Our vision

People with Multiple Sclerosis and related conditions in Otago can participate to their fullest in society.

Our mission

The Otago Multiple Sclerosis Society empowers people with Multiple Sclerosis and related conditions, their families and caregivers by supporting them to participate in all communities relevant to them.

Our constitution

You can read our constitution in full online.

Legal status

MS Otago’s official name is The Otago Multiple Sclerosis Society Incorporated. Ms Otago is an Incorporated Society with charitable status. Our charity number is CC28916.

You can find our Performance Reports and charity details in the Charities Register.

Executive Committee members

MS Otago is governed by an Executive Committee.

Lorraine Johnston – President & Treasurer

Lorraine has been a bank officer, a university lecturer and a Librarian in a long and varied career. She has had considerable experience serving on and chairing committees during her work and non-work life. In recent years she has been Secretary for The Friends of the Globe Theatre,  President of the Dunedin Public Library Association (Friends of the Library)  and served on the committee for Swing Riot swing dance community.

Lorraine has served on the MS Otago committee since 2021 and has been President since 2022.

Claire Hargest – Vice President

I am the current vice president of the Otago Multiple Sclerosis Society and have been a committee member since 2019.

My interest in MS stems from my clinical background as a physiotherapist. I have worked with many people living with multiple sclerosis and share their frustrations about how to live well with a poorly understood and unpredictable condition.

My hope is that as a committee, we can educate the wider community on the impact MS can have on a person’s life and, to provide people living with MS the information and support required to maximise their day to day life. In particular I am interested in promoting physical activity amongst people living with MS and ensuring our community is accessible to allow people to be as active as possible.

Jan Campbell

Born in Ōtautahi Jan trained as a nurse in Christchurch, as a midwife in the UK and has a degree in philosophy with particular interest in healthcare and business ethics.
After working in the public health system in the UK and NZ, Jan joined Roche Pharmaceuticals based in Auckland in 1999. As a respected senior leader and Medical
Director, she established a medical division over the ensuing 20 years responsible for significant investment in clinical trials in NZ, developing a top-class global medicine information service, advancing compassionate medicine supply for kiwis in need, and leading a team working closely with patients, specialists, MEDSAFE and PHARMAC to support the safe and appropriate use of Roche medicines.

As a retiree Jan has volunteered for Mercy Hospice in Auckland and the WBoP Museum in Katikati. Now living in Ōtepoti, Jan is loving being a nana to her granddaughter and exploring the beautiful southern region.

Jan sits on the MS Research Trust, MSNZ and MS Otago executive committees with a keen interest to ensure people with MS get a fair go in NZ.

Amanda Greer

Kia Ora Koutou katoa

Ko Amanda Greer Tōku Ingoa

I feel extremely privileged to represent MS Otago as a committee member. I live with repeating remitting MS and can empathise with the challenges MS brings. 

I offer 30 years of educational experience to the board with previous roles in leadership, business and community engagement. I have a special interest in innovative projects which meet the needs of our young people. 

My life’s passion has been education and I have been privileged to work in a variety of roles where I have developed a unique skill set which I can bring to the committee. 

The world of health care is undergoing rapid change and I support an educational and compassionate approach to the mahi we do and support regionally and nationally. 

I currently travel the South Island with my husband and our German Shepherd for 12 months in our caravan, enjoying new experiences and making memories. 

Kā mihi nui

Amanda Greer BTchLN (ECE)

Amanda Greer

Allan Teviotdale

Judy Cook

I am retired. My training and experience is as a Computer Programmer/Systems Analysist working at
the DCC and in the UK, then at the Department of Internal Affairs, initially computerising manual
office systems and subsequently as a funding advisor and as the Otago/Southland Lottery
Committee Co-ordinator.

I served on the Board of the Dunedin Budget Advisory Service as secretary for 13 years and
volunteered at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary for a similar period. Unfortunately the progression of MS
has curtailed my activities at those organisations. I am currently treasurer for the Maori Hill
Community Centre committee and have served on the MS Otago committee for 6 years.

My MS has progressed from needing a walking stick, to a walker and ultimately, for the last few
years, to a wheelchair, so I understand the frustration and confusion, and am aware of the
disruption to the lives, of those suffering from MS, and their families.

Through work and volunteer experiences and roles I have become aware of governance
responsibilities, and am familiar with financial reporting requirements.

It is important that MS Otago is responsive to the needs of those in our area afflicted with MS and
that the Executive Committee is capable of delivering any available assistance and advice.