Trustees and Gutsy Heroes

Ron Whitnall (Patron)

whitnallRon Whitnall, a family man and now with 4 grandchildren was born on the West Coast (Reefton) but raised in Canterbury spent 30 plus years in the Oil industry. He is currently developing a residential subdivision in Church Bay, Banks Peninsula. A Trustee since 1993, Ron served as chairman from 2002 to 2004.  

Derrick Abbott (Chairman)

abbottDerrick Abbott brings to the Bowel and Liver Trust all his 35 years of business and corporate experience. Since leaving College Derrick has worked in the insurance and financial management industry. He brings pragmatism and business acumen combined with a passion for working cooperatively with others to improve the outlook of others. The Abbott Group is one of the most progressive businesses in its sector; it is these skills that Derrick brings to the Trust table.

Dr Andrew Day 

   day   Associate Professor Andrew Day is a Paediatric gastroenterologist based at the University of Otago (Christchurch) and Christchurch Hospital. Andrew has focused interests in problems affecting the bowel and liver, particularly in infants, children and adolescents. His special research activities in the areas of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Coeliac disease are recognised regionally and internationally. Andrew has returned home to New Zealand after many years overseas, and is working to improve the gastrointestinal health of children in Canterbury and New Zealand.

Dr Richard Gearry

grearryRichard is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch and Consultant Gastroenterologist in the Department of Gastroenterology, Christchurch Hospital. He completed his Medical Degree in 1995 and Specialist training in Gastroenterology in 2004. He undertook a PhD in inflammatory bowel diseases in Christchurch between 2003 and 2005 before spending time undertaking further Fellowships in Melbourne and London. He is also a Trustee of Crohn’s and Colitis New Zealand and Medical Director of the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation. Richard is passionate about optimising gastrointestinal health through research and improvements in expertise and equipment for people in Canterbury. He regularly speaks to patient and public groups on gastrointestinal health and is a proud Trustee of the Bowel and Liver Trust.

Edward Mactier Ferguson

fergusonMac has a long history of community service. Firstly as Chair of Pitcairn Crescent Kindergarten followed by Waimairi P T A. During this time he was also involved in the Jaycee movement which saw many local and national projects completed. One of his highlights would have been the 1974 Commonwealth Games where he headed the group responsible for reception and recreation in the Games Village. His Jaycee involvement resulted in being awarded a Life Membership of the International movement. His membership of the Christchurch Football Club renewed his friendship with Tom George and his subsequent involvement meant he served in all facets of the Clubs structure from Junior Boys’ division to managing many teams and many years as Vice President. At present he is a Trustee of the Clubs Foundation Fund. Mac is married with 3 Children and 11 Grandchildren.

Valerie Elder

elderMs Valerie Elder, Secretary to the Bowel & Liver Trust, Canterbury. Valerie was appointed Secretary to the Trust in 1993 (whilst working as a Medical Secretary in the Gastroenterology Department at Christchurch Hospital). Having had a career spanning 30 years in the health system at Christchurch Hospital, Valerie is passionate about promoting research and education of Gastroenterological disorders.

Tiny Hill

hillCantabrian Tiny Hill, has built his life around rugby, putting together a portfolio most could only dream of. He has done everything from playing for the All Blacks to being a national selector, from being president of the Cantabrians Club to helping start up the Rolleston Rugby Club. Tiny Hill, a career soldier with the New Zealand Army for more than 30 years, went on to coach Canterbury rugby for five years, and was an All Blacks selector from 1981 to 1986. He was also made a life member of the Canterbury Rugby Union. The Tiny Hill coaching week is a regular event, each season the Cantabrian Rugby Football Club, with assistance from the CRFU Coaching Development staff and Club Coaches, conduct coaching clinics for our young players. These clinics started back in the 1960s, are a testament to the status that the local sporting community hold Tiny in.

Chris Smith (Treasurer)

Leech&Partners-chch-dmp011Chris is a Director of Leech & Partners Limited, Chartered Accountants based in both Christchurch & Ashburton. He completed his degree at the University of Canterbury and in 1997 began his career in the Big 4 firm environment in Auckland, before moving home to Christchurch to continue his career. Over the years Chris has gained a wealth of accounting and business experience in both the commercial and agribusiness sectors and is passionate in ensuring the success of his clients, staff and family. He brings this level of commitment, from a financial advisory perspective to the Trust and gains much satisfaction in seeing positive outcomes in the context of Trust’s vision and goals.”

Toby Giles (Honorary Solicitor)

tobyToby is a partner of Saunders & Co Lawyers in Christchurch, practising in the areas of commercial and corporate law, property development, and technology. Toby completed his legal education at Canterbury University before joining Saunders & Co in 2002.
Toby is also a current director on the board of the Christchurch Football Club, delegate to the Canterbury Rugby Football Union, and acts as honorary solicitor for the Bowel & Liver Trust, Christchurch Football Club and Waimairi Tennis Club. Toby has formerly been a senior rugby player, and currently enjoys golf, skiing, tennis and mountain biking in his spare time, as well as travelling with the band he manages! Toby’s attitude to his professional and personal life is to be as commercial and pragmatic as possible, having due regard to all the fine print, in order to be a facilitator of progress rather than being a legal hindrance. It is this skill with which he trusts he can contribute to and benefit the Bowel & Liver Trust as their honorary solicitor.

Prof Catherine Stedman

Prof Catherine Stedman 01 Catherine is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Otago, Christchurch, and Consultant Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist in the Gastroenterology Department, Christchurch Hospital. She studied medicine at the University of Otago and completed FRACP specialist training in both gastroenterology/hepatology and clinical pharmacology in Christchurch and Sydney. She undertook PhD studies at the University of Sydney and a clinical fellowship at Westmead Hospital, and completed research at the Salk Institute (California). Catherine is actively involved in liver and hepatitis research and is a member of New Zealand Hepatitis and Medical Council Advisory Panels. She is passionate about providing excellence in all aspects of patient care and improving New Zealander’s gastrointestinal health through research.

 

Steve Whitnall 

Steve grew up in the Hawkes Bay, moving to Christchurch, where he has remained, to attend university. Steve has worked in the Medical Device industry for the past 24 years both in New Zealand and Australia and has a thorough understanding of the commercial healthcare environment. Steve is married with two teenage children and spends most of his ‘down time’ on the sideline at various football fields.

 

General Manager – Margaret Fitzgerald

Marg

  Margaret works part time for the Trust and in her spare time works as a Business Consultant for The Business Factory. She would tell you that her previous CE Roles both Internationally and here in New Zealand never prepared her for what a difficult job it is to raise money for research into New Zealand’s biggest Health issue – Gut Disease! On top of that it’s so hard to get people to talk about Gut issues and that’s one of the reasons why so many of us are dying.
Margaret is passionate bout spreading the word about Gut health and supporting our clinicians and researchers to find solutions to these diseases.

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