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Our people

Jenny Black, Chair

Jenny Black has extensive health sector governance experience. She currently serves as the Chair of DHB Chairs and chairs the DHB executive's committee. She is also the Chair of the Nelson Marlborough and West Coast DHBs. She has also worked as a clinical dietician. 

Dr Monique Faleafa, Deputy Chair

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.

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.

Dr Mataroria Lyndon (Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Whatua, Waikato)

Mataroria is a physician and a former Clinical Lead at Ko Awatea, the Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement at Counties Manukau District Health Board. He then completed his Masters of Public Health at Harvard University as a Fulbright Scholar in 2017. His research field is in performance measurement of healthcare systems, and his PhD is focussed in medical education. He has served as a board member of Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Māori Medical Practitioners Association) and was a member of the Māori Health Gains Advisory Committees for Auckland, Waitemata, and Counties Manukau District Health Boards.

Dr Teuila Percival

Dr Teuila Percival is a Consultant Paediatrician at KidzFirst Children’s Hospital & Middlemore Hospital, and Senior Lecturer in the School of Population Health at Auckland University. She has worked as a consultant paediatrician for 25 years, and is a current member of the World Health Organisation Emergency Medical Teams. She has a specific interest in Pacific people’s health, evidenced through her roles as the Deputy Chair on the Pacific Panel for Oranga Tamariki, and as the Director of the Pacifika Medical Association.

Mafi Funaki-Tahifote

Mafi Funaki-Tahifote has extensive experience in the health field, having worked for the New Zealand Heart Foundation since 1998. Within this organisation she has held dietetic and managerial roles. Ms Funaki-Tahifote also has considerable governance experience, currently holding the positions of Chair on the Board for Agencies for Nutrition Action and Co-Chair to the Pacific Island Food and Nutrition Action Group. She has also worked with HPA previously, in her role as a member of the Pacific Advisory Group.

Professor Boyd Swinburn

Professor Boyd Swinburn is a lecturer at both Deakin University (Melbourne) and Auckland University, and has worked in the academic and research fields for nearly 30 years. He has governance experience as the Co-Chair of the Lancet Commission on Obesity, Co-Chair of the Policy and Prevention Group of World Obesity, President of the Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society, and as the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Obesity.