Brian Johns Fellowship Trust

Sun, 03 Apr 2016

Brian Johns Fellowship Trust


Dr Brian Maurice Johns was born in New Plymouth on 15 March 1901, attended New Plymouth Boys' High School and University of Otago Medical School qualifying ChB in 1924. Brian went to work at Waikato Hospital before going overseas, he became FRCSE in 1927. Dr Johns joined the Colonial Medical Service and was posted to Singapore where he became a senior surgeon and professor of clinical surgery, not only did he do general surgery but he had a special interest in ENT surgery. Dr Johns remained in Singapore during the Second World War and was swept into the horrors of the Changi Jail. He utilised his leadership skills to assist the 4000 men, women and children who occupied the section of Changi Jail where he was imprisoned eventually becoming the European commandant at the jail. At the end of the war Dr Johns was awarded an OBE and eventually returned to New Zealand to rejoin his wife Kathleen and sons Andrew and David and to recuperate. At age 50 Dr Johns set up in practice in Auckland as an ENT surgeon, he became FRACS in 1959 and retired from active practice in 1976. Dr Johns died in November 1997.

Funding Application Guidelines

The Brian Johns Fellowship Trust was established by deed of trust on 10 September 1979 by Dr John's wife Kathleen and this two sons Andrew and David to commemorate his work in the field of Ear Nose and Throat Surgery. Perpetual Guardian is the sole trustee.
Under the terms of the deed advisory trustees are appointed from persons specialising in research in the fields of ear nose and throat medicine who shall select and nominate persons considered suitable to receive the award of the Brian Johns Fellowship Trust.
The deed further provides for income from the fund to be paid towards the cost of enabling suitable persons nominated by the advisory trustees to develop further their knowledge and interest in the fields of ear nose and throat medicine and to develop and continue research in the said fields whether in New Zealand or overseas.

Period and Processing of Funding

Applications to be considered as a recipient for funding are assessed on an individual basis or if for the purposes of medical research by 1 August 2015. The amount to be distributed this year is up to $20,000 which may be granted to more than one recipient. All applications must be completed in writing with any relevant references, travel details, outline of research and/or conference details. (application form attached)

Any enquiries relating to this Trust and the application process please telephone Gail Stevens (09) 927 9447. Applications can be sent to: Perpetual Guardian, PO Box 1934, Shortland Street, Auckland for the attention of Gail Stevens or can be emailed to