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AGM ONLINE – Saturday 10th September at 10.30am

Current CCIS Board

Fiona Charlton

Fiona loves variety and thrives under pressure. Her passion revolves around being of service to make a real difference in the lives of others, understanding latest health-related research and developments, improving relationships, copywriting, and design. In her past corporate career Fiona enjoyed donning many hats to get the job done – including client relationship management, senior/operational management, HR, project/event management, design and delivery of training, writing publications, co-authoring books, marketing/sales, and social media management. Fiona has years of fundraising experience for non-profits in both NZ and UK. She is continuing Post Graduate studies in biological and health science with a focus on improving quality of life for those living with chronic illness. A situation she knows all too well through having six chronic conditions herself, coordinating the Te Awamutu ME/CFS & FM support group for CCIS for the past nine years, and developing relationships through social media as a chronic illness awareness campaigner. I look forward to making a real difference in the role of president and as a board member, utilising my skills and experience to lead by example and further the cause for people living with disabling disorders. I am grateful to be a part of an excellent organisation that truly understands these complex conditions and makes living with chronic illness more manageable through support, advice, and care.

Keith J Appleton

I represent the board, as a trustee of ME/CFS (BOP) Charitable Trust. My term on the board has been interesting and rewarding, initially as Treasurer assisting in the re-structuring of CCIS to avoid bankruptcy, Also the appointment of our Operations Co-ordinator thus enabling the board to work on the business not in it. It is my belief that any Director should listen to and be available to organisation members, something that I endeavour to put into practice.

During my time as President of the board I have been privileged to work with a progressive thinking team.  I have met with members, listened to them, enjoyed dialogue, evaluated their thoughts, ideas, and concerns.

I believe this input has contributed to the positive changes that have resulted over the past twelve months.

Those changes include achievements by way of creating greater financial stability for CCIS by appointing the right staff to oversee and administer the organisation; looking to expand our funding base and services.

I am married with three adult children, and three grandchildren.

Both my wife and eldest son suffer from ME/CFS. Both are members of CCIS.

Being on the board has allowed me to further my knowledge and understanding of the organisation, its members, and allowed me to use both my expertise and experience to contribute positively toward the stability, future growth and development of the CCIS for support of its members.

I believe that I can continue to offer innovative ideas in areas of strategic planning, strategic partnerships, risk identification and management, fund raising strategies, together with financial, audit and accounting expertise.

Matt Appleton

Dear CCIS Member,

Some of you may know me already but for those who don’t, please let me introduce myself.

My name is Matt Appleton and I am currently the Vice President of the CCIS Board. I am a fellow member who suffers from M.E. and Fibromyalgia and have done so for approximately fifteen years.

My life before M.E. was very full. I worked hard and partied a little hard too (which probably helped me develop M.E. in the first place). I worked full time from the age of sixteen and have owned my own businesses (in two different industries) from the age of eighteen onwards. I had what most people would call success. Then came M.E. and everything crashed.

I had all but given up before meeting the staff at CCIS and completing the Towards Wellness Programme. This helped me get back some control in my life which has enabled me to participate in giving back to CCIS, first as a volunteer then using my entrepreneurial skills as a Board Member for the last two years. I believe I have been a positive contributor to the Board in my time and would like to continue to do so if you would allow me the privilege of being re-elected. My other special positive contributions include my involvement in the interviewing and employing of the Operations Co-ordinator and the new Field Officers.  We have some tough times ahead of us with the Covid crisis and all that brings with it, but I stand by the record of the Board for the last two years which has seen us be in a relatively good position compared to many others when Covid hit. We are a positive and forward-thinking Board that has done great work together and I look forward to continuing that along with the other current Board members and any new ones who join us.

Thanks very much.

