Scott Perkins – Chairman
Scott is an active participant in the not for profit communities in Australia and New Zealand. He co-founded Sweet Louise, is also the founding Director of the New Zealand Initiative, a Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, a Non Executive Director of Woolworths Limited, Non Executive Director of Origin Energy and was a founding Director of Meridian Energy Limited. He has more than 20 years experience as a leading corporate adviser, most recently as Head of Corporate Finance for Deutsche Bank.
“I am inspired every day by Sweet Louise. Our members keep telling us that we make a real difference to their lives. Lives that deal with big questions as well as day to day challenges. But lives that can be positive and fulfilling. Sweet Louise extends a helping hand, listens, explains and inspires – when I hear about what our wonderful team does every day, it warms my heart and reminds me of why Sweet Louise is so important to me”.
Joan Withers – Trustee
Joan is the Chair of Mighty River Power, as well as being a Director of ANZ Bank NZ. She is the former Chief Executive of media firms, The Radio Network and Fairfax New Zealand and former Chair of Auckland Airport. Joan is a champion for board diversity, especially around closing the gender gap through assisting more women into senior management and board positions. She is a member of Global Women. Joan is also a Trustee of the Tindall Foundation. At the end of 2014, she became the first ever female recipient of the Shareholders Association’s Beacon Award.
“Having known Louise as she faced her greatest challenge, it is a privilege to be able to serve as a trustee and in a very small way assist women living with advanced breast cancer. Louise’s approach and attitude and the support and love she received from Scott was and is an inspiration”.
Ian Narev – Trustee
Ian is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and is also a Director of ASB Bank Limited. He has served as a Partner of McKinsey & Company and as a lawyer, during which time he specialised in mergers and acquisitions. Ian is also the Chairman of the New Zealand-based Springboard Trust and has been a Trustee of Sweet Louise since it first began in 2005.
“I have seen first-hand the inspirational courage of people living with secondary breast cancer. My first wife Naomi died tragically early of the disease, but not before her vivacity had left an indelible positive imprint on so many people who knew and loved her. When Scott Perkins first told me of his vision for Sweet Louise, it resonated immediately. Doing our small bit to help others to live such positive lives in the most trying of circumstances is a privilege for all of us who are involved”.
Janet Mikkelsen – Trustee
Janet has over 30 years experience as a nurse. For 24 years she worked as a paediatric nurse at Starship’s Hospital before moving into paediatric palliative care. For 7 years she supported children with any type of life limiting illness, and their families. In 2013 Janet became the Director of State of Grace Funeral Services.
“As Louise’s oldest sister and having been very involved in her care, I had a clear idea about what she would want for other women in the same situation. But probably more useful was that I had been an oncology nurse (although in paediatrics) for 20 years and so had a really good idea of the kinds of issues, both physical and psychological that women would face. I also had an in depth knowledge of the health system, both inpatient and outpatient, so could help the other board members understand the reality for our members”.
Andrew Young – Trustee
Andrew is the Chief Executive Office for the Well Foundation. For seven years he was also the CEO of the Starship Foundation; under his guidance the foundation rose to become one of the most high profile charities in New Zealand. He has acted as a Specialist Advisor to District Health Boards, been the Managing Director of Young & Free and is currently also a Trustee for Thee Harbours Health Foundation. His knowledge of the not for profit sector is well regarded and he brings a wealth of fundraising experience.
“I feel privileged to serve as a Sweet Louise trustee, knowing that it’s an organisation that provides a raft of tangible, positive support to those in need. I’ve lost many loved ones to devastating illnesses, like cancer, which has steered me to throw my energy into health-related causes that I deeply believe in”.
Vernon Harvey – Trustee
Professor Vernon is a consultant medical oncologist and clinical director at Auckland Hospital, and clinical associate professor at the Department of Pathology at the University of Auckland Medical School. Up until 1991 he was the president of the New Zealand Society for Oncology, and he has also been the chairman of the New Zealand Clinical Oncology Group. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to Medicine, particularly Oncology Research in the 2010 New Years Honours.
“I was Louise’s oncologist and was so impressed by her contagious zest for life. She recognised how important “little treats” were for overall well-being. Sweet Louise aims to make that possible for every women with secondary breast cancer – to give them moments of joy they might otherwise not have had”.
Brett Shepherd – Trustee
Brett is the Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Craigs Limited where he heads the newly formed Deutsche Craigs Investment Banking Team. This follows a 16 year career in Deutsche Bank New Zealand. Brett has led or advised on some of the largest M&A activity in New Zealand and is a prominent figure in the investment industry. He has been named Outstanding Maori Business Leader.
“I was blessed to know Louise and see the power of positive thinking and positive action and how it could both improve the quality and longevity of someone’s life. When Sweet Louise was established I was grateful for the opportunity to become a Trustee, to see how we could take a proven approach of improving quality in a tangible manner and making that available to all women with metastatic breast cancer throughout New Zealand. To break down all barriers in terms of ethnicity, demographics and geography is our continual objective”.
Chanelle Farmer – Trustee
Chanelle was educated in Wellington and started her career in financial services before moving to Auckland in 1989. She spent 15 years in the recruitment industry managing her own business specializing in office support and middle management recruitment before retiring to start a family.
Chanelle has a strong interest in the arts and has been involved in extensive fundraising and awareness initiatives. She joined the board of New Zealand Opera in 2009 and is presently Deputy Chair. She is also Chair of the Circle100 Scholarship which recently celebrated 20 years providing support to young opera singers going overseas to study.
Chanelle’s interests include travel, playing golf and tennis and outdoor family pursuits.