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In accordance with the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000, the Board has 11 members, seven of whom were elected in October 2016 and four of whom appointed by the Minister of Health. The Board also has three committees which provide a more detailed level of focus on particular issues.

Board and committee members may be contacted through the Director Governance and Compliance, Kathryn Leydon on telephone number +64 9 470 0000 extn 60640 or email

Our current board member profiles (*indicate those appointed by the Minister of Health);

Sally Macauley, QSM. JP (Chair)

Sally Macauley has lived in the Far North District for over 40 years.  She has been married to Peter for 47 years, has two children and four grandchildren.  

Sally has been actively involved for many years in Northland and Far North District Municipal Associations, including local government.  She is a councillor and past deputy mayor of the Far North District Council (FNDC) as well as FNDC chairman of Community Services and Development where she is actively involved with economic development in the Far North district.

Sally plays a significant role in the Northland Arts and is the chairman of the Bay of Islands Arts Festival Trust and a trustee of the Kerikeri International Piano Competition Trust.  She is a Judicial and Ministerial Justice of the Peace and is a marriage celebrant.

This being her sixth term as a member of the Northland DHB, Sally is the chair and chairs the Northland DHB Community & Public Health and Disabilities Advisory Committee.  In 2009 Sally received a Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for Services to the Community.


*Sue Brown (Deputy Chair)

A Chartered Accountant, Sue has many years’ experience in different industries, at a senior management level.  Her skill set includes executive management, finance and accountancy, strategic and business planning, management information systems, business administration and human resources management.

Sue has lived in the Mid North for over 40 years and contributes to her local community in roles on committees and trusts and also provides complimentary audits for several community organisations.   Her governance experience includes several company directorships, some of which have been ministerial appointments.  Sue’s main hobby is bridge and she is chair of the Auckland/Northland Regional Bridge Committee.


Craig Brown MNZM. JP

Craig served on the Whangarei District Council for 12 years and as the Mayor for six before being elected to the Northland Regional Council for four terms, spending that last three as chairman. He is a former police officer, involved in real estate sales, land development and sub division.

He has volunteered in a number of organisations including board of trustees, polytechnic council and school committees, resulting in receiving the New Zealand School Trustee award for services to education. He has also served 19 years with Lions. Craig's accolades include receiving a certificate of appreciation from HRH Prince of Wales for services to the Princes Trust and to NZ Youth and New Year's Honour MNSM.

Married to Helen, a nurse of 50 years and still employed by Northland DHB, they have two adult children and seven grandchildren. Together they have dairy, sheep, beef and angora goat farmed, Craig is also a Justice of the Peace.


Colin (Toss) Kitchen MNZM

Colin is born and raised in the Far North and has recently retired from his full time role as volunteer support officer for the New Zealand Fire Service, after more than 47 years of service.

He is currently in his fourth term as an elected member of the Northland DHB representing 'rural/urban' communities and serves on the DiSAC Committee.

Colin has also been a councillor for the Far North District Council since 2007. During this time he has held several portfolios including being a member of the Community Development & Service and the Audit and Finance Committees. Colin is also the chairperson of the Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management Group and is a board member of the Northern Rural Fire Authority.

A people's person Colin's focus is on the safety and well being of our people.


Debbie Evans

This is Debbie's third term on the Northland DHB. She was a Government appointee in 2007-2010 and then chosen by the Northland community as a successful candidate in the 2013 and 2016 Northland DHB Elections.

Known as 'a voice for the community', Debbie is CEO of the Kaipara Community Health Trust and has NZ Institute of Directors training and is committed to Northland. She sits on several Northland funding boards and is passionate about social housing.

Raised in Ruawai, Debbie is married and lives on a dairy farm in Maungakaramea.


* Denise Jensen

Denise was appointed to the Board in March 2016. A Chartered Accountant with over 25 years professional experience, she is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of the New Zealand Refining Company Ltd.

Denise has a passion for leading and managing change and using disciplined financial processes and risk management practices to drive performance and growth. Denise is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and the Institute of Directors.

