Adam Hughes, Chairperson

Adam Hughes

Adam is the current Chairperson and 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.

Ngozi Penson


Ngozi joined the Board in September 2018 and brings with her a wealth of experience in marketing & business development. She is a motivated woman with extensive business and community engagement experience. Ngozi is passionate about people, health, wellbeing, education, social justice, entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusion. She has over two decades experience as an entrepreneur within small business Enterprise, SME. She is a self-starter and a go getter with a can-do attitude.

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

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.

Alexander Abraham, Client Representative


Alec is a trained Social Worker, originally from Scotland. He worked in a multitude of different settings with diverse communities, hospitals and general practitioners, prisons, schools and Hauora Maori services. He set up and taught the first professionally accredited clinical supervision course for Social Workers and counsellors in New Zealand.

Alec served on the Henderson High School Board of Trustees for nine years and was also then the Board of Trustees representative for the Waitakere Education Sector Trust (WEST). He started attending the Parkinsons classes at what was originally the INRF six years ago and has been the consumer representative for INRF/Neuroconnect for the past five years

Steven Castle

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Steven joins the Board in 2020 and has extensive experience in Education, Healthcare (traditional and alternative) and Information Technology sectors, bringing to the Board a range of skills in executive management, business and operations. As director of the College of Natural Health & Homeopathy, health, wellness and accessibility are part of Stevens core focus allowing him to understand the need for freedom of choice within healthcare modalities. Stevens aim in joining the Board is to ensure Neuro Connection is the high quality healthcare provider of choice for individuals and communities across New Zealand.