Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB)

Our board for committing to ongoing improvement against our Ministry of Health's health targets.

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Our Board's strategic approach

The Board guides its decision making through applying a strategic approach, particularly because of the need to operate within a financially constrained environment:

  • Substitute, rather than supplementary, services;
  • Upstream interventions, particularly self management strategies like exercise, diet and Whānau Ora;
  • Reduce health inequalities, by targeting those with the highest need;
  • Increase health gain per dollar spent;
  • Intersectoral collaboration and cooperation;
  • Evidence based decision-making;
  • Being prepared to change the paradigm of how we deliver services (the "who" and the" how") so that we design services that progress our strategic direction; and
  • Patient centred care.

You can read more about the Board's Strategic Health Plan or click onto a summary of the Plan

BOP District Health Board - Terms of Reference [PDF, 1.9MB]
BOP District Health Board - Code of Conduct [90KB]

Meet our members

Sharon Shea, Interim Board Chair

Sharon Shea Board Chair

MSc Comparative Social Policy, Distinction (Oxon), BA/LLB (Auckland)
Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Hako

Sharon graduated from Oxford University at the top of her class with an MSc in Comparative Social Policy (Distinction). She also has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from Auckland University.

Sharon began her career as a lawyer at Kensington Swan (Auckland) and then moved into the health sector where she held a range of senior management roles in government and non-government organisations focussed on Māori health improvement. In 2000, Sharon worked in the NHS, England and completed postgraduate studies at Oxford University. Since her return to New Zealand in 2002, Sharon has run a successful consulting business that has domestic and international clients.

Sharon is widely recognised as a leader in the field of health and disability sector strategy, outcomes framework development resilience and positive psychology, equity strategy and practice, change management and systems and service design. Sharon is also a researcher and evaluator. She has completed several process and impact evaluations for government and non-government organisation clients.

One of Sharon's unique skillsets is supporting others to weave the 'best of' kaupapa Māori/mātauranga Māori and western science thinking, to reduce inequities. This skillset is also enhanced by her knowledge about how to improve systems, service and organisational performance.

Sharon is passionate about achieving health, social, education and economic equity across all populations; especially those who need support the most, or require intensive support to self-realise their hopes and aspirations. To action this interest, Sharon is an active practitioner of strengths and solutions-based practices that support sustainable wellbeing not just tackling 'illbeing'. In this space, Sharon has worked across multiple sectors ranging from health, justice and corrections through to education, social services and Whanau Ora.

Sharon holds a variety of Board memberships for both private and public/not-for-profit Māori organisations and, as requested, fulfils Ministerial appointed roles. Sharon's governance experience ranges from whanau trusts through to district health boards, primary healthcare organisations, railways and landholdings, philanthropy and disruptive healthcare technology.

In 2019, Sharon was awarded a New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to Māori health and development.

Geoff Esterman

Geoff Esterman Deputy Board Chair

Geoff is New Zealand born and a trained General Practitioner who has worked in the BOP for for the last 25 years completing hospital years in Tauranga, then working as a GP locum around the BOP before taking over Gate Pa Medical Centre over 20 years ago.

He has been involved with Primary Health Care boards and has a good overview of hospital issues by attending regular meetings and through ongoing interaction with hospital colleagues. He brings to the Board a strong understanding of how the health system functions from a hospital, General Practice and patient perspective. He also brings common sense from life experience and a voice from the coalface for patients.

Geoff wishes to help the board facilitate improving health for all, especially those most at need. He does this by enabling patients to look after themselves better and ensuring excellent back up community and hospital services. He believes this can be achieved through education and improved efficiencies and communication.

Hori Ahomiro

Hori Ahomiro

MIS (Hons) BSW, Reg SW, Dip Ad Ed, Clinical and Mataora Supervisor

Hori's principal place of residence is in the Bay of Plenty District Health Board area.

Hori is a Registered Social Worker and Mental Health Advisor/Cultural lead with a special interest in Kaupapa Mäori and Indigenous models of health and wellbeing. He has applicable systemic and practical experience within Iwi, social services, community and government health environments. He is a respectful advocate, of bicultural social work, human rights, natural justice and the implementation of the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. He aims to add his experience and skill set to help transform and improve our current poor health statistics and outcomes for Mäori and other patients in our BOPDHB region.

