Our Board

Meet Our Board

The Board meets eight weekly.  Open public meeting are held from 3.30pm-5.30pm.
To confirm meeting dates and times phone 520-6214.

Direct Board Contact:

Alistair Sowman, PO Box 1091, Blenheim 7240

Marlborough Primary Health Board as at September 2021

Alistair Sowman – Chairman

AlistairAlistair Sowman stepped down as Marlborough Mayor, a position he held from 2004 to 2016.  Prior to that he had been a M.D.C Councillor for three years.

A fourth generation Marlburian, he grew up in Springlands and attended local primary and secondary schools before joining his family’s long-established firm of funeral directors.  He left that business after 20 years to become a garlic grower and exporter, later becoming chairman of the NZ Garlic Export Council.  He has also served as Regional President of Marlborough’s Round Table Service Club.

Currently Alistair chairs the Board of Community Law Marlborough and the governance group of the local Children’s team.


Greg King

In 2013 Greg retired after 39 years in Chartered Accountancy. Greg and wife Robyn have lived in Marlborough since 1980 and have long considered themselves “Marlburians”. With retirement Greg has become more involved in community bodies having recently been appointed a trustee of the Marlborough Heritage Trust and now a trustee of Kimi Hauora Wairau Marlborough Primary Health.

Greg was a founding director of Winstanley Kerridge Chartered Accountants, now WK Advisors and Accountants Ltd and remains a part time consultant to this firm. He has spent 33 of his 39 years in public practice based in Blenheim.

Greg and Robyn live on their 9 ha vineyard in Grovetown which, with help from their 3 daughters they developed in 2000.

With his experience in accountancy, 12 years on St Mary’s Board of Trustees and involvement with various company boards of directors Greg brings a strong financial background and a clear understanding of the governance role to Marlborough Primary Health. He has also been involved in a number of community projects and organisations over the years, notably a continued long involvement in the Marlborough Hospital Equipment Trust, as a Trustee and Treasurer, which has provided him experience in the operations of Health sector.


Kate Gaines

Kate’s professional background is in compliance and risk management, with a recent focus on health and safety management systems.

She has been involved in the governance of several Marlborough not-for-profit organisations, helping keep the focus on strategic goals and outcomes. Kate has a young family, and has lived in the region since 2007.   

Her role on the PHO Board arose from an interest in helping improve health outcomes for all Marlburians.



Ruth Hamilton

Ruth has 20 years experience in New Zealand public sector working in local government, shared service environments and consulting in the areas of operations and programme management, people and transformation and organisational alignment.

 She has worked extensively with governance boards and joint service entities in the delivery of complex work programmes.

Ruth has extensive experience in process improvement and all aspects of operations leadership, and management of change. She has led strategy development and managed sensitive stakeholder engagements, the development of change and communications strategies, as well as the artifacts to support detailed delivery. Ruth has worked in organisations such as Crown Health Entities (Transport, Health, Specialist Education), Wellington City Council, DHB Shared Services, Department of Corrections , Ministry of Social Development , University of Otago, Primary Health Organisations and Not For Profit services.


Luke Katu

Profile to come.

Sharee Knowles

Profile to come.



Annual Report


Clinical Governance

The Board receives advice on clinical matters from the clinical Governance Group (CGG). The Terms of Reference for this group can be found below.

The Clinical Governance Group is an advisory committee to the Board of Marlborough Primary Health  for the purpose of providing governance of clinical care within the PHO and to advise the Board on appropriate steps necessary to effect this.
Current members:
  • Guy Gardiner        MPH Clinical Director – Omaka Medical
  • Ros Gellatly            Civic Family Health
  • Debbie Carter       Community Care Pharmacy (representing community pharmacy)
  • Layla Derweesh   Picton Medical Centre
  • Sarah Maskill         Omaka Medical (representing Practice Managers)
  • Catrina Traini         Redwoodtown Medical
  • Rebecca Malin      Omaka Medical (representing Practice Nurses)
  • Helen Pike               Springlands Health Ltd
  • Lucy Moore            Ashwood Retirement Village (representing Aged Care)
  • Mary Johnsen       Te Piki Oranga
  • Scott Cameron     Wairau Community Clinic
  • Kate Hall                  Wairau Emergency Department