HPA Board

HPA is governed by a board appointed by the Minister of Health.

Dr Lee Mathias, Chairman

A nurse, Dr Lee Mathias has an extensive background in health service management and governance, and currently operates the consultancy firm Lee Mathias Ltd. Lee is a board member at the Auckland District Health Board, former Chairman of Counties Manukau District Health Board and Chairman of Unitec. Previous governance roles have included directorships of the Accident Compensation Corporation (Chairperson of ACC Healthwise), Birthcare Auckland Ltd, and Pacific Health Ltd.

Dr Monique Faleafa 

Of Samoan descent, Dr Monique Faleafa is the Chief Executive of Le Va and Pacific Inc Ltd. She leads the national non-government organisation that specialises in Pacific workforce development, organisational development, and national coordination - supporting a range of social sector Pacific and non-Pacific organisations as well as government and local government agencies. Monique is a registered Clinical Psychologist and has worked in Pasifika communities in New Zealand for more than 15 years, particularly in the areas of mental health, addiction, disability, public health and child and youth. She is currently the Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Psychologists' Board (regulatory authority) and sits on the New Zealand Rugby League Medical Council.

Tony O'Brien

Tony O'Brien has an extensive background in broadcasting and government relations. He is a business consultant who currently serves on the board of Antarctica New Zealand (a Crown entity) and is a trustee of the Pacific Cooperation Foundation.  Formerly a longtime employee of Sky Television, he has been a member of the Advertising Standards Authority, the NZ Broadcasting Sector Government Advisory Group and chaired the Marketing and Communications Committee for the NZ Digital Television Switchover.

Professor Grant Schofield

Professor Grant Schofield is an expert in aspects of public health relating to physical activity and nutrition. He is currently Professor of Public Health at AUT University and Director of AUT’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition. His research and teaching in New Zealand and Australia has focused on physical activity and nutrition, particularly as it relates to children and youth, primary care, and workplaces as settings for health promotion.

Jamie Simpson

Jamie Simpson is an insurance broker providing insurance and risk advice to commercial clients.  Jamie has a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canterbury. He also has a Diploma of Financial Services (Insurance Broking) and is a Senior Associate of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance.

Catherine Abel-Pattinson 

Catherine Abel-Pattinson is a registered nurse who has worked extensively within the biotechnology and healthcare sectors in clinical, education, managerial roles and governance roles. MBA qualified, Catherine’s healthcare roles have spanned primary care, homecare, ambulatory care, eldercare and the homecare sectors. In 2016 Catherine was elected to Counties-Manukau district health board.