His background includes Governance, Management and leadership of whänau, hapü and iwi, including that of local and national mental health, social work, community, psychiatry and health quality and safety commission boards and affiliated Mäori advisory groups.

Mark Arundel

Mark Arundel

Mark has enjoyed his career in community pharmacy and has a diverse range of sporting and community interests.

His experience as a primary health provider, Board member and life experiences with family have reinforced belief in the prioity care and compassion required in healthcare and that respect, dignity and comfort for our growng elder population should be universal.

Mark was appointed to Eastbay Health and Westbay Health prior to the establishment of the BOPDHB and has been an electetd Board member since.

Bev Edlin

Bev Edlin

DBA, MBA, FICS, CMinisD

Bev is a Fellow of GovernanceNZ, a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors and current chair of its Tauranga branch. She holds a Doctorate in Governance from Massey University - one of only a few in this country to do so.

In addition to her recent appointment to the Board of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board she is a board member of Magic Netball, a co-director and board member of Boardroom360, a RMA Commissioner and a past Tauranga City Councillor. She has served on a number of Boards/Trusts either as Chair or Board Member/Trustee. As a governance specialist she conducts Board assessments, mentors aspiring Board Members, recruits Board Directors and facilitates professional development on governance matters. For the past eight years she has worked closely with Massey University not only facilitating its MBA Governance Module but also assisting students to complete their thesis. Prior to forming her own company she held senior management positions, working for organisations such as the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, New Post Ltd, Philips NZ and Mainzeal.

Bev has written over 40 articles on Governance related matters and been actively involved in lifting the standards of governance in this country. She recently received recognition for her work in the Governance arena when presented GovernanceNZ's Excellence in Governance Development Award earlier this year.

Bev has been called upon to speak at conferences the most notable being The Academy of Management's World-wide conference in Philadelphia (2007) where she presented a paper on why and where governance needs to change.

Bev is Chair of the Waikato bay of Plenty netball and a Liquor Licencing Commissioner for the Bay of Plenty.

Career Highlights

  • Having a chapter on her work at New Zealand Post included in "Innovation and Management in New Zealand" by Dai Gilbertson and Russell M. Knight in which her work was acknowledged as that of an entrepreneur.
  • Receiving The New York Film Festival's World Award for an advertising initiative she worked on.
  • Completing a Doctoral study of a Board operating in the New Zealand Energy sector.
Ian Finch

Ian Finch

Driving Better Health Outcomes For All.

Ian's principal place of residence is in the Bay of Plenty District Health Board area.

He is an optometrist practicing in Whakatane for 28 years I have an history of governance in both business and community. He is married to Sue (midwife) for 40 yrs. I have three children and three grandchildren. He is passionate about achieving the best health outcomes for everyone in the BOP. As a health professional I see how poor health affects the daily life of so many individuals. He sees how inequity affects health - it is incumbent upon us all to care for the ones who have the least opportunity to care for themselves. Using my governance experience I will help shape a health authority which fulfils those aims.

It is important our health authority demonstrates a culture of care not only for its patients but also for its employees. Ian's experience in helping nurture positive culture change in a variety of environment's will prove beneficial in this regard.

Marion Guy

Marion Guy

BN, PG Dip. MN, QSO

Marion is a Registered Nurse. Her clinical work includes both hospital and community. She has had four terms as a board member at BOPDHB.

Marion has extensive experience in the health sector, as a nursing leader, on a number of nursing related governance boards, locally, nationally and internationally. She is a board member of the Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation. Marion has a Masters in Nursing and was awarded a Queens Service Order in 2010 for her services to nursing.

Ron Scott, Interim Deputy Chair

Ron Scott

JP CMInstD MNZATD

Ron was elected to the Board in 2010 and appointed by the Minister of Health in 2013 as Deputy Chair.

He is also Chair of the Finance Audit and Risk Management committee. Ron is the founder of Stellaris Ltd, which specialises in governance education and strategic planning services.

