Board of Trustees

Andrew Corkill, Chair

Andrew has a career working across local and central government as well as in the not for profit sector.  He more recently spent time as a General Manager at regional sports trust, Sport Waikato and has recently taken on the role of National Partnerships Manager with Crown Agency, Sport NZ.  Andrew also has a busy home life with three young children and a wife who works as a teacher for Te Ao Marama Primary School. Andrew also serves as Chair of the board of Te Ao Marama. He has a passion for the not for profit sector and enjoys working with people to build strong partnerships through collaboration. Progress to Health has close correlation to Andrew’s work as it strives to improve the wellbeing of individuals and positively impact the people of Aotearoa.

Hayley Brooke

Hayley is a Chartered Accountant and senior manager at KPMG Hamilton, of which she has been a part for over 18 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 many 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 people 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 a Financial Advisor working as a senior Investment Advisor with Craig’s Investment Partners where he has been for over 20 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 15 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.

Nick Johnston

Nick supports Progress to Health’s vision of communities without barriers.  In addition to his work and governance experience, he is interested in Progress to Health because he has been lucky to receive great support from family and friends over the last 20 years of lived experience.  However, he is very conscious that many people in our communities may not have access to the same support, so he is keen to find ways he can support people and to support organisations that have an important frontline role in supporting clients.  His partner has a disability that limits some employment opportunities, so he is also conscious of some of the challenges that people face trying to find work that is a great fit with a person’s abilities.

He considers his strengths at a governance level to be around strategic planning, relationship and partnership building, government relations and fundraising.

Previous roles include ministerial advisor to the Minister of Health Hon Dr David Clark, and Associate Ministers of Health Hon Jenny Salesa and Hon Julie Ann Genter.

Mark Brown

Mark came onto the Board in April 2020 in the midst of the first COVID-19 lockdown.

For the last 30 years Mark has worked in various roles in the health and disability sector both with the funders, the Regional Health Authority (RHA) and Ministry of Health, as well as with several provider organisations. For the last 10 years he was CEO of Life Unlimited, a disability organisation based here in Hamilton. Mark admires and respects the work the Progress to Health team do and the vision we share of enabling people to live great lives in their community.

Mark knows that Covid has impacted all of us personally in different ways over the last 6 months, and we are now beginning to see and understand some of the ways it will impact our communities and our clients in the future. He looks forward to being part of the conversation among the Progress to Health team as we consider new ways we can offer our services and be relevant to people in the years ahead.

His wife Gillian and he have lived in the Waikato for 33 years. They have 3 adult sons and are blessed to have 6 grandchildren living close by - and another in South Australia.


Cheri-Lee Atkinson

Watch this space - Cheri-Lee's profile will be available shortly!

Hayley Arnet

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Executive and Leadership Team

Karen Covell, Chief Executive

Karen has been chief executive for Progress to Health since 2004. And for the last 17 years, has had the challenge and opportunity to lead the organisation through several change processes.

In 2015, Progress to Health launched PressGo, its professional service with the vision of creating healthy and vibrant workplaces. As well as being part of the consultancy part of the business, Karen also has operational oversight and responsibility for it.

Before that she was chief executive for Epilepsy New Zealand, a support and information agency for people living with epilepsy.  Karen has worked in and around health her entire working life, specifically within the NGO sector since 1997.  This has given her a wide knowledge and understanding of health and disability issues both at a local, regional and national level and specifically for non-government, not-for-profit, and community organisations having spent the last 20 years in this sector. 

She is Chair for the Waikato DHB mental health and addiction services local advisory group; co-chair of Navigate Midland; and until recently, an NGO representative for the Te Manawa Taki clinical governance leadership group. She is also a Manu Taki for the Waikato Wellbeing Project SDG3 working group.  Progress to Health is a member of both Platform Atamira and the New Zealand Disability Support Network (NZDSN).

In the past, she has participated in the MoH’s Health & Disability NGO working group (now known as the NGO Council); the HR Emergency Toolkit advisory group; and National Population Outcomes Framework for Mental Health and Addiction working group. She was President of Inclusive NZ, prior to its disestablishment in 2019.

Being involved in such a wide and varied selection of groups and networks have helped her to develop her strategic lens and widen her understanding of the everchanging environment that is the health and disability sector.

Her strengths include leadership, management, change management, organisation development and strategic planning. She can see both sides of an issue and enjoys working with a diverse group of people to achieve a common goal.

Angela Meyrick, Operations Manager

Angela began working with Progress to Health in 2005 and brought with her a background in Social Work.
With an existing passion for policy and compliance, Angela decided to take on the challenge of Operations for the organisation with a focus on the quality, contracts and compliance arenas. 

Patty Posthuma

Team Leader - Waikato & Taupō

Patty has worked in Mental Health after her own personal experience of accessing mental health services in 2000. Starting as a volunteer, she went on to gain Certificate in Mental Health Support Work and is trained in Aukiti kaipipa kaimahi (Quitcards).

The passion that drives her is the support, help and encouragement she was given while on her own journey and a great belief in community/ Social Inclusion and reconnecting individuals with their communities. I continue to develop and up-skill where and when needed to provide those who live with mental health and addictions, the best support.

Vanessa Foster

Team Leader - Waikato & Taranaki

Watch this space - Vanessa's profile will be here shortly!


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