CDHB & WCDHB Staff & Contacts

​Executive Director of Nursing   

mary-gordon.jpgMary Gordon

Mary began her nursing career on the West Coast following completion of her training she worked in a variety of clinical settings within Grey Hospital. She moved to Canterbury in 1985 and worked in Cardiology for a number of years. Following a year of study in 1990, Mary changed her focus and moved into population health services where she established the Health    Promotion Service for the West Coast region.

In 1995 Mary moved into her first nursing leadership position and since then she has worked in South Canterbury and then Counties Manukau, South Auckland before moving back to Canterbury to take up the Executive Director of Nursing position in September 2002. 


Director of Nursing and Midwifery, West Coast DHB

Karyn Kelly.jpgKaryn Kelly

Karyn Kelly began her nursing career at the West Coast District Health Board in 1991, following the completion of her Registered Nurse training at the Wellington Polytechnic School of Nursing.
Karyn completed her BN through Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology in 2001 and is currently completing a Master of Nursing through Otago University.

A varied career within the DHB has included paediatrics, surgical, aged care, medical, critical care, occupational health, clinical nurse specialist: cardiology, and Associate Director of Nursing: Clinical Practice Development.
Karyn is Director of Nursing and Midwifery.

Associate Director of Nursing, West Coast DHB 

Brittany Jenkins.jpgBrittany Jenkins

Brittany grew up in western Montana and came to New Zealand in 2004 to begin her nursing education and to explore the outdoors.  After meeting her Kiwi partner, she went on to complete her Bachelor of Nursing Degree, and subsequently began her career as a new graduate nurse at the West Coast District Health Board (WCDHB) in 2007.

Brittany has worked in various clinical settings including general surgery, general medicine and critical care. Brittany moved to her first senior nursing role with the CDHB in 2013 as a casual Clinical Nurse Educator, which was soon followed by Resuscitation Service Leader.  During Brittany's time as Resuscitation Service Leader she developed and grew various basic and advanced resuscitation training programmes and established the West Coast's first TransAlpine supported resuscitation service.

In 2015, Brittany completed her Master of Nursing at Massey University.  Her research explored the experiences of Filipino and Indian qualified Registered Nurses in New Zealand, which was inspired by an internship with the Office of the Chief Nurse at the Ministry of Health in 2013.

Brittany coordinates the NetP programme for the WCDHB. 

Nurse Manager - Nursing Workforce Development

becky hickmott.jpgBecky Hickmott

Becky grew up in rural Illinois and started her nursing education in 1984 at Parklands University, Champaign, Illinois, USA. She has worked in various clinical settings including general surgery, vascular and thoracic surgery, orthopaedics and urology.


Becky moved into her first senior nursing role with the CDHB as the Nurse Educator for Burwood Hospital in 2003. She subsequently lead the introduction of PDRP into the CDHB region as PDRP Facilitator. Becky took up an expanded role as the Nurse Coordinator for NetP & PDRP in November 2010.

She has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences at the University of Otago and is currently working towards her Master's degree.
Becky coordinates the Nursing Entry to Practice Programme for the Canterbury District Health Board and partners.


West Coast DHB Nursing and Midwifery

Kas Beaufill 

Kas works within the West Coast DHB Nursing & Midwifery Work Force Development Team. As part of her role Kas offers NETP Programme support planning and facilitating study days and co-ordination of other programme requirements. Kas brings experience from working in many clinical settings in both community and hospital services across NZ and Australia.

Canterbury Region NetP Administrator

Yvonne Thorpe

Yvonne is an Administrator with the New Entry to Practice Programme, working within the Nursing Workforce Development Team. Yvonne joined the NetP team after moving from Auckland to Christchurch.  Yvonne completed an IPM Specialist Certificate in Personnel Management overseas and has an extensive background in Human Resources administration and general administration which comes from working both overseas and in New Zealand. 


Nurse Co-ordinator - Nursing Workforce Development Projects

Jo Greenlees-Rae


Jo is a Nurse Co-ordinator of Projects within the Nursing Workforce Development Team.  As part of Jo's role she liasises with Primary, Community and Aged Residential Care Facilities with the NetP Programme. Jo is involved in planning and facilitating the study days for the NetP Registered Nurses and works in collaboration with the partnering organisations to help support the NetP RN’s. Jo has recently completed her Masters in Nursing.

