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), David Swallow, Peter Oettli (President), Jennie Michel, Wayne Bradshaw, Robert Aitken, Adrienne von Tunzelmann (Vice President)

Age Concern New Zealand Patron:  Judge Ken Mason 

Age Concern New Zealand Honorary Solicitor:  Jock Nicolson

Peter Oettli

National President

Meet Peter! 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 

Meet Adrienne! Her 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.

David Swallow 

Meet David! Introduced to the concept of community service when he was 12, David has practiced it ever since in a wide range of voluntary groups. Chair of Age Concern Kapiti Coast since 2011, he’s enthusiastically committed himself to serve the interests of older folk, and as a Board member since 2013. 

Robert Aitken 

Meet Robert! 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.

Jennie Michel 

Meet Jennie! Jennie came onto the Board through her work in the development of the Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention Service and was the Coordinator of this service at Age Concern North Shore prior to retirement. This role was complemented by Jennie’s extensive nursing experience - working with clients diagnosed with dementia. Ensuring that the rights of older people, particularly those facing health challenges, are recognised, underpins Jennie’s belief in the work of Age Concern.