Our People

Our People


CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Peter Dickens
Phone: 027 444 5779
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TREASURER
Trish Wright
Phone: 021 110 9103
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PRESIDENT
Mark von Dadelszen
Phone: 06 877 8174
Mobile: 0274 52 3530
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BOARD SECRETARY
Danny Bedingfield
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Chris Jones
Phone: 03 342 6173
Mobile: 027 435 4523
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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.”

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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.

Philip Mladenov

Philip is a member of the Nelson Prostate Cancer Support Group and believes that prostate cancer is a greatly underserved health problem in New Zealand. He is committed to ensuring that all New Zealand men will have equitable access to world-class advice, support, screening, and treatment for prostate cancer.  Philip has a PhD in biology and over 25 years of university experience including as a full Professor and Head of Department. He has carried out research and teaching in biology, marine and environmental science, climate change, sustainable energy, and agricultural nutrient management.

Philip has served as Chief Executive of the Fertiliser Association of New Zealand representing the industry nationally and internationally and managing its industry good research programme. He has also served in senior roles at the University of Otago, Contact Energy, Meridian Energy, and in the Office of the Prime Minister.  He is currently a Ministerial appointee to the decision-making Committee of the New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority.  Philip has extensive governance experience involving public, private, and charitable organisations and considerable experience in grant writing and fundraising.  He is the author of several popular science books and has a broad range of personal interests including SCUBA diving, snorkelling, cycling, paddle boarding, and boating.

Jenny Corban

While Jenny’s job as Urology Oncology Coordinator at Taranaki District Health Board involves supporting people with all urology cancers, her passion lies in the support and education of men with prostate cancer. She has a particular interest in supporting men through the continuum of diagnosis, treatment, decision making and survivorship, to ‘take control’ of their cancer and health with self-management tools such as nutrition, exercise and mental health strategies along with conventional medicines / surgeries. A regular supporter and friend of the PCFNZ support group in Taranaki, ‘Men Can Talk’, Jenny was instrumental in the creation of an exercise group for men with prostate cancer, the inspiration behind Prost-FIT.

A registered nurse for over 30 years working at both Taranaki and Fremantle hospitals (Australia), Jenny completed her post-graduate diploma in specialty nursing (specialising in cancer nursing) and has just commenced her Masters Degree in nursing. Outside of work and study Jenny lives an active life, full of photography, trail running and mountain biking, and two adorable grand children.

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

Dr Jim Duthie
Urologist
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