Dr Deborah Rowe

Dr Deborah Rowe (Ngāi Tahu) holds a joint appointment between Auckland District Health Board as a Nurse Consultant and the University of Auckland as a Lecturer. She also works as a registered nurse at the Women’s Health Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (2005–present). Before this she was a Clinical Charge Nurse at National Women’s Hospital (1997–2005). Deborah has recently completed a PhD in Nursing at the University of Auckland. Since registration she has completed a Master of Health Science at the Liggins Institute of Research, a Master of Management at the University of Auckland (2006), a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Management at the University of Auckland (2004) and a Bachelor of Health Science.  

Deb is currently Chair of the Māori Advisory Committee National Screening Unit, Deputy chair of the Ethics Committee for Assisted Reproduction and a committee member on other Ministry of Health Committees.

Deputy Chairperson


Dr Jo Ann Walton

Jo, who is a Professor of Nursing at Victoria University of Wellington, was voted on to the Council in the 2011 elections. She has enjoyed her time on the Council and is pleased to step up to the Deputy Chair position. Jo’s nursing background encompasses a range of academic and clinical posts and she has governance and management experience in the education sector. Having been in nursing a long time, she says it’s great to be able to make a contribution at the big picture level – “to guide, shape, monitor and encourage innovation in nursing”.

Council Members 


Catherine Abel-Pattinson

The Minister of Health has appointed Catherine Abel-Pattinson as a member of the Nursing Council. For the past twenty years Catherine has worked extensively within the public and private healthcare sectors in clinical, education and managerial roles. A registered nurse, Catherine also holds an MBA and has been in line for numerous awards. She was a Johnson & Johnson Scholarship recipient in 2009; attended the European Health Leaders Programme at Insead University in France; and was a runner-up for the Glenys Baldick Memorial Award in 2008 for Emerging Leaders in Health. 


Barry Ayling

Married and living in Christchurch, Barry Ayling started nursing in the late 1980s following a short career as a computer analyst/programmer. His nursing career has seen him in a number of positions, including clinical, education, nurse specialist, and nurse management roles in New Zealand, Perth, Western Australia rural New Zealand, and Wellington. He was appointed to the Council for a three-year term in September after being a successful candidate in the Council’s VOTE11 elections.


Catherine Byrne

Catherine Byrne graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1984 after completing her training in Taranaki. She has a postgraduate Diploma in Nursing. Catherine has extensive practice experience, both here in New Zealand and overseas. Her current role is the Nurse Advisor at Starship Children’s Hospital. Catherine has worked with Council in her role of assessing portfolios against competency standards and has contributed to nursing on a national level through her work with the Job Evaluation Review Committee. She was appointed to the Council in September 2009 after being a successful candidate in the Council’s VOTE09 elections. Catherine was again successful in the Council’s VOTE11 elections for a three-year term.


Bede Carran

Bede Carran is a lay member of the Council. He has worked as both a lawyer and a chartered accountant. His professional background includes working in tax, corporate finance and assurance. He has held a number of governance positions, including as a council member of another health regulatory authority. Bede is currently employed in local government and lives in Southland.   

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To'a Fereti

To’a, who was born in Samoa and grew up in Dunedin, has had a long and distinguished career as a nurse. She is currently working as a clinical nurse director for Counties Manukau District Health Board where she provides professional governance and leadership for almost 600 nurses. She is the first person of Pacific Island descent to be appointed to that role. To’a's specialty is in renal and haemodialysis and she has worked in a variety of roles within that field for the CMDHB and the Auckland District Health Board. To’a is particularly interested in the health needs of Pasifika people, both in New Zealand and overseas. Earlier this year she spent time in Samoa helping to upskill nurses working in local dialysis units. what is needed to influence and affect change.


Patricia Seymour

The Minister of Health has appointed Pat Seymour as a lay member of the Nursing Council. Pat has been involved in health and education from an advocacy perspective for more than 35 years Initially involved with Plunket after the birth of her children, she followed this later with involvement in early childhood education, hospital and health boards, the Early Childhood Development Unit and conservation via the QEII Trust. She is currently the Chair of Environment and Policy for the Gisborne District Council, a unitary authority.

Pat completed a Diploma of Business Studies in Endorsed Health Management while chair of the Tairawhiti Health Board.


Lesley Going

Lesley Going is currently the managing director of a large GP practice in West Auckland, having been a practice manager for 14 years. In 2009 she completed a construction project of an integrated family health centre facility to house the general practice that she has worked to develop and grow. She is also currently a Director of Procare Network Ltd. She comes with a background in secondary school teaching and has significant involvement and leadership with community, sporting and business groups.

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