Our Board


Our Board has three Independent Directors and four DHB-appointed Directors, one from each region: Northern, Te Manawa Taki (Midlands), Central and Southern. The Independent Directors are jointly appointed by shareholders on the recommendation of our Board and must not be a member, officer, employee or contractor of a DHB. The DHB Directors on the other hand must be either DHB Chairs or Deputy Chairs and are directly appointed by DHBs in their region.

The Chair is an Independent Director who is appointed by unanimous resolution of the NZHP Board.

Terry McLaughlin
NZHP Chair

Terry was appointed NZHP Board Chair in May 2019. He is also the Chief Executive of Pacific Radiology. He is an experienced finance executive with particular strengths in audit and evaluation of contracts and performance (value for money).

Terry has a good understanding of the interface between the public and private sector, and how commercial transactions are established and evaluated. He brings an inquiring and independent mind to the board table.

Terry is a seasoned executive with a background in the public and private sectors. Originally qualified as a chartered accountant, he started in public practice with Ernst & Young. He then joined the office of the Auditor General rising to Assistant Auditor-General working across all of Government, and in particular Treasury and State Services Commission. His work involved a number of in-depth investigations and performance audits of major transactions and contracts.

Dr Jim Mather
DHB Director Te Manawa Taki (Midlands) Region

Dr Jim Mather is the Chair, Lakes. He is of Ngati Awa, Ngai Tuhoe and English descent. He grew up in the communities of Te Teko, Otara and Mangere.

Jim was previously the Chief Executive of Te Wananga o Aotearoa (New Zealand’s second largest tertiary institution), following tenure as Chief Executive of Maori Television and, prior to that, the Chief Executive of the Pacific Business Trust.

Jim holds governance roles with the following organisations: Chair of Radio New Zealand; Chair of InZone Education Foundation; Chair of Ako Matatupu/Teach First NZ; Director of Auckland Transport; Director of Ngati Awa Group Holdings Limited; Member of the MBIE (Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment) Risk and Audit Committee; and Managing Director of Mather Solutions Limited.

Jim holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Henley Business School in England and a Bachelor of Business Studies, as well as diplomas in business and management.
He also completed a PhD in economic development through the Auckland University of Technology in 2014.

With business management experience spanning 25 years, he is a qualified accountant and is a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Jim, as a former officer in the New Zealand Army, was awarded the Sword of Honour in recognition of his distinguished achievements in Officer training.

Sir Paul Collins
DHB Director Central Region

Paul Collins is the Chair, Wairarapa DHB. He is Chair of the private investment company, Active Equity Holdings Limited. Paul is also a Director of the Hurricanes Limited, Ecopoint Limited, Shott Beverages Limited, Central Region’s Technical Advisory Services Limited, and a member of the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research Trust Board.

The former Chief Executive of Brierley Investments has served on the board of more than 50 listed companies in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and London. Paul was the Chair of Sport New Zealand and High Performance Sport New Zealand Limited from 2009 to 2018, and of the Wellington Regional Stadium Trust from 2000 to 2012.

He was Chair of the New Zealand Sports Foundation, a Director of Wellington Rugby, a member of the Rugby 2011 World Cup Bid Committee, which won the hosting rights for the 2011 World Cup, an adviser to the International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup 2015, and he is a Director of Rugby New Zealand 2011 Limited.

Paul is an Associate Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce and Administration from Victoria University.

He was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015 for services to sports governance.

Ron Luxton
DHB Director

Ron is the Chair, South Canterbury DHB Director.

He was jointly appointed by Canterbury, Nelson Marlborough, South Canterbury, Southern and West Coast DHBs.

Ron is a pharmacist by profession and has more than 40 years of experience as a frontline primary healthcare worker.

Ron is also Director, TAS (Central Region Technical Advisory Services Limited), Chairman of the Aoraki MRI Charitable Trust, Patron of the Lions New Zealand Child Mobility Foundation; and Trustee, International Board of Lions Clubs International Foundation.

Tama Davis
DHB Director Northern Region

Tama Davis is the Deputy Chair, Auckland DHB.

He is of Ngati Whatua, Waikato and Ngati Tuwharetoa descent.

Tama has over 20 years’ experience in the public health, mental wellbeing and addictions services, within iwi, the NGO sector and district health boards. Tama is Whanau Director at Whai Maia, the social developmental arm of Ngati Whatua Orakei and Director of Ahikaroa. His focus is on effective health services, indigenous models of care, equity in health outcomes and wellbeing for all.

Tama has also represented Te Ao Maori in national and international cultural experiences through performing arts. Tama has a University of Auckland Postgraduate Diploma in Business Huanga Maori, and is studying for a Masters of Business Administration.

Candace Kinser
Independent Director

Candace Kinser is an accomplished board director, senior executive and corporate advisor with expertise in technology strategy, data analytics, digital transformation, health and biotech, working with government and overall organisational leadership.

With strong capabilities in stakeholder engagement, digital transformation, entrepreneurship, and working with government, Candace has a passion for innovative, high-performing organisations to achieve peak performance.
A Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors, Candace has been a director for over 15 years with 18 different companies including listed, private, government and family-owned organisations.
Her previous roles include Head of Transformation at Jarden, Chief Executive Officer of the New Zealand Technology Industry Association, and Chief Executive Officer of Biomatters Limited.

Candace holds qualifications from several prestigious institutions including Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Melbourne and Massey University. In 2019, Candace was a finalist in the Westpac Women of Influence Awards - Board and Management Category. In 2017, Candace won the Leadership Category at the AUT Business Support Awards.

Dr Penny O’Hara
Independent Director

Dr Penny O’Hara is an accomplished board director, senior executive and business advisor with expertise in technology, strategy, data analytics, international business development, political issues and overall business leadership.

With over 30 years’ experience working across multiple industries in 17 different countries, Penny is a specialist facilitator and excellent strategic thinker who brings significant global expertise and experience to her work.

Previously, Penny was Managing Director, Global Growth and Strategy Lead, Capability Network of Accenture Singapore, Jakarta, London and CEO and Senior Vice President McKinsey Solutions, McKinsey Advanced Healthcare Analytics, London.

Penny recently returned home to New Zealand and has since been appointed as a member of Global Women New Zealand, and joined The Institute of Directors New Zealand. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Auckland and a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from King’s College at the University of London.