BOPDHB Member Profiles
Sally was appointed Chairperson of the DHB in November 2010.
She has been involved in health for many years and was
previously Chair of the Bay of Plenty Area Health Board and a
Trustee of Poutiri Trust.
Sally is committed to working with the Board and management to
position BOPDHB as one of the highest performing DHBs in the
country. "We serve a diverse population, therefore communication is
important to ensure we understand our communities' needs."
Sally lives in Whakatane with her husband Patrick and loves
being part of a vibrant fun community.
Home: 07 576 7729
Work: 07 576 9770
Fax: 07 576 9770
Post: PO Box 888, Tauranga 3110
Mark is a community pharmacist at Bethlehem in Tauranga. His
experience as a primary health provider, board member and life
experiences with family have reinforced belief in the priority care
and compassion required in healthcare and that respect, dignity and
comfort for our growing elder population should be universal.
Mark was appointed to Eastbay Health and Westbay Health prior to
the establishment of the BOPDHB and has been an elected board
He is currently Chair of the Bay of Plenty Hospital Advisory
Yvonne lives at Ohope Beach in the Eastern Bay and works as a
nurse in primary healthcare. She enjoys life, the beach and the
environment. She has an adult family and enjoys the extra dimension
grandchildren give. She has been a part of the community's
voice on the BOPDHB around health matters for four terms. Her
strengths are her extensive nursing and health background,
commitment to community and advocate for health and welfare of our
environment and population.
Yvonne has worked for many years as a nurse in the community and
involved at decision making level with the Cancer Control Council
NZ, Project Hope and BOPDHB member. These opportunities have
ensured an excellent understanding of governance and the strong
ability to advocate for communities.
Home: 07 544 1055
Work: 07 578 4309
Geoff is New Zealand born and a trained General Practitioner who
has worked in the BOP for the last 25 years completing hospital
years in Tauranga, then working as a GP locum around the BOP before
taking over Gate Pa Medical Centre over 20 years ago.
He has been involved with Primary Health Care boards and has a
good overview of hospital issues by attending regular meetings and
through ongoing interaction with hospital colleagues. He brings to
the Board a strong understanding of how the health system functions
from a hospital, General Practice and patient perspective. He also
brings common sense from life experience and a voice from the
coalface for patients.
Geoff wishes to help the board facilitate improving health for
all, especially those most at need. He does this by enabling
patients to look after themselves better and ensuring excellent
back up community and hospital services. He believes this can be
achieved through education and improved efficiencies and
Geoff is married to Penny, and together they have raised four
children. In his spare time he enjoys holidaying in the Opotiki
area, keeping fit and surfing.
Marion is a registered nurse. Her clinical work has included
both hospital and community. She has had three terms as a board
member at BOPDHB.
Marion has extensive experience in the health sector. She is
currently President of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, a
member of the National Health Board and a board member of the
Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation. Marion has a
Masters in Nursing and was awarded a Queens Service Order in 2010
for her services to nursing.
Matua is a familiar face on the rugby field and in the
community. Having balanced a professional rugby career, business
interests and a young family over the last 15 years, he currently
presents New Zealand's only reality hunting show called Hunting
He is passionate about health and an advocate for healthy
living. He values his health and he knows what it takes to stay
healthy. After all he has reached the pinnacle of his sport. To
Matua, health is wealth.
Matua has lived in Tauranga for over 18 years, is married to
Cheri and together they have three sons. Matua believes in living a
fit and healthy lifestyle.
Vervies Punohu McCausland
Board Runanga Representative
Punohu has Te Arawa and Mataatua tribal affiliations, has a
background in education, teaching and lecturing, and holds a
Bachelor of Maori Studies.
For the past 12 years, Punohu has been involved in the health
sector, holding trustee, directorship, coordinator and chairperson
positions. Punohu was appointed to the BOPDHB in December
2004 and finished her term in December 2010. Punohu is now the
Runanga Representative on the Board.
BSc, MSc, PhD
Anna was born and raised in Tauranga and completed her
university education at the University of Auckland within the
Department of Sport and Exercise Science (BSc and MSc) and then
later within the Faculty of Medicine (PhD).
Anna is an exercise physiologist and is director of The
Clinic that specialises in lifestyle
management of chronic
conditions. Anna holds a Research Fellow position within the
Faculty of Medicine at the University of Auckland with the majority
of her research work focussed on Maori health, cardiovascular
disease and clinical exercise physiology.
