Meet the Age Concern New Zealand Board

The Board is responsible for the governance of the organisation, overseeing the performance and outcomes achieved by the management. The Board sets and monitors the strategic direction, and is accountable back to member Age Concerns. 

From left:
Stephanie Clare (CEO),  Adrienne von Tunzelmann (Vice President). Robert Aitken, Gill Lawrence, Stephen Phillips, Mike Cohen and Wayne Bradshaw.
Absent: Peter Oettli (National President). 

Age Concern New Zealand Patron:  Judge Ken Mason 

Age Concern New Zealand Honorary Solicitor:  Jock Nicolson


  Stephanie Clare
    Chief Executive
  Stephanie has worked in leadership roles in the NGO sector for more than 20 years. She has a background in nursing and was the Clinical Leader for Parkinson’s New Zealand before taking on this role. Stephanie          hopes to  improve the lives of older people by ensuring older Kiwis are supported, recognised and fulfilled.   

  Peter Oettli
   National President

  Peter has spent 39 years at the University of Waikato, working mainly with bright young people. While he himself became older (without noticing it!) he has become aware of the need to accord dignity, respect and              recognition to the growing older segment of our population which is a valuable resource to this country. He is committed to working to ensure that older people are not stereotyped, but given the support they need and the   recognition they deserve.

  Adrienne von Tunzelmann
    Vice President

   Adrienne's inspiration to become involved with Age Concern was the privilege of supporting her parents in their older age, combined with the opportunity to contribute her experience working in government economic and    social policy to Age Concern’s key role in advocating  for policies that help ensure a good later life for New Zealand’s older population. She serves on various other boards including Age Concern Tauranga and         Osteoporosis NZ                  . 

 Wayne Bradshaw










 Robert Aitken 

Robert’s interest in working with older people started when he looked after his father in the last two years of his life, as he dealt with a terminal illness. By providing his father with simple things such as company, friendship, humour and understanding, Robert realised that such simple things are not always available for older people - even in a country that prides itself on its commitment to social welfare and individual well-being. His resolve, since that time, has been to help those who need it most. Age Concern is an organisation dedicated to this and one he is proud to serve.

  Gill Lawrence

Gill’s interest in being involved with Age Concern comes from her awareness of the many issues that older persons face and the way in which Age Concern can assist with the provision of valuable services.  Having seen some very good role models in her family and friends, Gill is keen to contribute to empowering older persons to live well, with good support.  Gill brings over 20 years of local government experience working in information management.

 Stephen Phillips


Stephen worked in local government for over 35 years and in the NFP sector for 8 years. He was Chief Executive of Age Concern Canterbury for 5 years and now sits on its board, and on a number of trusts. He understands the importance of, and is committed to, working to achieve the wellbeing, rights, respect and dignity of older people.

 Mike Cohen