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Strong governance is vital to any organisation. The Well Foundation board unites a stellar line up of diverse talent from the worlds of health, business, technology, media, sport and community development.

This mix of experience makes the board progressive and very well networked into the local community.

With six independent trustees, the board also includes Waitemata DHB Deputy Chair Kylie Clegg, CEO Dr Dale Bramley, and Chief Medical Officer Dr Andrew Brant to provide the vital link between the foundation and the DHB’s strategic priorities.

David Downs

Chair

David is a patient of the Waitemata District Health Board, fighting a high profile battle against an aggressive lymphoma cancer in 2017/2018. Now in complete remission, he has written extensively about his cancer and experience with the hospital system. David is a General Manager from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, with over 25 years in business, in both public and private sectors, and working with a number of social enterprises.

Craig Donaldson

Craig Donaldson

Deputy-Chair

Craig has 25 years’ experience in financial markets. He has returned to New Zealand after working with some of the biggest finance brands. Craig has relationships with many of the world’s largest global financial institutions ranging from hedge funds, money managers, banks and central banks. He has held managing director positions with Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch and Royal Bank of Scotland. Now a Coastville resident, he sits on the Global Board of KEA NZ and is an Executive in Residence at the University of Auckland Business School.

Nuwanthie Samarakone

Trustee

Nuwanthie is the CEO of ICE, an early in careers people consultancy firm specialising in designing, delivering and developing schemes for organisations looking to build talent pipelines for the future.

She believes that young and aspiring individuals represent the future of the organisational environment and will be responsible for driving the seismic shift in both workplace culture and functionality that we will begin to witness emerge over the coming years. Due to this phenomenon, it is critical that organisations look forward towards future thinking that both aligns and proofs their strategic talent schemes.

Moving beyond the traditional graduate processes and explore new alternatives for how we can develop emerging young professionals in this constantly changing world of work

Jason Delamore

Trustee

Jason is a seasoned technology, marketing and customer experience executive. He is the General Manager of Marketing and Technology at Auckland International Airport. He has previously led the NZ operations of Landis+Gyr, a global technology company specialising in the energy sector and run Retail Operations for Contact Energy. He has held senior roles in marketing, operations and strategic partnerships for a number of major listed companies including Vector, IBM, Lucent and CSG Systems. Jason also supports local NZ technology companies on advisory boards and is the owner of Lavender Hill, a boutique tourism operation in the Riverhead/Coatesville area.

Dr John Cullen

Dr John Cullen

Trustee

John’s involvement with Waitematā District Health Board spans decades, having pioneered the first acute and elective orthopaedic service at North Shore & Waitakere Hospitals. John has held senior roles within the DHB including Head of Surgical & Ambulatory Services and was instrumental in establishing Whenua Pupuke, the Clinical Skills Centre at North Shore Hospital. The centre provides a wealth of learning and educational opportunities for staff at Waitematā DHB and was partially funded by Well Foundation.

Known as the ‘Father of Orthopaedics’ in New Zealand, John has enjoyed an incredibly diverse and successful career, influencing the development of Orthopaedics in Auckland and nationally, over 50 years.

Brian Chen

Trustee

Brian is a successful and well-respected entrepreneur who moved to New Zealand in 2002, after spending over 10 years working in the IT industry in China. Since moving to New Zealand, Brian has established numerous businesses and is currently a director of multiple companies involved in commercial and residential developments, and civil engineering businesses.

Brian strongly believes that success should be shared, and that giving back to the community is a blessing. He feels honoured and privileged to serve as a member of the board for Well Foundation and is excited about the opportunity to raise awareness and advance healthcare in our community.

Liz Blackwell

Trustee

Liz grew up in Matamata, with a strong passion for children and helping them reach their potential. Liz studied teaching at Waikato University before becoming a primary school teacher.

After teaching she moved to Auckland with her husband Paul to set up the Pak n Save supermarket in Albany. Liz and Paul also founded the Champions Programme, which focuses on the four pillars of – Goal Setting, Nutrition, Active Lifestyles, and Values – as well as teaching the basic fundamentals of basketball to children aged 5-12 years. To date 30,000 New Zealand children have participated in this.

Liz’s passion and commitment for helping her community continues to grow and extends to many worthy causes.

Lindsay Zwart

Trustee

Lindsay is the Chief Enterprise Officer & Director at Vodafone New Zealand and is driving a digital revolution for New Zealand businesses through the implementation of tools such as 5G, IoT and the cloud.  

Prior to Vodafone, Lindsay was the Microsoft USA General Manager Cloud & Enterprise Business Group and prior to that the GM for IBM’s Network business.  

Lindsay has worked in roles in the US, UK and South Africa, she is an advocate for supporting women in leadership roles and empowering people through trust and accountability.  

Dr Dale Bramley

Ex-officio member

Waitemata DHB CEO since July 2011, Dale has previously held senior management and clinical roles within the DHB. He has a medical degree from The University of Auckland, a Master’s Degree in Public Health and a Master of Business Administration from Henley, UK. He is the NZ chief examiner of the NZ College of Public Health Medicine and an adjunct professor at The Auckland University of Technology. Dale is also a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine and of the NZ College of Public Health Medicine. A Harkness Fellow, Dale has had over 30 published papers in peer reviewed medical journals internationally.

Dr Andrew Brant

Ex-officio member

Andrew became Waitemata District Health Board’s Chief Medical Officer in 2010 after being the DHB’s Head of Division for Medicine and Health of Older People Services. Previously, Andrew was the Clinical Director of Medical Services at Wellington Regional Hospital, Capital and Coast DHB. He is a respiratory and general physician, a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Cambridge University, UK. Most recently, Andrew completed a PhD from the Imperial College, London.

Kylie Clegg

Kylie Clegg

Ex-officio member

Kylie is Deputy Chair of Waitemata District Health Board, a director of Auckland Transport, Sport New Zealand and Chair of the Hockey Foundation. Kylie has a corporate legal background, having specialised in mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance advice across a number of sectors.

Kylie’s previous governance experience has been as a board member of Hockey New Zealand, the New Zealand Olympic Committee and the Halberg Disability Sports Foundation. Kylie is a former NZ Black Stick who captained the NZ Women’s hockey team to the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Chris Carter

Chris Carter

Ex-officio member

Chris Carter is an elected member of Waitematā District Health Board and is Chairperson of the Henderson-Massey Local Board. Chris is a member of the New Zealand Labour Party, serving as the MP for Te Atatu for 15 years from 1993. He held a range of senior ministerial roles in Helen Clark’s parliament including Education Minister, Conservation Minister, Housing Minister, Local Government Minister and Ethnic Affairs Minister.

Chris has lived in West Auckland for over 40 years and after 7 years working in senior roles with the United Nations, serving in Afghanistan and Myanmar, returned to his home in Te Atatu in 2018.
In 2019 Chris was elected to the Henderson Massey Local Board on a Labour Party ticket. He was subsequently elected Chairperson of the Henderson – Massey Local Board.

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