Board Members

District health boards consist of seven members who are elected by the community, and up to four members who are appointed by the Minister of Health.

The board is responsible for overall goverance of the Whanganui District Health Board and is accountable to the Minister of Health. Board members work together in a financially responsible manner and in the best interests of the health of the district's whole population to achieve the district health board's objectives.

Board members do not manage the Whanganui District Health Board. That is the responsibility of the chief executive, who is appointed by the board, and the staff who report to the chief executive.

More information about district health boards can be viewed on the Ministry of Health website.

Whanganui District Health Board members

Dot McKinnon - Board chair    /    Appointed    /    Second term
"I was appointed to chair the board in December 2013. My roles include being an associate in the legal firm, Moore Law, chair of the Wanganui Powerco Trust, a member of the Health Practitioner’s Disciplinary Tribunal and a member of the Health Sector Relationship Agreement committee. My career has spanned both public and private sectors including being Whanganui’s deputy mayor for six years, the managing director of Kingsgate Hotel for 13 years, and a Polytechnic lecturer for seven years. I have been a director or trustee of a number of companies, boards or trusts including Wanganui District Council Holdings Limited, Aubert Home of Compassion Limited, Whanganui College Board of Trustees, Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Lotteries, Whanganui Community Foundation, NZ Masters Games Limited, Te Kahui Tupua, Rotary NZ World Community Service, Wanganui Legal Services Committee, UCOL Transition Committee plus various other governance roles in the arts, sport and economic development units."

Stuart Hylton Deputy Board chair    /    Elected    /    Second term

"I was appointed to the Board in June 2014. I’m Whanganui born and educated and currently run my own consultancy business offering services that include strategic development, business planning, policy advice, regulatory management and waste management advice. I also hold the statutory role of Whanganui’s District Licensing (Alcohol) commissioner. My academic qualifications and professional background traverse 25+ years in local government covering a multitude of disciplines.

I’m currently an executive member of the Wanganui Cancer Society and Board of Trustees chairman of Faith City School. I’ve always believed that living a healthy, active lifestyle ultimately assists overall health, wellbeing and independence. Therefore, I generally advocate for emphasis within our primary and preventative health care systems.

I look forward to serving on the Whanganui District Health Board and working with management to continually improve community access to a responsive and integrated health care system."


Philippa Baker-Hogan    /    Elected    /    Fifth term
"I was elected on the Whanganui District Health Board in 2004 and have also been a councillor for the Whanganui District Council since 2006. I have over 20 years experience in the health system. I am a qualified medical radiation technologist and am currently managing a primary health practice."



Judith MacDonald    /    Elected    /    Third term
"I was elected to the Whanganui District Health board in 2010. I have worked in the Whanganui district as a clinician and senior manager since the early 1980s initially at Taihape Hospital and latterly in Whanganui.  I hold a range of directorships and chair multiple committees related to health and social issues. Currently, I am a director of Taihape Health, Whanganui Accident and Medical, and Gonville Health Ltd. My family and I have lived in this district all our lives and it is important to me that we have a range of quality health services for our people."

Jenny Duncan    /    Elected    /    Second term
"I was elected to the Whanganui District Health Board and the Wanganui District Council in 2013. I am an accountant and business coach. I was the president of the Whanganui Chamber of Commerce for three years until my election to the WDHB. A robust and accessible health service is essential to a thriving community and it is my commitment to the Whanganui region that we retain the best service this community can afford."


Graham Adams    /    Elected    /    Second term
"I was first elected to the DHB in 2004 and served just the one term. I was elected again in 2016.


My entire working career has been in various branches of the finance industry - primarily in banking but also as a sharebroker/financial advisor. Although born in Wanganui it was not until 1974 that I first came to live here when I was appointed to manage the National Bank branch, a term lasting 6 years before being appointed Funds Manager in Head Office, Wellington. I resigned in 1984 and returned to live here permanently.


My chief interest these days is with the Grey Power organisation, having served a term as national treasurer as well as many years in various capacities in Wanganui where I am currently treasurer of the local association. I am a board member of Age Concern and am also the sole remaining original trustee of the Akoranga Education Trust founded in 1985 whose "raison-detre" is to provide scholarship and other assistance to students who are from the Wanganui district.


I look forward with keen anticipation to participating constructively in a governance role in the progress of our DHB."



Dame Tariana Turia    /    Appointed    /    First term








Darren Hull    /    Appointed    /    First term 







Charlie Anderson    /    Elected    /    First term


Annette Main    /    Elected    /    First term