Our People

Our People

Phone: 0800 477 678
Email the CEO

Trish Wright
Phone: 021 110 9103
Email the Treasurer

Mark von Dadelszen
Phone: 06 877 8174
Mobile: 0274 52 3530
Email the President

Danny Bedingfield
Email the Secretary

Chris Jones
Phone: 03 342 6173
Mobile: 027 435 4523
Email the Vice President

Prostate Cancer Foundation Board

The Prostate Cancer Foundation is very fortunate to have a broad range of skills from all our board members. Our board is elected from the members, by the members. If you think you could be of service to the Foundation, consider becoming a member today.

Mark von Dadelszen | President

Mark is a prostate cancer survivor and has been President of the Foundation since 2010.  He is passionate about spreading the prostate cancer awareness message and improving the advice and care prostate cancer patients receive (including reducing ethnic and social inequities).  Mark has been a member of the Ministry of Health Prostate Cancer Awareness and Quality Improvement Programme Working Group since late 2013. He is the senior partner of a Hastings legal firm, specialising in societies and charities law, and has extensive experience in not-for-profit governance, in 2012 receiving a Queen’s Service Medal “for services to the community.”


Chris Jones | Vice President

Since being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004, and treated 2005, Chris has been closely involved with the Christchurch Support Groups and the Board. He was elected Vice President in 2015, managed the 2006 and 2007 Movember campaigns for PCF, then the first Blue September campaign. Chris has also been involved in growing the Support Group network around New Zealand and developing national resources and training for volunteers. He holds Diplomas in Agriculture, Valuation and Farm Management, and Business Studies and prior to 1990 was a Registered Property Valuer and since 1985 is a Financial Advisor. He is a team player who thinks creatively, thinks outside the square, and is not afraid to address contentious issues. 

Trish Wright | Treasurer

Trish brings a ‘southern’ voice to the Board, having lived in Southland most of her life. Her husband Terry began attending support group meetings 15 years ago, and when women were welcomed around 5 years later, Trish relished the opportunity to attend, becoming the coordinator of the Invercargill Support Group nearly three years ago. She says it has been a steep learning curve listening to their members’ stories, and welcomes the opportunity to take that step up and continue to help the Foundation, and men living with the prognosis of prostate cancer. Trish has a background in accounting, banking and literacy, having both been a proof-reader and teacher of adult reading. She and Terry have been married for 43 years and they have two adult children living in Auckland and Melbourne.

Danny Bedingfield | Secretary

Danny was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 37, just nine months after his father lost his five year battle with advanced prostate cancer. He has been an advocate for younger men to get tested and has been part of multiple media campaigns during Blue September to try and raise awareness around the benefits of regular PSA testing. Danny is the support coordinator for the Porirua area and attends many events in the greater Wellington region. Danny is a digital native and very keen to help the Foundation move forward into the 21st century and utilise online tools to promote our message. Danny is a Regional Facilitator with Cyclone Computer Company Ltd, is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, Google Educator and Adobe Educator. He lives in Titahi Bay with his wife and daughter and occupies his downtime with snorkeling, kayaking and spending time with his family. Danny is also a keen photographer and videographer and loves combining his passion for travelling and the outdoors with filming and making movies.

johnJohn McFedries

Member of the Prostate Cancer Foundation  of New Zealand (preceded by PASS) since 1995 and on the Board since 2010 preceded by several years during the 2000s on the Executive of PASS. Member of the PCFNZ Membership Committee since 2010. Foundation member of the Central Christchurch Support Group. Active in promoting awareness of Prostate Cancer in the New Zealand community. Background in business and marketing in New Zealand and overseas for many years. Prostate.  Had a number of procedures over the  last 20 years now “waiting and watching”.


sueSue Osborne

Sue Osborne is a urology nurse practitioner with prescribing rights, working in Waitemata District Health Board in Auckland New Zealand. She completed her Masters with first class honours, graduating in April 2010. She is one of only two urology nurse practitioners in New Zealand and as such is a leader and role model within her specialty. Sue has a strong interest in prostate cancer, with much of her daily work related to providing care for men with metastatic prostate cancer. She has published on pain management for men with bone metastases, is the research nurse on several prostate cancer clinical trial protocols and is regularly called upon to teach on prostate cancer and related topics.

