The Governance Board is a governance group with the authority to give direction and provide strategic governance for interRAI from a clinical, operational, and consumer perspective.
Catherine Cooney (Chair)
Current role: Director of Kowhai Health Associates Limited – a health consultancy company
Cathy Cooney has an extensive background in both clinical and health management roles, and is currently a Director of Kowhai Health Associates Limited – a health consultancy company. She brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the role and has a particular interest in organisational governance and leadership along with building high performing teams with positive, engaged team cultures, which fits with the interRAI NZ Governance Board’s vision.
Cathy has a background in professional and corporate leadership, executive level health management, workforce development, quality systems and accreditation, public health nursing and community development.
She is a Fellow of the College of Nurses Aotearoa, a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management/ NZ Institute of Health Management and a Member of the NZ Institute of Directors.
Some of Cathy's current and recent roles include:
- Chair Director General Health Reference Group: Better Community and Home Support Services for all New Zealanders, 2015
- Health sector lead auditor, DAA Group: DHB Certification and Surveillance audits (US 8086)
- Member of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (Nursing)
- Workforce development – Independent Facilitator Kaiawhina Workforce Action Plan development
- DHB representative for the NZQA mandatory review of unregulated roles: health, disability, social service and whanau ora (Levels 1-6)
- NZQA Panel member for the approval process, Waiariki Institute of Technology, PG/Master of Management & joint programme monitor
- Building capacity and capability, leadership development, strategic planning, business recovery / operational sustainability, quality systems development.
Cathy has 40 years’ experience in the health sector, is a Registered Nurse and Midwife and holds a BA Honours Degree (First Class). From 2001 to 2012 she was the Chief Executive of Lakes DHB and from April 2011 to June 2012 was also the Acting Chief Executive for HealthShare Limited, the shared services organisation of the Midland DHBs. From 1994-2000, Ms Cooney was the Lakeland Health Director of Nursing and Midwifery and the Service Director for Clinical Support.
Chris Fleming (Deputy Chair)
Current role: Chief Executive Officer Southern DHB
Chris Fleming has been the Chief Executive Officer of Southern District Health Board since September 2016. Prior to that, he was the CEO of South Canterbury District Health Board, based in Timaru, for five years, and more recently CEO of Nelson Marlborough DHB.
Chris has worked in the Health Sector for the past 22 years, and has worked in a wide variety of roles including Chief Financial Officer, General Manager Planning & Funding, General Manager Surgical and Ambulatory, and Director of Population Health, Planning and Performance.
These roles have spanned across New Zealand, Australia and Canada.
On top of Chris’s role he is also the South Island representative on the National DHB Executive, the Employment Relations Strategy Group, and is the Lead Chief Executive Officer nationally for Health of Older People.
Chris was the co-sponsor for the National Aged Residential Care Service Review and for the roll-out of InterRAI into all Aged Residential Care facilities over the next four years. Chris was also a Director of Health Benefits Limited. Professionally Chris is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Dr Nigel Millar
Clinical Representative and interRAI Fellow
Current Role: Chief Medical Officer, Southern District Health Board
Dr Nigel Millar is the CMO for the Canterbury District Health Board. Before then he was the CMO at Canterbury District Health Board for 10 years, where he participated in a transformational change to an integrated and connected health system.
A Geriatrician and Internal Medicine Physician by training – Newcastle UK – he came to Christchurch in 1992. During ten years as Clinical Director of the Older Persons Health Service he participated in the Elder Care Canterbury initiative which created a unified and coordinated aged care community plus a series of successful improvement initiatives.
Nigel has led from the front in championing the implementation of clinical information systems – most lately a common shared record across the health service. The need for which was highlighted after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. As part of his work in aged care, Nigel has promoted the implementation of a standardised comprehensive assessment. Consequently the interRAI assessment protocol is standard across the country in the community and residential care.
Nigel is a member of the National Health IT Board, an advisor to the Health Quality and Safety Commission. He is also the interRAI Fellow for New Zealand and a director of the Health Round Table. He continues clinical practice in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. He is a committed lifelong cyclist and an advocate for active transport.
Dr Judith Davey
Current role: Senior Associate, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University; Voluntary Policy Advisor Age Concern
Dr Judith Davey was Director of the New Zealand Institute for Research on Ageing (NZiRA from) 2002 to early 2007 and is now a Senior Associate of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University.
Prior to 1991 she was the Deputy Director of the New Zealand Planning Council and has been a consultant on social policy and social research since the 1970s. Judith is a graduate of London University and did her PhD at Durham University. Before coming to New Zealand, she was also a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge.
Judith’s personal focus for research is the ageing of the population and its policy implications. She has researched income, transport and housing issues for older people and has published papers and reports on home equity release and intergenerational issues. She has an extensive publication record, including academic papers, books and book chapters and commissioned reports and has provided advice to numerous policy-making bodies in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Current role: Chair Age Care Committee, Grey Power
Roy Reid’s experience includes farm management and being Manager of the Department Lands and Survey / Land Corporation. He has been based in the South Westland and Tasman areas for many years.
