The Trust works with a wide range of people from all around the district who share our vision for enabling the best possible health services for the people of South Kaipara.
Our volunteer Board members give generously with their skills and time while our small team of employees work hard to ensure the Trust operates effectively and swiftly across its range of services to the community.
Rory was co-opted to the Health Trust Board in 2014 to assist and guide the Board in a review and update its wider governance responsibilities and documentation. In October 2015 he became a Board Trustee, and was elected Chairman in November 2018. Rory lives in Woodhill and contracts to a number of companies as an advisor. His career has covered senior roles in banking, private equity, early stage investing, start-ups and consulting.
Erica McKenzie has lived in Helensville for more than 30 years and has a background in education - having taught at Kaipara College for many years. She has been involved in many sporting and wellbeing activities around the district. Erica currently works for Waitemata DHB as the Health Promoting Schools (HPS) Team Coordinator and is on the HPS National Advisory Group.
Felicity runs her own Chartered Accountant firm in Helensville and is also on the Kaipara College Board of Trustees. In recent years she has been a trustee on the Helensville Primary School BOT and the HIPPY South Kaipara Charitable Trust as well as being a Community Patrol member. She is also an ordained minister with the local Anglican Methodist church.
Tim is the representative from Waitemata DHB and is the Deputy Director Funding for both Auckland and Waitemata DHBs. A career in healthcare started in research and development in the pharmaceutical sector. For the last 18 years, Tim has worked in the public health sector. He has been an operational manager for hospital services and led large projects for the three DHBs in metropolitan Auckland. Primarily Tim has been a funder for much of the 18 years where he has negotiated contracts on behalf of all 20 DHBs across New Zealand and overseen the development and implementation of key service development programmes.
Gary is a qualified accountant with a wealth of business management experience including large corporates and 10 years as owner/director of his own company employing over 150 staff. Since 2016 Gary has been the CEO for the New Zealand Security Association (NZSA), responsible for lifting standards throughout the security industry and including representing the industry in the media when necessary. Gary has maintained an active involvement in the community and since shifting to Helensville in 2013 has been a representative on the North West Business Association and assists with the running of the annual Santa Parade in Helensville. He looks forward to contributing his governance and management skills to the Health Trust.
Marama works in the Te Ha Public Health team as a Health Promotion Coordinator. She is also the Vice President of the Kaipara Maori Women’s Welfare League. Marama is committed to being the voice of the up-and-coming youth in the community and feels this role would be a positive role model for her people. Marama and her whānau have lived here for ten years, while her wider whānau have been in the area for over 50 years. She was elected a Community Trustee at the HDHT's AGM in October 2018.
James is a project manager in the construction sector and currently works for Kiwispan NZ in their Kumeu office looking after the construction of steel-framed buildings from project inception through to client sign-off. Previous roles have given James experience in project governance, financial management, health & safety, client and stakeholder communication. James and his young family have lived in Helensville for the last six years. He was elected a Community Trustee at the HDHT AGM in October 2018.
Whaea Cath works for Te Hā Oranga, the iwi health provider for Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whatua, in the capacity of Whānau ora Kaimanaaki with a nursing background. She supports and advocates for whānau in South Kaipara around their health and social needs. Cath has been the voice for whānau in many settings and would bring a wealth of whānau knowledge. Her drive and passion is for whānau to have equal opportunity with the rest of the community which would be reflected in their health and well-being. Cath has lived with her family in Makarau for the last 16 years. She was elected a Community Trustee at the HDHT AGM in October 2018.
An integral member of our team at the Health Trust, Angie joined us in 2008. She oversees the majority of our administrative detail, including all Board meeting minutes and AGM preparations. Living in Helensville with her family, Angie brings an array of technical and office management skills to the Trust and our day to day operations. Email: email@example.com Phone: 09 420 7878
Bridget has lived on a lifestyle block just outside of Helensville for nearly 20 years. She has a background in physiotherapy and physiology and has undertaken biomedical research into the causes and prevention of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. More recently her physiology has been applied to the science of sports anti-doping. Bridget was appointed to the Helensville District Health Trust board in 2019 and is committed to the Trust's mission of enabling sustainable health facilities and services of the people of South Kaipara.
