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Board Members

The following members of the Board have been appointed by the Minister of Health by Notice in the New Zealand Gazette. Membership of a Responsible Authority under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA) must include:

*a majority of members who are health practitioners; and
*two laypersons if the authority has at any time eight or fewer members; and
*three laypersons if the authority has at any time nine or more members.

Members are appointed for a term of three (3) years or any shorter term that is specified by the Minister. They can be reappointed at the end of their term but are not eligible to be a member for more than nine consecutive years.

Practitioner members appointed to the Board are not appointed as representatives of their profession. Their role is to use the clinical knowledge they have as health practitioners to ensure the ongoing safety and protection of members of the public.

The role of laypersons appointed to the Board is to ensure the consumer perspective is taken into account in any decision-making, public safety is held paramount, and implicit conflicts of interest held by practitioner members are managed appropriately.

Suzanne Johnson

Suzanne identifies herself as Pakeha, descendent from English and Irish settlers who arrived in Taranaki and Dunedin in the 1840s. She is a practitioner member of the Board, commencing May 2013. Suzanne is a psychotherapist working in private practice in Wellington, a city she enjoys for its fresh air, bush, sea and creativity.

Suzanne's original psychotherapy training was in transactional analysis and her therapy approach is informed by relational, intersubjective, psychoanalytic and mind/body theories. Suzanne is interested in cultural theory and the development of language, thinking, ethics and identity within cultural contexts.

Suzanne has been on NZAP Council as Chair of Public Issues; is currently a member of Wellington Transactional Analysis Training Institute which provides training and clinical supervision to psychotherapy students. Before private practice, Suzanne worked as a clinical nurse specialist in Wellington's Mental Health Service.

Hamish Brown (Chair)

Hamish Brown is a practitioner Board member appointed 2016. He was raised in the small country town of Kaikohe in the far north of the North Island. For over 20 years he has been living and working in Auckland. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy and Ethics) from Victoria University in Wellington, a Master's Degree in Business Administration (Dispute Resolution) from Massey University. He is certificated as a Psychodramatist by the Aotearoa New Zealand and Australian Psychodrama Association (AANZPA) and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy) from Auckland University of Technology.

Hamish has worked as an organisational consultant for 20 years working in the areas of leadership development and change and runs public programmes in group facilitation, and he co-founded Phoenix Facilitation Ltd in 2008. He has been in private practice as a psychotherapist since 2002 and is on the staff of the Auckland Training Centre for Psychodrama (ATCP).

He is raising two school aged daughters and his Practice is located in Te Atatu Peninsula in West Auckland.

Anna Hedley

Anna is a practitioner Board member. She graduated with a Diploma in Psychotherapy (AIT) in 1996 and a Master of Health Science (First Class Honours) in 2003. She has worked as a psychotherapist at Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) for over 20 years. She is the clinical coordinator of the Regional Eating Disorders Service and was the Professional Leader for the ADHB psychotherapists for 6 years. She has a special interest in health law and completed a postgraduate paper in health law at AUT in 2013. Anna lives with her partner John in central Auckland and enjoys a busy family life. They have an adult family and two young grandchildren.

Lucie Zwimpfer (Deputy Chair)

Lucie is a practitioner Board member. She grew up in Wellington but has strong family roots in the South Island. After living in Japan and London for a number of years, she and her husband Richard have returned to Wellington to raise their three young children. Lucie graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Child Psychotherapy Studies (Melbourne) in 2004 and a Diploma in Parent Infant Psychotherapy and Infant Mental Health (London) in 2008. In 2016, she completed her PhD, considering the use of psychoanalytic theory with premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (University of Otago, Wellington). Lucie works both privately and in a maternal mental health service. She supervises parent infant mental health clinicians across four child and adolescent mental health services. She is currently the Vice President of the Infant Mental Health Association of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Gerry Te Kapa Coates

Gerry is a professional engineer of Ngāi Tahu descent with broad experience in many fields including forensic engineering and as an expert witness. In his engineering career, he was on the Board and became President of IPENZ (now Engineering NZ) in 2003–2004. His term included implementing the Chartered Professional Engineers Act 2002 and its ethical requirements, having already instigated a revision of its Code of Ethics in 1986 that culminated in a 1995 values-based Code. He has been an accredited hearings commissioner on decision-making committees and boards of inquiry for the Environmental Protection Authority notably as a dissenting member on the Taranaki seabed mining application. Also he has worked with diverse community groups such as the Marriage Guidance (then Relationship Services) council as a trained counsellor for 10 years (helping ensure it took Māori members' interests into account), the Wellington Civic Trust, Downstage Theatre Trust and Te Ana Whakairo Ltd – the Māori Rock Art Centre in Timaru. He has significant governance experience to chair level including 10 years on the leadership table of Ngāi Tahu and 3 years on the board of its holding company – now with assets over $1 billion – during the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. He has also had posts in the government sector and not-for-profit boards and panels. Gerry was also a consultant to Ngāi Tahu during their claim settlement process in 1997–1998. He is a poet and published author with his 2011 book The View From Up There.

Kyle MacDonald

Kyle is a psychotherapist with 20 years' clinical experience including 10 years working for DHB Mental Health services in Auckland. For the last 4 years, he's written a mental health column for the NZ Herald, as well as co-hosting the mental health show The Nutters Clubon Newstalk ZB. He has a proven track record of advocating for improved access to mental health care, including initiating the People's Mental Health Review, which directly led to the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addictions. He is also currently on the board of trustees of Balmoral School. He works in full time private practice at the Robert Street Clinic, in Ellerslie, Auckland.

Josiah Tualamali’i

Josiah is a Samoan New Zealander assisting young people to be heard on decisions that shape their lives and advising decision makers on how to connect with them. At 14, he was one of the founders of the Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation Trust to empower Pacific young people, which he chaired for 5 years. At 22, he was a voice for youth, students and Pacific peoples on the New Zealand Government Inquiry that looked at how to make life better for people with mental health and addiction challenges. Josiah studied history and politics at the University of Canterbury and is also a member of the PYLAT Board, Le Va Board and Rātā Foundation Board.

Historical Board Members

Dr Andrew Duncan 2007-2010
Dr Gordon Hewitt 2007-2013
Ms Patricia Hanlen 2007-2010 (lay member)
Ms Sue Ineson 2007-2010
Dr Chris Milton 2007-2010
Ms Mihiteria King 2007-2013
Mrs Carol Shinkfield 2007-2016
Mrs Sue Brown 2011-2014 (lay member)
Mr Paraire Huata 2011-2014 (lay member)
Ms Judy Smyth 2011-2014
Ms Miriana Stephens 2014-2018 (lay member)
Mr Bill Grant 2011-2019
Ms Megan Campbell 2014-2019 (lay member)
Mr Simon Hall 2015-2019