Te Awakairangi Health Network Board of Trustees

The Board consists of nine Board members and meets regularly. From 1 July 2017 the Trustees are:

Muhammad Naseem (Joe) Asghar – Independent Chair
Originally trained as a pharmacist, Joe followed a career mainly in hospital practice gaining experience across a range of clinical disciplines. During this time he also worked in community practice. Subsequent steps saw Joe move to management positions initially in local health services to eventually a role with the UK Department of Health. On moving to New Zealand, he initially worked in health, with a subsequent move into science and science policy. Approximately two years ago, he took up post with Diabetes NZ as Chief Executive.Joe completed his undergraduate degree and Masters in Science at Strathclyde University and his MBA at Durham. He has been awarded Fellowships by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (UK), the Faculty of Public Health (UK) and the New Zealand College of Pharmacists. In 2010 he was accepted as a member of the Institute of Directors.
He currently chairs the Board of Te Awakairangi Health Trust and is a member of the Professional Conduct Committee for the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand.
Brendon Baker
Brendon affiliates to Ngati Mutunga, Ngati Tama and Te Atiawa. Born and raised in Wainuiomata Brendon has close links to Waiwhetu marae and Te Runanganui o Taranaki Whānui ki te Upoko o Te Ika. Brendon has 17 years’ experience working in the health sector, predominately in policy areas. A Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Health, Brendon has worked in the areas of Māori health, communicable disease, alcohol and illicit and other drugs. Most recently Brendon has been working on reducing the harms caused by tobacco. He has also previously spent two years as Health Advisor to Hon Tariana Turia, Associate Minister of Health.Brendon is also a board member of the Waiwhetu Medical Group (which incorporates Waiwhetu Medical Centre). Outside of work Brendon is focused on having fun with his young son, Matai, and enjoys all sports. Brendon is one of the two Māori representatives on the Board.
Tofa SuafoleGush
Tofa Suafole Gush serves on the Te Awakairangi Health Network Board as a Pacific representative. She is Samoan, and has had various roles in government and private sectors. Tofa has extensive public sector experience over more than 25 years in housing, health, social development and with agencies involved in Pacific issues.Her current role is National Manager for Pacific Development at Child Youth & Family, a service of the Ministry of Social Development. Prior to joining Child Youth & Family, Tofa was the Pacific Advisor at Hutt Valley DHB. Tofa holds Board memberships representing Pacific communities in various organisations.
Teresea Olsen
Teresea is Ngati Porou, a mother of 6 and has brought up 5 whangai. She has 9 grandchildren, lives in Wainuiomata and works at Kokiri Marae in Seaview. Teresea set up the health and social services arm of her organisation in 1982 and supported the development of organisations like Kokiri Marae Maori women’s refuge, Whai Oranga Health Centre, Tu Kotahi Maori Asthma Trust and Naku Enei Tamariki to name a few. She is passionate about Maori health and improving the health of Maori Whanau.
Richard Schmidt
Richard has spent the last eight years working in the public service in a variety of health sector roles, including policy, legal, management, and performance. His most recent role (until April 2014) was in Executive Management at Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs. He is now employed at the Ministry of Justice as Chief Advisor Criminal Justice, but is keen to continue his involvement with healthcare in the Hutt Valley. Richard is a qualified lawyer, and worked in private law firms for eight years, before joining the Ministry of Health in 2005.His roles in the health sector have allowed him to be involved in many aspects of the health sector, including executive management, planning, primary/secondary integration, providing legal advice, commercial transactions, monitoring, and advising on both policy and governance matters. While in private sector law firms, he worked mainly in
commercial, property, and banking and finance.
Dr Hans Snoek
Hans is a General Practitioner who has lived and worked in the Hutt Valley for 25 years. He trained at Otago University and worked in Hutt Hospital as a junior doctor and worked in Wainuiomata as a GP Registrar. The Valley is his home and he has children and grandchildren living here. In addition to full time general practice, Hans continues to work as a Police Medical Officer, a visiting doctor to an aged care facility, a GP teacher and a Medical Referee for Cremations. Hans has been Chair of Valley PHO, was on the board of Kowhai Health Trust and remains on the board of General Practice Services. He has previously been a board member of the After Hours Medical Centre. He is keen to be involved in primary secondary integration which essentially involves the rationalisation of services to provide better care for the community in which we live.
Muriel Tunoho
Muriel is of Ngati Raukawa descent and was raised in Petone where she still lives. She has extensive experience in primary health, community development and governance. It is her cultural and social justice values and experiences that drive her to ensure health equity is a priority for the Te Awakairangi Health Network. Good health is not only about a suite of health services and professionals or interventions or medications. It is also about people, cohesive communities, good housing and a living wage.Muriel’s current role as Health Care Aotearoa national co-ordinator keeps her in touch with HCA member providers, championing effective models of care and influencing Government policies impacting on their communities and funding viability.
Dr David Young
A Hutt Valley resident for over 50 years, David attended Waterloo, Hutt Intermediate and Hutt Valley High Schools. He graduated in medicine from Otago University and since then has worked for two years at Hutt Hospital and for the past 30 years as a GP at Naenae Medical Centre. Over those years, David has held positions on local GP Associations and been a Trustee of Hutt PHOs and involved in their Clinical Governance since they began in 2004. Currently, David is also a Director of the Lower Hutt After Hours Centre and a Trustee of Te Omanga Hospice.

