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 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 and Wairarapa DHBs 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.
Mrs Charmaine Rees
Business Consultant, Wellington
I am a business consultant and project manager with 14 years of experience. Prior to joining The Prime Property Group, as their Finance Manager, I have managed and directed a few New Zealand companies, and genuinely understand the challenges faced by small - medium sized business owners in Wellington. Using my experience, I have helped businesses undertake system and process changes to deliver real benefits. I specialise in process development and design, and have managed project teams to deliver results for its stakeholders.
Mrs Belinda Brown
Office Manager, Auckland
Belinda is an Office Manager, wife and mum of one child. She lives on a lifestyle block in Auckland with her pet ducks and chickens along with many other animals. She has been diagnosed with Crohns since 2002. This has resulted in two bowel resections to date. She became involved with CCNZ after raising funds through Round the Bays for the first Camp Purple Live. She went on to volunteer at the camp, which was a huge success. 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 Malcom Arnold
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 Littleton in January 2019.