Roy has held a range of roles in his community, particularly in agricultural and educational organisations, including the Canterbury Education Board. He has also been an elected member of the Westland District Council, and National President of Grey Power, until he started his current role as National Treasurer of Grey Power and Chair of the Age Care Committee.
Roy is also Chair of the Golden Bay Health Group and Chair of the Golden Bay Grey Power Association, among other community positions.
Aged Residential Care Provider Representative
Current role: Chief Executive Officer CHT and Deputy Chair NZACA
Max Robins is CEO and a member of the Board of CHT, a provider of residential aged care across the Auckland and Bay of Plenty regions. He is also Deputy Chairman of the New Zealand Aged Care Association.
Max is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management, an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and a Member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand.
Max has been in his present role since 1999. Prior to that he worked as Human Resource Manager for the Taranaki Area Health Board from 1988 to 1991, when he was appointed as Chief Executive, and was subsequently appointed Chief Executive of Taranaki Crown Health Enterprise in 1993.
Max trained as a psychologist and worked for 10 years as a vocational counsellor and then spent two years as Personnel Manager at Olex Cables in Taranaki before joining the Area Health Board.
Home Care Representative
Current role:General Manager, IT Development and Transition, Access Home Health Ltd
David Chrisp is currently employed as a General Manager with Access Homehealth Ltd based in Wellington. He has been with Access for 5 years.
David’s background is in civil engineering and he worked for many years in the energy sector with both public and private entities.
In 1996 he joined the health sector by way of the (then) Central Regional Health Authority. For the best part of 15 years David worked mainly in funder and service development roles within government agencies. Specifically he worked in the Disability Support Services area within the Ministry of Health (and the Health Funding Authority before that).
More recently David was employed as GM, Planning and Funding for the Otago and Southland DHBs as they merged to form the Southern DHB.
Immediately before joining Access he worked as a contractor in various government departments on a range of projects generally in the fields of management and governance.
David’s 5 years as a service provider with Access has coincided with considerable change occurring in the home/community support sector.
As well as experiencing this change with Access, one of NZ’s largest homecare providers, David is in touch with the wider impacts on the sector in his role as a board member of the New Zealand Home & Community Health Association.
Prof Matthew Parsons
Current role: Professor Medical and Health Sciences University of Auckland and Chair Gerontology Nursing, Waikato DHB
Professor Matthew Parsons has held the position of Clinical Chair in Gerontology, a joint appointment between Waikato District Health Board and the University of Auckland since 2011.
He has a PhD and Masters in Ageing from Kings College London, an Honours degree in Psychology and Human Biology and is a Registered Nurse.
Matthew has been at the forefront of change in community services for over 15 years across multiple countries. He has a particular focus on rehabilitation having been intrinsically involved in the implementation of community rehabilitation teams across multiple regions and countries. He has published in excess of 80 peer reviewed journal articles and provides advice to numerous countries in relation to Home Care services.
Matthew is also secretary and member of the Board of Governance for the Waikato DHB Institute of Healthy Ageing.
Dr Chris Hendry
Health Informatics Representative
Current Role: Senior Lecturer, Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies, University of Otago
Dr Chris Hendry has been a nurse and a midwife in New Zealand for many years, having worked in a variety of settings and roles including within postgraduate education and research.
Over the past 15 years Chris has worked with a number of government health agencies, district health boards and community based health providers in the areas of service auditing, contract management, workforce planning and strategic service development.
Chris has a particular interest in the provision of community based health services, particularly maternity, primary care, and rural health services. Chris has also been a member of the Health IT Board since its inception in 2007.
Chris is Director of the New Zealand Institute of Community Health Care, working with active clinicians including nurses, midwives, doctors and allied health providers on research projects that focus on developing, enabling and evaluating the provision of health care in the community and the home.
Chris has an interest in the use of health service generated data to inform and drive innovation in practice.
Health Professional Representative
Current Role: Director at Waipiata Consulting Ltd
Janice Mueller joined the interRAI New Zealand Governance Board as the Health Professional Representative in May 2017.
Janice is the Director of Waipiata Consulting Ltd, a health consultancy company specialising in health strategy, technology, leadership, and professional governance and brings a wealth of clinical, executive-level leadership and allied health management experience to the role. She is a registered Physiotherapist and holds a current practising certificate.
Other current and more recent roles include:
- Chair, Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand, since 2014 and a member since 2010
- Life Member, Physiotherapy New Zealand, since 2014
- Member, Health Workforce New Zealand National Allied Health, Scientific and Technical Workforce Governance Group, representing the Regulatory Authority Chairs, since 2014
- Inaugural Clinical Lead for the Northern Region Health of Older People Clinical Network, 2011-12
- Life Member, New Zealand College of Physiotherapy, since 2010
- Executive Director Allied Health, Scientific and Technical, Auckland District Health Board, 2002-2012
- Inaugural Chair, National Directors of Allied Health, 2007-2011.