Te Awakairangi Health Network Board of Trustees
The Board consists of nine Board members and meets regularly. From 1 January 2018 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. He has recently taken on a role as manager Health Sector Services with ACC. Joe completed his undergraduate degree and Masters in Science at Strathclyde University and his MBA at Durham. He has Fellowships of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (UK), the Faculty of Public Health (UK), the New Zealand College of Pharmacists and is a Chartered member of the Institute of Directors. He currently chairs the Board of Te Awakairangi Health Trust.
Brendon affiliates to Ngati Mutunga, Ngati Tama and Te Atiawa. Brendon has over 20 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 previously been the Health Advisor to Dame Tariana Turia when she was an Associate Minister of Health. Brendon is also a Trustee of Te Omanga Hospice. Outside of work Brendon is focused on having fun with his son, Mātai, and enjoys all sports. Brendon is one of the two Māori representatives on the Board.
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 the private sector. Tofa has extensive public sector experience over more than 30 years in housing, health, social development and with agencies involved in addressing Pacific issues. Her current role is Director, Pacific Health for Wairarapa & Hutt Valley DHBs. Prior to joining Health, Tofa was the National Manager, Pacific Service Development for Ministry of Social Development. Tofa holds Board memberships representing Pacific communities in various organisations.
Teresea is Ngati Porou, a mother of six and has brought up five whangai. She has nine 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. Her commitment and achievements were recognised by the award of a Queen’s Service Medal in 2018.
Dr Hans Snoek
Hans is a General Practitioner who has lived and worked in the Hutt Valley since 1985. He trained at Otago University, worked in Wellington, Kenepuru and Hutt Hospitals as a junior doctor and trained 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 Medical Officer to an Aged Residential Care facility, a GP teacher and a Medical Referee for Cremations. He is currently the clinical director of Te Awakairangi Health Network and serves on the Te Awakairangi Board of Trustees. He remains interested in health system improvements which would deliver better quality health care in a timely fashion to folk that have needs in an efficient manner to benefit the whole community.
Muriel is an active Board member of the Health Care Aotearoa Network and this keeps her in touch with HCA member providers, championing effective models of care and influencing Government policies impacting on their communities and funding viability. Muriel is a consumer representative on the Health Quality & Safety Commission Consumer Council. In December 2017, Muriel was appointed to the Ministerial Health Advisory Group for a two-year term.
Dr David Young
A Hutt Valley resident for 55 years, David attended Waterloo, Hutt Intermediate and Hutt Valley High Schools. He graduated from Otago Medical School in 1977 and worked as a House Officer at Wellington and Hutt Hospitals before becoming a partner at Naenae Medical Centre where he practiced for over 30 years. More recently, he has worked part-time as a GP and was recently appointed Clinical Director of Community Health Services Group at the Hutt Valley DHB.
David has held several positions on local GP organisations and been a Trustee on Hutt PHOs and Clinical Governance Committees. Currently, he is also a Director of the Hutt Valley After Hours Centre and a Trustee of Te Omanga Hospice.
Leanne is a Chartered Accountant and has lived in Wainuiomata, Maungaraki and Upper Hutt. Leanne started her career with KPMG and since then has spent over 25 years working in the public sector. Leanne has extensive financial management expertise at senior levels and currently provides strategic change and management consultancy services to a variety of public sector clients. Specifically, in the health sector, Leanne has provided services to Hutt Valley, Capital & Coast and Bay of Plenty DHBs and the Ministry of Health. Leanne is passionate about ensuring taxpayer’s investment makes a real difference to New Zealanders.
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 clinical programmes. Current members are as follows:
(Chair) Practice Nurse
Mere Te Paki
Finance, Risk and Audit Committee
The Finance, Risk and Audit Committee is an advisory committee, charged with assisting the Board by ensuring the integrity of the organisation’s financial and accounting systems, and financial reporting (both internally to the Board and externally to stakeholders); audits and internal controls; business planning; and regulatory compliance and risk management systems. Current members are as follows:
Leanne Spice (Chair)
Dr David Young
Te Awakairangi Health Management Team
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.
Chief Executive of Te Awakairangi Health Network
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.
General Manager Programmes and Practice Development
Irma has been working in Primary Health Care Management for the Hutt Valley for more than 15 years. Irma has oversight of Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems, Corporate Services and all operational aspects of Te Awakairangi Health Network. Present Role: General Manager, Finance and Corporate Services
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.
Clinical Quality Manager
Jenny has had over 30 years’ experience in the NZ health sector as a social worker and as a health service manager in both secondary (DHB) services and in a number of NGOs. She has also worked in the central government sector, specifically in HR roles covering organisational development and change management.
General Manager Services
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.
Community Health Manager