In accordance with the Constitution of the Federation, the day-to-day governance of the organisation is delegated by the membership to an elected/co-opted Governance Board. The current members of the Board are:
Hon. Steve Chadwick (Chair)
The Honourable Steve (Stephanie) Chadwick has been Mayor of Rotorua since October 2013. Steve’s career previous to the Mayoralty started in the health sector before moving into the local and national political arena.
Steve is a qualified Midwife, whose career in midwifery began at Hutt Hospital and extends beyond New Zealand to include senior nursing roles in London and Papua New Guinea. Most of her nursing career was spent at Rotorua Hospital, where she held a variety of positions including Manager of Women, Child and Family Services and Client Services Director at Lakeland Health Crown Health Enterprise. Her community achievements during this time include establishing the first family planning clinic in Rotorua, helping to establish the first Women’s Refuge in Rotorua, and the Rotorua School for Young Parents.
Steve’s career in national politics began in 1999 when she ran a successful campaign for the New Zealand Labour Party and became the Member of Parliament for Rotorua. Her career in Central Government spanned twelve years, including three years as a List MP. During this time, she held the portfolios of Associate Minister of Health, Minister of Conservation and Minister of Women’s Affairs. Her proudest achievements include sponsoring the Smoke free Environments Act and securing funding ($72 million) for the clean-up of Rotorua lakes.
Dr Harley Aish
Dr Angus Chambers
Dr Angus Chambers has been a General Practitioner in Christchurch for 28 years. He is Chair of Christchurch PHO and the chair of the Primary Health Alliance. He has been extensively involved with contributing to the Canterbury Health System and also nationally representing the Primary Health Alliance at PSAAP as a core negotiator.
He believes his experience as a clinician as well as extensive involvement in Health Administration has equiped him well to make a significant contribution to the Federation.
Philip Chapman is one of two co-opted Consumer Representatives on the Board (subject to ratification). Philip is based in Nelson and is a significant health advocate with a very impressive range of expertise. He works with multiple disadvantaged groups including family violence networks, survivors of sexual abuse and the homeless. His experience encompasses services provided through the Salvation Army and a range of marae based support services.
Philip is a strong advocate for men’s health and has also undertaken research into homelessness and associated issues. His Governance expertise includes tenure as the Consumer Representative on the Board of Nelson Bays Primary Health for 3 successive terms (now completed).
Kia ora tatou. No Waikato-Tainui me Ngapuhi tenei mokopuna e mihi atu nei kia koutou katoa.
I am currently the CEO at Manaia Health PHO in Northland. From inception, I have been a member of the Establishment Board, Federation of Primary Health, Aotearoa New Zealand.
I walk comfortably in Te Ao Maori, the government sector and primary care. This has been recognised in my appointment to a number of decision making bodies, most recently in my appointment to PSAAP as a Primary Care caucus negotiator. For the past three years, I have been a director on the Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu board, the Whanau Ora commissioning agency for the South Island. I am also a director of Te Rau Matatini, the National Centre for Maori Health, Maori Workforce Development and Excellence.
I am a champion of Maori health equity and as a chief executive working in Northland, I have a close understanding of the issues impacting Maori and high-needs populations and understand the complexities of working within the existing system and infrastructure to effect positive change.
Dr Helen Francis
Helen has worked in community and primary care in the UK and New Zealand for over thirty years in a variety of nursing, managerial and teaching roles. Most recently she worked for over a decade in a variety of leadership roles at The Hastings Health Centre, enjoying the challenge of working in a multidisciplinary team offering care to over 25,000 enrolled patients.
In 2017, she completed her PhD through Massey University, exploring how people with multiple long-term conditions experience the self-management approach to health care in the primary care setting. She has been an elected member of Hawke’s Bay DHB since 2007, as well as holding other board positions. She is currently working as an independent health consultant.
In his current role as Chief Executive of Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand, a national membership organisation that represents the majority of community pharmacy owners, Andrew is responsible for providing sector leadership and advocacy services for the business and professional interests of community pharmacy. He is the lead contract negotiator on behalf of community pharmacy with DHBs and leads secretariat support for the Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum.
Andrew has significant health sector experience across a range of key leadership and professional advisory roles over the last 25 years. In addition to his current role, this experience covers roles as: Chief Advisor to the CEO at healthAlliance, Strategic Advisor to the Director-General of Health, an independent consultant specialising in the health sector, and Manager at the Crown Company Monitoring Advisory Unit providing advice to Government on hospital governance and performance issues.
Andrew also has prior private sector work experience, as a consultant at Ernst & Young and in corporate banking advisory roles at Bank of New Zealand. Andrew is professionally qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Operations Research and a Bachelor of Business Studies degree in Accountancy.
Karen is the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives with 50 years’ midwifery and nursing experience including practice, teaching, research, governance and management. Her special interests are community and primary care, strategic planning, health professional education and workforce structures. She was Deputy Chair of the Health Workforce Advisory Committee for 5 years and was a member of the New Zealand Health Strategy Reference group in 2000 who drafted the Health and Primary Care Strategies. She is currently a member of the Primary Health Alliance Executive Committee.
