The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network is governed by a committee of regional rural clinicians including General Practitioners, Nurses, Rural Hospital Doctors and Managers. Following the 2019 AGM the new Committee is:
Dr Fiona Bolden
Dr Fiona Bolden is the Network’s interim Chairperson. Fiona has been a rural GP for 25 years. She initially started in the West Country (UK) and for the past 17 years has been in the West Coast of the North Island. She served on the Network Committee between 2010 and 2015, returning after a two year gap when she was solely dedicated to her practice in Raglan. She worked for Midlands PHO as a clinical lead in mental health and addictions for four years and has been on the Midlands Rural SLAT since 2012. She was part of the practice team at Raglan which won the inaugural Rural General Practice of the Year Award. Her focus is firmly on rural primary care, with a special interest in mental health. She would like to see equity for all people and sees relationships with rural communities as being a vital part of that.
Dr James Reid
Dr James Reid is interim deputy Chairperson and was previously the South Island representative on the Committee.
He is a rural hospital doctor and Senior Medical Officer at Lakes District Hospital in Queenstown (Southland DHB), a Fellow of the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine (FDRHMNZ) and is involved with the administration of the Rural Hospital Training Scheme as Chair of their Board of Studies. James has an MBCHB from Otago 1988, DpObst 1990. He was previously a General Practitioner in Wellington.
Ray Anton, Treasurer, holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters Degree in Management from the University of Redlands. He has been CEO of Clutha Health First for the past 12 years, a member of the Network Committee previously holding the office of Secretary, and is also on the executive of the Rural Hospital Network. His first six years in New Zealand were at the Otago DHB as the strategic planner and quality manager and previous to that he worked as a consultant for KPMG Peat Marwick and for a number of hospitals.
Rhonda Johnson is the Network Committee interim Secretary and Rural Nurses New Zealand (RNNZ) representative. Rhonda is a registered nurse originally from Auckland, now residing in Central Otago since 2002. Rhonda has been nursing since 1996 with roles in operating theatres and intensive care in Auckland, Scotland, and Melbourne. Her rural journey began in 2002 at Dunstan Hospital in Central Otago moving to the role of Charge Nurse for 11 years. Rhonda has recently moved into health service planning for new hospital facility projects where she brings her rural knowledge and experience. Rhonda completed a PG Certificate in Intensive Care Nursing in 2005 and later a PG Diploma in Advanced Nursing (merit) through the Rural Institute of Health and Auckland University in 2008. She is currently completing a thesis for Masters through Otago University. Rhonda is a member of the Rural Hospital Network executive team and Rural Nurses NZ executive. She enjoys the diversity and challenge that rurality brings and is committed to supporting staff and guiding professional practice. Rhonda sees the benefits of increasing the rural nurse profile in NZ and a need to establish better connections across the country to develop initiatives key to rural nurses in all contexts.
Ross Lawrenson is the Western Middle North Island representative on the Committee. Ross is Professor of Population Health with the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (University of Waikato) and Clinical Director: Strategy and Funding with the Waikato DHB. He first moved to New Zealand in 1981 working in Te Kuiti hospital and later became a General Practitioner in Wairoa. He then moved into a career in public health before returning to the UK to take up an academic career. In 2005 he returned to the Waikato. He is particularly committed to the development of research and in supporting environments where students can get excellent clinical experience whether in hospitals or in rural and community placements. Ross is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK), a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Chair of the National Screening Advisory Committee and has been until recently a board member of Pinnacle Group Ltd.
Kim Gosman is the Committee’s Southern North Island representative and has been associated with the Network since 2002. She has worked as a nurse, midwife, educator and in community health (urban and rural) management. In 2005 she was co-opted to work with the Network Committee in a voluntary capacity. Between 2005 and 2008 a focus was preparing the Network for nurses to become equal partners and members. Kim was an elected member of the Committee from 2009 to 2014 during which time she supported the Committee to implement a relationship with Iwi/Maori across the country. Other offices held include trustee NZ Institute of Rural Health, Iwi/Maori Councils, Lakes and Waikato District Health Boards and Lake Taupo Hospice. Other past positions include inaugural Vice President of the College of Nurses Aotearoa for five years, foundation member of the Kaunihera O Neehi Maori, Secretary, Hutt Valley New Zealand Nurses Association, Nurse Director of Rural Health, North Island.
