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Board of Trustees

David Ireland, Chair

Working in the mental health field his whole life, starting as a nurse at Tokanui Hospital, David has a deep understanding of the importance effective health providers play to ensure the best possible outcomes for mental health service users.

David works with Healthshare coordinating the business implementation of a new regional clinical information system for mental health services at the five Midland DHBs. When completed, it will help improve service delivery across the region so clinicians and healthcare providers have the right information in the right place at the right time, leading to better quality care for all service users.

At a national level, David provides advice and guidance in the collection and use of key performance indicator information for the national mental health information collection framework PRIMHD.

David is enthusiastic about Progress to Health’s work in the community and the real differences they make on a day-to-day basis to their clients; especially how they reconnect people to their own communities.

When not at work, it is family first for David. He is also Chair of the WaiBOP Football Federation and a life member of the Te Awamutu Football Club, where he still plays.

Diane Hallifax

Diane is a Director of Everest Group Limited, a human resource consultancy based in the Waikato. She is a human resource professional with over 20 years experience in a number of industries in the public and private sector including education, health, manufacturing and professional services.

Diane is a professional member of Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) and a member of the Institute of Directors.

Supporting people with mental health issues is an area Diane is passionate about, particularly the provision of support to individuals and families to enable them to deal with and find the resources to live a full and happy life.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, travelling and gardening.

Hayley Beach

Hayley is a Chartered Accountant and senior manager at KPMG Hamilton, of which she has been a part for over 13 years. She has experience in all things accounting related, is passionate about making a difference to business through quality advisory work and currently works with a large number of clients across a range of sizes and industries. She has managed a large team within the Private Enterprise division and has experience in managing multiple projects and deadlines, service delivery and staff development. She is also on the KPMG National Communities Team, heading Corporate Social Responsibility for the Hamilton office.

Hayley is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and the Golden Key Honour Society.

Hayley had held the role of treasurer and is delighted to use her financial skills to contribute to the strategic direction of Progress to Health. She is proud of the work the organisation does in the community, supporting individuals to enhance mental and physical wellbeing.

Outside of work, Hayley enjoys all things health and fitness related, architecture and renovations on her first home. And of course spending time with her family, including fiancé and two young boys who keep her on her toes.

Mark Etheridge

Mark is an Authorised Financial Advisor working as a senior Investment Advisor with Craig’s Investment Partners where he has been for over 15 years. Mark has extensive experience in the global investment world where his primary focus is on managing the investments of individuals, Trusts, companies and charitable groups.

Mark has extensive experience in governance within the charitable sector in particular the disability sector with a number of board appointments at both a local and National level spanning over 10 years.

Mark is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends enjoying the many outdoor activities the country has to offer.

Michael Bland

Michael’s work has always focussed on health care and education, mainly attached to health professional programmes: undergraduate/postgraduate nursing, child protection, control and restraint management. Michael started as a registered general nurse and registered sick children’s nurse in the UK. He has a strong history as a practitioner and academic in child protection and also of quality improvement implementation within the NHS and Department of Health, England.

Over his career Michael has published many articles in peer-reviewed journals in health around quality improvement initiatives. He is a peer reviewer to Child Abuse Review and the Journal of Child Health Care. 

As a leading non-government organisation, Michael is impressed with Progress to Health’s focus on recovery and reintegration for consumers into their communities. It is this over-arching philosophy that drives his contribution to its future strategic direction and success.

Michael is a keen tramper (former Chairman of Land Search and Rescue: Hamilton), winter climber and cyclist enjoying road, mountain and track racing. To support his interest in landscape photography Michael is completing a Diploma of Photography. He is President of the Cambridge Racquets Club and, when he has spare time, enjoys relaxing with family and friends for a barbecue and cold drink.

Maree Munro

Maree has held senior executive positions in professional services firms in both the financial and primary healthcare environments.    With over 15 years experience in both governance and management roles in these sectors Maree is keen to share her skills and experience with organisations such as Progress to Health.

Maree is aware of the complexities in the current health environment as providers are asked to deliver broader services with the same funds. She believes sustainability of services and providing access to the right services at the right time for those needing them is vital for healthy communities.

Maree is a member of the Institute of Directors.

Being creative and enjoying the company of family and friends makes Maree happy. She also enjoys taking the opportunity to explore New Zealand and further afield.

Photography services provided by Stephen Barker, Barker Photography