CDHB & WCDHB Staff & Contacts

​Executive Director of Nursing   

mary-gordon.jpgMary Gordon

Mary began her nursing career on the West Coast following completion of her training she worked in a variety of clinical settings within Grey Hospital. She moved to Canterbury in 1985 and worked in Cardiology for a number of years. Following a year of study in 1990, Mary changed her focus and moved into population health services where she established the Health Promotion Service for the West Coast region.
In 1995 Mary moved into her first nursing leadership position and since then she has worked in South Canterbury and then Counties Manukau, South Auckland before moving back to Canterbury to take up the Executive Director of Nursing position in September 2002. 

Director of Nursing and Midwifery, West Coast DHB

Karyn Kelly.jpgKaryn Kelly

Karyn Kelly began her nursing career at the West Coast District Health Board in 1991, following the completion of her Registered Nurse training at the Wellington Polytechnic School of Nursing.
Karyn completed her BN through Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology in 2001 and is currently completing a Master of Nursing through Otago University. A varied career within the DHB has included paediatrics, surgical, aged care, medical, critical care, occupational health, clinical nurse specialist: cardiology, and Associate Director of Nursing: Clinical Practice Development.
Karyn is Director of Nursing and Midwifery.


Associate Director of Nursing, West Coast DHB 

Brittany Jenkins.jpgBrittany Jenkins

Brittany grew up in western Montana and came to New Zealand in 2004 to begin her nursing education and to explore the outdoors.  After meeting her Kiwi partner, she went on to complete her Bachelor of Nursing Degree, and subsequently began her career as a new graduate nurse at the West Coast District Health Board (WCDHB) in 2007.

Brittany has worked in various clinical settings including general surgery, general medicine and critical care. Brittany moved to her first senior nursing role with the CDHB in 2013 as a casual Clinical Nurse Educator, which was soon followed by Resuscitation Service Leader.  During Brittany's time as Resuscitation Service Leader she developed and grew various basic and advanced resuscitation training programmes and established the West Coast's first TransAlpine supported resuscitation service.

In 2015, Brittany completed her Master of Nursing at Massey University.  Her research explored the experiences of Filipino and Indian qualified Registered Nurses in New Zealand, which was inspired by an internship with the Office of the Chief Nurse at the Ministry of Health in 2013.

Brittany coordinates the NetP programme for the WCDHB.


Nurse Manager - Nursing Workforce Development

becky hickmott.jpgBecky Hickmott

Becky grew up in rural Illinois and started her nursing education in 1984 at Parklands University, Champaign, Illinois, USA. She has worked in various clinical settings including general surgery, vascular and thoracic surgery, orthopaedics and urology.

Becky moved into her first senior nursing role with the CDHB as the Nurse Educator for Burwood Hospital in 2003. She subsequently lead the introduction of PDRP into the CDHB region as PDRP Facilitator. Becky took up an expanded role as the Nurse Coordinator for NetP & PDRP in November 2010.

She has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences at the University of Otago and is currently working towards her Master's degree.
Becky coordinates the Nursing Entry to Practice Programme for the Canterbury District Health Board and partners.

Canterbury Region NetP Office Administrator

yvonne thorpe.jpg Yvonne Thorpe

Yvonne joined the NetP team eight years ago after moving from Auckland to Christchurch. Yvonne is currently the lynchpin of the NetP team. Yvonne completed an IPM Specialist Certificate in Personnel Management overseas and has an extensive background in Human Resources administration and general administration which comes from working both overseas and in New Zealand. Originally from England and having also lived in South Africa, Yvonne and her family are now settled here in New Zealand.


CDHB Divisional Nurse Educators – Med/Surg

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CDHB Divisional Nurse Educators – TPMH/Older Persons Health

Rebecca Heyward (nee Winsor)

Rebecca-Heyward-2016.jpgRebecca joined the NetP team in 2012. Rebecca completed a BA in Psychology at the University of Canterbury in 2002 p​rior to her nursing training, from which she graduated in 2006 through CPIT (now Ara).  Rebecca worked for five years in older persons' health, primarily  in an acute dementia assessment unit, before going on to work in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and into her current role. Rebecca achieved her PG Dip in health sciences in 2013 through the University of Otago. Rebecca has also worked as a Dementia Education Co-ordinator for Primary Care for the South Island Alliance. Rebecca currently works 0.5 FTE as a NetP Educator and 0.5 FTE as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Older Persons Health at Burwood Hospital. 

