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Pinnacle Incorporated Executive Committee

Pinnacle Incorporated is a network of general practitioners throughout the Midland region.  Pinnacle's point of difference is a strong focus on the future, and the retention of high quality general practice is what we value the most. 

Pinnacle Incorporated is a membership-based organisation with a not for profit status, and the executive committee is appointed annually by members.  

A number of groups and committees are supporting Pinnacle Incorporated to make sure the network has the right clinical, quality, education and rural general practice support. GPs, nurses, practice managers and other health professionals are advocating on the network's behalf to ensure clinicians and their patients have access to the best general practice support, services and systems possible.

We are always looking for people to be involved so if any areas interests you, then let's have a chat!

Executive Committee members

Dr Frank Cullen, 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.

Dr Brendon Eade - Deputy chairman - General practitioner/practice owner

Brendon 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 Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

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 Fiona Loan - General practitioner

Fiona is an executive committee member of Pinnacle Incorporated, and a locum GP at Mahoe Med in Te Awamutu.

Fiona graduated from Otago Medical School in 2009 after completing a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Structural Biology and continuing on to complete her medical degree and a Post Graduate Certificate in Womens Health.  She worked as a surgical registrar predominantly in the specialisations of ENT and Plastics for six years prior to pursuing general practice, and recently completed her General Practice Fellowship in December 2017.  

She has a strong interest in skin cancer medicine and surgery and is a fully accredited Australasian Skin Cancer College Member having completed the Diploma of Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery and Diploma of Dermoscopy. Fiona successfully practices in both general practice and skin cancer surgery at Mahoe Med in Te Awamutu and facial plastics at Dunedin Hospital.

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.