Thomas Joseph Hoey, Chairperson

Tom Hoey

Tom was introduced to NCF as an aide to his recovery from Guillian-Baree Syndrome which saw him lose the use of his lower limbs in December 2019. He is well on his way to recovery and joined our board in the latter part of last year. He has extensive experience as a Not for Profit Board member and spent 10 years as a board member and Chairman of Northern Football Federation. He is currently the President of the Waiatarua RRA, Executive Director of Taifead Holdings and owner/Director of TJH Consulting Limited. Tom was recently elected Chairman of the Board and is looking forward to the challenge. The Foundation delivers an important therapeutic recovery service to those who suffer both mentally and physically from a neurological event so it is important that we continue to deliver and expand on our high quality recovery service.

Adam Hughes

Adam Hughes

Adam is an energetic, engaging and enthusiastic professional who has made a career around educating and enabling others. With degrees in physiotherapy, safety and business administration, Adam has trans-tasman strategic and governance experience in mining, manufacturing and healthcare sectors. Adam is dedicated to improving the physical and mental wellbeing of people and is currently in a national health, safety and environment manager role based in Auckland. Adam is a keen traveller and outdoorsman.

Bill Armitage, Client Representative


Bill joined the board in October 2018. He brings a wealth of experience as a successful business owner of Pete’s Packaging. Bill sits on the board as the client representative specifically for Stroke and is a loyal and fiercely supportive member of the foundation attending his stroke class regularly.

Michael Chen

Mike Chen

A seasoned finance & commercial executive with extensive years of both commercial and non-profit experience gained from various industries, including ICT, health, retail, government, education, manufacturing, professional services, and Maori economics.

Michael is a Chartered qualified accountant and has a strong passion in delivering successful customer experience and stakeholders outcome management

Karen Bishop

Karen recently joined the NCF board and has a personal conviction to support neurological rehabilitation following many years supporting her Father with Multiple Sclerosis. The board will be in a position to leverage her 20 years commercial experience across Sales, Marketing, Project Management, Negotiation and Stakeholder Management. Karen is currently the Procurement and Projects Director at Danone Nutricia New Zealand and part of the NZ leadership team. Karen’s aim in joining the NCF Board is to drive, alongside the GM and other board members, the execution and expansion of this rehabilitation service offering both physical improvement and emotional connection for existing and new clients.

Aakash Chhibber

Aakash is a philanthropic medical doctor with experience leading non-government organisations to success and has a passion to make strategic systems level change. With advanced training in Urgent Care and Clinical Microbiology he understands provision of healthcare from primary to quaternary health settings. Aakash is involved in numerous projects as a biostatistician and is also a research clinician with Motor Neurone Disease Research Group at Auckland University. Aakash is a Board member and a member of the Audit and Risk Subcommittee for NCF where he provides additional oversight over NCF to ensure it continues to deliver successful outcomes for its clients.