The Board

Meet the Auckland Northland Board


CKinser photo smallCandace Kinser (Chair)

Candace Kinser is an accomplished executive, business advisor and company director with expertise in technology strategy, data analytics, international business development and capital markets. She is currently on the boards of WEL Networks, Eastland Group and Livestock Improvement Corporation, and the Chair of family owned business, the Superb Herb Company.  

 Candace has had over 15 years of experience in governance on a range of not for profits, NZX listed companies and government agencies, and was the CEO of successful start-up software company, Biomatters which grew to become a leading global company in genetics research software. As the CEO of NZTech, Candace launched NZTechWeek and Women in Tech. 

 She has undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Political Science from the University of Hawaii, a Masters in Management from Massey University and an MBA in BioPharma from Rutgers University in New Jersey, a diploma in Cyber Policy from MIT and studied at the Rock School of Governance at Stanford University in 2019. Candace is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and a Member of the Australian Institute of Corporate Directors. 

JulianGrennell B3Julian Grennell (Deputy Chair)

Julian is a professional economist and management consultant with 20 years' financial management and advisory experience in the management consulting, health, energy, telecoms, infrastructure and financial services sectors. His roles have included time with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Brookfield Asset Management. He is currently a senior executive with an ASX-listed finance technology company. Julian is a Member of Cancer Trials New Zealand's Advisory Group (University of Auckland), and is a trustee of the Davis Carr Cancer Society Endowment Trust.


Mary CarthewMary Carthew

Currently the Chairperson of the Northland Cancer Society Regional Committee, Mary has been a committee member and volunteer for the society in Northland for the past sixteen years. A registered nurse working in primary health care, Mary has held health and nursing leadership roles throughout Northland. As the Nurse Director she was a foundation member of the Manaia Health Primary Health Organisation. Mary has a Master of Health Science. She recently trained as a tutor in adult literacy and numeracy, and is an ESOL home tutor, teaching English as a second language.

Peter Browett 2010 40Professor Peter Browett


Peter is a Consultant Haematologist at Auckland City Hospital and Professor of Pathology and Chair of the Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland.  He is involved in co-operative group clinical studies and leads a research group.  Since 2000 he has served as Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Cancer Society Auckland Board.

Ziena Jalil 5Ziena Jalil

Ziena Jalil is a business and public sector leader with nearly 20 years working in New Zealand and Asia. A Consulting Partner for public affairs firm SenateSHJ, she also runs her own consultancy focused on international marketing and business development, and diversity and inclusion.

Prior to joining Senate SHJ, Ziena spent 10 years in Asia, in the roles of Regional Director — South and South East Asia for Education New Zealand, as New Zealand Trade Commissioner to Singapore, and as Head of North Asia Marketing and Communications for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

She has received several international awards for her work promoting New Zealand trade, investment and education in Asia. More recently, she was a finalist in the global category of the New Zealand Women of Influence awards.

Ziena is an advisory board member of New Zealand Asian Leaders, and newly appointed Board member of ATEED. She is member of Global Women; the New Zealand Institute of Directors; and Asia 21; and an established member of Superdiverse Women.  

Dr Ben LawrenceDr Ben Lawrence

Dr Lawrence specialises in caring for patients with gastro-intestinal cancers. He also has a special interest in caring for patients with cancers in the pancreas and biliary system, neuroendocrine tumours, cancer molecular profiling and cancer genomics.

Ben graduated from the University of Otago with a BSc with first class honours and an MSc with Distinction. He then completed his medical degree at the University of Auckland in 2003 and registered as a specialist in 2011.

He has been recognised with several prizes and scholarships. In 2008 he was awarded the Gavin and Ann Kellaway Medical Research Fellowship to support his time as a Drug Development Scholar at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Scottsdale Arizona, USA. In 2009 he was awarded the Murray Jackson Clinical Fellowship and completed his two-year Research Fellowship at Yale University in Connecticut, USA.

Ben returned to Auckland in 2012 to work as a medical oncologist at Auckland Hospital and also to take up a position as senior clinical research Fellow at the University of Auckland.

The CSAN Board would also like to highlight that Tame Hauraki, a mana whenua nominee, is going to be co-opted to the board as Tikanga advisor and Kaumatua to assist the board in progressing its equity work.

Ken Lotu IigaKen Lotu-Iiga

Ken is a barrister and solicitor with a long career in the construction business. A product of the of Fletcher Building Leadership programme he held multiple roles within that company. He is now General Manger of Decimal Construction NZ. He is an experienced director. Currently on the board of Auckland Grammar School. Formerly on the board of North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery Alliance (Kaikoura rebuild) and a former chair of the Counties Manukau Rugby League Zone.

Jason GurneyDr Jason Gurney

Dr Jason Gurney is an epidemiologist, Māori health researcher and Director of the Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) Research Group (UoO). He has led and co-led multiple projects with a health inequities focus (including cancer-focussed projects).

 He currently holds an HRC Māori Health Research Emerging Leader Fellowship (entitled ‘Improving the quality and quantity of life for Māori with cancer’), leads an HRC project examining ethnic inequities in post-operative mortality (HRC 18/037) and is a board member of Hei Āhuru Mōwai (National Māori Cancer Leadership Group).  

Sally HughesSally Hughes

Sally is Acting Manager of the Health Improvement Team at Auckland Regional Public Health Service. She has been involved in public health for over 30 years. In that time she has worked in government, non-government organisations and as a health sector consultant.  These wide-ranging roles and contracts have exposed her to most of the issues vital to the health of populations. This broad experience has given Sally an appreciation of what makes the health sector tick and how to achieve gains for public health. She joined the Auckland Regional Public Health Service in late 2016 after 5 years at the Heart Foundation. Prior to that Sally had been 10 years at the Ministry of Health in a variety of public health roles.


Tame Hauraki

Tame is currently Kaumatua for the Waitemata and Auckland DHBs, he is co-opt onto the CSAN board, he is currently a nominee of Ngati Whatua. Tame will assist in the implementation of our equity plan and in the development of a true partnership with mana whenua. Tame’s iwi affiliations Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whanaunga.


The Northland Regional Committee


The NRC are a group of volunteers representing the wider Northland community. Their role is to be the conduit of information between their communities and the Cancer Society.

The work of the Northland Regional Committee is made possible through the skills of committed individuals, all with highly relevant health, commercial or financial expertise.

Lee Iwashita, Marie Berghan, Mary Carthew, Leigh Masefield, Ada Brown, Denise Lemmen, Merle Newlove and Jenni Moore.