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Board Members

The following members of the Board have been appointed by the Minister of Health by Notice in the New Zealand Gazette. Membership of a Responsible Authority under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA) must include:

*a majority of members who are health practitioners; and
*two laypersons if the authority has at any time eight or fewer members; and
*three laypersons if the authority has at any time nine or more members.

Members are appointed for a term of three (3) years or any shorter term that is specified by the Minister. They can be reappointed at the end of their term but are not eligible to be a member for more than nine consecutive years.

Practitioner members appointed to the Board are not appointed as representatives of their profession. Their role is to use the clinical knowledge they have as health practitioners to ensure the ongoing safety and protection of members of the public.

The role of laypersons appointed to the Board is to ensure the consumer perspective is taken into account in any decision-making, public safety is held paramount, and implicit conflicts of interest held by practitioner members are managed appropriately.

Bill Grant

Bill was appointed to the Board in February, 2011. He has degrees in German and English, and spent ten years teaching in the Cook Islands, New Zealand, and Germany before starting an apprenticeship in psychotherapy under the NZAP programme. He undertook this while working at an adolescent inpatient psychiatric training unit in Dunedin, attached to the Department of Psychological Medicine at the university. This led to work as a visiting guidance counsellor, a clinic manager in the University of Otago, a private practitioner, a trainer of clinicians in several disciplines and programmes, a clinical advisor in the ACC Sensitive Claims Unit, and in an advisory role for the Health and Disability Commissioner. He has also served as Ethics Secretary for the New Zealand Association of Counsellors, managing their complaints service, and as lay member of a New Zealand Law Society Standards Committee, providing advice on complaints. He continues to work as a private psychotherapist in central Wellington.

Suzanne Johnson (Chair)

Suzanne identifies herself as Pakeha, descendent from English and Irish settlers who arrived in Taranaki and Dunedin in the 1840s. She is a practitioner member of the Board, commencing May 2013. Suzanne is a psychotherapist working in private practice in Wellington, a city she enjoys for its fresh air, bush, sea and creativity.

Suzanne's original psychotherapy training was in transactional analysis and her therapy approach is informed by relational, intersubjective, psychoanalytic and mind/body theories. Suzanne is interested in cultural theory and the development of language, thinking, ethics and identity within cultural contexts.

Suzanne has been on NZAP Council as Chair of Public Issues; is currently a member of Wellington Transactional Analysis Training Institute which provides training and clinical supervision to psychotherapy students. Before private practice, Suzanne worked as a clinical nurse specialist in Wellington's Mental Health Service.

Anna Hedley

Anna was appointed to the Board in May 2013 as a practitioner member. She graduated with a Diploma in Psychotherapy (AIT) in 1996 and a Master of Health Science (first class honours) in 2003. She has worked as a psychotherapist at ADHB for over 20 years. She is the clinical coordinator of the Regional Eating Disorders Service and was the Professional Leader for the ADHB psychotherapists for 6 years. She has a special interest in health law, and completed a PG paper in health law at AUT in 2013.

Anna lives with her partner John in central Auckland and enjoys a busy family life. They have an adult family and a two young grandchildren.


Megan Campbell

Megan is a lay member of the Board and was first appointed in September 2014. Megan has qualifications in Arts, Commerce, and Policy. She has worked in policy and communications roles for a number of central government organisations, within Parliament, and most recently she was Operations Manager in a high profile not-for-profit organisation. Megan also provides government relations advice to a number of New Zealand companies and not-for-profits. Megan has governance experience and serves on a number of school, community and whanau boards.

Simon Hall

Simon is a practitioner Board member appointed in 2015. He is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist with over 20 years' experience working with children, adolescents and their families in private practice, charitable and District Health Board settings in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Simon has acted on the Executive of the New Zealand Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists for 9 years. He has also acted as an expert advisor for the Health and Disability Commission and has been on the Board's Professional Conduct Committee since 2012. He is based in Christchurch and has an adult daughter.

Hamish Brown

Hamish Brown is a practitioner Board member appointed 2016. He was raised in the small country town of Kaikohe in the far north of the North Island. For over 20 years he has been living and working in Auckland. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy and Ethics) from Victoria University in Wellington, a Master's Degree in Business Administration (Dispute Resolution) from Massey University. He is certificated as a Psychodramatist by the Aotearoa New Zealand and Australian Psychodrama Association (AANZPA) and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science (Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy) from Auckland University of Technology.
Hamish has worked as an organisational consultant for 20 years working in the areas of leadership development and change and runs public programmes in group facilitation, and he co-founded Phoenix Facilitation Ltd in 2008. He has been in private practice as a psychotherapist since 2002 and is on the staff of the Auckland Training Centre for Psychodrama (ATCP).
He is raising two school aged daughters with his partner Johanna in West Auckland.

Historical Board Members

Dr Andrew Duncan 2007-2010
Dr Gordon Hewitt 2007-2013
Ms Patricia Hanlen 2007-2010 (lay member)
Ms Sue Ineson 2007-2010
Dr Chris Milton 2007-2010
Ms Mihiteria King 2007-2013
Mrs Carol Shinkfield 2007-2016
Mrs Sue Brown 2011-2014 (lay member)
Mr Paraire Huata 2011-2014 (lay member)
Ms Judy Smyth 2011-2014

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