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The WellSouth Board meets 11 times each year.

The Board has three sub-committees responsible for specific areas.

The AGM is held in November of each year, and is open to the public.

Dr. Douglas Hill (Chair)

Doug Hill

Doug Hill is a GP representative on the WellSouth board. Doug works at Broadway Medical Centre, which is a large inner city practice in Dunedin. Prior to moving to Broadway Doug worked as a rural GP in Palmerston.

As well as running a busy practice and being part of the WellSouth board, Doug works as a GPSI in orthopaedics and in minor surgery. He has been involved in the development of both these programs. He supervises registrars in the practice and runs the business. He also has experience as a college censor and a Primex examiner, and has taught in minor surgery courses.

"I am enjoying the WellSouth board. We have a great opportunity to make real health gains for everyone in the southern region, and to advocate for fair and equitable healthcare for all. The future looks very exciting, and we expect to deliver new and innovative strategies that will allow the South to lead the country in Primary Care."


Donna Matahaere-Atariki

 Donna Website3

Donna Matahaere-Atariki is Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Ruanui, Ngā Rauru and Te Atiawa and Chair of Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou. She is also chairperson Te Kāika ‘The Village’, based in Caversham, a community charity founded by Ngāi Tahu, Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora and the University of Otago bringing free and affordable health, education and social services to Dunedin. Donna has an applied focus on inequities for different population groups and a keen collaborator with others to bring about change in outcomes for these groups. 


Norman Elder

Norman Elder Website

Norman Elder is a senior Corporate Partner of AWS Legal. Norman has a general experience in most areas of the law but over the last 20 years his experience has been focused on Corporate and Commercial law.

Norman served as a senior  Councillor on the Invercargill City Council for 15 years and during that time he chaired numerous committees and was appointed as Chairperson of Invercargill City Holdings  Limited. 

He is a member of the Institute of Directors and is a director and trustee of various companies and Trusts.

Norman has been a trustee of Wellsouth since its inception.


Sue Crengle

Sue Crengle

Assoc Professor Sue Crengle is the Murihiku Rūnaka representative on the Board. She is a member of the Ōraka Aparima Rūnaka. Sue is a GP and Public Health Physician who works part-time in general practice in Invercargill and part-time in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine.  

Sue is passionate about health systems and services that provide high quality care that is free of inequities in access and outcomes. 


Paul Larson

 Paul Larson

Paul Larson (BPharm (Hons), PGDipClinPharm (Distinction), PGCertTravMed, RegPharmNZ, MPS)

Paul has owned Larson’s Pharmacy, Green Island for the past 17 years.  Previously Paul worked the National Poisons Centre Dunedin, Dunedin Hospital as Medicines Information Pharmacist, and as a Hospital Pharmacist at Palmerston North and Gisborne.

He has a wide range of Governance experience and is currently a board member of Consumer NZ (Inc) incorporating a role as Chair of their Audit and Risk Committee and Chair of the New Zealand Pharmacy, Education and Research Foundation, which are both Wellington based.  In Auckland he sits on the Vantage Pharmacy Group advisory board and in Dunedin he is on the board of the Urgent Pharmacy.  

He is very passionate about pharmacy and how pharmacy can work together with our other health professional colleagues to bring improvements to our patient’s lives.


Tony Hill


Tony Hill is Deputy Chair of WellSouth and a Community Representative who resides in Queenstown with his wife Vickie. He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and for the past 16 years has served on various Boards spanning both primary and secondary health, education, forestry, disability sector and project management.

Tony is currently a Queenstown Lakes District Councillor and the Chair of the Central Lakes Trust.


Keith Abbott 

Keith Abbott

Dr Keith Abbott is a  GP and practice owner of Junction Health in Cromwell.  His work interests include rural health, dermoscopy and minor surgery. 

Keith sits on the Central Otago Alliance Locality Network as a GP representative. 


Amanda McCracken

Amanda McCracken website

Amanda McCracken is the elected Nurse Representative on the WellSouth Board, member of the Clinical Review Committee and the WellSouth Community Advisory Group. She has previously had governance roles on the Takitimu and Southland PHO before being co-opted in January 2014 then elected in November 2014 to the Board.

Amanda is a Primary Health Nurse Practitioner who works in both rural and urban practices in Southland, focusing on providing care to high needs populations and the management of chronic disease. She has been involved in a successful joint initiative between WellSouth and the SDHB, providing a vital clinic for Pacific Island people in Southland.

Amanda maintains that the nursing professional is a fundamental element of a dynamic health care sector and looks forward to seeing the further development of nursing in the primary health care sector under the current clinical leadership.


Tony Dunstan

 Tony Dunstan Photo

Tony Dunstan is a Community Representative on the Board of WellSouth PHN.  He is a Professional Director with a broad portfolio of current and past directorships.  Tony has a strong interest in governance and is a member of the Institute of Directors.  He has worked in a wide range of industry sectors and enjoys working with member and community organisations.

Tony has an extensive background in both information technology and telecommunications.  He has a passion for strategic management and, in particular, digital strategy and the sharp focus that it brings to the changing identities of consumers and their changing needs and expectations.


Stuart Heal

 Stuart Heal website2

Stuart Heal is a past chairman of the WellSouth Board and before that was the chair of the Rural Otago PHO.

He has recently retired from his term as chair of NZ Cricket and is chairman of Pioneer Energy Ltd, he is chair of IFS Group Ltd and Pulse Energy Ltd. He is a director of Road Transport Logistics Ltd.