Mr Brian Poole QSM

Brian is the founding past chair of Crohn's and Colitis New Zealand. Brian has extensive relationships with other Crohn's and colitis organisations internationally and represents the organisation's interests at government and ministry level. He has overseen significant improvements in access to a range of medications, improved communications with medical professionals from gastroenterologists to dieticians and psychologists, and has directed the development of a network of support groups throughout the country to reduce isolation and improve awareness of these devastating diseases.

Brian was diagnosed with IBD as a young man and has seen many changes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of IBD. He has always passionately believed that the disease has long lasting effects on people, quite apart from the day-to-day aspects of physically coping with a chronic illness. It is the isolation that these diseases cause and the effects on education and people's ability to work that have always inspired Brian's efforts to gain recognition.

It is these things that initially motivated Brian to set up the Crohn's and Colitis Wellington support group and the national organisation, Crohn's and Colitis New Zealand in 2010.

Brian has been supported through his endeavours by his wife Janet, his son and his three grandchildren.

Brian Poole, was recognised in the 2013 Queen's Birthday honours for services to health and the community. Brian has a life-long commitment of service, through his church and Rotary. And it is his endeavours to improve awareness and recognition of Crohn's and colitis (IBD) in New Zealand that the organisation is most grateful. 

Dr Richard Stein
Gastroenterologist, Hutt Valley DHB

Richard is a gastroenterologist from the States, who moved to NZ in 2007. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Illinois and did his GI training at Emory University in Atlanta. In the States he was in private practice, but also on the faculty of the University of Washington School of Medicine. He currently is a GI consultant at Hutt Valley, works three days per month as a visiting consultant at Kaitaia Hospital in Northlands and has a strong interest in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. When he lived in the States, he was a trustee and past President of the NW Chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. He helped organise one of the first camps for children with IBD in the States and his dream was to be involved in creating a camp here in NZ. He became a Kiwi in 2012. He has a wife and three daughters, two of whom also live in NZ.



Charmaine Rees
Business Consultant, Wellington

Charmaine is a Business and Commercial Advisor, with an interest in business strategy, stakeholder management, project management and business process and redesign.  Charmaine has a passion for problem / issue resolution, and consistently seek for business improvement. 
Charmaine has a very keen interest in being part of this Board, which makes such a material difference to the lives of people who suffer from IBD. Charmaine is particularly proud of the work of Camp Purple Live, which has a massive impact on these young lives, while they form lifelong relationships with others who also have this condition.

Mrs Belinda Brown
Office Manager, Auckland

Belinda is an Office Manager, wife and mum of one child.  She lives on a lifestyle block in West Auckland. She has been diagnosed with Crohns since 2002. 

She became involved with CCNZ after raising funds through Round the Bays in 2014 for the first Camp Purple Live in 2015. She went on to volunteer at the camp, and camp has now become an important part of her life.  She volunteers for the Committee of Camp Purple Live and is well known as Camp Mum by the kids and volunteers at camp. 

Her interests include scrapbooking, patchworking, cars, photography, inspiring other’s with IBD and living life to the fullest!



Miss Dana Smith
Registered Nurse, Wellington

Dana is a newly graduated RN originally from Otago. She has moved to Wellington earlier this year to start her nursing career with hopes of becoming an IBD nurse in the future. Being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2009 introduced her to the medical field and sparked a career in nursing. 

Dana has volunteered at the last two camps and is excited to be more involved with CCNZ and focus on what we as an organisation can offer youth in New Zealand with IBD.



Dr Malcolm Arnold
Doctor, Hawkes Bay

Malcolm Arnold is a Scotsman, born in Falkirk in 1961, who graduated MB ChB from Glasgow University in 1984. Trained in General Medicine and Gastroenterology in Portsmouth, Southampton and Manchester, then saw the light and moved to Hawera NZ in 1994, then to Hawkes Bay in 2000. He is passionate about gastroenterology, particularly endoscopy, and quality in that field. He is HOD in gastro in Hawkes Bay Fallen Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Hastings; Clinical Lead for the National Endoscopy Quality Improvement Programme (NEQIP); and a member of the board of Crohn's & Colitis New Zealand. He is president elect of the NZ Society of Gastroenterology and proud father of Kristina and Scott and has recently become grandfather of the beautiful Luca Kotare Harris. He rides (and occasionally spectacularly crashes) motorcycles, and relishes Hawkes Bay reds. He has volunteered as medic and photographer at three previous Camp Purples, and will be there again in Lyttelton in January 2019.



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