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Ventures is a not-for-profit organisation within the Pinnacle Group. 

Ventures has two reasons for being. Firstly to deliver to the health system what's next in smartest virtual health and smartest hands on care. Secondly, to globally explore, feel and design what's coming AFTER what's next.

Learn more about what Ventures does on their website.

Pinnacle Ventures Limited Board

Mr Craig McFarlane - Independent chairman

Craig McFarlane 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 (having lived and worked in the USA, the UK and Singapore), and holds directorships (outside of the health sector) in: waste, education, B2B consultancy, early childhood education, end to end property development, FMCG as well as numerous not-for-profit's and community groups. 

He is a permanent resident of Waihi Beach.

Dr Frank Cullen - 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.

John Birch - Director

John Birch is an independent director of Pinnacle Ventures Limited.

John spent the early part of his business career managing major dairy and food industry projects. Until 2000, John was a shareholder and director of McClunie Birch Limited. 

McClunie Birch Limited grew over a ten year period to be New Zealand's largest provider of process equipment and solutions to the dairy and food industries. During this time John was heavily involved in the growth of the group, including management of the offshore subsidiaries in Asia and South America and the acquisition of manufacturing operations. The McClunie Birch Group was subsequently sold to the Downer Group.

Subsequent to exiting McClunie Birch Limited, John became chairman and director of Innovation Waikato Limited, deputy chairman of Habitat for Humanity, director of Get Smart Holdings Ltd, FeeSmart Finance Ltd, Ligar Polymers Ltd, Perry Investment Management Ltd and chairman of Quantec Ltd.

John has a strong interest in corporate governance and brings a practical and pragmatic perspective to the organisations he is involved in.

Siobhan Bulfin - Director

Originally from Hawera, Taranaki, Siobhan has 20 years experience running her own companies in New Zealand, Japan and the US. 

In 2012 she founded digital health company melon health with the vision of enabling people to take ownership of their health by giving them the tools and support to manage their health. The company has offices in New Zealand, the US and Germany and has won several international awards for health innovation. 

In her spare time she teaches yoga, spends time with friends and family and spends as much time as possible outdoors.