The Board

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.

Meet the Auckland Board



Associate Professor Jonathan Koea (President)

Jonathan (Ngāta mutunga, Ngāti 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 the New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre.

Professor 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.

Professor Michael Findlay

Michael is Chair of Oncology in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland and a visiting Medical Oncologist at Auckland City Hospital. He is well published and serves on the Board and Scientific Advisory Committee of the Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group. Michael is currently the Director of Cancer Trials New Zealand.

Mr Brian Hannan
MSc(Hons) PhD

Brian is a graduate of the University of Auckland with a Doctorate in Organic Chemistry and a range of Business study programs. He has also completed Business studies at Stanford and Harvard Universities. His career has included a Junior Lectureship at the University of Auckland in Organic Chemistry assigned to the Medical School, various strategic planning and management positions with Fletcher Challenge, a global operations management position with DOW Chemical in the USA, owning a manufacturing business in Auckland and being CEO of a public Investment Company. A role as a Managing Director with Fletcher Challenge Energy led to the reverse takeover of the NASDAQ global chemical company METHANEX with Brian becoming Deputy Chairman and CEO based in Canada. Recently he was the Sir John Logan Campbell Fellow at University of Auckland Business School and Founding Chairman of the Entrepreneurs Challenge. Brian is a Director of the Society and a member of the Joint Management Board and Finance Committee. 

Dr Andrew Macann

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. 

Mr Bruce Macdonald
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.

Mr Paul B Shanahan

Former Creative Director, partner and CEO of a number of advertising agencies, Paul has been responsible for creating widely recognised and award winning advertising campaigns throughout his 40 year career. Currently Paul is the Australasian Marketing Manager for LA-Z-BOY Furniture. Paul was invited to join Cancer Society Auckland’s Board in 2011 to provide communication and publicity guidance.

Mrs Leah Watson

Leah is a Chartered Accountant and practices as a financial planner and investment adviser. She has been Chairwoman of the Kerikeri Fitness Centre, a trustee of the Kerikeri Sport & Recreation Trust, treasurer on the National Board of Zonta International, a foundation trustee of the Zonta National Trust, and a director of The Centre at Kerikeri. She was awarded the QSM for community services in 2006.

Mr John Whittaker

John practices as a Gynaecological Oncologist and also works at the Women's Cancer Centre of NZ at Ascot Hospital where he has been actively involved in the clinical pathological review of gynaecological cancers for some years. A member of the Cancer Society Auckland Board since 2000, he serves on the Medical Advisory Committee.