Please be advised that the District Health Board elections are being held across New Zealand this year.
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Members appointed by the Minister of Health are shown below.
Professor Judy McGregor, CNZM, was appointed Chair of the Waitemata District Health Board in June 2018. She is Head of the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Auckland University of Technology, has a doctorate in political communication, and is a trained lawyer. She was New Zealand’s first Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner with the New Zealand Human Rights Commission between 2002-2010 and during that period published the “Caring Counts” report of employment in the aged care sector which was the catalyst for successful equal pay legislation. Judy is a former newspaper editor and has had previous governance roles in the tertiary sector and as a broadcasting regulator and is a former chair of the Palmerston North Enterprise Board. She is patron of the Auckland Women’s Centre and has published eight books and hundreds of refereed journal articles relating to the media, gender equality, the employment and care of older people, and a range of human rights issues. In 2016 she was the NZ-UK Link Visiting Fellow at the University of London. Her latest two books explore the status of human rights in New Zealand and she has edited an international collection on aspects of human dignity. Judy has lived much of her life on Auckland’s North Shore.
Kylie Clegg has a corporate legal background having specialised in mergers and acquisitions across a range of industries. Kylie is a board member of Hockey New Zealand and chairman of the Hockey Foundation. She is a former New Zealand hockey player, having competed at two Olympics and captained the team at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Her previous governance experience has been as a board member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and the Halberg Disability Sports Foundation and as a board observer on Auckland Transport.
In 2016 Professor Max Abbott CNZM, celebrated two decades at the helm of AUT University’s Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences. In addition to being the Dean of the Faculty he is also Pro Vice-Chancellor (North Campus), Co-director of the National Institute for Public Health and Mental Health Research. He also directs two of the Institute's Centres.
Max is also a board member and past Deputy Chair of the Waitemata District Health Board, an advisor to Health Workforce New Zealand, senior consultant to the World Federation for Mental Health and a member of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship. His areas of expertise include mental health, problem gambling and addictions, public health, Pacific Island health and development, and psychiatric epidemiology.
Born in Auckland, Edward was raised on the North Shore, attended Rosmini College and graduated from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. As an active Health Professional with strong interests in sports, exercise and nutrition (culminating from his key foundations of health, wellness and family), Edward’s philosophy is evident in his passion for helping and enhancing others lives through Chiropractic care and serving on the Waitemata District Health Board.
Chris Carter has a background in politics and with the United Nations (UN). First elected in 1993 as the Labour Party MP for Te Atatu, he served in the NZ Parliament until 2011. He held senior ministerial roles in Helen Clark's government, including Education Minister, Conservation Minister, Housing Minister, Local Government Minister and Ethnic Affairs Minister. In September 2011, Chris was appointed to a senior UN role, serving first in Afghanistan (2011 to 2015) and then Myanmar (2015 to 2018). Chris lives in Te Atatu and has a strong interest in public health issues. Elected to the Waitematā DHB in 2019, Chris is currently also the elected Chairperson of Auckland City Council's Henderson-Massey Local Board.
Sandra Coney was appointed a companion to the Queen’s Service Order (QSO) for services to women’s health in 2010. Her 40−year record as a consumer advocate in the health sector led to the Cervical Cancer Inquiry and major reforms in patients’ rights for all New Zealanders. She was a consumer representative in the development of the New Zealand Health Strategy which directs all DHBs and Chair of the Pharmac Consumer Advisory Committee until mid-2010. Sandra’s background also includes work on the National Cervical and Breast Screening programmes and on consumer participation. She is a member of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board of Auckland Council.
Warren Flaunty, QSM, is a pharmacist by profession and has owned and operated his own pharmacy in Massey, Westgate and now Life Pharmacy Northwest, for over 50 years. He has been an elected Member of WDHB for 15 years, since DHBs were created in 2001. He is also an elected member of the Henderson-Massey Local Board, vice president of Waitakere Licensing Trust and past president of The New Zealand Licensing Trust Association. Warren is currently a director of The Trusts Community Foundation. He was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) in 2004 for public service and service to the community.
Allison Roe, MBE, is a prominent New Zealand athlete and is well known for setting world records and for winning the New York and Boston marathons in 1981. Allison has since enjoyed a successful business career balancing home life as a wife and mother with the demands of her own business ventures. Her special interest and research around healthy life styles is recognised in NZ and overseas. Her governance experience includes the North Shore Hospital Foundation and the Health Sponsorship Council.
Arena Williams (Ngāi Tahu, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Tūhoe) was appointed to the board of Waitematā District Health Board in 2019. A corporate lawyer with in-house and private sector experience, Arena has professional expertise in governance, risk and health and safety. She has been a board member of the Council of the University of Auckland and is currently a member of the Rūnanga of Unitec. Arena lives in Hobsonville Point with her husband and two young children.