The Board

Meet the Auckland Northland Board


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Jonathan (Ngata mutunga, Ngati tama) is a Hepatobiliary Surgeon working at Auckland City Hospital with an interest in primary and secondary cancers of the bile duct. He graduated from Auckland Medical School in 1989 and worked in Auckland, Hamilton and the Hawkes Bay before undertaking post graduate training at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre.  Jonathan joined the Cancer Society Auckland’s Board in 2001 and is a member of the Finance Advisory and Medical Advisory Committees.

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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.

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.

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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, Brookfield Asset Management and Vector. He is currently Head of Commercial and a shareholder with PartPay Limited.
He is a Member of Cancer Trials New Zealand's Advisory Group (University of Auckland).

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.  

C Kinser bio photoCandace Kinser

An accomplished senior executive, business advisor and company director with expertise in technology strategy, data analytics, international business development, capital markets with a focus on high-growth business management. She is currently Head of Transformation for Jarden and a previous chief executive of the NZTech. She has a Masters in Management from Massey University and an MBA from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She holds a range of directorships including Auckland Regional Facilities board, WEL networks and UFF, EROAD, Talent International and the Livestock Improvement Corporation. She is a finalist in the Women of Influence awards in 2016 and again this year.

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.

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Andrew works as a Radiation Oncologist at Auckland City Hospital where his two areas of practice are head & neck cancers and lymphomas. His research interests have mainly focused on working with the Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology (TROG) clinical trials group where he has lead or been involved in several clinical trials as well as serving on the TROG board and scientific committee. Andrew joined the Cancer Society Auckland Board in 2016 and serves on the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre Joint Management Board.

Bruce MacdonaldBruce McDonald

MA(hons), Dip SocWk, LLB, DPH 

Bruce has qualifications and work experience in law, public health and social work. After practising as a commercial lawyer, he moved into health funding and planning, and managed the Ministry of Health's Public Health team in the Northern Region and has held the position of Treasurer for the Auckland Branch of the Public Health Association of NZ.  He is currently a consultant, working mainly in the health sector. Bruce joined Cancer Society Auckland Board in 2013.


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.