In October 2019 voting took place to elect members to district health boards (DHBs), the governing bodies responsible for overseeing the delivery of health and disability services in their districts. 

View the Auckland DHB 2019 Preliminary results(external link)(external link).

Between now and the end of November, the Minister will be appointing a further four members to the Board to join the seven members elected on 12 October 2019.

The new Board comprising eleven members will come into being on 9 December 2019. 


To get in touch with one of our board members, please contact:



Pat Snedden – Board Chair – Appointed

Pat previously served as Chair of Auckland DHB. He has also chaired Counties Manukau DHB and is a former Director of the Ports of Auckland.

Pat is currently Chair of the Big Ideas Charitable Trust, National Science Challenge, and the Manaiakalani Education Trust, which works in the service of challenged school communities in Tāmaki and elsewhere. He has been awarded the NZ Order of Merit for services to education and to Māori.


Gwen Tepania-Palmer – Appointed

Gwen Tepania-Palmer is a graduate of psychopaedic nursing (Manawatu) and comprehensive nursing (ATI North Shore). She holds an MBA (Massey) and a Certificate in Company Direction (Institute of Directors New Zealand).
Gwen has an extensive background in the New Zealand health sector. She has held several ministerial appointments including on the National Health Committee and is chair of the Ngāti Hine Health Trust, Northland.
 Appointed Board member Sharon Shea

Sharon Shea – Appointed
MSc Comparative Social Policy, BA/LLB

Sharon Shea is an appointed board member of Auckland DHB, as well as Northland DHB. Ms Shea began her career in 1993 as a lawyer at Kensington Swan (Auckland) and then moved into the health sector where she has held a range of senior management roles in government and non-government organisations focused on Māori health improvement. Sharon runs a consulting business that works with government, non-government, iwi and pacific clients across health, education, social services, whānau ora and economic development sectors.
Sharon graduated from Oxford University at the top of her class with an MSc in Comparative Social Policy (Distinction) and also holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from Auckland University. She has tribal affiliations to Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Hauā and Ngāti Hako.

Jo Agnew – Elected

Jo Agnew is a registered nurse with a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science and a Masters (with Honours) in Nursing. 

Jo has worked in many areas of the health system, and is currently a senior lecturer in the School of Nursing at the University of Auckland. She believes that the provision of high quality health care empowers the population to maintain health.

Elected Board Member Doug Armstrong

Douglas Armstrong – Elected

Doug Armstrong served as an Auckland City Councillor between 2001 and 2010 where for much of that time he was chair of the finance committee.  He was also the chief executive officer of Unitec. 

Doug trained as a civil engineer and is a past president of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand and a former member of the Prime Minister's Enterprise Council. Douglas received the Queens Service Order for services to tertiary education

Elected Board Member Michelle Atkinson

Michelle Atkinson – Elected
BA (Ling, German), PGDip Health Sci

Michelle Atkinson has spent a number of years working to improve mental health services in Auckland and across New Zealand. She is an Evaluation Officer with Ko Awatea’s Research and Evaluation team, assessing healthcare initiatives within Counties Manukau DHB. Michelle has volunteered for the Affinity Services Youth Advisory Group, where she recently worked on the Mental Health Foundation’s Point of Difference programme.

Michelle has a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Service Management and has won national and international awards for her contribution to youth mental health. She has a passion for youth development, and uses her involvement with mental health groups and theatre as opportunities to mentor young people.

Elected Board Member Judith Bassett

Judith Ola Bassett – Elected

Judith Bassett is a graduate of the University of Auckland in history and law. She was a senior lecturer at the university and has written books and articles on New Zealand history. She chaired the ASB Trust for 14 years and was a director of ASB Bank. 

Judith served three terms with the Auckland Regional Council from 2001, and in the 1980s was twice elected to what was then the Auckland Hospital Board. She also chaired the first Auckland Area Health Board. She was elected to the Auckland DHB in 2010 and is now serving her third term.

Elected Board Member Zoe Brownlie

Zoe Brownlie – Elected

Zoe Brownlie has worked in both mental health and sexual health services in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. She was elected healthcare representative in London, and is currently an elected member of the NZ Public Service Association Women’s Network Committee. She is also a member of Aro Arataki Childcare Committee.

Zoe is a Health Promotion Advisor at Auckland Sexual Health Service.

Lee Mathias

Dr Lee Mathias – Elected
ONZM, DHSc, MBA, BA (Soc Sci), Cert.Health Econ. RN, CFInstDNZ

Dr Lee Mathias is the chair of Medicines NZ and a director of the Health Innovation Hub. She was previously the chair of the Health Promotion Agency and Unitec. Lee was previously Auckland DHB's deputy chair and was previously the chair of Counties Manukau DHB. Lee has held directorships with Eastbay Health, Western Bay Health and Pacific Health in the Bay of Plenty, Wairarapa Health, Biomedical NZ Limited (Chair), ACC and was the inaugural Chair of ACC Healthwise, the purchasing arm of ACC.

Lee was previously a principal nurse and general manager, of Clinical Support Services at Middlemore Hospital, before transferring to Auckland DHB as general manager, Strategic Planning. She is also the founder of Birthcare. Lee has been a visiting lecturer in the AUT University Business School, and the University of the South Pacific.

Elected Board member Robyn Northey

Robyn Northey – Elected

Robyn Northey has worked in health services all her adult life as a nurse aid, school dental nurse, social worker, general manager and chief executive.

Robyn has also been involved in many community based organisations including Community Volunteers, Age Concern, Gerontology Association, Hope Foundation, Health Ethics Committee and A+ Trust.