Photo on 19-03-16 at 11 31 AMKenneth James Cook

Kenneth James Cook, born in Invercargill the elder of twin boys, we all moved to Dunedin when I was three. I was educated in Dunedin , started work in the Post and Telegraph Workshops as a junior Mechanic [motor] studied for five years to qualify as and A grade motor engineer and after 14 years with the workshop resigned to purchase my first motor business.  I have been the managing director of three companies during my working life and sold the shares in the last company aged 75. Ken is happily married to Lyn , with five children, 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren , unfortunately most of the family live overseas so we don’t  see them as much as we would like, so  that has forced us to do a lot of overseas travel.



Gayle Hunt 

Gayle is from Rotorua and for the past four years has been the Coordinator for the Rotorua Support Group, along with her husband Phil who recently passed away. She strongly believes that at long last the medical fraternity and politicians are now realising the devastating impact the prostate cancer has on men and their families. Gayle believes she has a lot to offer the Prostate Cancer Foundation as a passionate advocate for men who have cancer but more importantly their carers who require just as much support, if not more!

She feels that more needs to be done in the area of patient advocacy and, for all urologists and oncologists to be on the same page in regards to what treatment should be given and by whom. “I have a real interest in research in to various new and innovative treatments that are happening overseas but are unavailable because of money,” she says. “Phil and I were involved in advocacy with a drug company to help win approval for a new medication that is now available to men who need it, free of charge.” Gayle’s other passion is the genetic influence of Prostate Cancer and she would like to see more research done in this area. Her formal education is a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning, and at present she is happily teaching a Year 6 class.

Terry Wright 

Terry is Co-Coordinator of the Foundation’s Invercargill (Southland) Support Group. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2002 and had a radical prostatectomy three months later – no further treatment necessary. Following recovery Terry was introduced to the support group and has attended ever since, becoming Co-Coordinator in a shared position with wife Trish. While mostly retired, he is still involved in the accounting / administration world and brings a wealth of experience, not just from the business world, but in his ability to empathise with, and support, members when required. Terry moved to New Zealand from Australia in 1973, settling in Invercargill where he and Trish raised their two children. He has many interests outside the Foundation including golf, motorbike riding with friends, reading, driving for Meals on Wheels and not suprisingly travel. Terry also cycles around 12 km on a daily basis (weather permitting).

Richard Kittelty

Richard brings extensive board experience, in managing difficult governance issues, in policy development and dealing with government officials and MPs. He was Chairperson of EBS Healthcare for three years, during which time he managed a process of change, overseeing the transformation of the company.

A retired Aucklander with extensive community connections, Richard has a MA (Hons) from Victoria University. He has worked for the Ministry of Education, Ministry Review Office, Victoria University, Auckland University and various Auckland schools. Richard also has Union senior level experience including vice president at and Council positions of VUW.

Erica Gow-Wigston

Erica is a member of our dedicated family of Prostate Cancer Support Group Coordinators. She has been running the Auckland East Support Group alongside her partner John, who was himself diagnosed with prostate cancer about eight years ago, since 2016, returning the support she and John have both received from group members and the Foundation over the years. Her working life is very varied and she brings to the Board the passion by which she lives her life. Erica’s motto – ‘Believe in yourself!’

Medical Advisory Committee

Dr Andrew Williams
One Six One
161 Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland
Phone: 09 623 061
Email: reception@161.co.nz

Dr Jim Duthie
Bay Urology
120 Hanilton St, Tauranga
Phone: 07 571 2288
Email: jbduthie@gmail.com

Dr Peter Fong
Medical Oncologist
Auckland District Health Board
Email: PFong@adhb.govt.nz

Dr Leanne Tyrie
Radiation Oncologist
Kathleen Kilgour Centre, Tauranga
Phone: 07 929 7995
Email: leanne.tyrie@kathleenkilgourcentre.co.nz

Medical Research Committee

Professor Brett Delahunt
Professor of Pathology and Molecular Medicine
Wellington School of Medicine
Phone: 04 385 5575
Email: brett.delahunt@otago.ac.nz

Professor Graham Le Gros
Director of Research, Allergic and Parasitic Diseases
Malaghan Institute
Phone: 04 499 6914 ext 822
Email: glegros@malagham.org.nz

Professor Mark McKeage
Assoc Professor in Clinical Pharmacology
University of Auckland
Phone: 09 923 7322
Email: m.mckeage@auckland.ac.nz