CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Phone: 0800 477 678
Mobile: 021 242 8072
Phone: 027 279 8049
Mark von Dadelszen
Phone: 06 877 8174
Mobile: 0274 52 3530
Phone: 03 342 6173
Mobile: 027 435 4523
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 is a prostate cancer survivor, and has been President of the Foundation since 2010. Mark 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). Since late 2013, he has been a member of the Ministry of Health Prostate Cancer Awareness and Quality Improvement Programme Working Group. Mark 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 he received a Queen’s Service Medal “for services to the community.”
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. Chris managed the 2006 and 2007 Movember campaigns for PCF ($3,000,000+ raised) and then managed the first Blue September campaign. He 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.
Dene has a background in the Banking and Finance sector with over 37 years’ rising to senior management positions. In 1996 Dene commenced studies Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa [TWoR] graduating in 1996 with a Diploma Māori Studies and with a Bachelor Mātauranga Māori in 1998. In 1999 he joined the staff of TWoR as a tutor in the Iwi and Hapu Studies department and continued in that role until 2005. Dene subsequently worked as a Business Manager for a private company that specialised in policy and research using mātauranga māori based principles.
In late 2010 Dene established a private consultancy operation, and is currently based in Hamilton where he is contracted to provide management services to Waikato-Tainui. Dene is currently Treasurer of both the Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ Inc. and Toi Tangata, and was previously a member of Hei Āhuru Mōwau National Māori Cancer Group.
Bill spent 20 years in advertising/sales promotion, studied Visual Arts and Design for 4 years and for 20 years was a lecturer in Visual Communications at EIT Hawke’s Bay. He also studied Adult Learning and Māori Culture with Massey University. He was a founding committee member of Lifeline Hawke’s Bay, a telephone counsellor for 5 years and also an Inter-Cultural facilitator for Internal Affairs. Bill had surgery for Prostate Cancer in 2009 and is currently clear. He was elected Secretary of PCFNZ in 2010. Bill’s goal is to do what he can to ease the Prostate Cancer experience for men and their families through the provision of information and personal support, and the improvement of services by the Ministry of Health.
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”.
Sue Osborne is a urology nurse practitioner with prescribing rights, working in Waitemata District Health Board in Auckland New Zealand. She completed her Masters degree 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.
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.
I am happily married to Lyn , we have 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.
Ron joined the board in 2012 and was re-elected in 2014, he is one of the Auckland resident board members. He is now retired from his career in consumer electronics where he held marketing and company management roles and also established his own electronic importing business. He has been married to Jan for 38 years and has two married sons living in London.
“My personal prostate cancer journey has covered most of the treatment areas, giving me an educated and experienced overview of the services and options available to PC sufferers, and assists my focus on the requirements of the foundations strategies and direction.”
Former Regional Director – North Asia for the New Zealand Government’s Economic Development agencies, NZTE and Investment New Zealand. Merv has an extensive international business career, the last 20 years based in Asia. He has an understanding of and empathy with Asian cultures and business practices.
Since relocating back to New Zealand in 2013, Merv is now semi-retired but active in managing his family Trust.
Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2013 Merv underwent a Radical Prostatectomy in October 2013 followed by intensive radiation therapy. He is clear of the cancer but still tolerates some side effects and complications following further related surgery. Merv is committed to encouraging men to have regular prostate checks and early treatment when necessary.
Merv is resident in Auckland but maintains a second home in Canterbury, South Island.
Danny was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 37, just 9 months after his father lost his five year battle with advanced prostate cancer. Danny has been an advocate for younger men to get tested and has been part of multiple media campaigns during Blue Septembers to try and raise awareness around the benefit of regular PSA testing.
Danny is also the support co-ordinator for the Porirua area and attends many events in the greater wellington region. Danny is also a member of the membership committee and is hoping to help boost the membership of the foundation. He is also a digital native and very keen to help PCF move forward into the 21st century and utilise online tools to promote our message.
Danny works as a training consultant at Thomson Reuters and works mostly with Infinitylaw, a practice management system for law firms. He lives in Titahi Bay with his wife and daughter and occupies his downtime with snorkelling, kayaking and spending time with his family.
Medical Advisory Committee
Dr Andrew Williams
One Six One
161 Gillies Ave, Epsom, Auckland
Phone: 09 623 061
Dr Jim Duthie
120 Hanilton St, Tauranga
Phone: 07 571 2288
Dr Leanne Tyrie
Kathleen Kilgour Centre, Tauranga
Phone: 07 929 7995
Medical Research Committee
Professor Brett Delahunt
Professor of Pathology and Molecular Medicine
Wellington School of Medicine
Phone: 04 385 5575
Professor Graham Le Gros
Director of Research, Allergic and Parasitic Diseases
Phone: 04 499 6914 ext 822
Professor Mark McKeage
Assoc Professor in Clinical Pharmacology
University of Auckland
Phone: 09 923 7322