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Board Members

Nalini Meyer

Mrs Nalini Meyer was appointed as a lay member of the Board in August 2015 and was elected Chairperson in May 2022. Residing in Christchurch, she is an enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. Nalini practiced law for 17 years working with a variety of private and commercial clients in property, commercial and trust law. She now sits on a number of Boards including the Christchurch City Mission.

Her consumer advocacy interest arises from first-hand experience of the public health system, a strong sense of social justice together with her legal and governance experience.

Lisa Lawrence

Lisa Lawrence (Ngati Ruapani, Ngati Kahungunu) was appointed as a lay member to the Board in November 2019 and was elected Deputy Chairperson in May 2022.  Lisa is the National President of the NCW-New Zealand. Founded by Kate Sheppard, NCWNZ is an umbrella group leading the new Gender Equal NZ conversation campaign. Lisa’s previous career has involved working for an iwi based health and social service, NZ College of Midwives, St John, NZ Family Planning and a governor of Nelson Bays Primary Health. She is currently the Kaiwhakahaere of the Motueka Family Service Centre a core stakeholder of three reducing family violence community networks, member of the MoH Covid-19 Consumer committee and Chair of the Consumer Advisory Committee of Pharmac. Her passion is equality, improving community resilience and cultural relations through courageous community conversations

Dr Ainsleigh Cribb-Su’a

Dr Ainsleigh Cribb-Su’a (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Kauwhata) is a Clinical Psychologist who joined the board in August 2017.  Ainsleigh currently provides mental health leadership in primary care for the National Hauora Coalition.  She has worked extensively in Child and Adolescent Mental Health both clinically and in leadership.  Ainsleigh holds a governance portfolio across academia and the NGO sector.   Whilst being a Doctoral graduate of The University of Auckland, Ainsleigh has held academic and research roles at Canterbury University and AUT University.  Her continued research interests relate to child and adolescent mental health interventions and e-therapies as well as child rights and whānau resilience.  Ainsleigh is a member of the New Zealand Psychological Society and a participating member of the National Standing Committee for Bicultural Issues.

Tania Cargo

Tania Cargo (Ngāti Manu, Ngāti Maru, Tainui) is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychology and the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland. She is a strong advocate for ensuring Te Tiriti O Waitangi principles are upheld in bicultural research practices. She is an active member of  He Paiaka Tōtara (Māori Psychologists Association) and a past board member of ANZACBT. Tania was the CBT advisor to the SPARX programme, coordinates the post-graduate CBT programme and is a lecturer on the Clinical Psychology training programme. Along with Associate Professor Sarah Hetrick, she is the co-theme leader of the Resilient Teens, A Better Start/E Tipu e Rea (National Challenge Science, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment). Her expertise lies in working with Māori pēpi, tamariki, rangatahi me whānau to create culturally responsive, evidence-based wellbeing tools, which includes digital tools.

John Eatwell

John Eatwell is an Organisational Psychologist and joined the Board in May 2022. John works for Strategic People Group, delivering services including leadership, change, team development and talent management. He is Chair of the Institute of Organisational Psychology, Deputy Chair of the Queen Charlotte Track Landowners Cooperative and is an industry advisor to the Agile and Innovative Leadership paper in the Canterbury University MBA programme. He is passionate about creating organisational cultures that build wellness for their people.

Dr Valerie Tan

Dr Valerie Tan is a Clinical Psychologist and a lecturer at the Department of Psychological Medicine (University of Otago) who was appointed to the Board in May 2022. She currently lives in Dunedin and is a doctoral graduate from the University of Otago with an academic background in psychology and neuroscience. Her ongoing work is focussed on adult mental health interventions and the wider role of psychologists within the clinical landscape. Her early governance experience includes areas of multiculture and women’s rights and she is passionate about equitable healthcare, culturally safe practice, and the development of a socially responsive mental health workforce.

Emma Sutich

Emma Sutich is a clinical psychologist and was appointed to the Board in May 2022. Emma has over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, working for Ara Poutama, secondary mental health services and in private practice. She has held several clinical leadership roles in the past, including positions at ACC, Ministry of Health, and Hawkes Bay DHB. She is also a member of the NZCCP Ethics Advisory Panel.

Dr Dianne Ball

Dr Dianne Ball was appointed as a lay member to the Board in May 2022. Dianne is an experienced director in public and private health sectors in NZ and Australia. Her specialty areas are strategy, governance and organisational change. Dianne is committed to improving services that meet the needs of the consumer and their whanau.  Dianne is Director of Strategy at Communio Ltd.