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.




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 was involved in the organising of the first Camp Purple Live, which was held in Auckland 2015.  He also oversaw the funding and preparation of the report "Reducing the Growing Burden of IBD in New Zealand", which was launched in parliament in November 2017.

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. 

Mrs Charmaine Rees
Business Consultant, Treasurer, Wellington

Charmaine is a business consultant and project manager with 14 years of experience.  Prior to joining The Prime Property Group, as their Finance Manager, Charmaine managed and directed a few New Zealand companies, and genuinely understands the challenges faced by small - medium sized business owners in Wellington.

Using her experience, Charmaine has helped businesses undertake system and process changes to deliver real benefits.  Charmaine specialises in process develop and design, and has managed project teams to deliver results for its stakeholders.

Charmaine specialises in project management, change programs and business process and design.

Her areas of interest are in business transformation, IT and the financial sector.  She also has a Masters degree in Information Systems.


Miss Dana Smith
Registered Nurse, Otago

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 of the NZ Society of Gastroenterology and proud father of Kristina and Scott and has recently become a grandfather of the beautiful Luca Kotare Harris.  He rides (and occasionally spectacularly crashes) motorcycles, and relishes Hawkes Bay reds.  He has volunteered as a medic and photographer at four previous Camp Purples, and will be there again in the Kapiti Coast in January 2020.



Professor Andrew Day,
Professor in academic Paediatric Gastroenterology, Christchurch

Professor Andrew Day is an academic Paediatric Gastroenterologist based in Christchurch.  After a period of training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, Dr Day took up a position at Sydney Children's Hospital, Sydney, Australia.  He returned to NZ in 2009 to take up an academic appointment with the University of Otago, Christchurch.  Andrew has a busy clinical role in Christchurch, and also provides outreach Paediatric Gastroenterology services around the rest of the South Island.  He has strong clinical and research interests focussing upon IBD in children and adolescents, with numerous publications and many ongoing research endeavours.  Andrew's ongoing research activities are strongly supported by Cure Kids.  In addition, Andrew chairs the committee tasked with organisation of Camp Purple Live, New Zealand's annual camp for children and adolescents with IBD. 



Hettie Arends,
Teacher, Canterbury

Hettie was born in the Netherlands and educated at Middleton Grange School, Christchurch and Massey University. She has a background in administration and market research.  Hettie works as a speech and drama teacher, with over 30 years’ experience in this field.  She has been involved in volunteer work of some sort since she was around 16 years old. In 2007 she was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and has had several surgeries and prolonged hospital stays.  In 2017 she became involved with Crohn’s Colitis NZ by taking on the co-ordinator’s role for the Canterbury Support Group. She has three adult children and one grandson.  She lives in Christchurch with her husband and their two small dogs.



Anna Scanlen,
Research and evaluation consultant, Wellington

Anna was born in Auckland, grew up in the Waikato region, studied at the University of Waikato in Hamilton and has lived and worked in Wellington since 2014. She was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2008 while beginning her Master’s research in Community Psychology, and subsequently completed her postgraduate diploma in the field in 2013. Anna had attended Crohn's and Colitis Support Group events in Hamilton and Auckland before moving to Wellington, where she put her hand up to be the coordinator for the Wellington Support Group in 2015. Since then, she has enjoyed her voluntary work for the Wellington support group and for CCNZ in a variety of ways, including meeting new people, contributing to projects, and organising events as well as working with CCNZ to further their support strategy. In her spare time, Anna enjoys reading, live music, and walking in nature.










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