Southern DHB Board Members
Pete Hodgson (Chair)
Pete Hodgson has been appointed as Chair of the Southern District Health Board by the Minister of Health, Hon Andrew Little. Recently he has been Chairing the Southern Partnership Group for the New Dunedin Hospital.
He brings a wealth of experience to the role, including serving as the Labour MP for Dunedin North from 1990 to 2011, and held many senior portfolios in Cabinet including Health, Economic Development, Tertiary Education, Research, Science & Technology, Transport, Commerce, Land Information, Statistics, Energy and Fisheries & Forestry. His appointment will ensure that the journey of transformation the Southern Health System has been undergoing will continue at pace, and his linkage to the New Dunedin Hospital rebuild will ensure alignment on this journey over the next decade.
Professor Peter Crampton (Deputy Board Chair)
Peter is Professor of Public Health in the Kōhatu Centre for Hauora Māori at the University of Otago. He started his professional life as a general practitioner and later specialised in public health medicine. His academic career spans a variety of roles including serving as University of Otago Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Health Sciences and Dean of the Otago Medical School. Peter has served on numerous government advisory panels in a variety of policy areas related to public health, health services, and health workforce, including the Government’s 2018-2020 Review of the Health and Disability System. In 2019 he was awarded Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to education and health sciences.
Terry King has been elected to represent the Southland Constituency on the Southern District Health Board. He is a first term Board Member, and top polling candidate for the Southland Constituency.
A fifth-generation Southlander of Ngapuhi descent, he was educated at Southland Boys’ High School and worked tourism and financial services. Terry served for nine years an Invercargill City Councillor, where he was a committee chair and was appointed as a Director of Invercargill City Holdings Limited. A stalwart of Grey Power NZ Federation, he is a former national President and served on the national Board for sixteen years. He has also been a Justice of the Peace since 1977.
Terry’s primary interest is to advocate on behalf of patients, and in the 2001 Queens Birthday Honours List he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to the community
Lesley Soper has been elected to represent the Southland Constituency on the Southern District Health Board. She was formerly Deputy Chair of the Southland District Health Board.
Her interest in health was inspired by her parents’ health issues, which resulted in Lesley being her father’s caregiver for more than a decade.
Part of the large, extended Soper family, who were early pioneers in Southland, she has spent most of her adult life advocating for and representing the Southland community.
Her first career was librarianship and she then went on to have a career as a union organiser. Currently she uses her law degree to work as a specialist ACC advocate.
Lesley has also served as a Member of Parliament, and as Deputy Chair of Parliament’s Health Select Committee. She is currently an Invercargill City Councillor, and has a special interest in working with refugees and in emergency housing.
Lesley is married to David, a retired nurse, and they live in a 1914 character home in South Invercargill.
Kaye Crowther has been elected to represent the Southland Constituency on the Southern District Health Board.
A member of the Southland District Health Board from 2007-2015, she has also served as a member of SDHB’s Community and Public Health Advisory Committee, Iwi Governance, Hospital Advisory and Complaints Review committees.
Kaye is a New Zealand Trust Account Manager for Findex NZ Invercargill, and her career spans more than 45 years in the estate, trust and financial services sector, together with 40 years’ experience in the health and social sectors
A past New Zealand President and Board Member of the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society (Inc) (1996-2007), she volunteered for over 35 years in the Southland area and was awarded New Zealand life membership. She was also a Council member of Water Safety New Zealand and a member of the Ministry of Health National Breast-Feeding Advisory Committee.
Her community service includes being a Trustee of No 10 (Southland Youth One Stop), a Director of Rotary Club of Invercargill South, a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF), and a Member of the National Council of Women.
Kaye was awarded the Queen’s Service Order (QSO) in 2008 for services to children and the community.
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Ilka Beekhuis has been elected to represent the Otago Constituency on the Southern District Health Board.
Originally from Ottawa Canada, Ilka received a scholarship to Boston University for her achievements in rowing. She started her working career in Boston, where she worked in medical research finance as a grant manager for Boston University’s teaching hospital. Ilka has lived in New Zealand since 2006, and moved to Dunedin in 2011 after receiving a University of Otago Research Master’s scholarship.
Ilka was a founding member of the Community Health Council (CHC), the patient advisory group for the Southern District Health Board and WellSouth. Her interest in the CHC started when her then two year old daughter had serious health issues that were undiagnosed since birth.
Ilka is married to Nick, a Dunedin business owner, and they have three young and (now) healthy children.
Dr Lyndell Kelly has been elected to represent the Otago Constituency on the Southern District Health Board.
Dr Kelly graduated in medicine from Queensland University in 1981 and received her specialist qualification in radiation oncology in 1988. She worked at the Royal Brisbane Hospital until 2005, when she migrated to New Zealand. In 2003 she completed a PhD in drug development.
Her special interests are neuro-oncology, breast cancer and head and neck cancer. She was awarded the medal of the Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society in 2019 and has been an expert visitor to Pakistan for the International Atomic Energy Commission.Dr Kelly understands the importance of quick access to excellent health care for all of us.
Jean O'Callaghan was the Chief Executive of Canterbury District Health Board from 2001-2005, followed by Chief Executive roles in the UK for the Bedford Hospital NHS Trust (2005-2010), Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust (2010-2014), and Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (2014-2016). A nurse by profession, she has also held senior strategy and planning roles with health authorities in Australia and elsewhere in New Zealand. Since retiring to Arrowtown in 2016, Mrs O'Callaghan has been involved in local activities including as a St John volunteer in the Queenstown-Lakes area.
Tuari is the Director of Maori Development, Otago University and has been extensively involved in the Maori health, mental health, education and justice sectors for over 25 years. He has worked in a number of different roles as a Maori alcohol and drug clinician and tutor before moving into management roles in both the public and non-government sector.
Tuari has experience in indigenous development and for five years worked for Ngāi Tahu Development Corporation where he managed social development programmes
Tuari also has extensive governance experience having previously served on the Southern District Health Board, Canterbury District Health Board, the Canterbury Community Trust and He Oranga Pounamu. He is the current Chair of the New Zealand Drug Foundation Board and a member of the Whānau Ora Independent Reference Group.
Dr Reremoana (Moana) Theodore has been appointed to the Southern District Health Board by the Minister of Health, Dr David Clark.
Dr Theodore (Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa) is the Co-Director of the National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR), at the University of Otago. She is also a member of the Royal Society Te Apārangi Council.
Dr Theodore’s research interests include lifecourse research, Māori health and education, and child development. She is an inaugural Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) Māori Health Research Emerging Leader Fellow and a former HRC Erihapeti Rehu-Murchie Postdoctoral Fellow.