Board of Governance

The role of the NRCGD Board of Governance is to ensure the direction and performance of the NRCGD in the context of the Centre’s Annual Plans, which are developed in consultation with the Tertiary Education Commission.

The members of the Board are:



Alison Paterson (ChairQSO

Alison brings a wealth of experience in corporate governance and leadership in the service and health industries. Alison is currently Chair of Abano Healthcare Ltd, BPAC NZ Ltd, and the Oversight Committee (Ambulance NZ). She is a director of Vector Ltd, Metrowater Ltd, Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, and a Councillor at Massey University. She was previously Chair of Waitemata Health Ltd and DHBNZ Inc., and Deputy Chair of Health Waikato Ltd and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Alison has the professional qualification of FCA.


Rob Cooper

Rob is the Chief Executive of the Ngati Hine Health Trust, a Maori owned major provider of health, social, and educational services in Northland. Rob is of Ngapuhi, Ngati Hine descent and has had a long career in the health sector.

In the early 1990’s he designed a strategy for funding, establishing, developing, and mentoring Maori health providers. This strategy grew from the Northern region into a national phenomenon managed by Rob in the then Health Funding Authority, which delivered hundreds of millions of dollars into specialist Maori healthcare service provision. He resigned from the Health Funding Authority in 2000.

In 2001 Rob was invited to join the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences Maori Health Team as Executive in Residence. He was responsible for introducing structural and strategic changes, including the award winning “Whakapiki Ake” Maori student recruitment programme.

He left the University midyear in 2005 to take up his current role and is delighted to be back working with his own people. He is a current member of the National Health Board and the Auckland District Health Board and is a Director of several health research organisations including the James Henare Maori Research Centre. In 2009 Rob was appointed to the Government’s Whanau Ora Taskforce to advise on improving Government-funded services to Maori. He is happily married with three adult children and eight mokopuna.


Dr Dwayne Crombie MBChB, DComH, MBA, FNZAFPHM

Dwayne is the Chief Executive Officer of Bupa Care Services. He has been the CEO since 2006, with leadership responsibility for one of New Zealand’s largest aged residential care providers which employs approximately 3,300 staff and has 46 facilities nationally. He is also the Chair of the Repromed NZ Board and Rodney Surgical Services Board, and a board member of the NZ Guidelines Group.

Dwayne was previously CEO of Waitemata District Health and then the Waitemata District Health Board from 2001 onwards. He was responsible for the funding and provision of hospital and community services covering the North Shore, Waitakere and Rodney areas with a catchment of 505,000 people. Dwayne has a current annual practising certificate and is on the Specialist Register in Public Health. He also holds an Executive MBA from The University of Auckland.


Dr Peter Fennessy

Following a highly successful career in scientific research and management, Peter has been in private business in the fields of technology strategy and evaluation, intellectual property development and project management since 1997. He is or has been a member of numerous task groups and specialist committees around R&D strategy and technology development in New Zealand, Australia and Europe, an expert reviewer for scientific proposals, theses, scientific papers and technology development plans and supervisor of several post-graduate students.

Peter is Managing-Director of AbacusBio Ltd (Dunedin), a privately-held consultancy and new venture development business with a focus in the agricultural, agri-bio, and biotechnology sectors. Peter is also Chair of Blis Technologies Limited and on the Advisory Board of the University of Otago Applied Science Programme. He is a director of a number of private companies, and was previously Chair of NZBIO.


Trudie McNaughton QSM

Representative for The University of Auckland Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)

Trudie is a graduate of The University of Auckland and has worked previously at the University as a researcher and as the inaugural Equal Employment Opportunities Officer. She has worked in equity since the late 1980s, including as the chief executive of the EEO Trust (1992-2003). There she led research and communications projects on issues including cultural and ethnic diversity, disability, age, gender and work life balance. Trudie works part-time as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Equity) at The University of Auckland and is also a member of the Career Services Board and the National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women. She is a former member of the Human Rights Review Tribunal.


Jeff Todd CBE

Jeff is a company director and chartered accountant. Jeff was Managing Partner of accounting firm Price Waterhouse until 1998, where he providing business and taxation advice to national and international corporations. Since 1985 he has worked with both Labour- and National-led governments in the development and implementation of public policy in taxation, retirement income, and tertiary education funding. From 2001 to 2005 he served on the Council of Massey University. He has also served on the Boards of the ANZ Banking Group, Southern Cross Healthcare, the Earthquake Commission, and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Currently, he is chairman of Dynasty Hotel Group Ltd, deputy chair of Sanford Ltd, and is a director of Watercare Services Ltd. He also holds other board positions, many charitable.