Press Release – Arthritis New Zealand
Wellington lawyer Alan Henwood has been elected President of Arthritis New Zealand. Alan has had an active involvement with Arthritis New Zealand for a number of years. His roles have included Chair of the Research Committee, Governing Body member, and …21 November 2011
Alan Henwood Elected President of Arthritis New Zealand’s Governing Body
Wellington lawyer Alan Henwood has been elected President of Arthritis New Zealand.
Alan has had an active involvement with Arthritis New Zealand for a number of years. His roles have included Chair of the Research Committee, Governing Body member, and Vice President. In 2010 he received the society’s Premier Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution.
Arthritis New Zealand’s chief executive Sandra Kirby said, “This appointment acknowledges Alan’s long-standing association with the organisation, and the leadership and strategic skills he contributes to our Governing Body.”
Alan is a director of specialist Wellington law firm Stephens Lawyers. He has had a long association with the health sector. He has also represented a number of charitable and voluntary organisations, and has been the honorary solicitor for the Wellington Night Shelter Trust.
Arthritis New Zealand is the national organisation for people with arthritis. An incorporated society with charitable status, its Governing Body members represent the interests of the organisation’s members and volunteers and of the wider community, including its donors and supporters.
“Alan has made an outstanding contribution to Arthritis New Zealand. By electing him President, the members have ensured that the society will continue to benefit not only from Alan’s business skills and expertise, but also from his empathy for people with arthritis and his commitment to ensure the ongoing success of our organisation,” Sandra Kirby said.
Arthritis New Zealand offers support to people with arthritis by:
• raising awareness
• telephone advice and support from dedicated Arthritis Educators
• information and education, including condition-specific seminars and education talks, informative brochures
• a quarterly magazine for members
• the opportunity to network with other people who have arthritis, helping to overcome the isolation the condition may cause
• a dedicated research fund to support research into the causes, treatments and prevention of arthritis
• advocacy and lobbying, representing the interests of those affected by arthritis to local and national decision makers
• an 0800 line for telephone clinics. 0800 663 463
• an informative, up-to-date website – www.arthritis.org.nz.
• Charities number: CC22132