Trustees

Sir William Gallagher KNZM, MBE. HonD - Patron

Sir William is renowned as a motivational, pragmatic and hands-on businessman in and outside of New Zealand and has a reputation both as a dynamic leader and one of NZ’s most astute businessmen.

Still very involved in the daily operation, he maintains regular contact with customers in the 130 countries in which Gallagher products are sold spending up to 150 days a year on the road representing the company and its philosophies and emphasising the ethics and integrity of his professional and personal dealings.

His achievements have been officially recognised by a string of awards, the latest to mark his commitment to enterprise and leadership skills being his Knighthood in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List. He was also the 1996 winner of the prestigious Excellence in Communication Leadership award, the first time in its history that it had been awarded outside of North America. He also received an MBE in 1987 followed by a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit  (CNZM) in 1998.

Tim Preston - Independent Chairman

Tim Preston is currently a professional director and former stock broker who has held senior and executive roles at several large New Zealand investment firms and brokerages.

He has over 35 years’ experience as an analyst, advisor, sharebroker and director. Tim was a Foundation NZX Broker, a founding member of NZX Discipline, a founding member of the Securities Industry Association (SIA), is a Certified Finance and Investment Professional (CFIP) and is a director of a number of private and public New Zealand companies. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, was a founding participant in Auckland University’s Hilary Leadership Course and is a principal in the capital markets advisory firm, CM Partners.

Tim was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2007.

Neil Woodhams - Trustee

Neil is an independent health management consultant who has had an extensive career in health management as a senior manager or consultant to government, DHBs, primary care and community providers.

Neil is Vice president of MS New Zealand, President of Multiple Sclerosis Auckland and North Shore and a trustee of the MS Auckland Region Trust.

Neil’s wife was diagnosed with MS in 1994. One of his four sons was also diagnosed in 2010.

Neil strongly believes in the objectives of the NZ Multiple Sclerosis Research Trust and has advocated for the establishment of the trust for over 10 years

Malcolm Rickerby - Trustee

Malcolm is President of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand and President of the Multiple Sclerosis & Parkinson’s Society of Canterbury. He is respected for his governance and support for staff in the drive to deliver the best medical outcomes and support for people with Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s as well as keeping them in their communities.

He is a Rotarian and in the forefront of delivering a programme to primary schools to reduce obesity and diabetics in children, called Healthy Heroes, in the 9970 District.

Malcolm has been Chairperson of a High School Board of Governors, secretary, treasurer of a local primary school committee, coached women’s cricket and was a member of Canterbury Women’s Cricket Council. He has also served as a vestryman and vicars warden in the Anglican Christchurch Diocese.

Peter Wood - Trustee

Peter is a respected and trusted advisor to many business people.

He is a Justice of the Peace and a director and trustee of numerous companies and organisations. Trusts he serves on include the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Auckland and the North Shore Inc. and the MS Auckland Region Trust as well as the Bay of Plenty Education Trust and Summerhill A1 Academy – both of which are geared at making a difference in the lives of young people. He has also served his community through involvement with both Lions and Rotary clubs.

Peter is a member of both Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and Governance New Zealand and is a Fellow of the NZ Trustees’ Association.

Doug Haines - Independent Trustee

Doug grew up in the sunny Hawke’s Bay, and obtained his commerce degree at Victoria University. He was a manager at KPMG before he joined BDO in Wellington and became a Partner in 2005. In terms of governance, Doug is a Director of BDO’s National Management Board, Chairman of our National Standards Committee (which oversees the technical compliance and quality controls of BDO’s NZ network), sits on his local partnership’s Executive, and is an advisory group member or trustee for a number of his clients. He is an experienced NZICA and One-Stop Shop presenter and has authored numerous opinions which have been published in the likes of the NBR.

DR Brian Linehan – Independent Trustee

Dr Brian Linehan is a retired pathologist who was previously Managing Director of Medlab Hamilton. He is currently Chairman of the Tranmere group of investment companies and a Director of a number of other private companies. In 2014, he retired after 12 years on the Council of the University of Waikato where he was Pro-Chancellor. He is a past Chairman of the New Zealand Medical Association, past Chairman of NZMA Ethics Committee, past President and Chairman of CMAAO (Combined Medical Associations of Asia and Oceania) and past Chairman of IANZ (International Accreditation NZ).

Brian was diagnosed with MS in 2007 but is still active and mobile.

Aleida White - Independent Trustee

Aleida is an experienced investor relations professional who returned to New Zealand in late 2013 following 11 years in London and Sydney. She is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce degrees. Aleida has a young family with two boys aged 3 and 5 and is passionate about making a real difference for people living with MS in New Zealand.

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