All members of the Canterbury-West Coast Division Executive Committee are volunteers.
Elections are held at the Cancer Society Canterbury-West Coast Division Inc. Annual General Meeting
Kate Reid (Chair)
MA, NZRN, PGDip oncology nurse, PGCert DD.
Kate is a Senior lecturer in Palliative Care at Canterbury University. Her nursing career has been in the area
of oncology and palliative care for 30 plus years both in NZ and abroad. Elected to the Executive Committee
in 1987 and elected Chairman 2012. Former Chair of National Support and volunteer services. Former
President of Hospice New Zealand. Fellow of Christ’s College Canterbury, Board member of ISNZ, ISA and Ryder
Alister Argyle (Deputy Chair)
Alister is the Senior Partner of Argyle Welsh Finnigan, a legal firm based in Ashburton. He has been adviser to,
and Board Member of, numerous charitable and not for profit organisations. Alister has been a member of the
Cancer Society of New Zealand, Canterbury-West Coast Division Incorporated since 2005 and is currently
serving as its Deputy Chair.
David McCone (Treasurer)
David is a Chartered Accountant and is a Director in Accounting Firm Staples Rodway. He is the Treasurer of the
Canterbury-West Coast Division and Chairs the Finance Committee. He has been involved with the division since
1999. In the past David has held roles in the National Office - Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and
Director of Daffodil Enterprises Limited
Kathy Conlan (National Board Representative)
Kathy has been a member of the Executive Committee for Canterbury-West Coast Division since 2005 and has
served as our representative on the National Board since 2010. She has two small children, and when not
chasing them around, works in the corporate sector as a management consultant in strategy implementation,
organisational performance improvement and large scale change management.
Professor Bridget Robinson
Professor Bridget Robinson is a Medical Oncologist at Christchurch Hospital as well as the Mackenzie Chair in
Cancer Medicine in the University of Otago Christchurch. She initiated and directs the Cancer Society Tissue Bank
to support research, and is clinical director of the Mackenzie Cancer Research Group. Her research interests
include breast cancer, tumour stroma, effects of obesity, coagulation in cancer, familial cancer, and translational
research, as well as clinical trials in cancer patients. She chairs the Canterbury Comprehensive Cancer Centre
which links clinicians, scientists, patients, NGOs and the community.
Richard has a background in agribusiness having had been an agricultural consultant and sales and marketing
director of an Ashburton based seed company. In recent times Richard has spent time working on his own
business interests which include an aged care business, dairy farming and a bee and honey business. Richard
sits on several other boards of both commercial businesses and not for profit companies. He has been on the
executive committee of the Canterbury-West Coast Division since August 2012.
MBChB Otago 1988, FRACS 1999
Birgit is a General, Breast and Endocrine Surgeon at Christchurch Hospital.
She is a Specialist Breast Surgeon in both public and private hospitals, a Member of BreastSurgANZ and
executive committees of Breast Interest Groups in NZ and Australia.
Annabel has been a Lecturer – Maori Health & Wellbeing, School of Health Sciences,
University of Canterbury since 2011.
Over 16 years working in research, her current professional speciality is Kaupapa Maori/Maori Research.
She is currently involved in a number of organisations, including Network Waitangi/Otautahi, the Health Research Council, Human Ethics Committee.
David is a Registered Valuer, Associate of the NZ Institute of Valuers, Senior Member of the Property Institute and holds a Certificate in Quality Assurance.
He has been involved in the property industry, predominantly in Christchurch, for the past 40 years, having held senior management positions.