Trustees • Oakley Mental Health Research Foundation


Emeritus Professor Dick Bellamy

Dr Geoff Bridgman - BA, MA (Hons), PhD (Psychology)

Dr Warren Brookbanks (Chair) - LLB, LLM, BD, LLD

Dr Barbara Disley - BA (Hons), PhD, Dip. Health Management, ONZM

John Hagen - MBA, MCom, FCA, FAMINZ, FIOD

Professor Robert Kydd - MBChB, PhD, FRANZCP

Dr Brian Linehan - ED, MBChB, Dip Obst, FRCPA

Professor Emeritus Louise Nicholson - MSc, PhD, DipTchg

Dr Kate Prebble - RN, PhD, FNZCMHN

Judge Philip Recordon - LLM (Hons), M Env Law

Emeritus Professor Dick Bellamy

Emeritus Professor Dick Bellamy is a virologist and molecular cell biologist whose research career centred on rotaviruses, the principle agents of diarrhoeal disease in young children. Over his tenure as a full time researcher he worked in the general area of the molecular biology of virus infection and the application of recombinant methods to the characterisation of viral gene products: much of this work involving a network of collaborators in Australia and the USA and supported by the NZ Health Research Council.

Dick is a Fellow of the Academy of the Royal Society of New Zealand and recently retired from the University of Auckland after serving 10 years as Dean of Science. Before that he was founding Director of the School of Biological Sciences at the University. Currently he Chairs the University Animal Ethics Committee and serves on two Return on Science Investment Committees.

Outside his University involvements, Dick is a former Director of Auckland Uniservices Ltd and its subsidiary DNA Diagnostics Ltd, which he helped found.  Dick is a former Director of the Forest Research Institute (now Scion), was an Auckland Regional Councillor and is a former President of the Auckland Museum Council.

Dr Geoff Bridgman

Geoff has always had a finger in various community development pies both as a researcher and as an activist.

He has been national Chair of Supporting Families in Mental Illness and done significant research in Māori, Pacific Island and Deaf mental health. That work plus roles as a founding member of Tenant’s Protection, and a School Board Treasurer has led to current roles in the Oakley Mental Health Research Foundation, the Coalition of Deaf Mental Health professionals and Violence Free Communities, of which he is the Chair.

Geoff teaches and supervises research in the Social Practice Department at Unitec and is involved in several research projects including Community Safety in West Auckland, a national violence prevention project in intermediate schools, Deaf mental health consumer stories, the evaluation of the Our Amazing Place project in South Henderson, the evaluation of five years of ORS/SRS data for the Problem Gambling Foundation and the evaluation of a community based counselling and psychotherapy training programme.

Dr Warren Brookbanks

Dr Warren Brookbanks is Professor of Criminal Law and Justice Studies at AUT Law School. He previously taught at Auckland University Law School from 1983 to 2016.

He has written and published extensively in the areas of criminal law, mental health law and therapeutic jurisprudence, including co-authoring leading text books in these areas.

He is the Chair of the Oakley Mental Health Research Foundation and was a founding Trustee of the Odyssey House Trust (NZ).

Warren is a former President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL). 

Dr Barbara Disley

Barbara has extensive leadership and management experience leading large teams within the education and health sectors.

She has held a number of senior public positions including Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation. From 1996 to 2002 she was the inaugural Chair of the Mental Health Commission and from 2002 to 2007 Barbara was Deputy Secretary Ministry of Education where she had responsibility for the integration of the special education service into the Ministry and for the overall leadership, funding and provision of special education services for children and young people.

Barbara worked as a Principal Consultant for Cognition Education Ltd, leading their research and evaluation team, before joining Richmond Services Limited.  She was appointed Group Chief Executive of Emerge Aotearoa in December 2014, following the merger of Richmond Services Limited and Recovery Solutions.

Barbara has a doctorate in education and in 2011 was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. 

John Hagen

John is a forensic accountant, was Chairman of Deloitte for ten years and is an experienced company director.

John has an MBA majoring in finance from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Commerce with first class honours from the University of Auckland. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow and an accredited director of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand.

He is a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Auckland and a Life Member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants where he served on technical committees prior to becoming President in 1994.  He has had extensive input into the accounting standard setting process in New Zealand and was the inaugural Chairman of the government appointed Accounting Standards Review Board from 1993 until he retired from that position in 2003.

