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. His 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

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 ?