Craig brings a blend of skills across business management, property and health care to the Helensville District Health Trust. He has a long career in property and building working across private and corporate business and servicing a number of government and crown entities. Craig brings governance experience having previously served on three boards. He also holds a number of healthcare qualifications and joins the Trust from Waitemata DHB where he has been working as a clinical educator of DHB staff across Adult, Pediatric and Newborn Life Support and was part of the clinical code team at North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals. Craig delivered a number of service improvement projects at both hospital sites and community DHB facilities. Craig has facilitated clinical education and clinical audits across countless General Practice, Urgent Care and Oral Health facilities nationally and has been a casual instructor at the University of Auckland’s Simulation Centre for Patient Safety since January 2014. Craig recently returned to the construction sector in a senior management role with a focus on property delivery in healthcare across private and public sectors.
Paula lives with her husband in Waimauku. With 30+ years’ experience in the Health and Disability Sector, Paula comes from a nursing health sector management background. Her former roles have included CEO of Coast Healthcare Ltd and CEO of The Foundation of the Blind. She has also served on a number of boards including, Crown Public Health, Deputy Chair Vision Education Agency, World Blind Union Executive, Chair Women’s Committee Asia Pacific, Kidney Health NZ, Kidney Society Auckland, Mobility Dogs and Family Services National Advisory Committee. Her current roles include, Chairperson Sight Loss Services (dedicated to people with Low Vision) , Deputy Chair John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams, Trustee Camp Quality Endowment Trust NZ (holidays for children with cancer), Professional Coach & Mentor and management of a sub-project for Counties Manukau DHB, related to improving live kidney donations in NZ.
Dianne Kidd has lived and farmed locally with her husband Richard for 40 years. She is a founding Trustee of the Helensville District Health Trust (1989) and a past Chairman (2009 – 2015). Dianne chairs the Kaipara Medical Centre and is a Director of the Helensville Birthing Centre. She combines a wealth of business and governance experience particularly in the finance and funds management sectors with a deep interest and passion for the welfare of the environment and her rural South Kaipara community. She is also a Director of The Cooperative Bank and Trustee of the Massey University Foundation.
Susan moved to Helensville with her family in January 2014 and loves living in the South Kaipara. Having worked as a midwife for 40+ years, Susan has experience working as a volunteer in Cambodia and Vanuatau on short placements. She now works at Waitakere Hospital and is passionate about quality care for mothers and their babies.
Hilary (McKenzie) Steedman was born and raised on her family farm in Helensville. Upon completing her Bachelor of Design degree majoring in Interior Design, Hilary and her husband Robert founded their bathroom renovation company then went on to purchase and operate a shower installation company in conjunction. Hilary has two young sons and when they moved back to Helensville discovered the wonderful maternity sector of the Helensville community that gave her fantastic support and knowledge during pregnancy, birth and infancy care. She is passionate about what the Helensville Birthing Centre offers families and by joining the Helensville Birthing Centre Board would like to help develop the facility further for the next generation of mothers-to-be.
Amber grew up in the rural town of Bombay and attended Epsom Girls Grammar. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Auckland before living overseas in Japan. On her return she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Business and has subsequently gained over 15 years experience in corporate marketing. She is a specialist in rural and agribusiness marketing and has worked in both the finance and telecommunications industries. Amber and her family moved to Helensville in 2017. After the birth of her second child, she completed the Birthing Centre Breastfeeding Peer Supporter programme. She is passionate about helping women to grow healthy families, careers and businesses and believes the Helensville Birthing Centre is pivotal to ensuring women and babies get the best start.
first thought of becoming a Midwife when as a young student nurse I witnessed the magic of birth, twenty five years later I still find birth magical. I was further inspired by the wonderful Midwives who supported me to birth my own four children at home. I am passionate about supporting women and their families along their pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding journey, giving them the information to make the choices that best suit them. I work in the North West area from Riverhead to Glorit, across to Wainui in the east and Muriwai in the west. I offer birthing at home, Helensville Birthing Centre and Waitakere Hospital.
