Board Members

District health boards consist of seven members who are elected by the community, and up to four members who are appointed by the Minister of Health.

The board is responsible for overall governance of the Whanganui District Health Board and is accountable to the Minister of Health. Board members work together in a financially responsible manner and in the best interests of the health of the district's whole population to achieve the district health board's objectives.

Board members do not manage the Whanganui District Health Board. That is the responsibility of the chief executive, who is appointed by the board, and the staff who report to the chief executive.

More information about district health boards can be viewed on the Ministry of Health website.

Whanganui District Health Board members

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Dot McKinnon - Board chair / Appointed / Second term

"I was appointed to chair Whanganui DHB in December 2013 and in December 2016, was also appointed to chair MidCentral DHB.


My roles include being an associate in the legal firm, Moore Law, chair of the Four Regions Trust (formerly Wanganui Powerco Trust), a member of the Health Practitioner’s Disciplinary Tribunal, member of the Health Sector Relationship Agreement committee, member of the DHB National Executive, member of the Health Workforce Group.


My career has spanned both public and private sectors including being Whanganui’s deputy mayor for six years, the managing director of Kingsgate Hotel for 13 years, and a Polytechnic lecturer for seven years.


I have been a director or trustee of a number of companies, boards or trusts including Wanganui District Council Holdings Limited, Aubert Home of Compassion Limited, Whanganui College Board of Trustees, Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Lotteries, Whanganui Community Foundation, NZ Masters Games Limited, Te Kahui Tupua, Rotary NZ World Community Service, Wanganui Legal Services Committee, UCOL Transition Committee plus various other governance roles in the arts, sport and economic development units."


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Stuart Hylton - Deputy Board chair / Elected / Second term

"I was appointed to the Board in June 2014 and elected for a second term in 2016, appointed as deputy Board chair and chair of the Combined Statutory Advisory Committee.


I’m Whanganui born and educated and currently run my own consultancy business offering services that include strategic development, business planning, policy advice, regulatory management and waste management advice.


I hold the statutory role of Whanganui’s District Licensing (Alcohol) Commissioner. My academic qualifications and professional background traverse 25+ years in local government covering a multitude of disciplines.

I have held a number of director or trustee roles over the years and are currently involved in both the Central Districts and Whanganui Cancer Society Executive, as well as being a Director in Whanganui Rotary Club, a Waimarie Operations Trustee, a Whanganui Education Trustee and a George Boulton Trustee.

I’ve always believed that living a healthy, active lifestyle ultimately assists overall health, wellbeing and independence. Therefore, I generally advocate for emphasis within our primary and preventative health care systems.

I look forward to serving on the Whanganui District Health Board and working with management to continually improve community access to a responsive and integrated health care system."

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Philippa Baker-Hogan / Elected / Fifth term

"I was elected on the Whanganui District Health Board in 2004 and have also been a councillor for the Whanganui District Council since 2006.


I have over 20 years experience in the health system. I am a qualified medical radiation technologist and am currently managing a primary health practice."


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Judith MacDonald / Elected / Third term


"I was elected to the Whanganui District Health board in 2010. I have worked in the Whanganui district as a clinician and senior manager since the early 1980s initially at Taihape Hospital and latterly in Whanganui.


I hold a range of directorships and chair multiple committees related to health and social issues. Currently, I am a director of Taihape Health, Whanganui Accident and Medical, and Gonville Health Ltd.


My family and I have lived in this district all our lives and it is important to me that we have a range of quality health services for our people."


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Graham Adams / Elected / Second term

 "I was first elected to the DHB in 2004 and served just the one term. I was elected again in 2016.

My entire working career has been in various branches of the finance industry - primarily in banking but also as a sharebroker/financial advisor.


Although born in Wanganui it was not until 1974 that I first came to live here when I was appointed to manage the National Bank branch, a term lasting 6 years before being appointed Funds Manager in Head Office, Wellington. I resigned in 1984 and returned to live here permanently.


My chief interest these days is with the Grey Power organisation, having served a term as national treasurer as well as many years in various capacities in Wanganui. I am a board member of Age Concern and am also the sole remaining original trustee of the Akoranga Education Trust founded in 1985 whose "raison-detre" is to provide scholarship and other assistance to students who are from the Wanganui district.


I look forward with keen anticipation to participating constructively in a governance role in the progress of our DHB."


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Darren Hull / Appointed / First term

"I was appointed to the Whanganui District Health Board in December 2016 following a three year term on the DHB's Risk & Audit Committee, including over two years as Chair.


My background includes 14 years in the commercial corporate sector and the same period as a Director in public practice with local business advisory firm, Venter & Hull Chartered Accountants Ltd.


As a passionate local who has enjoyed raising a family in our wonderful city, it's a genuine pleasure to assist with governance of our DHB, with the constant challenge to maximise health outcomes and equity for our local population."


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Charlie Anderson / Elected / First term

 "During the 1970s when there were no dedicated rescue helicopters or fixed wing air ambulances, I was a helicopter pilot who regularly flew sick or injured people to the closest hospital.


During my 40-year career as a helicopter pilot, I was privileged to witness, and be part of, the establishment and growth of New Zealand’s excellent air ambulance and rescue services.


In 1996 I was again privileged to be awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for my role in rescue work and life-saving flights.


In my time as CEO for Air Wanganui Commuter, we carried out approximately 500 air ambulance flights a year from Whanganui alone.


Understandably, I remain committed to the ongoing development of aero medical support, Whanganui’s air ambulance service, the Whanganui District Health Board and our district’s health services overall. In addition to my role as a first-term WDHB board member, I am also a second-term district councillor."

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Annette Main / Elected / First term

"My election to the WDHB occurred in October 2017 following my decision to step down from my previous position as Mayor of Whanganui. I served as Mayor for six years, following twelve years as an elected member on the Manawatu Whanganui Regional Council.


As a business owner and passionate advocate for our regional community, I am now pleased to be contributing in the health area by providing input to the board which assist to maintain existing health services and enhance these to provide equality in access and positive outcomes for our people."

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 Maraea Bellamy / Appointed / First term

"I te taha o toku matua – ngā iwi me ngā hapū o Mōkai Pātea; Ngāti Uenuku; Te Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, and Te Aitanga a Māhaki are my primary affiliations.

I te taha o toku whaea – Te Atiawa, Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Tama are my primary affiliations.

I was appointed to the DHB in July 2018 and currently sit on a total of six iwi and health rūnanga/boards.

I have worked in four fields: health, education, central government policy, organisation planning & performance.
I began as a clinician from 1976-1983 at Taihape Hospital, before moving to Auckland and working at first Middlemore Hospital and then the Auckland Nursing Bureau while training as a primary school teacher. I taught in South Auckland for five years before shifting to Wellington and returning to health.


I have held senior management roles since the 1990’s, firstly at Hutt Valley Health CHE; the Ministry of Health and Te Puni Kokiri, and the Maori Fisheries Commission, Te Ohu Kaimoana.
My whānau, whānau whānui, and my upbringing in Taihape, provide me with a strong set of values, and the passion and commitment to Iwi Māori, and rural communities.


I am very pleased to be able to contribute to the governance of the Whanganui DHB. My goal is to ensure that the Whanganui health system provides equitable outcomes for Maori and for our rural communities."