CDHB Divisional Nurse Educators – Women's Health Division

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CDHB Divisional Nurse Educators – Women's Health Division

 New appointment to be advised

CDHB Divisional Nurse Educators - Burwood Hospital


Fiona Davie

Fiona trained at CPIT and has completed a Certificate in Speciality Practice – Cardiology. She has gone on to complete a Certificate in Adult Teaching with Canterbury University and is currently undertaking a Graduate Certificate in leadership and Management with the University of Otago.
Fiona initially worked for nursing agencies and then worked on Casual Pool at Christchurch Hospital where she realised her passion for Cardiology. Following maternity leave she returned to work on the Cardiology and Respiratory Ward at Burwood Hospital until it was disestablished. Following redeployment she had split jobs in Wd26, Cardiology, Christchurch Hospital and Health Care New Zealand in the Cardiothoracic team and then Cardio Respiratory team. After a hard decision Fiona decided to leave community nursing and obtained a 0.4FTE role as Nurse Educator for the NETP programme based at Burwood Hospital where she has been for five years. Following more evaluation of work life balance Fiona obtained a 0.4FTE job as CNS Cardiac Rehabilitation where she has been for four years now.
Fiona's passions for cardiology and education go hand in hand and she particularly enjoys empowering people to make change, meet their full potential whilst providing support and encouragement.
Fiona works Tues/Wed


Nurse Co-ordinator - Nursing Workforce Development Projects

Jo Greenlees-Rae

Jo trained with the Christchurch School of Nursing and later completed a Bachelor of Nursing with CPIT, and a post graduate diploma in nursing with the Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies, University of Otago, Christchurch.
While Jo's background is in acute and high dependency nursing, her main interest is in nursing education, leadership and competence in practice. She has worked in rural health for over twenty five years, ten years in nursing education, and particularly enjoys supporting students and nurses in achieving their practice and learning goals.
Jo works closely with partnering organisation as a liaison between the organisation and the graduates in the expansion programme.


CDHB Divisional Nurse Educators - Ashburton Hospital

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NETP Partner Organisations

BUPA Care Services


Val Whatley – Clinical Manager

Val Whatley began her nursing career in South Canterbury. She then travelled to the UK on her OE. Val worked in various clinical settings latterly more in outpatient areas. Her extensive experience is varied and ranges from Gynaecology, oncology, surgery to Health Screening.
Val moved into her first of several leadership roles in 2002 working as a Clinical Nurse Manager in a busy Outpatient Department and then from 2004 managing multidisciplinary teams in variety of healthcare settings. Val gained her first leadership position in aged care when she returned to New Zealand in March 2010 and took up the role of Clinical Manager at Parkwood Rest home and Hospital.
Val has experience in teaching and is actively involved in delivery of the Bupa Care Services core education programme.
Val completed the ENB 998 Teaching and Assessing Course whilst living and working in London.

Access Homehealth Ltd

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Bridget Smith  National Clinical Manager

Bridget is a registered Nurse with 33 years experience in Health, 30 of which were in the NHS in the UK. She has been a leader and decision maker in both national and local initiatives, utilising strengths that are built on extensive operational experience both at Clinical and Managerial level.
She hasheld a variety of roles from Ward Manager in Acute Services to Director for Capacity Planning and Performance across a population of 4.8 million, including holding a lead position for a nationally recognised programme, ' End of Life Care' for people with Alzheimers and Dementia and established the first Community Urgent Care center in the UK, focused on patients with Long Term Conditions.

Upon my arrival in New Zealand 2 years ago, Brieget worked at CCDHB for one year across the Primary and Secondary Interface, improving pathways of integrated care by developing a programme which focuses on Clinical Engagement across the sector. Work streams developed included Palliative Care, Cancer, Intellectual Disabilities and GI services.

Bridget has always been committed to providing first class service delivery for clients and staff through the development of individual and organisation performance goals and high standards of care. As National Clinical Manager for Access, she carries a portfolio the same as a Director for Nursing and Quality. She finds it an exciting and challenging role; as Home Care moves into much more clinically based models, and the need for care in the home grows, the system is evolving and adapting to ensure it delivers what is expected and required, whilst working within a financially constrained health system. The  greatest challenge is to develop a workforce who can respond, to the highest professional standard, to the growing demand and changes in models for home care services in the Community. This will require creativity and innovation as we strive to recruit, sustain and retain our workforce.


Department of Corrections - Christchurch Women's & Rolleston Prison   

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Lyn McIntyre - Health Centre Manager 

Lyn grew up in Christchurch. She began her nursing career training as a community nurse at Burwood Hospital. Lyn completed her bridging studies at CPIT to become a registered nurse in 1999. She has worked in a broad range of clinical settings including general medicine, rheumatology, infectious diseases and primary health. In 2000, Lyn moved into the Department of Corrections as a Registered Nurse. She took up the role as Health Centre Manager for Rolleston and Women’s prison in 2008. Lyn is responsible for NetP graduates working for the Department of Corrections who participate in the Canterbury region NetP programme.

Healthcare New Zealand

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Nurse Maude 

Sheree East - Director of Nursing 

Sheree was instrumental in the setting up the Canterbury Primary Health Care Nurses Network and is an active member of a number of MOH and DHB reference groups and committees.
She is a registered nurse and midwife with a background in child health and case management midwifery and has a passion for the primary care sector.
Sheree has held positions with the New Zealand Plunket Society, the Canterbury Region of the National Cervical Screening Programme and co-ordinated the Community Nursing service at Nurse Maude.

Pegasus Health 

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Rosebank Residential Home Ltd

Sue Prowse - Nurse Manager

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