The members of the Lakes District Health Board are:
Deryck Shaw is the Chair of the Lakes DHB.
He was appointed to the Lakes Board late in 2009 Deryck Shaw is a director of the strategic planning firm, APR Consultants, and has previously held director positions in a number of private companies. Deryck Shaw's professional career features resource management, science, economics and natural resources qualifications and experience. He has also chaired a variety of clubs, trusts and institutions.
Lyall Thurston has extensive experience in the areas of health, disability and community representation. He is the National President of the New Zealand CCS (formerly the Crippled Children Society), and has served on Ministerial Advisory committees for Special Education and Health and Disability. Lyall Thurston says he is totally committed to meeting community expectations for improved health status and greater access to a sustainable publicly funded health system for the people of Rotorua, Taupo, Turangi and districts. Lyall is Chair of the Disability Support Advisory Committee and the Community and Public Advisory Committee, and is Deputy Board Chair.
Mary Burdon was elected to Lakes DHB in October 2010. She is a long-time Rotorua resident and has worked almost exclusively in the voluntary sector since the early 1990s, leading to a QSM in 2007. Mary is enthusiastic about contributing to better health and social outcomes for the communities that are served by the Lakes DHB. Mary sits on the Hospital Advisory Committee and the Community and Public Health Advisory Committee.
Julie Calnan was elected to Lakes DHB in October 2010. Julie Calnan has been on a Rotorua District Councillor since 2007. She spent 11 years working as an administrator of a private hospital. She says the governance of our hospital is arguably one of the most important jobs in Rotorua as it not only affects the access for people to up to the minute and prompt medical attention, but also the need in the community for a variety of clinical services. Julie is a member of the Community and Public Health Advisory Committee and the Hospital Advisory Committee.
Ailsa Gathergood replaced elected member Barry Keehan, who died in June 2011 after a short illness.
Ailsa represents the Taupo district, having served the Mangakino/Pouakani Ward of Taupo District Council for over 16 years, before standing down in 2010. Ailsa has a strong nursing background and a strong community involvement in a host of community organisations. She is a member of the Community and Public Health and the Disability Support Advisory Committees.
Danny Loughlin was appointed to the Lakes DHB late in 2010. He is a chartered accountant and lives in Taupo.
Danny was the Chair of Lake Taupo PHO, having been a member since it was formed in 2002. He has had a 15 year history with the health sector, especially in the primary and community health field and is an elected board Member of the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board. Danny says his vision for Lakes DHB is that it should provide excellent health services for all, and particularly for those with the greatest health needs. Danny is a member of the Hospital Advisory Committee and the Finance and Audit Committee.
Ian McLean was appointed to the Lakes Board late in 2009. Ian McLean has considerable governance experience as former chair of the Earthquake Commission, and he chaired the Parliamentary Public Expenditure Committee during his time as an MP for Tarawera between 1978 and 1990. He is Chair of the Hospital Advisory Committee and Deputy Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee.
Tupara Morrison resigned from the Board effective end of November 2012.
Merepeka Raukawa-Tait was elected to the Lakes District Health Board in October 2010. She says the health sector has challenging times ahead, with limited money to address all areas of need. Merepeka says work needs to be done to address adverse social and environmental factors. Your vote will work wonders for good health outcomes. Merepeka is a member of the Disability Support Advisory Committee and the Finance and Audit Committiee.
Rob Vigor-Brown describes himself as a strong and effective advocate for health services in the Rotorua and Taupo-Turangi districts. Married with three teenage or grown up children, he has have lived in Rotorua since 1987 after residing in Taupo. A lawyer, he served on the Lakes DHB Board from 2004-2007. Rob has been on the committee overseeing the $89 million Rotorua-Taupo hospital redevelopment project leading to a new three level inpatient building at Rotorua Hospital. He says he is passionate about financial accountability, youth health and mental health. Rob sits on the Disability Support Advisory Committee and the Finance and Audit Committee.
Maureen Waaka was born in Rotorua. She is now in her third term on Lakes DHB as an elected member. Maureen is married with five children, 14 grandchildren and one great grand-daughter. She is a Rotorua District East Ward Councillor and a trustee on BOP Community Trust, NZ Problem Gambling Foundation and NZ Maori Problem Gambling Trust. Maureen is Te Arawa / Ngati Whakaue and Tuwharetoa / Ngati Turumakina.
A former radiographer, Maureen worked in hospitals and private x-ray for over 25 years. She now works to minimise harm from gambling in New Zealand, especially in the community. Maureen sits on the Disability Support Advisory Committee and the Community and Public Health Advisory Committee.
The Lakes District Health Board has set up several standing committees to provide a more detailed level of focus on particular issues. Each committee has been charged with advising the Board on policies and monitoring of the organisation’s progress towards meeting the DHB’s objectives.
Committees do not involve themselves in operational matters. If you want to know more, click on one of the listings below.
If you require further information about the activities of the Board and Advisory Committees, please email the Secretariat.