She has represented midwifery on numerous government and consumer forums and was a member of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Board for twenty years. Karen chaired the ICM Scientific Planning and Programming Committee and currently Co-chairs the ICM Regulation Standing Committee. Karen co-authored “The Midwifery Partnership; A Model for Practice” and “Women’s Business: The History of the NZ College of Midwives” and is the author of numerous published papers, articles and books.
Karen was awarded the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for Services to New Zealand in midwifery and women’s health in 2000. She led the High Court action and subsequent mediation on Pay Equity in 2018 on behalf of the New Zealand College of Midwives.
Martin has over 20 years’ experience in health services planning and delivery. Martin has held a number of health sector roles, including: GM Integrated Care at Counties Manukau, Chief Operating Officer at Capital & Coast DHB; Group Manager Planning and Funding at Hutt Valley DHB; Senior Locality Manager in the Health Funding Authority; and Group Manager Mental Health in the Central Regional Health Authority. He has also worked as a Senior Advisor for the Department of Social Welfare, and within the NGO sector, and was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in 2013 to work with Kaiser Permanente in the USA. Martin has three grown up children – all boys and all Wellingtonians.
As the current Executive Director of Clinical Operations for St John, Norma has responsibility for national operational and clinical delivery of ambulance services in New Zealand, with exception of the area covered by Wellington Free Ambulance.
Norma’s role involves overarching national strategic responsibility for the service delivery of emergency ambulance services, ambulance communication centres, patient transfer services, event health services and the administration of PRIME (where rural doctors and nurses are responded to emergencies in rural and remote areas to complement local ambulance services). A central component of Norma’s role involves working at a senior level with the Ministry of Health (MOH), District Health Boards (DHBs) and Primary Health Organisations (PHOs) on the implementation of strategic initiatives including pathways, new models of care and other clinical initiatives to improve patient outcomes.
For the last three years, Norma has chaired the National Air Desk Governance Board and led the implementation of the Air Desk pilot project for the National Air Desk based in St John Headquarters. Norma’s senior team has led numerous initiatives where paramedics with extended skills have provided of out-of-hours care on behalf of DHBs and PHOs, contributing to local primary and urgent care solutions. Strategically, St John is committed to supporting its paramedical workforce (which is soon to be registered under the HPCA Act) to compliment and work alongside existing health professionals to ensure an excellent primary care service continues to be provided to New Zealanders. Norma has a direct influence over the national ambulance sector standing orders which in turn have a direct influence on ambulance sector links with primary care across New Zealand.
Associate Professor Peter Larmer
My current role as Head of School of Clinical Sciences at AUT has afforded me the understanding that the present health structure is underutilizing our health workforce and many practitioners are not working to the top of their scope.
With a growing health burden we need to work differently. My roles as a researcher and as Chair of Arthritis New Zealand also have provided insights to our health inequities particularly for Māori and Pacific people. I believe the numerous roles I have had on Boards and leadership positions have equipped me to add value to the Federation.
Dr Jeff Lowe
Arish is a Phd Candidate, has a Masters in Health Science(Distinction), Post Grad Dip in Health Service Management and a Diploma in Dental Therapy (Honours).
He works as Director of Allied Health and Technical for Hauora Tairāwhiti DHB, New Zealand. He is a Senior Clinician at Amber Dental and, President of Tairāwhiti Multicultural Council.
Arish graduated from Fiji with honours in Dental Therapy in 2006 and moved to New Zealand. He then completed his postgraduate education in Leadership and Management, then Masters in Health Science with Distinction and currently manages the dental services for Tairawhiti District Health as well as providing professional advisory and strategic leadership to 41 allied and technical disciplines. He is also Board trustee of UNICEF NZ. He also chairs the board of NZ Dental and Oral Health Therapist Association. Arish is also the executive member of Allied Health Association of Aotearoa.
Arish was awarded “Tairawhiti Men of the Year” for his services to community development and recognised with the local hero medal and civic award for the region. He was awarded the University of Auckland certificate of high achievement in the Kiwi bank Young NZ’er of the Year 2015 awards. In 2018, he was voted by his peers to be the recipient of the "Dame Annette King Award for Leadership and Excellence in Oral Health" Currently Arish co-chairs Ship for World Youth New Zealand alumni, represents Asia NZ Foundations Leadership Network and his key focus areas are social entrepreneurship, health/social inequalities, multiculturalism, responsible leadership and human capital development.
He has also founded the brand “Opportunities without Discrimination” or OWSOCKS that has over 10,200 likes on Facebook and is a campaign to promote diversity and inclusion by wearing odd pairs of socks. He has won a number of local, national and international award and was NZ’s representative to the UN in 2013 where he addressed UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and other dignitaries on the topic of “responsible leadership”
Sheldon Ngatai is of Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Ngati Mutunga o whare kauri, Ngati Maniapoto descent.
Sheldon is one of two co-opted Consumer Representatives on the Board (subject to ratification). A breast cancer survivor, Sheldon has significant experience of the health sector as a consumer and has turned that to good use by becoming involved in multiple consumer panels, co-design and planning committees. Sheldon has an extremely strong cultural perspective and an additional range of governance skills.
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