Our Board

The Board meets eight weekly.  Open public meeting are held from 3.30pm-5.30pm.
To confirm meeting dates and times phone 520-6200.

To contact our Board directly: Mark Peters, PO Box 1091, Blenheim 7240


Marlborough Primary Health Board as at January 2023

Mark Peters – Chairman

Mark has recently retired from his accountancy practice and is keen in semi retirement to pass on his Governance experience and skills, to help the Companies and organisations he is involved with to achieve their goals by Best Practice Strategic Planning and goal setting, and by encouraging full Board participation along with good financial organisation, budgeting and review.

Mark has extensive Governance experience across many sectors and knows the Marlborough community well,  having just completed 3 terms as a Marlborough District Councillor during which time he chaired several of its standing committees including:

  • Planning, Finance and Community Committee,
  • Covid Response Group TEAM set up to assist Business and Hospitality groups through Covid
  • Long Term Plan Committee

And also

  • Represented Council on the Marlborough Research Centre Advisory Committee
  • Appointed Director of Marlborough Airport Limited and Marlborough District Council Holdings Limited
  • Part of Governance Control Group for negotiations and work streams set up for Port Marlborough’s negotiations with Kiwi Rail regarding IRex project.

He has held the international position of Secretary- General for the World Council of Service Clubs , been a Director on the NZ Rugby Union, chaired Rangitane Investments Ltd , been a financial director for the Highlanders and is currently the treasurer of the NZ Rugby Foundation.

Mark is very aware of the current Health reforms and is keen to insure MPH is ready for any changes that may be coming. He is keen to ensure equity and build further on MPH relationships with Māori and Iwi.

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.


MPH Governance Overview

MPH’s governance trustees are drawn from Primary Health Providers, Iwi and the wider community. As well as contracting General Practitioners to provide primary care, MPH’s is also charged with improving the wider health outcomes for populations in Marlborough who are disproportionately represented in health and demographic deprivation data.

MPH’s focus has been to undertake the following developments which ensured it can add value and support communities and health care providers to improve Marlborough health outcomes.

  • Governance processes to draw diverse perspectives together to guide policy, strategy and monitor performance.
  • Moving from clinical advice to clinical leadership and governance.
  • Establishing robust infrastructure and systems.
  • Recruiting expert staff.
  • Creating a network of community relationships and networks.

Along with the wider New Zealand health system MPH faces significant challenges including:

  • Population growth, redistribution and ageing
  • Increasing risk and prevalence of long term conditions
  • Reducing health inequalities
  • Managing within an affordable funding path
  • Effective utilisation of the available workforce
  • Effective application of technological advances
  • Rising consumer expectations

To meet these challenges, MPH working in partnership with others aims to achieve the following critical outcome measures

  • Healthier communities and environments
  • Equity between groups
  • An integrated whole of system approach
  • Health benefits for individuals and their families and whanau


Clinical Governance

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)              
  • Brian Scrimshaw  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
  • Vacant                      (representing Aged Care)
  • Mary Johnsen      Te Piki Oranga
  • Scott Cameron     Wairau Community Clinic
  • Helen Cosgrove   Wairau Emergency Department