Appointed to Council in November 2009, Mr Connolly was elected Deputy Chairperson of Council in February 2012 and Chairperson in February 2014. Mr Connolly was re-elected to this position in February 2016.
Mr Connolly is a general and colorectal surgeon, employed full-time at Counties Manukau District Health Board.
He has a strong interest in governance, education, and clinical leadership and has been the Head of Department of General and Vascular Surgery since 2003. He has served on the Ministerial advisory group that was responsible for the In Good Hands document. In 2016, he has also served on the Ministry of Health Capability and Capacity Review of the Health Sector.
Mr Connolly has served on various national committees, including the New Zealand Guidelines Group for the screening of patients with an increased risk of colorectal cancer.
He has previously held the role of Presiding Member of the Lotteries Health Research Distribution Committee, he recently chaired a Ministerial review of the impact of the elective waiting times policy, and he was a member of the review panel of the New Zealand Cancer Registry.
Outside of Medicine, he has a passion for military history, particularly the First World War.
Mr Connolly as Council Chairperson is an ex-offico member of Council's Audit, education and Health Committees.
|Dr Zarko Kamenica
Dr Zarko Kamenica is a Psychiatrist and has lived in New Zealand since 1995. He is a former Clinical Director and Director of Area Mental Health for Wairarapa and has been with MPS since 2013.
|Dr Simon McDowell
FRANZCOG CREI MBChB MRMed PG Dip OMG
Simon is one of a handful of practitioners in New Zealand who is a formally qualified fertility sub-specialist (CREI) - he manages patients with fertility issues at Fertility Associates in Wellington and also holds a regular fertility clinic in Gisborne. Simon's care focuses on preserving a woman's fertility when diseases such as endometriosis and fibroids are impacting. Fertility treatment can appear complex and Simon works hard to make the confusing world of infertility easier to understand.
Simon is one of the first surgeons in New Zealand to be awarded a Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy Surgery (AGES) Fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery - focusing on the minimally invasive management of endometriosis, hysterectomy, fibroids and ovarian cysts he also sees gynaecology patients at Wakefield Hospital.
Simon also holds a public consulting role at Wellington Women's Hospital. He is dedicated to teaching and is the current training supervisor for O&G trainees. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago. Simon is widely published in medical journals and has research projects ongoing.
Finally Simon is easygoing, honest and caring, and prides himself on working hard for his patients and achieving the best possible outcome. Outside of work Simon enjoys running and hockey but particular attention is put into time with his young family and friends.
| Dr James Renwick
James has over 30 years' experience in weather and climate research. His main field is large-scale climate dynamics and his current interests include Southern Hemisphere climate variability (such as the El Niño/La Niña cycle and the mid-latitude westerly winds) and the impacts of climate variability and change on New Zealand and the Antarctic. James was a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report, in Working Group I (physical science), and was also a lead author for the 4th Assessment Report published in 2007. He is a member of the World Climate Research Programme Joint Scientific Committee, and was the chair of the Royal Society of New Zealand Climate Expert Panel.
Tristan is an Intensive Care Paramedic and Clinical Support Officer with St John, based in Dunedin, and is an Advanced Wilderness Life Support Instructor. He is a fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, and is a former member of the ambulance Specialist Emergency Response Team in Auckland. He holds Bachelors degrees in Paramedicine and Psychology, as well as post-graduate qualifications in Business Administration and Emergency Management. He is currently a third-year medical student at the University of Otago.
|Dr Maree Todd
Dr Maree Todd is a Geriatrician who works a day a week for Bupa which provides residential care to over 4000 residents in 60 Care Homes throughout New Zealand. The rest of her time is spent at Auckland Hospital as a geriatrician and service lead. Her interests are in improving the care in residential care, frailty, dementia, elder abuse and protection of the rights of older people. She is the Chair of the HOPE Foundation for research in ageing. Claims for rural "expertise" come from growing up in Mokoia, family in Ahuroa, past experience as visiting Geriatrician to the Hokianga and the Bupa Rural Homes.
Celia accidentally began working in General Practice in 2007 whilst living in Hanmer Springs, and it was here that she developed a passion for helping teams deliver quality health care to the community. In 2011 she moved to the West Coast and worked as a Practice Manager at the South Westland Area Practice based at Franz Josef.
While working with the likes of Dr Janne Bills and Dr Martin London, plus an amazing team of Rural Nurse Specialists over 9 years, Celia realised how committed she is about improving the service, quality, and sustainability of Rural General Practice.
Now living in rural inland Canterbury, Celia delivers support to numerous rural practices all over NZ through her practice management consultant role with GPDocs. In her work, she helps to improve and streamline operational, policy, and procedural aspects at practices. And it's become clear that practices (both rural or urban) need all the help they can get in an industry that is becoming more stretched, less resourced, and –most would argue – needed more than ever.