|Emma Bell, Project Manager/Administrative Support, Southern Cancer Network, and her dog Baxter.|
Rugby and cricket-mad sports enthusiast Emma Bell has lived all over the country she has called home for the past 13 years. Originally from the UK, Emma Bell has settled in Wallacetown with her Kiwi husband Garry, dog Baxter, Alfie the cat, and two pet hens named Mildred and Miss Brahms.
Emma met Garry on a holiday to New Zealand and moved to Wellington in 2004. “This country is beautiful, spacious, laid-back and friendly,” she says. “I’ve also lived in Auckland, Christchurch, the West Coast, Central Otago, Waiheke Island, and now Southland. I support both Wales and the All Blacks, and I never know whether I’m supporting the Highlanders or the Crusaders until the game starts.”
Emma is an associate member of the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) based at Lord’s ground in London. Founded in 1787, the membership was men only until 1998 when members finally voted to accept women, she says. “I was one of the first non-playing women to become an associate member. There’s a set number of full members, so there can be a bit of a wait to the top of the list. One of the things I miss about British summers is the Lord’s test…queuing early to get a good possie in the pavilion, and the pop of champagne corks as everyone settles in for the day.”
With a diverse background in primary school teaching, institutional finance and health, Emma joined the Southern Cancer Network (SCN) in 2010. She works from home and flies to Christchurch every fortnight to spend a few days working alongside the rest of the SCN team at the South Island Alliance Programme Office. Working .5 administration and .5 project management, Emma is also personal assistant to the SCN clinical director, Shaun Costello, as well as the secretary for Psychosocial Oncology New Zealand (PONZ). “I’m also on the organising committee for the 2017 PONZ conference – I really enjoy the variety.”
One project Emma is currently involved with is process mapping the patient journey through Southern DHB’s oncology outpatient unit, from referral to discharge, to identify opportunities for improvement. Changes arising from this work include patients’ radiation oncology treatment appointments being booked further in advance, and extending use of telehealth for patient consults.