Jo trained with the Christchurch School of Nursing and later completed a Bachelor of Nursing with CPIT, and a post graduate diploma in nursing with the Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies, University of Otago, Christchurch. While Jo's background is in acute and high dependency nursing, her main interest is in nursing education, leadership and competence in practice. 

Jo has worked in rural health for over twenty five years, ten years in nursing education, and particularly enjoys supporting students and nurses in achieving their practice and learning goals.


CDHB Divisional Nurse Educators – Med/Surg

Stephanie Cook

RN, PG Dip Health Sciences (Nursing)
Stephanie is a Nurse Educator with the New Entry to Practice Programme, working within the Nursing Workforce Development Team, for Christchurch Hospital.  Stephanie is involved in planning and facilitating the study days for the NetP Registered Nurses and works in collaboration with the senior nurses across the wards to help support the NetP RN’s in the medical/surgical division at Christchurch Hospital. 

Previously Stephanie was a Charge Nurse Manager for Cardiothoracic/Vascular.  Stephanie has also been involved in charity missions to Fiji and Zambia providing heart surgery to people in need.


CDHB Divisional Nurse Educators – Older Persons Health and Rehabilitation

Rebecca Heyward (nee Winsor)

Rebecca joined the NetP team in 2012. Rebecca completed a BA in Psychology at the University of Canterbury in 2002 p​rior to her nursing training, from which she graduated in 2006 through CPIT (now Ara).  Rebecca worked for five years in older persons' health, primarily  in an acute dementia assessment unit, before going on to work in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and into her current role. 

Rebecca achieved her PG Dip in health sciences in 2013 through the University of Otago. Rebecca has also worked as a Dementia Education        Co-ordinator for Primary Care for the South Island Alliance. Rebecca currently works 0.5 FTE as a NetP Educator and 0.5 FTE as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Older Persons Health at Burwood Hospital.

Fiona Davie

Fiona trained at CPIT and has completed a Certificate in Speciality Practice – Cardiology. Fiona has gone on to complete a Certificate in Adult Teaching with Canterbury University and is currently undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management with the University of Otago. Fiona initially worked for nursing agencies and then worked on Casual Pool at Christchurch Hospital where she realised her passion for Cardiology. Following maternity leave she returned to work on the Cardiology and Respiratory Ward at Burwood Hospital until it was disestablished.

Following redeployment she had split jobs in Wd26, Cardiology, Christchurch Hospital and Health Care New Zealand in the Cardiothoracic team and then Cardio Respiratory team. After a hard decision Fiona decided to leave community nursing and obtained a 0.4FTE role as Nurse Educator for the NETP programme based at Burwood Hospital where she has been for five years. Following more evaluation of work life balance Fiona obtained a 0.4FTE job as CNS Cardiac Rehabilitation where she has been for four years now.

Fiona's passions for cardiology and education go hand in hand and she particularly enjoys empowering people to make change, meet their full potential whilst providing support and encouragement.

CDHB Divisional Nurse Educators – Child Health Division

Tracey Bruce

RN, PG Cert in Family and Child Health, Masters in Nursing
Tracey is a Nurse Educator with Child Health, working within the Educator Team, for Women’s and Children’s Health.  Tracey is involved in planning and facilitating the study days for the all  Registered Nurses within Child Health and works in collaboration with the senior nurses across the wards to help support the NetP RN’s in the Child Health division of Women’s and Child Health. 

Previously Tracey was a Clinical Coordinator for Child Health.  Tracey's back ground is Paediatric medical including working within the High Dependency Unit in child health.


CDHB Divisional Nurse Educator – Womens Health Division

Rebecca Bell

RN, PG Cert Health Sciences Nursing (Leadership and Management)

Rebecca is a Nurse Educator for Gynaecology, facilitating core and gynaecology specific competencies for the nursing staff working across the gynaecology service, and supporting best practise in collaboration with the senior nurses.  Rebecca worked overseas in England as a Haemophilia nurse. Other areas of work have included General Medicine and Oncology.

CDHB Divisional Nurse Educators - Ashburton Hospital

Lisa Campbell

RN, PG Dip Health Sciences (Nursing)

Lisa is a Nurse Educator for Ashburton and the Rural Health Service (Darfield, Oxford, Kaikoura, Ellesmere, Akaroa, Waikari and the Chatham Islands). Lisa is involved with the implementation of various projects within the division, she is the NetP Nurse Educator for Ashburton and the RHS and assists with the planning and implementation of all nursing education across the division. In addition to her role as Nurse Educator, Lisa still works one day a week as a registered Nurse in Ashburton's Acute Assessment Unit. Lisa is currently busy with her Masters through Victoria University.