JP MInstD MNZAPEP
Work: 07 577 1891
Ron was elected to the Board in 2010 and appointed by the
Minister of Health in 2013 as Deputy Chair.
He is also Chair of the Community and Public Health Advisory
Committee and Disability Services Advisory Committee, and a member
of Finance Audit and Risk Management committee.Ron is the
cofounder of Stellaris Ltd, a NZQA registered training provider
specialising in governance education including the Certificate in
Governance (Level 7).Ron is active in the community with roles that
include trustee of the Tauranga Energy Consumers Trust and Chair of
the SILC Charitable Trust. He is Treasurer of Age Concern
Tauranga.He is a professional member of the NZ Association of
Training and Development, a member of the Institute of
Directors and a Justice of the Peace.
His interest is to see that the Health and Disability sector is
'joined up' across all populations and covering the spectrum from
wellness through primary care and into the hospital service. The
objective is to have a healthier population across the region.
Judy is serving her first term on the BOPDHB and while not
sporting any health practitioner qualifications, has maintained an
interest in health issues, ever since serving on the Health Select
Committee as a Member of Parliament (2002-2008). Since 2008, Judy
has served a term on the Advisory Committee for Reproductive
Technology, and is an executive member of the recently formed Rural
Health Alliance of Aotearoa NZ, an organisation that looks at
issues affecting those living in isolated communities.
Judy's working life has many threads to it. She is a primary
teacher by training, has been in business, has worked in the
charitable sector doing community work and more recently worked for
a supported accommodation facility for men with addiction, mental
health and offending challenges.
She is also currently serving her second term as the Deputy
Mayor of Whakatane District Council and is a member of the Bay of
Plenty Community Response Forum, providing advice on local service
needs to the Minister of Social Development.
Judy is married with three adult children and three
New board members:
Bev is a Fellow of GovernanceNZ, a Chartered Director of the
Institute of Directors and current chair of its Tauranga branch.
She holds a Doctorate in Governance from Massey University - one of
only a few in this country to do so.
In addition to her recent appointment to the Board of the Bay of
Plenty District Health Board she is a board member of Magic
Netball, a co-director and board member of Boardroom360, a RMA
Commissioner and a past Tauranga City Councillor. She has served on
a number of Boards/Trusts either as Chair or Board Member/Trustee.
As a governance specialist she conducts Board assessments, mentors
aspiring Board Members, recruits Board Directors and facilitates
professional development on governance matters. For the past eight
years she has worked closely with Massey University not only
facilitating its MBA Governance Module but also assisting students
to complete their thesis. Prior to forming her own company she held
senior management positions, working for organisations such as the
New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, New Post Ltd,
Philips NZ and Mainzeal.
Bev has written over 40 articles on Governance related matters
and been actively involved in lifting the standards of governance
in this country. She recently received recognition for her work in
the Governance arena when presented GovernanceNZ's Excellence in
Governance Development Award earlier this year.
Bev has been called upon to speak at conferences the most
notable being The Academy of Management's World-wide conference in
Philadelphia (2007) where she presented a paper on why and where
governance needs to change.
- Having a chapter on her work at New Zealand Post included in
"Innovation and Management in New Zealand" by Dai Gilbertson and
Russell M. Knight in which her work was acknowledged as that of an
- Receiving The New York Film Festival's World Award for an
advertising initiative she worked on.
- Completing a Doctoral study of a Board operating in the New
Zealand Energy sector.
Peter lives in Matua, Tauranga with his wife Glynyss and
daughter Lily. He is an economist by profession. He worked for 22
years for the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and was Deputy Governor
Peter lived and worked overseas from 1995-2015. From 1995 to
1997 Peter was an Executive Director on the Board of the World Bank
in Washington DC representing New Zealand and 11 other countries.
In 1997, he was appointed by the IMF to be the first Governor of
the Central Bank to be established in the newly-independent country
of Bosnia and Herzegovina after their war. Peter ended up working
in Bosnia for almost 10 years, 7 and a half of them as the CBBH
Peter and his wife and their daughter returned to New Zealand to
live in 2015 and settled in Tauranga. Peter still continues to work
part-time as a central bank consultant, primarily in Eastern Europe
but also in Africa and Asia. He is also on the boards of Otumoetai
Intermediate School and KidsNeedDadz as well as the Bay of Plenty
District Health Board.
March 9, 2017