Chairperson: Gill Genet

Gill is an advocate for workforce development and through workforce, making a difference to the lives of whānau, families and communities in Aotearoa. Her role as General Manager, Business Development includes developing and leading national workforce initiatives that lift the profile and value, competence and capability of the wellbeing, health and social service workforces, including the rural workforce.

Gill believes in whanaungatanga, working collaboratively and in the importance of listening to the voices of those with lived experience.


Deputy Chairperson:  Photograph of Jane MillsProfessor Jane Mills  Jane is Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Health, Massey University and is one of New Zealand and Australia’s foremost primary health care academics with extensive experience leading and managing teams in both government and tertiary sectors. With a research portfolio focused on public health, health workforce, and health system strengthening, Jane is a well regarded rural health academic. Jane grew up on a farm in Australia and went on to run a cattle station in far north Queensland with her husband Hew. She has also had a long association with the National Rural Health Alliance of Australia and was the President of the Association for Australian Rural Nurses and Midwives, and Chair of the Royal College of Nurses, Australia Faculty of Rural Nursing and Midwifery. Jane holds the following qualifications: RN; PhD (Monash); MBA (Imperial College, London); M Ed (Charles Sturt); MN (UTas); BN (UTas).



Treasurer: Bill EschenbachBill Eschenbach

Bill is the Chief Executive of Waitaha PHO and prior to this he was a Client Manager with South Link Health where he was responsible for rolling out Primary Health Organisations in the upper South Island. Bill has developed strong community linkages with a number of organisations including Territorial Local Authorities that has led to partnerships that have supported the continuation of remote rural primary care services through the developments of community trusts.

Bill has linkages with his local District Health Board, the Canterbury Alliance, the Ministry of Health, the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network and the National Rural Health Advisory Group.


Secretary: Dr Fiona Doolan-Noble

Fiona is originally from the UK where she lived on an island of the West Coast of Scotland and rural Wales. She has been in New Zealand for 20 years and worked for non-governmental organisations, District Health Boards and Primary Health Organisations. Since 2012 she has been based at the University of Otago. In 2012 she gained her PhD and currently she is a Senior Research Fellow within the Section of Rural Health. Fiona lives in Patearoa (Maniototo) with her husband John and two dogs.


Mark EagerMark Eager

Mark is the Chief Executive of Mobile Health Solutions and as such, he and his team run the Mobile Surgical Bus. The Surgical Bus performs day surgery in rural towns around New Zealand. Mark is involved with Ministry of Health, DHB and Primary Care Organisations ensuring the efficient running of this rural service.


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