Dr Dale Bramley (chair)

Dale Bramley looking at the camera smilingDr Bramley, MBChB, MPH, MBA, FAFPHM, FNZCPHM is a 2003–04, Harkness Fellow in health care policy pnd Practice.

He is the chief executive officer of Waitemata District Health Board (DHB). Waitemata DHB is the largest DHB in New Zealand and provides health services to 629,000 Aucklanders. Waitemata DHB has 7,600 employees and has a $1.7 billion expenditure budget.

Dale is a practising public health physician and is the chief examiner of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine, a function he has held for the last eight years. He is also an adjunct professor at Auckland University of Technology.

He was appointed by the Minister of Health to the Health Quality & Safety Commission Board in 2014, and appointed chair in 2019. Dale’s previous board appointments include to the National Health Commission and the National Ethics Committee.

Dale also serves as board member of the Well Foundation, Northern Region Alliance and University of Otago Dietetics Programme external advisory board.

Dale has published extensively internationally in over 50 peer-reviewed publications to date.

His iwi affiliations are to Nga Puhi, Ngāti Hine and Whānau Apanui.


Raewyn (Rae) Lamb (deputy chair)

Raewyn (Rae) Lamb has an extensive background in journalism and has worked as deputy commissioner in the office of the Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) and as aged care complaints commissioner for all of Australia. Since early 2019, Rae has worked as the chief executive officer of Te Pou Te Whakāro Nui, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) focused on mental health and disability workforce and information development. She was a New Zealand Harkness Fellow 2001–02.


Philomena (Mena) Antonio

Philomena (Mena) Antonio has a long history of community service with the philanthropic, creative, social and education sectors, and a real focus on equity of outcomes for people living in the Wairarapa. As an executive leadership coach and mentor, she specialises in cultural intelligence and diversity strategies for businesses and organisations. She is the inaugural chair of the consumer council at Wairarapa DHB, and brings a Pacific perspective to the Board.


Mr Andrew Connolly

Andrew Connolly looking at the camera smilingAndrew Connolly graduated from the University of Auckland in 1987 and is a general surgeon at Counties Manukau Health, specialising in colorectal surgery. He has a strong interest in education, training and clinical governance and has been head of department at Counties Manukau Health since 2003. Andrew was appointed to the Medical Council of New Zealand board in 2009, the latter five years as chair, completing his tenure in February 2019.

He has served on various ministerial committees to review aspects of the health system including the 2015 capacity and capability review. He is currently a member of the Southern Partnership Group to oversee the re-building of Dunedin Hospital, and has served on several Australian Medical Council vocational college accreditation teams. Outside of medicine, Andrew has a strong interest in First World War military history.  


Dr Gloria Johnson

Gloria Johnson looking at the camera smilingDr Johnson is currently the acting chief executive at Counties Manukau Health. She is a graduate of the University of Auckland medical school, and completed training as a psychiatrist in Western Australia. As a specialist she worked initially in an academic post with the University of Western Australia, where her major research interest was psychiatric sequelae of stroke. She then moved to full-time private practice as a psychiatrist in both urban and rural settings, before returning home to Northland in 2003.

She was clinical director of Northland District Health Board's mental health services for four years before taking up the post of chief medical advisor there from December 2007. She completed an MBA and specialist training in medical administration during that time. In January 2012, she moved to the post of chief medical officer at Middlemore Hospital, Counties Manukau Health. 


Dr Jenny Parr 

Jenny Parr looking at the camera smilingJenny Parr commenced as chief nurse and director of patient and whānau experience at Counties Manukau Health in January 2017.

Prior to that Jenny held a number of senior nursing, professional and management roles over 24 years, both in New Zealand at Waitemata DHB and in London, England. She held a board position as executive director of nursing and patient experience at Kingston Hospital NHS Trust from 2010–2013. During this time, she led the quality governance agenda to achieve Foundation Trust status in 2013.

In her role at Counties Manukau Health, Jenny brings the expertise around patient experience, standards and safety together to create a whole of system patient experience function within the organisation. Jenny is a registered nurse and qualified midwife with a doctorate in health science. Her research interests include the relationship between leadership, engagement and quality outcomes, and fundamentals of care.

She is a steering group member of the International Learning Collaborative.


Dame Alison Paterson

Alison Paterson looking at the camera smilingDame Alison Paterson is independent director of Vector Ltd, director of Intueri Ltd, chair of Gareth Morgan Investments and is currently also chair of BPAC New Zealand Limited, Farm iQ Limited, Stevenson Agriculture Limited, Forestry Industry Safety Council, and the Governing Board of the Centre of Research Excellence for Growth and Development (University of Auckland).


She has made several firsts as a woman – her achievements include being the first woman to receive QBE’s Chairperson of Year award, the first woman to be appointed to a producer board (Apple and Pear Marketing Board in 1976) and the first woman appointed to the board of a New Zealand public company.

For the past 30 years Alison has sat on the boards of some of the country’s most august organisations.

Her QBE Chairperson of the Year award was given for her many years of outstanding leadership of a wide range of New Zealand private and public sector enterprises and organisations.

Alison was appointed dame companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business, in the 2014 New Year Honours List and was inducted into the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame in 2015.


Ms Gwendoline (Gwen) Tepania-Palmer

Gwen Te Pania Palmer looking at the camera smilingGwen Tepania-Palmer has a strong understanding of the health sector, including experience as a New Zealand registered nurse and is on the boards of a number of health sector providers. She holds a strong belief in health quality and safety combined with commitment, leadership and innovation in the health sector and enjoys the opportunities and challenges of being able to serve on an extremely important and dynamic Commission.

She is currently an appointed member of the Waitemata (from 2007) and Auckland (from 2010) District Health Boards, is Chairperson of the Ngāti Hine Health Trust (the largest Māori health provider in Northland), and is a board member of Manaia Health PHO. Ms Tepania-Palmer is also a former member of the National Health Committee. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Massey University, a certificate in health economics, and holds a Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors in New Zealand (inc).

Gwen is also a registered comprehensive nurse and registered psycho-paediatric nurse and is a Life Member of the National Council of Māori Nurses and a Massey University MBA Alumni member.

Her tribal affiliations are Te Aupouri, Ngati Kahu and Ngati Paoa Tainui. She is the mother of two adult children and the proud grandmother of three delightful grandsons/mokopuna.

Last updated 07/11/2019