Meet Our Board

Our board are an enthusiastic group of volunteers who provide governance and stewardship for CanBreathe - Canterbury Asthma Society.

Our Board

Alistair Edmond - President



Alistair’s history includes an accounting career, owner of a small business, and experience as a director of a number of public and private companies. Originally from Dunedin, Alistair was schooled in Christchurch and later moved here permanently over thirty years ago.  Apart from his involvement in Asthma he is also a Committee member of the Merivale Precinct Society and continues to work as an Executive Director of a local company.

David Hackston - Treasurer



A forward focused Accountant who keeps the finances of the Society in line and provides stewardship in terms of CanBreathe’s financial operations. David is a Chartered Accountant and Business Advisor with Walker Davey Searells . He has experience working with large and small businesses across New Zealand and working with business owners to improve their businesses to achieve their personal and business goals.

David's experience includes roles as a CFO, Independent Director and Trustee in community based health sector organisations. David has previously worked in the banking and finance sector.

Dr Karolyn Kerr


Board Member

Dr Karolyn Kerr began her career in health as a nurse, working in coronary care. Karolyn then studied Health Informatics, and gained a PhD in information systems, looking at data quality in the New Zealand health sector. Karolyn has worked with the Ministry of Health and regional organisations in health information and digital health policy and strategy roles, as well as international health software companies.

Illuminare is Karolyn’s consultancy company, providing information management solutions and digital health strategies to health organisations and information management strategic solutions to private and publicly listed businesses across New Zealand.

Karolyn is also a board member on the Australasian College of Health Informatics.

Glen Rutherford


Board Member

Glen's background includes a unique mix of multi-national business leadership, operational leadership and education experiences. His purpose is to develop others and he brings this passion to leadership development and coaching.

Glen started his professional life as a High School teacher of maths and science.  Recently, he served more than 12 years as Asia Pacific Human Resources Director for Dow AgroSciences; a multinational with $1.2B sales and 1000 employees. He now leads Discover New Pathways, an executive coaching and business consulting company.

Glen also chairs a TEC (The Executive Connection) group of CEO’s and business owners and also mentors and coaches many business owners with NZ Business Mentors

Julie McCloy


Board Member

Julie was born in Canterbury and has lived in Christchurch most of her life, apart from several years working overseas in the late 1990s.

She currently works for family and sexual violence service Aviva, joining the agency under its previous name of Christchurch Women's Refuge in August 2009. She undertakes the marketing and communications function for the agency, having previously also managed fundraising and funding as well. She managed the organisation’s rebrand in 2013.

In addition, she provides the marketing and communications function for The Loft, a unique multi-agency partnership within a co-located centre (In Eastgate Shopping Centre) designed to improve child, family and community wellbeing. She was a key part of the small team which raised almost $3 million for the centre’s build and operation costs.

Julie brings to CanBreathe a wide range of marketing, communications and funding experience which she gained in a variety of roles at Christchurch College of Education, waste recovery charitable trust TerraNova and its commercial arm Meta NZ, and Lyttelton Port Company.

CanBreathe - Sarah Watson

Sarah is a resource management lawyer with 15+ years of experience. She advises a range of clients including, businesses and individuals seeking to develop land, or undertake activities which have an effect on the environment.

Sarah has past experience on the board of an environmental consultancy. Sarah grew up in the Wairarapa and Gore, attended Otago University in Dunedin and now considers herself a Cantabrian having lived the majority of her life in Christchurch.

Sarah considers the skills and knowledge she has gained throughout her legal career put her in a good position to assist CanBreathe going forward

Medical Advisers

Philip Pattimore


Associate Professor (Paediatrics)

Dr Mike Epton


Respiratory Medicine Specialist


Dick Tayler


Commonwealth Games Medalist and Speaker

Interested in joining our board ?