Catherine Byrne (Chairperson)
Catherine Byrne graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1984 after completing her nurse training in Taranaki. Catherine has a Masters in nursing and has extensive practice and leadership experience. Catherine has held senior nursing management and leadership roles nationally and is currently the Director of Nursing, Taranaki District Health Board. Catherine’s strong leadership and practice experience fosters a practice reality to the setting of professional nursing standards to protect public safety.
Catherine has worked with council in her role of assessing nursing portfolios against practice standards and has contributed to nursing at a national level through her work with the Job Evaluation Review Committee for senior nurses.
Catherine was appointed to the council in September 2009 and has been a successful candidate in the following VOTE11 and VOTE14 elections.
To'a Fereti (Deputy Chairperson)
To’a is a Ministerial appointment to Council in June 2014. She was born in Samoa, grew up & educated in Dunedin & has had a long and distinguished career as a nurse. Over the last 28 years, To’a has worked as a clinician, educator, and manager in nursing. She is currently the Clinical Nurse Director, Division of Medicine & Clinical Support Services, Counties Manukau Health, which requires her to provide professional governance and leadership for nurses within her Division. She is undertaking her Doctorate of Health Sciences and is the President of the Pan Pacific Nurses Association. She has a particular interest in Pacific health and Pacific workforce, utilising her clinical leadership and managerial experience combined with her Samoan cultural values, to influence and affect change for positive Pacific health outcomes.
Dr Kathy Holloway
Dr Holloway is currently the Director of the Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health at Victoria University of Wellington. She is the co-chair of the Board and Fellow of the College of Nurses Aotearoa and was a member of the Ministry of Health expert advisory group for the 2015 review and update of the New Zealand Health Strategy. A registered nurse originally trained at Wellington Polytechnic, Kathy completed her Doctorate in 2011. Her doctoral work has been used by specialty nursing groups nationally to articulate the contribution they can make to addressing health care need through the National Nursing Consortium processes. Through her academic research and global engagement Kathy is involved in clarifying the potential of nursing expertise to improve the patient experience and inform workforce planning models. Dr Holloway was appointed by the Minister of Health to the Nursing Council in July 2015.
Tania, is from Pitt Island in the Chatham Islands, and is of Nga Mahanga A Tairi, Taranaki and Ngati Mutunga o Wharekauri decent. She is a Nurse Practitioner (NP) and co-owner, with a nurse colleague, of the Pleasant Point Medical Centre, in South Canterbury. Tania has worked in primary health care in rural and remote areas around New Zealand for the past 20 years. She is on the National Rural General Practice Network as one of the South Island representatives. Tania has a special interest in the clinical mentoring of undergraduate nurses and NP candidates. She hopes her experience in rural primary health care will bring a different perspective to the Council. Tania was a MOH appointee to the Nursing Council in July 2015
Dr Conway Powell
Dr Conway Powell, who holds a PhD in botany, has experience in leadership, change management and governance across a range of sectors, particularly in the health sector. He worked for 20 years as a scientist and research director in the then Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. A Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, Conway has been a member of the Health Research Council of New Zealand since 2009 and chairs HRC Board’s Risk Management & Assurance Committee. Since 2010, he has been the Presiding Member of the Lotteries Grants Board community research distribution committee and he is a Director of the Balclutha-based rural hospital provider - Clutha Health First. Dr Powell was appointed to the Nursing Council in July 2015.
Paula Snowden has wide government and not-for-profit sector experience. She joined the Problem Gambling Foundation as Chief Executive in December 2016. Her non-government leadership experience is significant having been Deputy Chief Executive of the former Alcohol Advisory Council where she led the social marketing programme and Chief Executive of the Quit Group Trust/Quitline through one of its most successful periods. Paula also has a strong executive leadership background in both Housing New Zealand and the Accident Compensation Commision and has also had a number of policy roles including in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs and the Ministry of Maori Development. In all her leadership roles, Paula has focussed on addressing equity and on sustainable and effective programme delivery. Paula is passionate about making a difference and supporting people and organisations to be the best they can be through. She is a skilled change manager. Paula is a lay member appointment to the Nursing Coucil of New Zealand, is on the Board of Unicef New Zealand and is a Trustee of the Unicef Children’s Foundation. Paula’s tribal affiliations are Ngapuhi.
Maria Armstrong is a Charge Nurse at Auckland District Health Board. She holds a Masters of Clinical Nursing and has broad experience across general surgery, general medicine, emergency medicine, perioperative anaesthetic care, aeromedical, emergency surgery, and infectious disease. Maria also sits on the NZNO Board of Directors. Maria joins the Council for the first time in 2018 following success in the VOTE17 elections.
Joanna Hart lives in the Bay of Plenty and is a New Zealand-trained nurse working in accident and emergency healthcare. She has 20 years’ experience nursing in diverse settings, from operating theatres to emergency departments to clinical research, in both the private and public sectors, both in New Zealand and abroad. Joanna joins the Council for the first time following success in the VOTE17 elections.