Dianne Kidd has lived and farmed locally with her husband Richard for 40 years. She is a founding Trustee of the Helensville District Health Trust (1989) and a past Chairman (2009 – 2015). Dianne is Chairman of the Kaipara Medical Centre and is a Director of the Helensville Birthing Centre. She combines a wealth of business and governance experience particularly in the finance and funds management sectors with a deep interest and passion for the welfare of the environment and her rural South Kaipara community. She is also a Director of The Cooperative Bank and Trustee of the Massey University Foundation.
Dr Tim Jelleyman is a paediatrician who has worked with Waitemata DHB since 2006, based at Waitakere Hospital. Tim has conducted childrens' clinics at the Kaipara Medical Centre since 2012. He is Clinical Leader for the Northern Region Child Health Network, and current president of the Paediatric Society of NZ. He is affiliated to the University of Auckland as a Senior Clinical Lecturer.
Dr Aimee England started work at the Kaipara Medical Centre in 2010. She sat and passed Primex (the Primary Membership examination for the Fellowship of Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners) in 2010 and obtained fellowship with the RNZCGP in 2015. Her interests include women's health, older people's health and palliative care.
Ko Ngaire Lyall (nee Tutara) toku ingoa. Ko au te Pou Whakawhanake Hapori mo oku whanau o nga marae ki Ngāti Whatua o Kaipara ki te Tonga. I am a descended from Reweti Marae through my father and grandmother so have an enduring connection to Te Awaroa and the South Kaipara. I have significant experience in creating and leading initiatives focussed on positive change and wellbeing and I have returned home to support the growth of my people in my role as Marae & Whanau Development Manager for Nga Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara. My background is primarily in justice and social fields, having worked in leadership roles within the Department of Corrections for 12 years and holding roles at Child, Youth and Family and Ministry of Justice before that. Prior to that I studied and worked in Business and Financial fields. I am also a mother of two and have a busy and active lifestyle.
Gary is a qualified accountant with a wealth of business management experience including large corporates and more recently, 10 years as owner/managing director of Icon Security Group (New Zealand’s largest privately owned security business). Having moved to Helensville in June 2013, Gary and his family have launched the popular Cleaver's Edge butchery and home kill business in Mill Road. Gary also runs a consultancy business providing specialist management and business improvement services to a number of organisations. Also a North West District Business Association Committee Member, Gary actively supports and promotes the growth of the region. He looks forward to contributing his governance and management skills to the Health Trust.
Nicola joins the Trust after 12 years managing community investment for a large corporate. She and her husband Mark, who runs a local woodworking and furniture restoration business have three young children and she’s also an active board member on two local charities.
Pippa lives locally in Kumeu and began her career in health as a laboratory scientist before changing careers and retraining to be a Chartered Accountant. She joined the Health Trust in May 2018. Pippa’s experience in auditing a wide range of not-for-profit and for-profit entities has given her a broad understanding of business and her skills are of great benefit to the Health Trust and its Financial Hub clients.
John Issott has been the Manager of the Kaipara Medical Centre for over 5 years. He brings extensive management experience including international experience to both the Kaipara Medical Centre and the Helensville District Health Trust. John is also on the St John Ambulance committee in Helensville.
Amy has a Bachelor of Business Management Studies with 13 years’ experience in marketing, event and project management and has worked in both New Zealand and Australia. Amy and her husband Daniel have two children and live in Helensville.
Keryn joined the Trust in 2015 to run the commercial kitchen at Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai. A chef for 18 years, she has worked both nationally and internationally in restaurants, hotels, cafés and on private superyachts.