North Shore Times : February 4th 2011
www.northshoretimes.co.nz Friday, February 4, 2011 WWW.MISH.ORG.NZ PH: 477 2007 17 ANTARES PLACE, MAIRANGI BAY CHOOSE THE BEST- CHOOSE MILLENNIUM Brad’s a dadona mission By SARAH CODDINGTON My girl: Brad Clark, the new chief executive at Starship Foundation, is also settling into his role as father to Kaitlin. Photo: BEN WATSON ‘ If anything happened to little Kaitlin I would know she had the best care. ’ – Starship Foundation chief executive Brad Clark LITTLE Kaitlin has only been in this world for 12 weeks but has already inspired her father to take on a new job. Brad Clark, who is the new Starship Foundation chief executive saw the role advertised and knew he had to apply for it. And his first child with wife Nicky was one of the major factors behind his decision. ‘‘You walk through the paediatric intensive care unit and your heart just melts, seeing these little babies hooked up to every tube imaginable. ‘‘Your heart goes out to the parents. If anything happened to little Kaitlin I would know she had the best care,’’ the Takapuna resi- dent says. He hopes he can help keep New Zealand’s biggest children’s hospital moving forward in the right direc- tion to provide top care for its patients. One of the biggest projects he will be undertaking is fundraising for the level six ward for neurosurgery and neurological disorders. More than 2000 young patients are admitted to the ward each year. Their medical needs are met but overall care is at a basic level because of poor configuration of beds and services within the ward. Hospitals around the world are moving towards a new era of medi- cal treatment that looks to address the medical, social and emotional needs of the patients. Mr Clark comes from a marketing and promotions background and he was the general manager at Can- Teen, an organisation that supports young people living with cancer. He has also worked for the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind. It is not until you get into non- profit organisations that you realise the good you are contributing to in society, Mr Clark says. He was a familiar face in Taka- puna as the Takapuna Beach Busi- ness Association general manager back in 2005. ‘‘As a former general manager and local resident it is exciting to see development taking place in Takapuna towards building a hub for the North Shore,’’ Mr Clark says. He has lived in North Shore since he moved from Canada 18 years ago. ❚ Donate to the level six rebuild project at www.starship.org.nz/ donation.
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