Nelson Bays Primary Health Board is made up of community, Iwi/Māori and provider representation from the Nelson and Tasman region.

The role of the Board is to provide leadership, set the organisation’s strategic direction and vision, set policies and organisational performance measures and appoint and delegate authority to the Chief Executive Officer.

The Board acts within the boundaries of its own constitution as well as other relevant legislation and regulations.

The current Board Members are:

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John Hunter - Board Chair

John has served as a Director on two DHBs; 7 years with the West Coast and 3 years with Southland. He is currently on the Executive Committee of the national PHO Alliance which represents the interests of PHO’s in national forums.

John has also held many commercial Board positions (as Company Secretary or Director) on unlisted and NZX listed companies. These included The PDL Group of Companies, LaserCorp Holdings Limited, Pacific Retail Group Limited, CRIS Limited, Powerhouse Ventures Limited, Hydroworks Limited and CPIT.

By profession John is a Chartered Accountant, holding operational positions of CFO, General Manager and Company Secretary.

John was appointed the Trust’s Independent Chairperson in 2011.

Pat Curry - Community Representative

Pat has a strong background in health in the public, private and charitable organisation domain. Her background is nursing and she worked in this field for over 40 years. She has experience in secondary care nursing and nursing management in most areas. Her role as the manager of Support Works brought her into contact with many community organisations and also people in the community who were living with adversity and trying to navigate the health and disability sector.

Her most recent role with the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board was as a health planner and funding manager for older persons' health, disability, chronic conditions and palliative services. Pat’s role as CEO of the Nelson Tasman Hospice Trust gave her insight into the operational/governance relationship which has been of value to her since joining the Nelson Bays Primary Health Organisation and Abbeyfield Nelson as a Board member. Her family has also had a variety of issues which has brought them into contact with the health sector over a span of many years. Since retiring from full time employment Pat is focusing on her governance roles and voluntary work.

Pat and her partner have 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren. When they have some spare time they enjoy sailing and travelling.

Pat is a Community Representative on the Board.

Helen Kingston - Community Representative

Helen came to Aotearoa New Zealand in the mid 1970s, and worked in the Golden Bay Medical Centre from 1980-2006. During her time there, she initiated the taking of cervical smears by their practice nurse when nurse smear-taking was almost unknown in New Zealand. Helen was instrumental in initiating the Nelson Prescribing Project which was picked up by national organisations such as the former Preferred Medicines Centre and Best Practice Advisory Centre. Active in the Rural GP Network from its initiation in the 1990s, she was its Chair for two years.

Helen is active in many community organisations including Abbeyfield Golden Bay, where she is honorary medical adviser and on its governing committee. Helen is married to Derry, with two adult children and one delightful granddaughter. She was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship of the RNZCGP.

Helen is a Community Representative on the Board.


Lisa Lawrence - Iwi/Māori Representative

Lisa has worked in a range of roles in the social health sector – mentoring, service development, business planning, governance and financials for the last 20 years. Currently, she is Kaiwhakahaere of Motueka Family Service Centre and Chair of Te Tumu Whakaora. Previously, Lisa has been Kaitautoko Huanga and 2IC of Te Kahui Hauora o Ngati Koata, a health promoter and a health educator for St John and New Zealand Family Planning Association. Lisa has also been an on road Ambulance Officer for six years and practice auditor for NZ College of Midwives.

Lisa works with the philosophy of helping people help themselves and is interested in improving the experience of Maori and men within service delivery.

The eldest of eight, Lisa’s whakapapa is to Ngati Ruapani, Waikaremoana. Her favourite fishing spot is in French Pass; she has a profound weakness for good coffee.

Lisa was appointed to the Board to represent Iwi/ Māori in Te Tau Ihu.

Philip Chapman - Community Representative

Philip began working with IHC, then trained as a nurse before taking over the management of the neighbourhood centre. His work with the young clients and their families led to his interest in men’s health/social issues and the establishment of the Male Room services for men and their families which he currently manages.

With his work experience and that through his roles as Chairman of Waimea Menzshed, and of Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse ANZ, he enjoys helping formulate policy to efficiently target grassroots services.

Philip’s roots are poor working class; he is a Community Representative on the Board.

Sarah Green - Provider Representative

Sarah is a UK trained Practice Nurse who settled in New Zealand in 2009. Sarah works at Tasman Medical and within general practice has advanced qualifications in respiratory care and diabetes. She enjoys the preventative and proactive nature of primary care very much, transitioning into it nine years ago after working in oncology, neonatal research and emergency medicine.

Outside of nursing, Sarah’s interests are geology and tectonics, film and cooking, and coaching netball for the Garin College senior teams. She has a Kiwi husband and three children all who go to schools in Richmond.

Sarah is a Provider Representatives on the Board, a member of its Clinical Governance Committee, and a member of the organisation’s Practice Nurse Interest Group.

Stuart Hebberd - Provider Representative

Stuart graduated from the NZ Pharmacy College in 1971. In 1976 he purchased his first pharmacy in Levin, followed by Prices Pharmacy (Nelson) in 1980. He served as Chairman of Nelson Retailers Association in 1983 and Board member of NZ Pharmacy Guild 2007-2010.

Stuart has a personal interest in nutritional and environmental medicine as a way to improve health; his recreational activities include under water hockey and distance sea swimming. He grew up in Nelson, married in 1981 and has 3 adult children.

Stuart joined the Board as a Provider Representative.

Sue Stubbs - Provider Representative

Dr Sue Stubbs is a general practitioner and practice owner at Tima Health in Nelson. Sue obtained her medical degree at Sydney University and was one of the early trainees of the general practice training programme. Her first practice was in semi-rural NSW where she practiced cradle to grave medicine, with GP obstetrics a particular highlight.

Apart from her GP work, Sue is the organisation’s Clinical Advisor and Chairs its Clinical Governance Committee.

Australian by birth and education, she moved to Nelson at the end of 2001 with her NZ husband and two daughters. Outside of work, Sue's interests are in family and music.

Sue was appointed to the Board to represent Providers.