Leadership Group

The Telehealth Leadership Group includes clinicians, consumers, policy makers, planning and funding managers, ICT experts and industry representatives.


The role of the Telehealth Leadership Group is to:

  • advise on requirements and priorities for telehealth deployments to support rural and provincial hospitals, integrated care, home monitoring and clinical networks
  • advise on matters relating to environmental considerations, eg, barriers to uptake, technical considerations, protocols and guidelines, and standards
  • provide advice and support for projects undertaken by the Forum
  • contribute to the achievement of the overall objectives of the Telehealth Leadership Group to the maximum extent practicable.

You can contact the Telehealth Leadership Group by emailing enquiries@ithealthboard.health.nz with the words ‘Telehealth’ in the subject line.

MembersRole and organisation
Dr. Ruth Large (Chair) Clinical Director, Thames Hospital, Emergency Physician, Waikato DHB.
Grant Ardern Chief Information Officer, Western Bay of Plenty PHO.
Scott Arrol CEO, New Zealand Health IT (NZHIT).
Linzi Birmingham General Manager (RN), Golden Bay Community Health Centre, Nelson.
Roy Davidson Telehealth Programme Manager, Northland DHB.
Judy Eves Sector Portfolio Manager (RN), Technology and Digital Services, Ministry of Health.
Kyle Forde Chief Information Officer, WellSouth Primary Health Network.
Denise Irvine Telehealth Coordinator, Waikato DHB and CEO e3Health Ltd.
Pat Kerr Program Lead, NZ Telehealth Forum and Director, Patricia Kerr and Associates/Telehealth NZ Ltd.
Christine King Associate Director Allied Health, Scientific & Technical Capital & Coast DHB.
Dr Sharon Kletchko Quality Risk and Clinical Governance Director, Lakes DHB.
Sandy Marshall Charge Nurse Manager, Diabetes & Endocrinology Service, Canterbury District Health Board.
Dr Pam Olver General Practitioner, Brooklyn Central Health, Wellington.
Kanny Ooi Senior Policy Advisor & Researcher, Medical Council of New Zealand.
Andrew Panckhurst Telehealth Advisor, Mobile Health and the New Zealand Telehealth Resource Centre.
Debbie Rawiri Maori Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist, Canterbury District Health Board.
Grant Templeman Network Architect, Waikato DHB.
Michael Thorn Manager Policy, Research and Evaluation, The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.
Lucy Westbrooke Telehealth Programme Manager, Auckland DHB.
Ben Wheeler Paediatric Endocrinologist, Southern DHB and the University of Otago.
Dr Robyn Whittaker Clinical Director of Innovation, Waitemata DHB, and Assoc Professor National Institute for Health Innovation, University of Auckland.