Our Board

Lorelle George

Lorelle George

Lorelle is currently Health Promotion Services Manager for Comprehensive Care/Waitemata PHO (Primary Health Organisation).  Lorelle has a Bachelor of Social Science Degree, Certificates in Conflict Resolution and Community Work, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Public Health, and has worked in the North Shore community in several roles since 2004.  Lorelle joined the PHO in 2008, coming from the North Shore Community Health Voice coordinator role, and prior to this undertook a short term contract with Raeburn House, and carried out research with refugees and migrants on the North Shore.  A change of direction in 2000 led Lorelle to tertiary study after many years in the corporate sector.  Lorelle has lived on the North Shore for 30 years and has been active in a number of community roles during this time, including currently as a Trustee with the North Shore Women’s Centre and YES Disability Resource Centre.
Maria Lafaele

Jennifer Michel

Jennifer Michel

Jennie trained as a nurse at Barts hospital and completed the Diploma in Nursing at London University. After holding several senior nursing positions at Barts and working as a community nurse/social worker, Jennie qualified as a Nurse Teacher and then taught at the City University in London (held jointly with Barts), University of Edinburgh and the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. In 1979 Jennie arrived in NZ and worked in nurse teaching and management roles including a private hospital company and the Alzheimer’s Foundation Auckland. Jennie held 3 different managerial positions at the Human Rights Commission. Jennie worked as the Coordinator of the Elder Abuse Prevention Service for Age Concern North Shore for the seven years before she retired. Jennie holds a Masters in Health Science from AUT. Jennie is on the Board of Age Concern New Zealand and was a past member of Waitakere Community Law Service and past member of PHARMAC’s Consumer Advisory Committee.
Alison Roe
Allison Roe
Allison Roe is a prominent New Zealand athlete and is well known for setting world records and for winning the New York and Boston marathons in 1981. Allison has since enjoyed a successful business career balancing home life as a wife and mother with the demands of her own business ventures. Her special interest and research around healthy life styles is recognised in NZ and overseas.
Allison’s governance experience includes Board member, Waitemata District Health Board,the North Shore Hospital Foundation, the Health Sponsorship Council and a board member on the Devonport-Takapuna Community board.

Ben Hita

Kaumatua Ben Hita

 Matua Ben is based in Kaiwaka and is a senior Minister of the Ratana Faith and a registered Marriage Celebrant. Ben supports initiatives in health. Previously, Ben was the Operations Manager/Cultural Advisor to the Te Hana Community Development Charitable Trust. Currently, Ben is the Kaumatua on the Te Hana Te Ao Marama Taumata Council and he is actively involved in Maori Health services for Ngati Whatua (Te Ha O Te Oranga o Ngati Whatua). He is also Kaumatua Maori Advisory to the Coast-to-Coast Practice, as well as the Kaumatua for the FGC (Family Groups conference) with Child, Youth and Family, and Health Link North. He is a voluntary worker for social services, health, youth work programs, police support and whanau support.
Kirsten Turnbull
Kirsten Turnbull currently works alongside youth and their whānau as a Mentoring Coordinator for Brothers In Arms. Having lived in north Auckland for ten years, Kirsten knows the area well and covers the north shore and west areas of Auckland in her role. Previous to this, Kirsten completed a fixed contract with Health Link North as a Youth Engagement officer where she represented Health Link North to advocate for a youth perspective in health care accessibility. Kirsten is also currently studying part time towards a Masters of Social work at Massey University. Kirsten is very interested in all aspects of community engagement and is keen to be a strong advocate for the youth voice. She believes that youth need to be empowered and feel accepted in order to engage successfully with health and social service providers. Kirsten is passionate about collaboration and building positive relationships between disconnected community members and organisations. Having worked in the Health Link North team, she has a good understanding of the mahi of the organisation and is keen to support them in the future.
Margaret-Willoughby
Margaret Willoughby
Margaret is a long standing resident of the Hibiscus Coast who has lived in Orewa for over fifty years. She looks forward to the opportunity to bring her experience of the health and wellness sector as well as grass roots community experience to the Health Link North Board.
Margaret held the role of co-ordinator for Rodney Health Link for five years. The contacts made over that time with Waitemata DHB, Primary Health Care organisations, non-government organisations and community groups in the Rodney area are an asset to Health Link North as it establishes itself over a much larger area.
Prior to her role with Rodney Health Link, Margaret worked in local media covering the Silverdale/ Whangaparaoa areas helping local people promote their businesses. This work gave her an understanding of the many issues that confront local people and the challenges they face.
Vishal
Vishal Rishi
Vishal Rishi migrated to New Zealand 13 year ago from India. Vishal has been working in the public health sector from last 12 years in New Zealand and an ongoing contributor to the health sector whilst addressing determinants of health at various levels i.e transforming Research into practice by contributing to the health research centres across NZ, leading national campaigns, initiating several community development projects, working along with the social sector & grassroot communities. Vishal also brings along learnings from his involvement in the Asian Health sector in New Zealand. Currently, Vishal is working as Program Manager for The Asian Network Inc. (TANI), a pan-Asian community organisation whose aim is to ensure that people of Asian background enjoy optimal quality of life and wellbeing in New Zealand. TANI bridges the gap between health service providers and grassroots Asian communities. As a part of his current role, he is actively involved in advocating for the advancement of Asian New Zealanders by having a representation at Boards & committees of various significant NGO’s, regionally and nationally. Vishal has recently represented New Zealand in the 3rd Commonwealth Emerging Pacific Leaders Dialogue (EPLD 2014). Both selections were based on his outstanding contribution to the NGO sector in New Zealand. He was also successfully selected to be a part of 12 member New Zealand delegation to the Young Core Leaders of Civil Society Development Program in 2012. Vishal has successfully completed Masters in Finance & Management and also pursuing his PGDiP in Development Studies. Vishal will bring all his learnings to the Board, especially in relation to Asian health & wellbeing issues and approaches to engage with Asian community and health workforce.
Angela King

Monterrey Wigglesworth

Monterrey Wigglesworth

Monterrey has been a community pharmacist for 16 years and has a passion for evidence based nutritional medicine, which encompasses all healthcare choices right for the individual, whether it be lifestyle, nutrient, conventional medicine or bioidentical hormones. She works together with clients and their other health professionals to help educate and improve health. She has further trained in Nutritional and Hormone Medicine, most recently with (and current member of) Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM.). She is also on the Scientific Advisory Council for the Centre Of Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research and a current member of The Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA) so she can keep up to date and work with like-minded colleagues here and internationally. She gives seminars on nutritional medicine topics including women’s health and perimenopause.
 Greg Sayers Greg Sayers has been appointed by the community, through elections, to both the Rodney and the Hibiscus & Bays Local Boards of Auckland Council.He is very approachable and gets along with people from all walks of life and is keen to advance the work of Health Link North. Greg holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a New Zealand Institute of Management degree. He is a Rotarian and believes in giving back to the community, and he is a keen yachtsman.  He has held a number of senior executive positions. He’s acted as the independent Chairman for three different family owned New Zealand exporting companies . Such a broad background is ideal for balanced decision making and we welcome Greg to the Board.