Chief Executive and Committee Presidents

 

Debra Elgar

Central Districts Division, Chief Executive

With an extensive background and career in the health sector and experience in management and consulting; Cancer Society Central Districts newly appointed Chief Executive Debra Elgar is well qualified for the role.

Her association with the Cancer Society isn’t new, having first become involved with the charity during her 20s when training as a nurse in Wellington; she recalls her nursing class being visited by a representative from Cancer Society Wellington, on a volunteer recruitment drive “It seemed a really good idea at the time, so I joined, and now, well quite a few years later, I’m still involved” she said.

She has spent time serving on the Wanganui Centre executive committee and has also held positions on the Central Districts Divisional executive.

Dr Gary Forgeson

Dr Gary Forgeson

Central Districts Division Committee President

Dr Garry Forgeson has been a consultant medical oncologist at the Regional Cancer Treatment Centre for 27 years. He has been President of the Central Districts Division for 15 years and member of the CSNZ National Board for 13 years. Prior to that he was President of Manawatu Centre and has been a member of several cancer-related national committees including the Cancer Control Council of NZ. Currently he is a member of the National Cancer Treatment Advisory Group, and chair of the Medical Oncology Work Group.

He has been involved in and strongly influenced the development of the Cancer Society and cancer services in this region and nationally; and has taken a leading part in the introduction of the cancer control concept throughout New Zealand and in the production of a number of national publications and recommendations to improve cancer treatment.

Pam Murphy

Pam Murphy

Gisborne Executive Committee President

Pam was appointed to the position of Trustee in February 2014 and was additionally appointed to be a Gisborne Centre representative on the Central Districts Executive. Since that time Pam been appointed onto the Central Districts sub-committee to overview/make scholarship allocations.
Pam took up the role Chair of the Gisborne Centre Trust in July 2015. Pam has had a long history of community involvement including time spent on the Gisborne District Council .
Other voluntary positions held in the district are:
• St John Te Karaka – Chair
• Gisborne District Sister Cities – Chair
• Matawai Community Health Committee – Chair
• The Sunnyday Trust - Trustee

Debbie McKinlay

Debbie McKinlay

Taranaki Executive Committee President

I have been a volunteer for the Taranaki Cancer Society for the past 16 years. In that time I have held many different roles from Support Volunteer, Stratford Daffodil Day Committee, Relay for Life Committee and Executive Committee Member.

I am currently the President of the Centre and also a Taranaki Delegate on the Central Districts Executive Committee.

The role I have enjoyed the most has been to put sashes on our cancer survivors and their carers and listen to their personal stories that they choose to share with me at each of the 11 Relay for Life events we have had in Taranaki.

Graeme Baker

Graeme Baker

Wanganui Executive Committee President

I have been involved with the Wanganui Centre of the Cancer Society
for over 10 years now and assist them on the Financial side of things
being their Chair of Finance for a number of years now. I was voted in
as President in 2014.

I have been involved with community organisations all of my
working life and with Central Districts Division of the Cancer Society
for a number of years.

I operate a small electrical contracting firm in Wanganui with my wife Marie who is also very active in the Wanganui Cancer Society Centre.

John Walker

John Walker

Hawke's Bay Executive Committee President

John has been involved with the Cancer Society for more than seven years.
In addition to his duties as President of the Hawke’s Bay Centre, he is the Centre’s representative on the Central District’s Executive Committee and Chairman of the district’s Finance Committee.

He has been involved with charities for many years, including Area Councillor for NZ Red Cross, and vice-president of the NZ Federation of Voluntary Family Budgeting Services.
John is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (FCA) and is a Fellow of Governance New Zealand, formerly known as the Institute of Chartered Secretaries (FCIS).

His career path has included 10-12 year stints in the Banking, Advertising, Meat Exporting, Local Government, and Emergency Medical industries; all at senior management levels.
He has recently retired to spend more time visiting his children and grandchildren in Auckland and Australia.

Bill Bly

Bill Bly

Manawatu Executive Committee President

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