Sarah Davey

My name is Sarah Davey. I grew up in Tauranga. I am married to Trevor and we have 3 adult children and support my elderly parents. I have a professional background practicing commercial and property law but about 25 years ago I had a change of career and entered the health and social services sector after having our three children.  I have had a lifelong passion for enabling people with disability to lead their best life. I started a supported independent living services for young adults with intellectual disabilities called Beacon Hill House.  I then had the privilege of being CEO of Avalon Incorporated which was a social enterprise based in Te Puna providing vocational supports for people with intellectual and physical disability. In 2009 I joined the District health Board Planning and Funding team. I have held various roles at the DHB primarily with an interest in strategy and change management.  I am currently the Manager for Innovation + Improvement.

I joined the CCIS Board in 2019 after Keith twisted my arm and I am still in a learning phase about our members and understanding this complex world of complex chronic illness.  I am always hearted to hear about how this small but feisty organisation is making a difference to someone’s life.

I wish to continue my board membership. The role I can play is in wise stewardship of resources, guiding the strategic direction, ensuring that the organisation is here for our members in the future. 

Please consider my nomination for the Board.

David Harris

Born in Bradford on Avon England, 27 February 1954 and emigrated to New Zealand with my parents six weeks later where I have lived since as a Permanent Resident in the Western Bay of Plenty.

Educated firstly at Tauranga Primary School, then Tauranga Intermediate and Tauranga Boys College from 1967 to March 1971.

I was raised on a local Ohauiti Dairy Farm and received an early introduction to horticulture picking lemons and mowing grass for my grandfather, the then chairman of the NZ Citrus Marketing Authority learning about the early days of citrus marketing and processing gaining further work experience in Horticulture during my working and business career.  As a teenager I worked on a Sheep and Beef Farm weekends and School Holidays.

Married my wife Cathy in 1977 with three adult children, two grand children and another due early December 2020. Cathy has a BA(Mus) degree and teaches as a Vocal Tutor one half day a week at Te Puke High School. Cathy plays a very integral and important role in the three Small Business’ we operate and continues to be caregiver for my CFS.  We have lived in and around Tauranga returning to my Family home in rural Ohauiti in December 2006 and since June 2011 owned a Lifestyle block as a move towards realistic sustainability, providing the opportunity for me to work when I can rather than when I have to according to my energy reserves and CFS symptoms.

I have worked in and around Tauranga my whole working life in Banking, Business Accounting and Management and at most levels of the Information Technology industry also designing and building Microsoft Access database systems since 1994.  I am currently part of a small team that have setup and operate three business units from our lifestyle block at Ohauiti:

  • CropCheck Ltd (cropcheck.co.nz) provides Pest Monitoring and other Services to mainly Avocado Growers but also other fruit Crops.  We have seven qualified field pest monitors, one Administrator and a Management Consultant.
  • MeCount Business Systems Ltd (mecount.com) is my IT Services and Business Management Company. I am a Computer Engineer and Microsoft Access Database Developer with prior Business Accounting and Administration backgrounds.  MeCount provides critical supply chain services for our other Business Units and others.
  • BlueSkyData Ltd (blueskydata,co,nz) is our Western BOP located and based DataCentre hosting Websites, Domain Names and emails, providing Cloud Storage and Hosted computing Solutions.  BlueSkyData provides critical supply chain services for CropCheck and others.

I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 2000 and in March 2015 with Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP) or low Platelets, another Immune system condition with one of the main effects being extreme fatigue.

Complex Chronic Illness Support Inc (Formerly ME/CFS BOP) provided both Cathy and myself significant help and support during the years after my diagnosis in 2000, after a significant viral episode in 1991.  Before this past year I previously served on the Board of ME/CFS BOP as Treasurer Vice Chairman and Chairman and see that being part of the Governance Board of CCIS is a way I can use my accumulated Business Management experience and Technology skills to “pay it back” and help build a better support organisation and experience for those with Chronic Illness.

