Board of Directors

Mark Jones.png Dr Mark Jones, Co Chair (Arorangi)

DSocSci MSc, BSc (Hons) Nurs., RN, RHV, FCNA(NZ), FACN


Kia ora e te whānau
Ko Indian Head te māunga
Ko Chew Brook te awa
No Ingarangi ahau
Kei Coatesville, Aotearoa ahau e noho ana

I am proud to call myself a Kiwi and New Zealand my home! As someone who has spent 30 years dedicated to furthering our profession, from being a junior nurse through to having the honour and privilege of occupying senior leadership positions across our world, I am committed to working to promote the work of the College as we seek to ensure nursing is able to maximize its contribution to our nation's health.

Current Role:
Health policy consultant, partner Pacific Health Testing Associates, President Nurses Christian Fellowship NZ/Te Kotahitanga Tapuhi Karaitiana o Aotearoa

Key Previous Roles:
Head of School of Nursing, Massey University
Professor for Transcultural Health Improvement, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia 
Director Global Health Alliance Western Australia Department of Health WA
Chief Nurse New Zealand
Director and CEO Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association (UK)
Primary Care Policy Adviser, Royal College of Nursing of the UK

Areas of Expertise:

  • Primary Health Care
  • Advanced Practice Roles
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Care Decision Making

Board Portfolio:
Primary Health Care Policy


Kathy Holloway Dr Kathy Holloway, Board Member

RN, MHSc, PGCert Online Education, Doctor of Nursing, FCNA(NZ)


Tēnā koutou katoa
I graduated from Wellington Polytechnic in 1980 and enjoyed nursing in the UK and Australia for around 14 years prior to returning to New Zealand with my family to begin a career in nursing education. My doctoral work, Developing a Specialist Framework for Nursing in New Zealand has been used by specialty nursing groups nationally to articulate the contribution they can make to addressing health care need. Through my research and national work I continue to focus on articulating the potential of nursing expertise to improve the patient experience, population health outcomes and inform workforce planning models. The College as a thought collective provides a critical nursing voice into this work.

Current Roles:
Director, Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Victoria University of Wellington
Ministerial appointed member of the New Zealand Nursing Council

Key Previous Roles:
Member of the Ministry of Health Expert Advisory Group for the 2015 review and update of the New Zealand Health Strategy

Areas Of Expertise:

  • Workforce Analysis and Planning
  • Nursing Education
  • Online Learning

Board Portfolio:

Erin Meads Erin Meads,
Board Member


 RN, BN, PG Cert Adv Health Science, PG Dip Adv Nsg

I was born and raised in Whakatane, Bay of Plenty and started my nursing career in   Tauranga Hospital after completing my training at Waiariki Institute of Technology,   Rotorua.  I am fortunate enough to have worked in various frontline and leadership   nursing roles throughout NZ and Australia.  I am passionate about supporting the work of the College to ensure the nursing profession is recognized, enabled and supported to fully maximize its critical contribution in the delivery of quality health care in New Zealand.

Current Role:

Key Previous Roles:
Regional Clinical Director Health, Department of Corrections
Nursing Director, Primary Care

Areas of Expertise:

  • Primary Health Care
  • Youth & Women's Health
  • Workforce Development
  • Clinical Leadership & Quality


Kate WestonKate Weston,
Executive Director

MN (Hons), BA, RGON



Ko Taranaki tōko Maunga
Ko Whanganui tōko Awa
Nō Whanganui Ahau
Kei Papaioea a tōko kāinga ināianei
Ko Kate Weston tōko ingoa

Greetings – I was born and grew up in Whanganui, but had many wonderful times in Taranaki under the mountain with my maternal grandparents and cousins. Both of my parent’s families lived in Taranaki.

My nursing career began in Palmerston North (Papaioea) over 40 years ago in the hospital based Registered General & Obstetric Nursing programme.  I have since worked in Wellington, Hutt Valley, Hawkes Bay, and Auckland. I relocated to Palmerston North in August 2022, having lived in  Albany Auckland for over 26 years. My nursing specialty practice has spanned hospital and community/primary health nursing, focusing on Women’s health and child and youth nursing. I have held nursing leadership and quality management roles. Most recently I been involved in providing professional support and advice for nurses as both a professional nursing adviser and manager at NZNO.