John has held a number of directorships, including for Datacom Group, Trustees Executors Ltd, Americas Cup Village, the Auckland City Mission, the Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce (13 years) and Deloitte Consulting Global.  He is currently a director of Uniservices Ltd.

He has also previously been Chairman of New Zealand Debt Management Office Advisory Board (15 years) and Chairman of the University of Auckland Business School Advisory Board.

Professor Robert Kydd

Rob is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Auckland and has had previous roles as Head of the School of Biomedical and Health Sciences and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. 

He has also been Clinical Director of Mental Health Services for Counties-Manukau District Health Board, Chair of the New Zealand branch of the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and Chair of the mental health and addiction service workforce review working group.

Rob currently Chairs the Suicide Mortality Review Committee for the Health Quality and Safety Commission, and is Chair for Anxiety New Zealand Trust.

Dr Brian Linehan

Dr Brian Linehan is a retired pathologist with considerable experience in medicine, governance, and commerce. 

In 2014 he retired as pro-Chancellor of Waikato University after 12 years on the University Council where he was also Chair of the Finance Committee.  He recently retired after 13 years as a member of the Waikato University Human Research Ethics Committee.

Until 2004 he was Managing Director of Medlab Hamilton and previously was Chairman of the New Zealand Medical Association.  He was also Chairman of IANZ (International   Accreditation NZ) where he was instrumental in setting up the procedures for the accreditation for medical laboratories. He was also an elected member of the Waikato Area Health Board until it’s dissolution in 1990.   Other past positions included President of the New Zealand Society Pathologists, Examiner in chemical pathology for the Royal Australasian College of pathologists, and President of the Combined Medical Associations of Asia and Oceania (CMAAO).  He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Medical Assurance Society (MAS) for over 20 years.

Dr Linehan also served in the New Zealand Army (TF) for nearly 25 years retiring as ADMS New Zealand Land Forces in the rank of Colonel.  He has been awarded the ED and DSM.

Currently he is a Director of several private companies involved with farming, property development and finance.

Brian has been a Trustee of the Oakley Mental Health Research Foundation since 2001 and is also a member of the Multiple Sclerosis Research Trust (MSRT).

Professor Emeritus Louise Nicholson

Louise Nicholson is passionate about education and science.

A graduate of the University of Auckland, she did her postdoc at Oxford University and on her return to New Zealand taught at Mahurangi College for 10 years. She has been a member of the staff at the University of Auckland for the past 28 years and has served as a member of the University Council.

Louise has served on numerous University/Faculty, community and national/international professional committees, and has established an international reputation for her research on neurodegenerative diseases of the human brain. Together with colleagues she recently established the first national Spinal Cord Injury Research Facility in the Centre for Brain Research.

Louise was the Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences for 10 years, and remains committed to the development of research excellence in the next generation. She is passionate about her role as a mentor through graduate student supervision, sharing her drive and desire to make a difference to people's lives. Louise actively promotes the importance of science and getting youngsters enthused about learning.  She recently retired from the University of Auckland.

Dr Kate Prebble

Kate Prebble is a registered mental health nurse with an extensive background as a clinician, educator and professional leader.

She is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Nursing, the University of Auckland. Kate teaches undergraduate and postgraduate mental health nursing.

Her research interests include contemporary issues in mental health and historical inquiry into mental health and nursing.

Kate has a PhD in History and is a Fellow of Te Ao Maramatanga: The New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses.     

Judge Philip Recordon

Philip Recordon practised as a lawyer in South Auckland for 30 years before being appointed to the District Court Bench in 2003.  He was originally at the Waitakere District Court and now sits at the Manukau District Court.

Phil has worked in a variety of areas of the law, particularly family law, disability law, criminal law and youth law.  He was also a District Inspector for Mental Health for 20 years.

He served as Trustee for a number of trusts including Mental Health and Māori Health trusts.  These organisations include Wings Trust, Eduk8 Charitable Trust (including the Right Track programme), Safe Man Safe Family Charitable Trust, Te Papapa School, Tufuga Creative Arts (Mental Health) Trust, Otara Māori Wardens, and Waitakere Pacific Island Wardens.

Phil is privileged to be one of the designated Youth Court Judges presiding over the Rangatahi and Pasifika Youth Courts.