Ron is active in the community with roles that include Chair of the SILC Charitable Trust, Member of the BoP District Council of AA and Chair of the Suzanne Aubert Catholic School Establishment Board. He served as a trustee of TECT for 12 years and is a former member of the University of Waikato Council. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, a professional member of the NZ Association of Training and Development, and a Justice of the Peace.

His interest is to see that the Health and Disability sector is 'joined up' across all populations and covering the spectrum from wellness through primary care and into the hospital service. The objective is to have a healthier population across the region.

Leonie Simpson

Leonie Simpson

LLB/BA
Ngāti Awa, Te Whānau ā Apanui, Taranaki

Adept at strategy, governance and relationship management, Leonie heads Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, the mandated settlement entity that manages the collective affairs of Ngāti Awa. Now 15 years post-Treaty of Waitangi settlement, the organisation strives to achieve Ko Ngāti Awa Te Toki - Iwi Vision 2050, which Leonie was responsible for leading in an earlier iwi role.

Having graduated from the University of Auckland, Leonie's career has always focused on development, providing strategic advice and leading organisations to identify and realise their potential.

For the past decade, Leonie is also the owner and director of Toitu Design Limited with her husband, which fuses extensive knowledge of traditional Māori art forms with contemporary design concepts.

Arihia Tuoro

Arihia Tuoro

Master of Business in International Business Management Diploma in Corporate Management
Whakatohe, Ngaitai ki Torere, Tainui

Adept at strategy, governance and relationship management, Leonie heads Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, the mandated settlement entity that manages the collective affairs of Ngāti Awa. Now 15 years post-Treaty of Waitangi settlement, the organisation strives to achieve Ko Ngāti Awa Te Toki - Iwi Vision 2050, which Leonie was responsible for leading in an earlier iwi role.

Having graduated from the University of Auckland, Leonie's career has always focused on development, providing strategic advice and leading organisations to identify and realise their potential.

For the past decade, Leonie is also the owner and director of Toitu Design Limited with her husband, which fuses extensive knowledge of traditional Māori art forms with contemporary design concepts.

Wayne Williams

Wayne Williams

Born in Christchurch to parents from Timaru and Dunedin, Wayne relocated to Wellington at the age of 10. Here he attended Silverstream and Brentwood Primary Schools followed by Heretaunga College. He acquired a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration at Victoria University and subsequently a Diploma of Teaching at Christchurch Teachers’ Training College.

Wayne’s first teaching secondment was at Tauranga Boys College followed by 2 years at his former secondary school, Heretaunga College. He then worked at Wilkinson Wilberfoss (now KPMG) in Wellington for 3 years before moving abroad to live in London with his young family for the next 3 years.

On returning from London Wayne joined Gilfillan Morris (now KPMG) in Tauranga where he resided for 13 years before moving to Auckland.

With extensive experience of close to 30 years within the health sector, Wayne has worked in line management and consulting roles within primary care, DHBs and the MOH. He specialises in governance, financial management, corporate restructuring, capital raising and forensic/audit investigation.

He is currently Chief Executive of Alliance Health Plus Trust, a Pacific-led Primary Health Organisation based in South Auckland, is the Chairperson of the Auckland Waitemata DHB Leadership Team and Co-Chairs the Counties Manukau DHB Alliance Leadership team. Wayne is also Chair of the Auckland Primary Care Leaders Group and the Moko Foundation.

Known for his business leadership and management, Wayne excels in the facilitation of groups to achieve collective impact greater than any individual contribution. He is particularly interested in how Maori and Pacific organisations can collaborate to create more effective economies of scale and lead the design of health systems for their populations.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.

Wayne’s family includes 3 children and 7 grand-children and he is a keen sportsman who enjoys rugby, indoor basketball, squash and tennis.

Hui/meeting information

Meeting Schedule

Venue: Meeting Rooms 1 and 2, Clinical School, Whakatane Campus
Date: May 26 2021
Time: 10:00a.m.

Meeting agenda: Board Agenda (open) - 26.5.21