Statement of belief and the value of the college
As a bicultural organisation, The College is committed to equity and honouring commitment to te Tiriti o Waitangi. The College of Nurses is a strong professional voice for nursing– standing for nurses and influencing wherever possible policy on health and health outcome.  In an environment of significant reform, nursing must be promoted as a flexible and responsive workforce. Nursing leadership is critical to the achieving improved health outcomes 

Nurses are pushed to the limits of safe practice more than ever before. Professional indemnity in the current environment is more important than ever.  Complaints and incident occur at any time  - often with several nurses being involved in an episode of patient care

Current Role:
Executive Director

Key Previous Roles:

  • Associate Nursing and Professional Services Manager New Zealand Nurses Organization (NZNO)
  • Acting Professional Services Manager NZNO
  • Professional Nursing Adviser NZNO
  • Quality of Service Manager Child Women and Family Services Waitemata DHB
  • Nursing Practice Leader – Child Disability Services Waitemata Health Ltd 
  • Clinical Secondee – Waitakere Strategy Project

Areas of Expertise:

  • Pandemic response
  • Women’s health
  • Child and youth health
  • Clinical Leadership and Quality
  • Workforce development
  • Policy development
  • Industrial relations in the health sector
  • Safe staffing (previously  Co-Chair of the Safe Staffing Healthy Workplaces Governance Group)




Rhoena Davis 2021

Rhoena Davis, Co Chair




Ko Nga Puhi Nui Tonu te Iwi.
Ko Ngatokimatawhaurua te Waka.
Ko Hokianga me Rangaunu nga Moana.
Ko Tamatea raua ko Puwheke nga Maunga.
Ko Te Rarawa raua ko Ngati Kahu nga Hapu.
Ko Rhoena Davis ahau

Mahitahi Hauora Director of Nursing – Primary Care
Vice Chair New Zealand Rural General Practice Network - Hauora Te Tai Whenua


Māori Nurse Leader Forums within Tai Tokerau
Nurse Leaders Forum Te Tai Tokerau
Nurse Practitioner in the Mid and Far North Te Tai Tokerau
Te Tai Tokeraru Nurse Leaders – Nurse Practitioner forum
NZNO Te Runanga Vice Chair
New Zealand Nursing Council Nurse Practitioner Panellist


Māori and Rural Health
Primary Health Care
Nurse Practitioner Workforce
Māori Nursing Leadership


Brenda CloseBrenda Close
Board Member

Master of Nursing, Grad Dip Advanced Nursing Practice, Bachelor Māori Health, Diploma of Business, Diploma of Nursing

Tēnā koutou katoa i ngā ahuatanga o te wa, o te kaupapa nei. 

Ko Maungataniwha te maunga
Ko Tapapa te awa
Ko Ngātokimatawhaorua te waka
Ko Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa rātou ko Ngāti Maniapoto ngā iwi
Ko Kohatutaka te hapū
Ko Mangamuka te marae
I te taha o tōku mama, ko Tom rāua ko Amy Harris ōku mātua tupuna
I te taha o tōku papa ko Alan rāua ko Joan Close ōku mātua tupuna
Ko Ray rāua ko Ruby ōku mātua
Ko Brenda Close ahau

No reira, tēnā koutou tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa

Director of Nursing, Ashburton and Rural Health Services, CDHB
Programme Sponsor Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō
Co-Chair Māori NNLg
Co-Chari Māori NENZ

Director of Nursing/Facility Manager – Dirranbandi, SWHHS; Katherin Hospital, NTH; Weipa, Torres and Cape HHS
Clinical Lead – National Hauora Coalition
Nurse Lead – Waiora Healthcare PHO
Over 30 years nursing management and leadership across health services and in Nursing professional organisations.

AREAS OF Expertise:
Māori Health, Indigenous Health, Whānau Ora, Rural and Remote Health, Workforce development, Nursing Leadership


Sandra McDonaldSandra McDonald
Board Member


I was born and have spent most of my life in Otorohanga, Maniapoto rohe. However I whakapapa to Ngāti Whātua o Otamatea and Ngāti Wai o Waikare. I currently live with my tane in the Taheke – Otaua area of the Hokianga and love it.

This year I celebrated 50 years since I began my nursing education. It has been the most amazing career and I can’t see me stopping any time soon. I cannot think of another career that encourages your growth as an individual so much and offers so many opportunities to work in. The challenge is choosing. I am committed to effective nursing care that reduces inequity.

Senior Academic Lecturer Māori, Manukau Institute of Technology

Registered Nurse Bay of Islands Hospital
Senior Lecturer NorthTec
Director of Nursing ProCare Ltd

AREAS OF Expertise:
Māori Health, Competence assessment/PDRP
Research interest/activity: Oral Histories Nursing, Consent, Cognitive Decline & Intimacy, Sexuality in care of the elderly (Māori perspective).  


Liz Manning 2020aLiz Manning, 
project Manager



Current Role:

Strategic projects Manager
Nurse consultant/ Kaiwhakahaere nēhi

Key Previous Roles:
Project Manager, Future Workforce, DHBNZ
Associate Director of Nursing/Nurse Advisor, Professional
Development, Waitemata DHB.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Self-employment
  • Consultations/Policy
  • Coaching, Mentorship and Supervision
  • Project Management
  • Regulation

Policy Workshops
Self-employment Workshops
Networking and Collaboration
Web Content


Areas of Interest