Amanda Van Asperen 

RN, PG Dip Health Sciences (Nursing)

Amanda is one of the Nurse Educators who works for the Ashburton and Rural Health Services.  Amanda is involved in planning the mandatory training required for all CDHB staff who work in Ashburton, Darfield, Oxford, Ellesmere, Akaroa, Waikari, Kaikoura and the Chatham Islands.  Along with Lisa Campbell, Amanda helps plan and facilitate education across the division and assists with the implementation of new initiatives impacting on nursing.  Amanda is registered to commence her masters through the University of Otago.

NETP Partner Organisations

Pegasus Health 

Di Bos

RN PG Dip Health Sciences (Nursing)

Di is the Nursing Workforce Development Coordinator at Pegasus Health. Di works as part of a small nursing team that provide support to the General Practice teams that are part of Pegasus PHO. This involves supporting the NetP team at CDHB with NetP registered nurses who are employed in Pegasus Health General Practice teams, promoting NetP positions to General Practice teams when they are employing new staff, helping both practices and NetP RNs navigate through the NetP year, facilitating and coordinating initiatives for the development of the nursing workforce within general practice and primary health care by providing professional support, mentoring and orientation to all Pegasus Health nurses entering General Practice. Di also coordinates the PDRP programme at Pegasus Health and is involved in teaching at Otago University. 

Di has worked for Pegasus for 14 years in a variety of roles including Acute Demand, Respiratory Education, Mental Health Project Management and Immunisation Coordination.

Edith Cavell Lifecare

Mary van der Veldt

RSCN and RGN (Scotland) RN and Plunket Nurse ( NZ)

Mary is the Facility Manager of Edith Cavell Hospital and Rest Home, part of the Heritage Lifecare Group. Mary's previous experience ranges from Neonatal intensive care and Plunket research to Aged Care.  With 10 years experience in the aged care industry Mary has been managing facilities taking  a NETP graduate for the last 4 years and is passionate about educating new graduates into aged care as a career.

Department of Corrections - Christchurch Women's & Rolleston Prison   

Lyn McIntyre - Health Centre Manager 

Lyn grew up in Christchurch. She began her nursing career training as a community nurse at Burwood Hospital. Lyn completed her bridging studies at CPIT to become a registered nurse in 1999. She has worked in a broad range of clinical settings including general medicine, rheumatology, infectious diseases and primary health. In 2000, Lyn moved into the Department of Corrections as a Registered Nurse. She took up the role as Health Centre Manager for Rolleston and Women’s prison in 2008. Lyn is responsible for NetP graduates working for the Department of Corrections who participate in the Canterbury region NetP programme.

Healthcare New Zealand

Sinead Blee

Sinead began her nursing career in England. After qualifying Sinead worked in a hospice/community hospital for the next three years before leaving to New Zealand after the earthquakes to work as a district nurse.

Her experience ranges from medical, surgical and palliative care. Since 2011 she has worked for Health Care NZ as a district nurse with recently gaining her first leadership role as a Team Leader.

Sinead has experience in teaching, running regular education sessions for the nurses and support workers on palliative care, spinal/brace cares and wounds.

She is responsible for NetP graduates working for the company and the DEU.

Nurse Maude 


BUPA Care Services

Val Whatley – Clinical Manager

Val Whatley began her nursing career in South Canterbury. She then travelled to the UK on her OE. Val worked in various clinical settings latterly more in outpatient areas. Her extensive experience is varied and ranges from Gynaecology, oncology, surgery to Health Screening.

Val moved into her first of several leadership roles in 2002 working as a Clinical Nurse Manager in a busy Outpatient Department and then from 2004 managing multidisciplinary teams in variety of healthcare settings. Val gained her first leadership position in aged care when she returned to New Zealand in March 2010 and took up the role of Clinical Manager at Parkwood Rest home and Hospital.

Val has experience in teaching and is actively involved in delivery of the Bupa Care Services core education programme.
Val completed the ENB 998 Teaching and Assessing Course whilst living and working in London.

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Page last reviewed: 18 January 2018