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Midlands Health Network Ltd Board

The board's role is to effectively represent and promote the interests of the shareholders with the view to adding long-term value to Midlands Health Network.

In the normal course of events, day to day management of the Midlands Health Network is left to management.

Midlands Health Network Ltd Board:

Mr Murray Gutry, chairman
Independent director

Managing director MRG Limited

Based in Hamilton, Murray runs his own company which includes several professional directorships across a broad range of industries. These include the Perry Group, Perry Metal protection, Aqualine Products Limited, Sport New Zealand, Waikato Quarries, Lion Foundation, Adastra Foundation and St Paul's Collegiate.

Murray was the chief executive of the Perry Group and Sport Waikato for a number of years, represented New Zealand in athletics for 10 years and played rugby for Waikato. Murray is a trained teacher and also has postgraduate business qualifications from Waikato University.

Dr Frank Cullen, deputy chairman
General practitioner/practice owner

Frank Cullen is the chairman of Pinnacle Incorporated and is a GP at Fairfield Medical Centre in Hamilton.

After graduating from the University of Otago in 1974, Frank completed further training at Christchurch Hospital before spending two years overseas working in both secondary care and general practice. On returning to New Zealand, he completed a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and a GP Training year at Waikato Hospital, and became a partner at Fairfield Medical Centre in 1983.

In 1989, Frank was involved in the setting up of General Medical Services Ltd, the predecessor to Pinnacle Incorporated; and sat on the governance board for two years. His involvement with Pinnacle continued in the later 90s as a member of the Quality Committee. 

Frank completed a Pinnacle funded Diploma in Strategic Leadership in 2002, joined the Executive Committee of Pinnacle Incorporated as deputy chairman in 2003, and assumed the chairman's role in 2005.

Mr Craig McFarlane
Independent director

Craig is an independent and full-time professional company director. He has an MBA from Henley Management College in the UK, has extensive offshore commercial experience, and holds directorships in waste, health, education, B2B consultancy, early childhood education, advertising as well as numerous not-for-profits and community groups. He is a permanent resident of Waihi Beach.

Dr Stephen French
General practitioner/practice owner

Steve is a graduate of Otago Medical School and since qualifying in 1988 has been based primarily in Hamilton. After working at Waikato Hospital for a couple of years, he travelled extensively overseas, experiencing a variety of different countries and cultures.

For 12 years Steve specialised in obstetrics until he had a family of his own and retired from obstetrics to devote more time to being a dad.

Steve has been a general practitioner for the last 21 years and a teacher of young GPs for the last 20 years. He is currently the owner of Hillcrest Medical Centre.

Steve currently has a number of governance roles. He has been an executive committee member of Pinnacle Incorporated since June 2007 and served as the deputy chair for a number of years . He is also a board member of Midlands Health Network Limited and a trustee of Midlands Regional Health Network Limited.

Steve has previously been a member of the Pinnacle Quality Committee and was the chairman for the child and youth health service level alliance team.

Dr Brendon Eade
General practitioner/practice owner

Brendon Eade is the deputy chair of Pinnacle Incorporated, Director of Midlands Health Network Limited and a GP/Owner at Health Te Aroha Medical Centre, Te Aroha.

After graduating from the University of Auckland in 1998, Brendon completed further training at Auckland and North Shore Hospitals before spending five years in the United Kingdom where he completed his vocational training in General Practice. Brendon returned to New Zealand in 2004 where he was employed as a Pinnacle Incorporated locum.

Following completion of his New Zealand vocational training in 2007, Brendon joined the Pinnacle Incorporated Quality Committee. In 2008 he was elected as a Pinnacle Incorporated Executive Committee member, and appointed as a Director on the Midlands Health Network Limited Board in 2009.

Brendon is currently the Chair of the Pinnacle Incorporated Quality Committee and continues to work in rural general practice as a GP/Owner. He is active in teaching trainee interns and was recently appointed as a GP registrar seminar teacher by the College.

Mr Mark Ingle
Independent director

Mark has recently finished (July 2012) as general manager of U Leisure Limited, a role he held for 15 years. He is the Chairman of WEL Energy Trust, Director of Boathouse Events Ltd, and Trustee of Te Awa Great River Rides. He is also involved in a number of small private Trusts and Boards.

Born in Hamilton, Mark graduated from The University of Waikato in 1990 with a Business Management Degree, majoring in Accounting. His experience also includes work with Deloitte, Hamilton, and a global emerging markets investment company based on Fleet St in London.

Mark has governance strengths in strategy development and execution, has a quality understanding of service industries and is outcome focused.

John Gregory

Before moving to New Zealand in 2013, John had an extensive management career in the National Health Service (NHS) and private healthcare industry.

As CEO of a general practice network he led the innovation of care models and played an advocacy role for primary care. John was also Chair of a charity for the homeless.

In addition to his governance role he is currently mentoring GP leaders in the UK.