District Health Board elections are held every three years.
election for the current DHB Board members took place on
9 October 2010.
Each DHB has
seven elected members for a three year term and up to four members are appointed by the Minister of Health
Counties Manukau DHB Board members
* Ministerial appointment
Board Member Profiles
Professor Gregor Coster was initially appointed Chair of the
Counties Manukau District Health Board in December 2007,
following four and a half years as Chair of the West Coast
District Health Board. He was Chair of the Community and Public
Health Advisory Committee for CMDHB from 2000-01. He was until
recently Deputy Chair of the Pharmaceutical Management Agency
(PHARMAC) and was previously a member of the Health Funding
Authority Board in 2000. He is Deputy Chairman of Health
Workforce New Zealand and Acting Chair of District Health Boards
In 1995, he was appointed Head of the Department of General
Practice and Primary Health Care at The University of Auckland
where he was the Elaine Gurr Professor of General Practice. In
2005, he was appointed Dean of Graduate Studies at the
University and was responsible for managing the University’s
doctoral programme. Following five years in hospital practice,
Gregor Coster’s early career was in general practice in central,
south and west Auckland and included four years at the
University’s Trust Health Care general practice in Manurewa.
He was elected Chairman of the Royal New Zealand College of
General Practitioners in 1995-1997 and was awarded
the FRNZCGP (Dist) in 2006, and the Gold Medal of the College. Professor
Coster has an MSc (Hons) from Victoria University of Wellington
and graduated MBChB from the University of Otago. He holds a
PhD in public policy. His research interests have been in the
areas of quality of care and health services evaluation
research. He was awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order
of Merit for services to public health in the Queen’s Birthday
Honours in 2007. His vision for the Counties Manukau District
Health Board is that it should provide excellent health services
for all, and particularly for those with the greatest health
Ms Jan Dawson
was appointed as the Deputy Chair of Counties Manukau District
Jan has held
the position of Chair and Chief Executive of KPMG New Zealand
since 2005, and became a partner of the firm in 1986. She
has also been influential within the region as Regional Board
Member KPMG - Asia Pacific and a Board Member KPMG Australia and
Councillor of KPMG International. With
over 30 years' of audit experience in New Zealand, the United
Kingdom and Canada, working in both Auckland and Vancouver, she
is lead relationship partner for a number of KPMG’s significant
New Zealand issuer clients. Jan's work encompasses a wide range
of services including accounting advice, due diligence and risk,
governance and litigation support. She has particular
expertise relative to financial institutions, registered banks,
software/IP and forestry organisations.
Jan has been a
Member of the Capital Investment Committee of the National
Health Board (since 2010), is Chair of the Audit Committee of
the International Sailing Federation (since 2009), President of
Yachting New Zealand (since 2007 – and a Board member since
2006), and is a Member of the Massey University Auckland
Regional Advisory Board (since 2009).
Jan holds a
Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland and was the
1976 Senior Scholar - Accounting. She is a Fellow of the New
Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants New Zealand, a Member
of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, a Fellow of FINSIA,
a Paul Harris Fellow and a North Shore Business Hall of Fame
Arthur is proud to represent New
Zealand's most multicultural City, Auckland, and has been
elected to Auckland Council. His determination as a District
Health Board Member is to ensure that Health Services provided
for the People of Counties/Manukau are second to none and to use
all his business knowledge and political experience to ensure
that health services are provided equally to all people based on
their immediate needs.
We have the most diversely
populated city in New Zealand and need representation to reflect
that. We all need to understand and respect our cultural
differences and work together to provide the best services for
all our people equally. To do this we need to find ways to keep
our most talented people in NZ to provide the services for the
People of Counties Manukau.
His focus has been on the young
and elderly who depend on the political process to be there for
them when they need it immediately, the working community should
be protecting themselves with tax deductible Medical Insurance,
leaving Public Hospital beds for the young and elderly in the
Bob has been on
the CMDHB board for the last 6 years. He believes that CMDHB
provides the best medical health care in New Zealand, and is
proud to be part of that achievement.
continue to work to make our level of health care even better.
As a Manukau resident, father and grandfather, it is his
ambition to ensure that the residents of Counties Manukau will
always have the best healthcare available in NZ.
non-healthcare professional, he believes that he is able to add
an essential outside perspective, something that is extremely
important to the balance of any board of directors. He has been
a Manukau City Councillor for 14 years, in the past being the
Chairman, Economic Development and the Chairman of Corporate
Colleen Brown, a former Manukau City Councillor is a second term
District Health Board member and the Chair of the District
Health Board committee for disability and older people - DiSAC.
She represents the Manurewa Ward of some 83,000 people on the
Manurewa Local Board. Her background is in education with
previous employment being as a Senior Lecturer at Manukau
Institute of Technology and the Manager of the Communication
Enterprise Section at the Institute.
Colleen is passionate about youth and having healthy active
children in the community. She is also concerned and active in
the elder sector part of the community having supported older
family members in the health sector. She has worked with older
groups in her community and is committed to delivering quality
health services to all communities in Counties Manukau. Colleen
set up a group of interested women to support Breast Screen
Aotearoa access communities so that all women can be informed
about breast screening and access the free government service
for 45 to 69 year olds.
