of a number of Charitable Trusts.

His wife, Maureen, is a person living with Multiple Sclerosis.

Kerri Hoy

Kerri Hoy

Secretary

Kerri is a wife, mother and grandmother and enjoys cycling the bike trails with her husband and Nordic walking. Kerri enjoys spending time with her family and especially her four grandchildren all living reasonably close by.

Kerri was diagnosed with MS eight years ago and has been very grateful for the support offered by MS Auckland during that time. Kerri is a registered social worker and has worked in social services in West Auckland for the past twenty five years in varying capacities.

Kerri continues to work part time offering clinical supervision and is a member of two multi – disciplinary teams currently working with ACC clients. Kerri is a Director of a small community development agency in Ranui and welcomes the opportunity to give back to MS Auckland.

Fran Watts

Fran Watts

Fran is from the UK and immigrated to New Zealand in 2001. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis soon after she had settled in New Zealand.

Fran and her husband, John, visited the Gawler Foundation in Melbourne in 2005 and again in 2015, and since then Fran has adopted the lifestyle changes promoted by George Jelinek with great results.

Fran retired from ASB Bank in 2011 due to her condition worsening and is looking forward to doing some voluntary work in the community.

She has two adult children, Matt (28) and Jenny (26).

Graham Wear

Graham Wear

Graham has been involved with the Governance of the Society since 2000.

He is formerly an Executive Director of the Auckland District Law Society and is now a writer.

He and his wife Judy (a Life Member) are very grateful for the support they received from the North Shore Society in caring for their son Steven, who battled with Multiple Sclerosis for eight years.

Robert Irving

Robert Irving

Robert is Founder and Engineering Manager of Rex Bionics the company who designed the world’s first hands-free, self-supporting, independently controlled robotic walking device, or in other words robotic legs.

The business came about when Robert was first diagnosed with MS ten years ago. He was explaining to a good friend that he had been diagnosed with MS and he suggested they build robotic legs. Now the company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and has helped over 100 people walk again.

The company won the IPENZ Award for engineering innovation in 2013 and Robert was North and South magazine’s New Zealander of the year (science and technology) in 2011.

Robert is no stranger to Multiple Sclerosis as his mother has had it for over 35 years.

Michael Cole

Michael Cole

Michael has been involved in the governance of the Society since 2007.

He is a retired lawyer and was a partner in a leading NZ law firm for almost 40 years before retiring from the firm to join the independent bar.

He first became involved with the Society many years ago when he was asked to act in a legal matter on its behalf.

He has a special interest in medico-legal matters and is long-standing member of the Auckland Medico-Legal Society.

Joan Thomson

Joan Thomson

Joan’s involvement with Multiple Sclerosis Auckland began several years ago after her late husband, Bruce was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and they turned to the Society for guidance and support.

She has been a Committee Member since 2001 and enjoys her involvement with the range of interesting people and projects that it brings.

Joan finds herself in the office quite often, especially when it is mail-out time or visiting our Members in Rest Homes.

Maureen Wood

Maureen Wood

Maureen is a retired Pharmacist with a passion for research into central nervous system diseases.
Before MS she owned and operated two pharmacies, raised four successful children and served on a number of community organisations. Now she just luxuriates and rejuvenates with 11 grandies.
She will always work towards the ‘Cause and Cure of MS ‘believing that the research needs a wider focus to succeed.
Maureen’s husband, Peter is the Treasurer of the Board.

Carolin Perkins

Carolin Perkins

Carolin has 3 close family members with MS - her mother, brother and aunt (on her father's side). She has also been a full time carer for her son, diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 8. Carolin qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1981, working in Rotorua, Tauranga and briefly in London. She has always volunteered with different organisations, offering help in a multitude of ways such as: school reading programmes and PTA equivalents; the Redwood City Police Charity League in California; Charity shop assistant for the Singapore Council of Women's Organisation; the Lindenwood Homeowner's Association, Colorado; and the Dairy Flat Tennis Club. 

Carolin began volunteering regularly in the MS Auckland office in February 2015. She became a part-time employee in the office from September through to February 2016. She continues to volunteer in the office one day a week. Carolin is also one of the main organisers on the 'Life Buoy for MS' fundraising committee. 

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