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Midlands Regional Health Network Charitable Trust

The Midlands Regional Health Network Charitable Trust was established in 2010 to focus on a regional approach to delivering quality health care services.

The Trust works closely with Lakes, Tairawhiti, Taranaki and Waikato DHBs, so together we can develop a total system view that ensures all health services are better aligned across the primary, community and secondary sectors, and deliver the best possible health outcomes for patients now and in the future.

The Midlands Regional Health Network Charitable Trust Board is made up of nine members: four clinical representatives from founding GP provider networks, two Maori partner representatives, two community representatives and an independent professional chair.

Annual reports

Refer to the annual reports below:

Midlands Regional Health Network Charitable Trust Board

Mr Craig McFarlane, Chairman

Independent director

Craig is an independent and full-time professional company director. He has an MBA from Henley Management College in the UK, has extensive offshore commercial experience, and holds directorships in waste, health, education, B2B consultancy, early childhood education, advertising as well as numerous not-for-profits and community groups. He is a permanent resident of Waihi Beach.

Dr Stephen French

Clinical representative - Pinnacle Incorporated, general practitioner/practice owner

Steve is a graduate of Otago Medical School and since qualifying in 1988 has been based primarily in Hamilton. After working at Waikato Hospital for a couple of years, he travelled extensively overseas, experiencing a variety of different countries and cultures.

For 12 years Steve specialised in obstetrics until he had a family of his own and retired from obstetrics to devote more time to being a dad.

Steve has been a general practitioner for the last 21 years and a teacher of young GPs for the last 20 years. He is currently the owner of Hillcrest Medical Centre.

Steve currently has a number of governance roles. He has been an executive committee member of Pinnacle Incorporated since June 2007 and served as the deputy chair for a number of years . He is also a board member of Midlands Health Network Limited and a trustee of Midlands Regional Health Network Limited.

Steve has previously been a member of the Pinnacle Quality Committee and was the chairman for the child and youth health service level alliance team.

Mr Wayne Mulligan

Founding Maori partner representative - Tui Ora Limited

Wayne graduated in 2003 with a Master of Management specialising in business research and systems thinking from the University of Auckland.  He has 25 years of business experience, including executive management, marketing, negotiations, and finance.

Wayne is currently the CEO of FOMANA Capital, a New Zealand-Aotearoa export support business program that assists indigenous businesses to go to the market with value added products, systems and services.  He is also the executive director of Iwi Investor, New Zealand's only 100 per cent Maori owned company.

Wayne has been involved in business delegations on free trade agreements, and twice has been part of Prime Minister-led business delegations to China, Singapore and Indonesia.

He is also a registered financial advisor and has a Certificate in Maori Studies from the University of Waikato.

Mr Pehimana Brown

Founding Maori partner representative - Te Hauora o Turanganui a Kiwa, professional director

Pehimana Haapu (Pene) Brown is the current chairman of Te Hauora o Turanganui a Kiwa - a Maori primary care health provider for four Iwi entities of Turanga based in Gisborne.

Pene is a graduate of Lincoln Agriculture College. He has farmed land that has been in his family for four generations. He also has extensive governance experience in other Maori farming enterprises that have a wider family connection of seven generations. These farming enterprises range from East Coast Hill Country beef and lamb, forestry and horticulture units on the Poverty Bay Flats. On behalf of his kinship group, Te Aitanga a Mahaki; he has fulfilled governance roles in education, local government and health. With education he served as chair of Tairawhiti Polytechnic for many years and also a term as president of the polytechnic national association, APNZ.  He has just recently completed six years as a director on Career Force with his last year as deputy-chair of the Community Support Services ITO.

Pene has a relationship with the local Gisborne District Council at both councillor and senior management level to help parties work through the many issues that affect Iwi. In health, he completed eight years as deputy-chair of Tairawhiti DHB and is at present a member of the Community and Public Health Advisory Committee to the current Tairawhiti DHB.

Mrs Dianne Mulhern

Community representative, general manager/owner Diesel and Machinery Services Limited, health auditor

Dianne Mulhern graduated from Waikato Polytechnic with a bachelor degree in nursing and midwifery. She has since completed a diploma in auditing.

Her career started as a health assistant and went on to train in the hospital system as an enrolled nurse before registering. Dianne worked as a midwife at Birthcare Huntly where she took on the role of quality manager and health and safety manager for the Birthcare group. This lead onto health auditing and she undertook compliance auditing for a Quality Health - auditing the health and disability sector standards. Since 2003 she has been auditing DHB contracts.

As well as auditing part time, Dianne owns and operates businesses with her husband in New Zealand, working with a diverse group of people from start up to sale of businesses. This has given her vast experience in strategic and financial planning, management and implementation of systems and processes to meet both internal and external standards.

Mrs Lisa Hayes

Community representative, lecturer, Department of Sport & Leisure Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Waikato

Lisa Hayes is a graduate of Otago University and Victoria University of Wellington. Lisa qualified as a physical education teacher, teaching for several years in Waikato and Auckland. She then focused on work in the recreation sector in both local authority and NGO, before moving to the public service working for the NZ Council for Recreation and Sport, and then the Hillary Commission. A period as a leisure consultant, working primarily with the voluntary sector, preceded a shift to working in tertiary education.

Lisa has been active in the voluntary sector throughout her adult life, firstly in surf lifesaving, and then with the YWCA at local, national and international levels.  Currently Lisa is involved with the Maungatautari Educational Island Trust and INA (Maori and Pacific Island AIDS Foundation).

Lisa was a director on the Waikato Primary Health (WPHO) board from May 2009 to February 2011 when it was wound up. She was also a member on the WPHO Financial Audit and Risk Committee.

John Gregory

Before moving to New Zealand in 2013, John had an extensive management career in the National Health Service (NHS) and private healthcare industry.

As CEO of a general practice network he led the innovation of care models and played an advocacy role for primary care. John was also Chair of a charity for the homeless.

In addition to his governance role he is currently mentoring GP leaders in the UK.