Interim 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).




Bill EschenbachBill Eschenbach – Bill is the Chief Executive of Rural Canterbury 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.



RHAANZ Profile2Craig Young – Telecommunications Association of New Zealand. Craig is the Chief Executive of the Telecommunications Association of New Zealand, a member based organisation which educates and advocates for the improvement of telecommunication services across NZ. Craig has been involved in numerous roles in the industry since joining CLEAR Communications in 1999. In his previous role at Chorus, Craig led the multilateral engagement with industry stakeholders and customers. He was heavily involved in providing leadership in several industry sectors including Chorus’ rural broadband commitments. He was responsible for the RBI Advisory Committee and has presented and represented Chorus at numerous Rural conferences.


Mark EagerMark Eager – Mobile Health Solutions. Mark manages the team at Mobile Health Solutions which includes oversight of 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.



Bill NathanBill Nathan – Kaumaatua. Bill is from Te Ati Awa Taranaki, Ngaati Kahungunu ki Wairoa and Ngai Tahu.

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