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Waitemata Board

Waitemata Board

Please find Declaration of Results of Election for the 2016 elections for the three district health boards in the Auckland region on the Waitemata DHB elections page.

Board Members

Dr Lester Levy

Dr Lester Levy

Chairman

Dr Levy is the appointed Chairman of the Auckland, Waitemata and Counties Manukau District Health Boards, Auckland Transport and the Health Research Council. He is also the Independent Chairman of Tonkin + Taylor. These entities have combined annual operating revenues of $6.5 billion, assets of $20 billion and staff of 21,800 full time equivalent employees.

Dr Levy is a Lead Reviewer for the State Service Commission’s Performance Improvement Framework, a joint central agency initiative to help public sector senior leaders lead performance improvement in their agencies and across the system. He was the foundation Head of the New Zealand Leadership Institute at the University of Auckland and is Adjunct Professor of Leadership at the University of Auckland Business School.

Dr Levy is a graduate of Medicine and a MBA with extensive management and governance experience primarily as a Chief Executive and Chairman. He is best known for leading a number of organisational performance transformations in both the public and private sectors.

Dr Levy was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2013 New Year's Honours List for services to health and education. Previously seconded to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet he has been awarded the prestigious King's Fund International Fellowship from the King's Fund in London. A Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management Dr Levy’s leadership research has been published in a number of international peer reviewed academic journals and he is the author of the book “Leadership and the Whirlpool Effect”.

Kylie Clegg

Kylie Clegg

Deputy chair

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.

Prof Max Abbott

Prof Max Abbott

Board member
Edward Benson-Cooper

Edward Benson-Cooper

Board member

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.

Sandra Coney

Sandra Coney

Board member

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

Warren Flaunty

Board member

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.

Dr Matire Harwood

Dr Matire Harwood

Board member

Dr Matire Harwood (Ngapuhi, MBChB, PhD Medicine) is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland; GP at Papakura Marae Health Clinic; and has held numerous governance and advisory roles on health and health research boards and committees. She is recognised nationally and internationally for her expertise in Māori health, the management of long term conditions in primary care and achieving health equity. 

Dr James le Fevre

Dr James le Fevre

Board member

Dr James Le Fevre has been a Waitemata DHB elected board member since 2010. He is also deputy chair of Auckland DHB and an Emergency Medicine Consultant at Auckland City Hospital Adult Emergency Department.
Previously he has worked as an Auckland Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) Doctor with Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust which provides doctor-paramedic care to the critically ill and injured, in partnership with Auckland DHB.
He was born and raised in Auckland, received his medical training at the University of Auckland, and has worked in multiple hospitals across New Zealand and Australia. He is actively involved in health research with interests in healthcare quality indicators and emergency blood transfusion.

Brian Neeson

Brian Neeson

Board member

Brian’s varied experience both as a Member of Parliament, and in various roles in the public and private sector have gained him the knowledge and experience required in dealing with large organisations of complex natures in terms of governance, financial oversight and accountability.
Brian currently serves on the Upper Harbour Local Board, Human Rights Review Tribunal, Auckland district licensing committee and is Managing Director of BK & VS Neeson Limited and Apollo Property Investments Limited.

Morris Pita

Morris Pita

Board member

Morris holds a Master of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland.  Following University he held contract, policy and project management roles at the Health Funding Authority and Public Health Commission.  After working at Ernst & Young and completing his MBA at Oxford University, he was a strategist at a FTSE 25 company, BG Group (UK).  On returning to NZ he was a Commercial and Project Manager at Mighty River Power (Mercury) before setting up his own consulting firm in 2009, Shea Pita & Associates.  Morris has also been a member of the Eden Park Trust Board since 2009 where he Chairs the Finance and Audit committee.  Morris is a trustee on his hapu trust in Northland (Whangaruru) and a director of Turuki Pharmacy Limited providing affordable medicines to South Auckland families.

Allison Roe

Allison Roe

Board member

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.