Colleen's special interests lie in the disability sector where
she chairs the Parent and Family Resource Centre Board in
Onehunga. She has been involved with many different facets of
the disability sector ranging from setting up informal support
groups for parents to running lobby groups and chairing the
following organisations: The New Zealand Down Syndrome
Association, The Coalition of Parents for Special Education.
Colleen's particular interest is in policy, especially how it is
made and implemented. She has contributed to a number of New
Zealand and international publications on policy implementation
in New Zealand and the impact of having a disabled son as part
of a family. She has been involved with taking section 10
Appeals against the Ministry of Education under the Education
Act as a volunteer advocate for parents and their disabled
David's profile not currently
Donald was first elected to the
Counties Manukau District Health Board in 2001. He has
continued to stand because he is proud of our achievements and
wishes to be part of the future health gains for our
He has been a community
pharmacist all his working life and together with his experience
as a director of a number of pharmaceutical support companies,
he offers experience in the fields of health, business and the
In the community he is a Past
President of Waiuku Golf & Squash Club, a past Chair of the
Waiuku College Board, a past Commodore of Waiuku Yacht Club and
a past Board member of Enterprise Franklin.
He is currently a member of the
Institute of Directors and a Justice of the Peace.
Lyn Murphy was
elected onto the Counties Manukau District Health Board in 2010.
Prior to this she was a Member of the Howick Community Board.
Lyn originally trained as an
Occupational Therapist. She has worked in general and
psychiatric hospitals, as well as providing community-based
care. She has been active in supporting a healthy community,
including membership of CCS, Arthritis Foundation, and
Paraplegics Association committees and Advisory Trustee for the
Arohaina Trust for the Elderly.
Lyn is a senior
lecturer in management at the Manukau Institute of Technology.
She has qualifications in psychology and management. She is
currently completing a PhD in accounting and finance. Her
doctorate thesis investigates the costs and benefits of medical
research at CMDHB.
Lyn is active
in promoting New Zealand as a good place to do health research.
She is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of
Management (ANZAM), Health Management SIG and the New Zealand
Association of Clinical Research (NZACRes). She is facilitating
the development of a New Zealand chapter of the International
Society of Pharmaco-economics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR). She
is a recipient of the internationally prestigious ISPOR student
A Counties Manukau resident all his life Paul was
elected to the Counties Manukau District Health Board in 2001,
and has served as Deputy Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the
Community and Public Health Advisory Committee and is currently
Chairman of the Hospital Advisory Committee, and a member of the
Finance and Audit Committee and the Community and Public
Health Advisory Committee. He also serves on the Maori Health
Committee “Pou”. A Pharmacist who has owned two Pharmacies, one
in Half Moon Bay, Paul was Managing Director of East Health
Services Ltd an organisation owned by the Doctors of Howick,
Pakuranga, Bucklands Beach, Maraetai and Beachlands that manages
contracts for the provision of existing and enhanced General
Practice based Primary Care Services. He was also a Trustee of
the EastHealth Primary Health Organisation (PHO).
He was a member of the Ministry of Health
Information and Technology Advisory Board, a member of the
Accident Insurance Regulators Advisory Panel, Chairman of the
New Zealand Health Information Standards Organisation
Ministerial Committee, Chairman of the Injury Surveillance
Ministerial Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Health Intranet
Governing Body and the inaugural Chairman of the Health
Information Strategy Action Committee Ministerial Committee
reporting directly to the Minister of Health. He is currently a
member or the Safe Medication Management Steering Group, and
Chairman of the New Zealand Universal List of Medicines and
National Medicines Formulary Steering Group, and a board member
of GS1 NZ.
Chairman of the Child Cancer Foundation from 1981
to 1992, Chairman of the Ronald McDonald House Auckland Trust
from 1982 to 2006, a past President of the Rotary Club of Howick
and the Rotary Club Half Moon Bay, he is currently Chairman of
the South East Auckland Life Education Trust.
With over 25 years management and governance
experience directing and leading initiatives in the commercial,
community, and health sectors Paul has a New Zealand Institute
of Directors Certificate in Company Direction. In 2007 he was
appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his
services to child cancer. Paul is committed to the expansion of
quality health services to the population of Counties Manukau
that are truly integrated between Community and Hospital care.
Ali'imuamua Sandra Alofivae
was appointed to the Board in December 2010 following a six year
term as a Commissioner with the Families Commission based in
with a law degree from Auckland University in 1989. Ms Alofivae
has practiced as a lawyer in the Auckland region with a
particular emphasis in South Auckland for the last 20 years
representing children, young persons and their families.
grew up in Mangere and has strong ties to the local community
through the Presbyterian Church and her work in the voluntary
currently a member of the Community Response Model Auckland
South Forum appointed in October 2010 for a three year term.
represented the needs and interests of children and young people
over the years, what is startling clear is the success of our
city and our nation depends on the state of health and education
of our communities.
lie in contributing to strengthen the system to ensure that
CMDHB continues to provide an excellent health system especially
to those in vulnerable communities.
In 1995 she
was bestowed an honorific title by her family in the village of
* Ministerial appointment