Te Awakairangi Health Management Team

Bridget Allan

Bridget Allan

Bridget has worked in a wide range of roles in the New Zealand health sector, including: Research, planning, operational and strategic management Project management and governance in the Public Sector Chief Executive for Hauora Hokianga, an innovative integrated primary care organisation serving a rural population of almost 10,000 predominantly Maori People in the far North...

Present Role:

Chief Executive of Te Awakairangi Health Network

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Paul Abernethy

Paul Abernethy

Paul is a registered Nurse and has held a number of management roles in the Health Funding Authority after bridging to management from a charge nurse role in the early 90’s. He has spent the past decade working for Pegasus Health leading a number of their acute demand and after hours services.

Present Role:

General Manager Programmes and Practice Development

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Anne Rose - Clinical Quality Manager

Ann Rose

Ann Rose

Ann Rose is a Registered Nurse and holds an MA (Applied in Nursing) and a diploma in adult learning and teaching. She has presented widely nationally and internationally with a wide background in health including: Broad clinical experience, nursing development, nursing education, policy and injury prevention Primary health experience including Plunket and school nursing. Ann’s...

Present Role:

Clinical Quality Manager

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Tanya Radford

Tanya Radford

After completing a Post Grad Diploma in Public Health Tanya has been working in Primary Care Health Promotion in the Hutt Valley since 2009. She was appointed Team Leader in 2012. Tanya role covers the following duties: Leads a diverse team including dietitians, healthy family coaches and health promoters Coordinates community-based health promotion programmes Works...

Present Role:

Team Leader Health Promotion

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Lisa Gully

Lisa Gully

Lisa has 20 years’ experience in the helping profession, covering social work, counselling and management roles in the social services, disability and health sectors. some of her duties include: Providing leadership and management to a team of dedicated health professionals Working alongside general practice teams, other providers and community organisations Child Protection and Family Violence...

Present Role:

Community Health Manager

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Clinical Governance Committee

The Clinical Governance Committee (CGC) is a Clinical advisory committee, consisting of a multidisciplinary team of health practitioners and management, providing clinical leadership, direction and advice to Te Awakairangi Health Network’s PHO clinical programmes. Current members are as follows:

Cathy Lindsay
  • (Chair) Practice Nurse
Ariana Roberts
  • Maori Representative
  • Practice Manager
  • Registered Nurse
David Young
  • General Practitioner
Janine Sim
  • Practice Manager
Pam Duncan
  • Clinical Pharmacist
Ruth Cooke
  • Primary Care Nurse
Sally Woods
  • General Practitioner
Salote Haukinima
  • Pacific Representative
  • Practice Nurse
Saty Candasamy
  • Consumer Rep
Philip Shirley
  • General Practitioner