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New ALAC members

Hon Damien O’Connor
Minister of Corrections,
Associate Minister of Health,
Minister of Tourism,
Minister for Rural Affairs

5 December, 2006
Media Statement
New ALAC members

Associate Health Minister Damien O'Connor has announced the appointment of three new members of the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand.

The new members are: chairman Peter Glensor (chair of the Hutt Valley District Health Board), Alick Shaw (Deputy-Mayor of Wellington) and Robyn Northey (former dental nurse and social worker now working in the health and not-for-profit sector).

They replace outgoing chairman Prof Andrew Hornblow and members Monica Stockdale and Dr Gillian Tasker, whose commitment and vision have helped show New Zealanders the harms associated with binge drinking, Mr O'Connor said.

"I think we owe the outgoing members a huge debt of gratitude. Under Prof Hornblow's leadership ALAC has made great progress in changing New Zealand's attitude to drinking."

Mr O'Connor said he was looking forward to working with the new members, who would help position ALAC to meet future challenges.

"I am delighted to announce the appointment of three people with extensive experience across a broad range of sectors.

"Their contribution over the next three years will be a vital part of meeting ALAC's key objectives of encouraging and promoting moderation in the use of alcohol and reducing alcohol-related harm. I expect we will see great progress in this area in the coming years to build on the gains ALAC has already achieved."

ALAC has eight members including representatives from the Maori and Pacific communities, a person with experience in public health and at least one person with experience in the treatment of alcohol dependence.

A brief biography of the three new members, who have each been appointed for a three-year term, is provided below:

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- Peter Glensor (Chair)
Peter Glensor is a Methodist Minister and the current Chair of Hutt Valley District Health Board, an elected member of the Greater Wellington Council, and co-chair of the Community Sector Taskforce. He is a member of the Ministry of Health’s New Prescribers’ Committee, the Advisory Committee for the Study of the NZ Non-Profit Sector, the PHO Community Council, Chair of Wesley Community Action, and the NZ Drug Foundation.

Mr Glensor has extensive governance experience and a broad knowledge of the health sector. He has held a number of positions including: National Coordinator, Health Care Aotearoa; Advisor to the Primary Health Directorate, Ministry of Health; and Secretary Wellington Union Health Board.

- Alick Shaw
Alick Shaw is currently Deputy Mayor of Wellington City Council, Chair of the NZ School of Music, and Board member of Wellington Water Management, the Arts Council of NZ, the Wellington Region Foundation and the Wellington Region Health Trust.

His previous Board appointments include: Trustee of the Embassy Theatre Trust (2001-2005); Wellington Shakers Netball Franchise (2002-2005); Trustee Wellington Museums’ Trust (1998-2001); and Chair Wellington Sinfonia Orchestra (1999-2005).

Mr Shaw was President of the NZ University Student’s Association (1975), Sector Industrial Officer for the NZ Bank Officers’ Union (1983-1988), and proprietor and chef in three Wellington restaurants (1988-1998).

- Robyn Northey
Robyn Northey is a former dental nurse with general and project management experience, who has broad knowledge and involvement in the health and not-for-profit sectors. She is currently a member of Northern X Regional Ethics Committee, the Mt Eden/Maungawhau Community Arts Trust, the NZ Institute of Directors, and the American Society on Ageing.

She has held many positions in the health sector including: Chief Executive Officer Caughey Preston Rest Home and Hospital (1999-2004); Aged Care Planning and Development Consultant Metlifecare Ltd (1998-1999); General Manager Disability Support Services for Older People, Auckland Area Health Board (1990-1992); and Manager Community Programmes and Principal Social Worker, North Harbour Health District Auckland Area Health Board (1988-1990).

ENDS

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