Denise is a committed Northlander. Outside of work, she enjoys time with her husband and three adult children, whilst enjoying Northland's outdoor lifestyle.

Gary Payinda

Gary Payinda works as an emergency medicine consultant at Whangarei hospital, where he is co-director of emergency medicine training. He's also a fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, serves on a school advisory board and previously wrote the 'Ask Dr Gary' newspaper column. He and his family have enjoyed living in Northland for the past 8 years.

His goal is to help the Northland DHB deliver cost-effective services to Northlanders, making every health dollar count.

 John Bain

John Bain has served four terms as a Board Member of Northland DHB. Most well known for his 25 year chairmanship of Northland's Rescue Helicopter Trust, which purchased the fleet on behalf of our community and the first trust to own and operate the service for a region in New Zealand. The Ambulance service is a long term commitment and John sits on three boards for The Order of St John.

John has lived in Whangarei for 40 years, he is a businessman who has many interests in sport. He plays golf and enjoys fishing when time allows. John has been on several boards to encourage sporting activities and is currently a Trustee on Sport Northland. He is also serving his third term as a councillor with the Northland Regional Council.


*June McCabe

June McCabe has had a diverse career in both the public and private sectors at senior levels, including 20 years of investment and banking experience. This is coupled with extensive governance experience across a diverse range of sectors including education, financial services, health, housing, property, media and television and venture capital. She is currently a director on a number of boards including ProCare Health Ltd and Procare Networks Ltd.

Her tribal affiliations are Ngaphui, Te Rarawa, Te Aupouri, Ngati Kahu and Ngati Kaharau.

Libby Jones

Libby has worked as a health professional in clinical, leadership and funding roles in Northland for 26 years. She currently works as Manager of a community organisation, Jigsaw North Family Services, which is based in Whangarei. She is also a newly elected Councillor for Kaipara District Council and lives near Paparoa. Her goal is strong healthy communities and she is committed to helping improve the health of all Northlanders across the region, through sound governance, an increased focus on prevention and the provision of timely access to quality services.

Living rurally and working in health and social services has given her a good understanding of Northland's unique issues that impact on health. Libby has been involved in governance for 15 years and currently serves on the boards of Rural Support Trust Northland, Volunteering Northland, Otamatea High School and Sport Northland.

*Sharon Shea

Sharon graduated from Oxford University at the top of her class with an MSc in Comparative Social Policy (Distinction) and academic award from Jesus College. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from Auckland University.  Sharon's Iwi affiliations are: Ngati Ranginui, Ngati Haua, Ngati Hine and Ngati Hako.

Sharon began her career in 1993 as a lawyer at Kensington Swan (Auckland) and then moved into the health sector where she held a range of senior management roles in government and non-government organisations focused on Maori health improvement.  In 2000, Sharon worked in England in the NHS and subsequently undertook postgraduate studies at Oxford.  Since her return to New Zealand in 2002, Sharon has run a successful consulting business and, in March 2009, set up Shea Pita and Associates Ltd with her husband Morris Pita, where she is a director and principal consultant.

Sharon is widely-recognised as a leader in the field of health and Māori development strategy, Whānau Ora, outcomes framework development, quality assurance and systems design, particularly in respect to issues affecting Māori.

    Dr Nick Chamberlain, Chief Executive  

    The chief executive is the Board’s sole employee and is responsible for implementing the strategic direction of the Board. The chief executive is supported by a strong executive leadership team which oversees clinical, support and advisor services.

    Northland DHB understands the social and economic determinants which impact the health status of Northlanders, resulting in an unequal burden of early mortality, morbidity and poorer quality of health for Māori. The district health board is committed to reducing these inequalities and acknowledges its statutory responsibility and obligations to Māori established in the NZ Health and Disability Act 2000.

    Structurally, the Board is seeking to confirm and establish a direct governance relationship with iwi, and meanwhile continues to work with Whānau Ora providers and Māori health and disability providers across Northland.

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