Prue McCallum

Prue has a passion for health and well-being and works as a doctor specialising in hospice and palliative care. She applied to work with this board as she has witnessed the impact CFS, ME and other chronic diseases have in the lives of others.

Prue moved to Tauranga 20 years ago where she lives rurally with her husband Bill. Bill and Prue have three adult children and recently two grand daughters joined the family.


Each of the Nominees are asked to write a 300-word piece explaining why they would like to be on the CCIS Board.

And any new nominees for the CCIS Board will be available here once we receive them

Alan Withy

Biographical summary for Alan Withy, Board Candidate 2022

 Alan is a New Zealand citizen who has lived in the Bay of Plenty most of his adult life. He has been married to Dale for many years and they have three adult children and four grandchildren. Three of those have suffered from complex ongoing disabilities, which is his motivation for seeking  a trustee role with CCIS.


 He would “bring to the board table” a desire to support the team in the front-line from his experience on commercial and charitable boards. He has been a member of over 50 such boards; has been chair of many and secretary/treasurer for several.


Alan has honours degrees in public policy and management, with diplomas in dispute resolution, land surveying, and town planning. He is a past or present member of the institutes of directors, mediators, trustees, planning, property and surveying.


He has held various management positions and served on the boards of various organisations with annual turnovers ranging from under $1million to over $100million. He is an active mentor in the Business-in-the-Community Program through the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce, and the Institute of Directors.


Between 1990 and 2003 Alan was the founding director of the Alandale Group of companies involved with consulting, development, investment, management and planning.  For 15 years prior to that he was a director and part owner of a large multi-disciplinary consulting company, operating throughout New Zealand and overseas.


Since 2003 he has focused on advisory, conciliation, governance, mediation and adjudication roles, and has been extensively involved in dispute resolution, particularly in the contractual, employment, environmental, and resource management fields.


Alan believes in the three phases of career – learn – earn – return, and is firmly in the “return” season.

Alan Withy

25 August 2022

Kirby-Lee Ormond

Kia ora koutou katoa,

Ko Kirby-Lee Ormond tōku ingoa, ko Rongomaiwahine tōku iwi, e noho ana ahau ki te Kirikiriroa. My name is Kirby-lee and I grew up in the beautiful settlement that is Māhia. My current occupation is with Te Matapihi he Tirohanga mō te Iwi Trust as a Business Advisor to the Rental Housing and Communications portfolios.

I have seen the effects of Chronic Fatigue first-hand in my own whānau and loved ones. I’ve also had my own struggles with health, both physical and mental, as it is almost impossible to be severely affected by one and not the other. My life has been helped by others and now I look forward to in turn, paying that forward. As the Māori proverb teaches “He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata he tangata. What is the most important thing? It is people, it is people it is people.”

I look forward to seeking solutions on how I am best able to help those whose daily lives are affected by the very real illness that is ME/CFS, as well as the capable individuals who are the kaimahi of CCIS.

Until our next kanohi ki te kanohi, whānau,

E noho ora mai,


Documents for the SGM and AGM are available below

In the Special General Meeting we will be looking at and approving changes to our current Constitution.


Nominations for Board members of CCIS can be made in advance in writing to reach our office no later than Thursday 1st September 2022.  If nominated at the meeting, the person nominated must be present. A reminder that Secretary and Treasurer are now appointed and not elected. Members of staff are not eligible for election. Please request a nomination form from our office.


The ME/CFS (BoP) Charitable Trust was established in February 2008. The Trust has three trustees, namely CCI Support’s President, Vice President, and Secretary.


If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may appoint a proxy to attend and vote on your behalf. Please request a Proxy Form from the CCIS office. Staff members may not be appointed proxy. If you are unsure who to appoint as your proxy, it can be the President of the meeting with any instructions detailed on the written proxy.


Financial Members Only are permitted to vote.


Nomination Form: 

Proxy Form:

Please upload the completed Nomination and Proxy forms below or email them to [email protected]

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