Our Board Members

Taranaki District Health Board members as of December 2019:

Cassandra Crowley (Chair)
Cassandra originally hails from Kaponga, Taranaki. She is a fellow chartered accountant, barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and a member of the Institute of Directors NZ.

In addition to her commercial advisory work, she holds a number of non-executive directorships across several sectors of the New Zealand economy.  These roles include chairing several audit, finance, and risk committees, as well as overseeing digital transformation.  She is a past president of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and has been recognised for her leadership and governance contributions, with the supreme award for inspirational excellence in governance from Women on Boards New Zealand.

Bridget Sullivan (Deputy Chair)
Bridget’s previous roles include working as a manager and senior analyst at the New Zealand Treasury. She also worked as a Treasury secondee to Parliament as economic adviser to the Hon Annette King, the then Minister of Health. She has also worked at Te Puni Kōkiri and as a consultant to the Ministry of Social Development where she managed cross-social sector funding allocation and budget processes.

Bridget now works across the Taranaki region with a wide range of groups to identify and develop projects that support regional economic development. She graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Post Graduate Diploma (with Distinction) in Philosophy. Born and raised in Taranaki she has family spread around the maunga. Bridget lives in New Plymouth with her partner Chris and two school age children. She volunteers for a conservation trust and is a keen supporter of the arts.

Patsy Bodger (Pat)
Pat (Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Mutunga, Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Ngāruahine, Ngāti Ruanui) was born in Opunake and lives in Waitara. She has four children and 16 mokopuna. Pat did her nursing training at Barrett Street Hospital, graduating in 1968. She moved away from Taranaki and worked in various nursing roles including theatre, bureau, palliative care, public health and practice. Returning to Taranaki she worked at Te Puni Kōkiri before establishing Piki Te Ora Nursing Services, which later merged with Tui Ora. Pat completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science (nursing) and is currently working as a district nurse in Mokau and Tamariki ora nurse for Tui Ora.

Pat’s governance experience includes chair of Manukorihi Hapū, Manukorihi Paa Reserve Trust, Te Whare Punanga Korero, Te Kowhatu Tu Moana and Te Tai Pari Trusts and the Taranaki Hospice Inc. Society.

Alison Brown
During Alison’s 40 years of service with TDHB in various nursing roles she has had close association with management both nationally and locally as a lead advocate for nursing and a strong campaigner for patients and their rights. She has close ties to the rural sector and extensive knowledge and understanding of health services from both community/rural and hospital perspectives. 

Alison was awarded honorary life membership to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation for services to nursing and is also a board member of Age Concern Taranaki.

She believes a strong health board should be transparent and consult with and listen to the community it serves.

Mike Davey
Mike is employed in the rural sector and is an elected member of the Taranaki Regional Council, deputy chair of Taranaki Electricity Trust (TET) and a member of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce. Mike lives in Inglewood and is married with children and grandchildren. Mike is very active in the rural sector and a member of Federated Farmers Taranaki.

As healthcare is important to us all, Mike intends to work diligently to ensure that we continue to offer a professional service in Taranaki.

Te Pahunga (Marty) Davis (Chair for Te Whare Punanga Korero Trust (TWPK).
Born in Hawera and schooled in Taranaki and Auckland, Marty has lived in Whanganui since 1976. He worked for 30 years in the agriculture and fisheries sectors, including 10 years in management, before returning to work for Ngā Rauru Kītahi iwi as its chief executive and chief negotiator. Before becoming the chief executive of Ngāti Ruanui iwi in Hawera Marty was elected to the pre-settlement board of Ngāruahine. In 2014 he returned to Whanganui and was elected chair of Te Kāhui o Rauru Trust until retiring in October 2018.

Marty is currently the chair of Taranaki Iwi Relationship Board, Te Whare Punanga Korero and Te Whakatipuranga Rima Rau Trust. He is a trustee of Tuituia Trust and the Taranaki Maori Trust Board and a Taranaki Maunga negotiator. He is also a trustee at three marae in South Taranaki.

Health equity remains Marty’s passion. He’s also sometimes a road cyclist, musician and a very ordinary golfer. 

Harry Duynhoven
Harry is New Plymouth-born and bred and has three adult children with his wife Margaret. He has serviced the community in many different roles, including as a Member of Parliament and New Plymouth mayor and is currently on the New Plymouth District Council. Through these roles he has assisted many people to access the healthcare they needed. Harry believes timely access to healthcare services is vital for Taranaki people, especially as the ageing population grows. Harry also does consultancy, charity and voluntary work, is an honorary member of two international advocacy organisations and is a board member of Habitat Taranaki and New Plymouth Rotary.

David Lean
David has a proven record of community leadership and governance experience in Taranaki, having been New Plymouth mayor from 1980-92, serving as Civil Defence controller for more than three decades and leading Sport Taranaki as chair for 20 years. 

David is keen to make a positive difference in the region’s future healthcare and believes focus on health promotion and education is vital to community wellbeing.  David is also deputy chair of the Taranaki Regional Council.

Pauline Lockett
Pauline has lived in New Plymouth since 1981. She was a partner of PwC for 20 years until retiring in 2010. Appointed to the Taranaki District Health Board in 2010, she was the chair in 2013 and 2016. She is currently chair of the Ngati Te Whiti Whenua Topu Trust and the Board at Waitara. Pauline is a fellow chartered accountant and as a chartered member of the Institute of Directors she has been on its board for nine years.

Kevin Nielsen
Kevin spent 36 years working at Taranaki Newspapers, the last 16 as general manager, and then 15 years as chief executive of Hospice Taranaki until retirement in 2017. Kevin’s top priority is to minimise the financial deficit of Taranaki hospitals whilst not compromising on primary healthcare. He wants all Taranaki people to benefit from quality health services.

Paul Veric
Paul is married to Angela (a local GP) and has two young boys. He was schooled in Taranaki and has lived here since returning in 2010. Paul has extensive management and governance experience including being chief executive in the not-for-profit sector and more recently headmaster of New Plymouth Boy's High School. Paul has also worked for the very successful local medical manufacturer Howard Wright. Paul is community minded – demonstrable by being an elected member on the Kaitake Community Board and Oakura School Board of Trustees. Paul considers himself privileged to serve the TDHB and strives to improve the equity, quality and sustainability of healthcare for all.

Carla White  
Carla (Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Toa Rangatira) lives in Pukearuhe and splits her time between home and work in Auckland. She is a director of Health Literacy New Zealand Limited which works with DHBs, PHOs and other health organisations to improve the design and delivery of their services from a health literacy perspective, to better meet the health needs of the public. Carla is also a consumer representative on the Pharmacy Expert Advisory Group and part of the newly formed Māori Reference Rōpū supporting the Ministry of Health’s current Standards Review.



Last updated: Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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