Welcome to Prof Gail Gillon, Julie Patterson and Dr Khoon Lim!

We are delighted to announce the recent addition of three new members to our Board of Trustees:


Professor Gail Gillon
Professor Gail Gillon, PhD (Ngāi Tahu iwi) is the founding director of the Child Well-being Research Institute at the University of Canterbury. Prof Gillon is also the Deputy Director for the Better Start National Science Challenge, E Tipu e Rea, which is a 10 year programme of research focused on children’s successful early learning and healthy wellbeing. Prof Gillon is supporting the advancement of Mātauranga Māori within the research sector and is a member of the Rauika Māngai Rōpū.Professor Gillon, formerly the Pro Vice Chancellor for the College of Education Health and Human Development at the University of Canterbury, has extensive leadership and management experience in Education and Health Sciences. She was a founding member of Te Papa Hauora Advisory Council and is a strong advocate for interdisciplinary research that is culturally responsive, strengths based and has a positive impact in our communities. Her own research mahi focuses on facilitators of early reading success for all tamariki, particularly those with speech and language disorders or at risk for dyslexia. With a professional background in speech-language therapy and education, Professor Gillon’s contributions to the field have been recognised through her receiving New Zealand Speech-Language Therapy Association Life membership and being the first New Zealander to be named a Fellow of American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Recently, Prof Gillon was made a Fellow of Te Apārangi, Royal Society of New Zealand for research excellence and she received the prestigious University of Canterbury’s Research Medal in 2020.

Dr Khoon Lim
Khoon is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine, University of Otago Christchurch. He is a biomedical engineer with specialisation in polymer chemistry and biomaterials science. His research technology platform involves 3D bioprinting of functional tissues and also delivery of bioactive molecules to promote tissue regeneration. He has been awarded a total of >$4M research grant funding from various organisations such as the Health Research Council of New Zealand and Royal Society of New Zealand. He also serves as the Chair of the Uni of Otago Early and Mid-Career Researcher Management Committee.

Julie Patterson
Julie is an experienced human resources professional who has worked across public and private sector roles including Canterbury DHB and Antarctica New Zealand. She has had a long involvement with rugby since her playing days and is the current President of the Canterbury Rugby Football Union (CRFU).

We welcome Gail, Khoon and Julie to our organisation and look forward to their valuable guidance and input to help us achieve better health outcomes for our people.

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