In addition to the Executive Committee Members the other Council Members are:

Dr Chris HenryDr Chris Henry – Kaikoura Health Te Ha o Te Ora. Chris is an experienced Rural GP and Rural Hospital specialist, passionate about getting the best possible integrated care for rural communities. Moving from the UK in 1992, Chris practiced in Lyttelton before he and his wife Esther decided to take their five young children to work in the very remote Tokelau Islands. On his return to New Zealand, Chris spent four years training in Emergency Medicine in Christchurch, and then moved to Kaikoura where he joined the local practice in 2005.

A strong advocate for rural health, he was chair of the Kaikoura Hurunui PHO in 2009 and 2010, and a board member of Rural Canterbury 2010–2014. He is a member of the Emergency Care Coordination Team for Canterbury and the West Coast. Chris happened to be Christchurch when the 2011 earthquake struck, and went to assist with rescue efforts. In 2016 he was awarded the New Zealand Bravery Medal for the role he played at the collapsed CTV building. In 2017 Chris and his colleague Dr Andrea Judd were awarded the Peter Snow Memorial award for their work following the Kaikoura earthquake in November 2016.


Craig 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.


Helen Slattery 

Helen has been working in the Rural Contracting industry for 25 years and is now a Director of Slattery Contracting.

She is now the Vice President of Rural Contractors NZ, after having been a national board member of 4 years with a special interest in training, immigration, and health and safety. Rural contractors are the end-users of the health services, and feel we should all have equity of access to services. Helen is concerned that rural people have come to accept the level of service available to them is far less than the level of service in health that is expected in urban areas of NZ.

Helen is currently studying BHthSc through Massey University as a distance student, majoring in Occupational Health and Safety, with the desire to be able to talk to those who make the policies and laws, in a language they understand, about the issues facing people who live and work in rural communities.  Additionally, to be able to translate the boffin speak into plain language.

In her spare time Helen is a mother of two teenage children and facilitates the Good Yarn workshop for Rural Contractors NZ.


Dr Sarah Clarke is a rural doctor with fellowship in Rural Hospital Medicine and Urgent Care, who currently works in both rural hospital and general practice.  Her experience includes 5 years working as the clinical leader for Kaitaia Hospital in the Far North, during which time she served on the Board of Studies and Council of the Division of Rural Hospital Medicine, as well as on the Northland District Health Board Medical Executive Leadership Team.  She has worked extensively throughout New Zealand, Australia, Antarctica, and the Pacific both in her capacity as a doctor and a military medic. She established New Zealand’s first comprehensive regional Rural Hospital Medicine training programme in Northland, and established one of New Zealand’s first rural Community Placement runs to help meet NZ Medical Council’s requirements for post graduate doctors to undertake part of their pre-vocational training outside of the big hospital setting.  Sarah believes strongly in equity and social balance, sharing her skills as an active member of the New Zealand Medical Assistance Team, chair of the New Zealand Rural Hospital Clinical Leaders Forum, and as a mentor of young doctors both in New Zealand and abroad.


Assoc Prof Ian Laird is Associate Dean Research, College of Health, and an Associate Professor in Occupational Health and Safety, School of Health Sciences, Massey University, Palmerston North. Ian has an M.Sc in Occupational Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, and a Ph.D in Physiology.  He has served on many government committees’ including the provision of advice on occupational health to the Ministers of Health and Labour. He was a member of the Occupational Health Advisory Group, which provided advice to the Board of Worksafe NZ. Ian leads the Rural Health by Design research programme at Massey University. He is a Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health.



Malvina Dick

has been a Rural Women NZ Member since 1999. Her roles have included Branch Treasurer; Trustee Karamu Trust; Education Bursaries Committee; Rural Women’s Homecare Secretary and Board Member; Area Chairperson Region 6-Greater Waikato. As Area Chairperson she has co-ordinated events; represented RWNZ at workshops in health and education; written articles for regional newspapers and promoted RWNZ on a political level.

At Ruakura Agricultural Research Centre she trained as a Science Technician where she completed a degree in Science (Chemistry). She also gained a qualification in Community and Social Work specialising in Aged Care. She worked at The University of Waikato for eight years and completed further papers in Management of Organisations, Supervisory Management and Adult Teaching.

Malvina is passionate about the welfare of families who live in our Rural Community.