Portfolio Managers Network
The Midland Regional Mental Health & Addictions Portfolio Managers Network was formed following the evaluation of the regional network. The purpose of the group is defined in its Terms of Reference.
The Group is made up of the 7 DHBs Planning and Funding Portfolio Managers in Mental Health and Addictions portfolio's.
Kieran is originally from the UK and has spent the last 15 year working within the New Zealand NGO sector. His key responsibilities are the Mental Health portfolio for the Waikato region.
Email: Kieran.McHale (at) waikatodhb.health.nz
Lakes District Health Board
Marita is Rotorua born and bred and has a background in mental health nursing with post graduate qualifications in Maori & Pacific Development and Health Science (C & A Psychiatry). Marita is passionate about mental health and has a particular interest in workforce development, youth & Maori mental health issues.
Email: Marita.Ranclaud (at) lakesdhb.govt.nz
Rachael Poaneki returns to the mental health and addiction Portfolio Manager role and will focus on the Waikato Addictions sector. Rachael has extensive experience and sector knowledge and is well known within the local and regional sector.
Email: Rachel.Poaneki (at) waikatodhb.health.nz
Bay of Plenty DHB
Lesley is from Whakatane and has an extensive background in mental health social work both in the UK and New Zealand. She has a post graduate diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and a Masters in Social Work involving research on the experiences of Bay of Plenty mothers with mental illness and/or addiction issues.
She is most proud of her work alongside consumers in the Eastern Bay of Plenty to establish consumer-led services and has a personal and professional interest in maternal mental health and family/Whanau inclusive approaches within the mental health & addiction field.
Email: Lesley.Watkins (at) bopdhb.govt.nz
Jenny James is from Taranaki and has worked for Taranaki DHB Planning and Funding and Provider Arm (through its various entities) over the last 17 years. Her roles have included Business Analyst and various Portfolio areas since the establishment of DHBs. Jenny currently holds the Child & Youth and Mental Health & Addictions portfolio. She is delighted to be taking up the new portfolio at a time when there is lots of challenging and exciting developments underway in the sector.
Email: Jenny.James (at) tdhb.org.nz