Rose Lightfoot is the new Consumer representative on the Committee. Rose gained her General and Obstetric Nursing Registration at the Auckland School of Nursing and has a post basic certificate in Plunket Nursing. She holds a BA (Soc Sci) from Massey University, a Certificate in Teaching Practice (AIT), a Masters in Public Health (Hons) from Auckland University and has completed two post graduate certificates in evidence-based medicine (2000). Until November 2016 Rose was Chief Executive Officer of Te Tai Tokerau PHO with overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of the PHO with 52 GPs, seven Iwi providers, and 62,000 enrolled patients covering rural Northland from Kawakawa, north. She was also a member of the Northland Rural SLAT and involved in developing strategies for sustaining the competency and capacity for the rural workforce.
Dr Grahame Jelley
Dr Grahame Jelley is the Eastern Middle North Island representative on the Network Committee.
Grahame is a General Practitioner at KeriKeri Medical Centre and is also employed by Te Tai Tokerau PHO as a Rural Clinical Advisor for the Northern Primary Health Organisations.
After completing his secondary education in Zimbabwe, Grahame trained at the University of Cape Town in South Africa in 1983. He has worked as a rural GP for 30 years in the mission hospital service, regional rural hospital service in South Africa, large corporate medical services and in solo General Practice in Zimbabwe.
Grahame arrived in New Zealand in 2000 commencing as a DHB employed General Practitioner attached to Buller Hospital on the West Coast of the South Island. This included work as a GP and as a hospital doctor.
In 2004 Grahame moved to the Bay of Plenty and during the past 12 years has mainly practised there at locations including Ohope and Whakatane, and as a volunteer GP in the Cook Islands at Aitutaki Base Hospital.
Grahame worked as a solo practitioner and then as a corporate shareholder contractor GP for Radius Whakatane. He was actively involved with the Eastern Bay of Plenty PHO and Primary Health Alliance and was employed as a Clinical Advisor to Planning and Funding with the Bay of Plenty DHB.
Nancy Malloy joined the Network Committee in early 2016 and is the North Island representative. She is a Registered General and Obstetric Nurse (RGON), is PRIME trained and is currently the Practice Manager at Coast to Coast Health Care based in Wellsford, a position she has held since 2013. She is also currently working in Maternity Nursing in the Birthing Unit and rest home at Wellsford. Born in Canada, Nancy completed her schooling in Hamilton before completing her RGON qualification. She has also had nursing roles in operating theatres, Occupational Health and has completed small business and General Practice management courses. Nancy has lived in a rural community for 32 years and previously established and managed a Rural PHO.
Gemma Hutton is the Southern South Island representative on the Committee. She has recently moved from the West Coast where she has been the Rural Nurse Specialist at Franz Josef for the past five years and is now employed as a Nurse Practitioner Intern at the Twizel Medical Centre. Coming from a rural background, Gemma enjoys the lifestyle and recreational activities that are available in such areas. She is passionate about rural health care and the provision of services to these communities. She is involved in organising healthy lifestyle and weight-loss groups in her community, as well as supporting the local St John’s volunteers with training in her own time. She is in the process of completing her Nurse Practitioner Internship.
Northland Nurse Practitioner Rhoena Davis is the Northern North Island representative. Ko Nga Puhi Nui Tonu te Iwi Rangatira. Ko Ngatokimatawhaurua te Waka. Ko Hokianga me Rangaumu nga Moana. Ko Tamatea raua ko Puwheke nga Maunga. Ko Te Rarawa raua ko Ngati Kahu nga Hapu. Ko Tomoniko Kanara raua ko Kawana Matenga tona Tupuna Matua.
Rhoena began her career in rural nursing in 1993 after graduating from Northland Polytechnic as a comprehensive Registered Nurse. Her first job was at the Bay of Islands Hospital in general rural nursing including paediatrics, coronary care and acute emergency care. She later undertook a role within Public Health working within small rural communities.
She has worked with the Ngati Hine Health Trust as a mobile rural nurse and later moved onto a clinical management role. In 2010 Rhoena was endorsed by New Zealand Nursing Council as a Nurse Practitioner and has subsequently maintained her rural nursing perspective within the Ngati Hine Health Trust, Te Kohanga Whakaora (Kaitaia) and the Whangaroa Health Services. Each organisation has provided a diverse arena for learning, and growing as a rural advanced nurse.
Rhoena also has representation on the New Zealand College of Nurses (Fellow); Te Tai Tokerau Nursing Leaders Group (Nurse Practitioners); Northland Rheumatic Fever Group; Northern General Practice Emergency Service Steering Group; the New Zealand Rural Nurses working group; and as a Nurse Practitioner mentor she has been part of nine aspiring nurses’ pathways to becoming Nurse Practitioners.
Ben Alsop-ten Hove
Student Sub-Committee Co-Chairperson
Ben is a fifth-year medical student at the University of Auckland and comes from the small South Island town of Leeston, an hour outside of Christchurch. His initial interest in rural health grew from a love of the rural lifestyle. He has held various student leader roles and is currently the Vice President of the New Zealand Medical Students Association (NZMSA) and the Deputy Chair of Students of Rural Health Aotearoa (SoRHA), a new organisation. He comes into these roles after having been the 2018 President of the Grassroots Rural Health Club, the largest of it’s kind in the country. Ben has been involved in a wide range of activities for the club, such as trips to rural schools to promote rural health as a career, in Ben’s time these trips have reached over 2500 rangatahi. He also presented some of Grassroots mahi at last year’s National Rural Health Conference in Auckland. Ben, who is currently on the regional-rural program in Taranaki, is very excited to bring rural health to a national stage.
Student Sub-Committee Co-Chairperson
Wilson is a fifth-year medical student at the University of Otago based at Wairau Hospital, currently undertaking the Rural Medical Immersion Programme. He is one of two co-chairs on the Students of Rural Health Aotearoa (SoRHA) Council and attends as a student representative on the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network Committee. Wilson is the current President of the Matagouri Rural Health Club based in Dunedin who has been heavily involved in the coordination of numerous talks and events that develop and promote rural healthcare as a rewarding career option for students across all of the health professional programmes. For the last four years, he has also been heavily involved in organising rural school and community trips to regions all over the South Island with the intent to inspire the next generations of rural health professionals at the grassroots level. Growing up on a farm just out of Outram, Wilson developed a passion for the wellbeing of rural communities from a young age, acknowledging healthcare to be an integral part of this. Having been brought up, schooled and working rurally, he genuinely cares about how these communities function, network and strive to ensure equitable access to quality health and wellbeing services for their people.
Dr Grant Davidson
Grant Davidson joined the New Zealand General Practice as its Chief Executive in May 2020 – inheriting an empty office and a team working from home as a result of Covid-19.
Grant joins the New Zealand Rural General Practice at a pivotal time for the health sector, and for rural healthcare professionals in particular.
Grant has a proven track record in building high-performing teams and trusted networks across stakeholders, including the public and commercial sectors, tangata whenua and community-based organisations. He is a values-based leader and is trained in the facilitation of a range of leadership, performance and organisational development models.
Grant has led significant organisational transformations, is skilled at delivering results within complex operating environments and has proven abilities in financial management.
Grant joins the NZRGPN from his previous role as the Chief Executive of Skills Active Aotearoa, the industry training organisation providing on-job training for over 6,000 trainees per year in sport, fitness, recreation, snowsports and performing arts.
Over Grant’s career, he has held a range of chief executive and senior leadership roles, has worked as a university lecturer and has set up and run his own businesses, including a private consultancy in safety and risk management.
Grant has extensive governance experience across the sports, outdoor education, research, industry training, and safety and audit sectors. He holds certification as a company director from the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
Grant has been a Fulbright Scholar, holds a PhD from Waikato University’s School of Management Studies, a Master Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota and a BSc from Auckland University. He has been awarded the Queen’s Commemorative Medal for services to outdoor education.
He is a keen outdoorsman with a passion for rockclimbing. Grant lives in Brooklyn, Wellington.