Who we are

Dr Peter McIlroy

Peter is a Consultant Paediatrician and current Head of Department of Paediatrics at Nelson Hospital. He has worked in this post since 1997, and has been actively involved in the Paediatric Society of New Zealand (treasurer for 6 years) as well as serving on several subcommittees of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He is focused on ensuring community, primary, and secondary care services work more cohesively to help children within the context of their family circumstances.


Donna Ellen

Donna Ellen’s social work, management and leadership career spans 29 years, with experience working within the community, voluntary and government sectors. Donna is currently employed as the Community Support Manager at Pegasus Health, where she provides leadership and support for the Population Health and Community Engagement Team. Donna has led and contributed to major initiatives that have enhanced collaborative and partnership approaches within the health, wider community and voluntary sector. This includes the 'Right Service Right Time' initiative and work on Canterbury Clinical Network’s Child and Youth Workstream. Donna chairs a number of steering groups, including the Child Healthy Weight Implementation Group, which contributes to the workstream’s plans for children and youth in Canterbury.

Anna Foaese

Anna has worked in the maternity sector for 10 years in a variety of roles, including midwife, LMC, DHB midwife, DHB clinical co-ordinator (birthing suite and maternity), charge midwife, maternity quality improvement, pregnancy and parenting/educator and NZ military medics educator. In her current role as the South Island Well Child Tamariki Ora Quality Improvement Project Manager, Anna is working towards improving health and wellbeing for children and their whanau at a regional level and in a collaborative way, building relationships across the wider WCTO sector and developing new resources for families.


Barry Taylor

Professor Taylor is Dean, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago and co-director of the Better Start National Science Challenge. As a paediatrician and clinical researcher, his research interests have spanned sleep in infants and children, sudden infant death syndrome as well as developing NZ’s national mortality review system for child and youth deaths. In this last role he led the bringing of multiple sources of information together in a national information system to inform the review process. A significant part of Barry's research and clinical practice focuses on prevention and management of childhood obesity, with a special interest in the interaction between sleep and unhealthy weight. He has published >200 peer reviewed papers and has a current H index of 48 (Google scholar).

Ditre Tamatea

Ditre, of the GM Maori and Vulnerable Populations Nelson Marlborough DHB, joined the group as the Te Herenga Hauora (South IsIand GMs Māori Health) representative. Before joining Nelson Marlborough DHB, Ditre was the Executive Director of Māori Health for Waikato DHB for over six years. Since joining the NMDHB he has led several Māori Health and Vulnerable Population’s projects across the health and social sectors to improve outcomes for Māori and vulnerable members of the community. Ditre has a background and passion in child health innovation and is the representative of the GM’s Māori Health for the South Island on SPaIT.

Sarah Greensmith

Sarah is the Child and Youth Manager at South Canterbury DHB. Before moving South, Sarah worked for the Ministry of Health in Wellington and Auckland, where she was involved in the policy and implementation of antenatal and new-born screening programmes. In Australia, Sarah worked at both national and state government level in health, in human genetics and population screening. Sarah has a science degree and Masters of Public Health.

Stephanie Read

Stephanie has joined the South Island Alliance Programme Office as the Child Health SLA Facilitator. Stephanie brings experience from across the Health and Social Sectors; having worked in managerial and portfolio focused roles for the Nelson Marlborough and Southern DHBs, the Ministry of Social Development and Workbridge. Stephanie has an MSc in Psychology, a PGDip in Public Health, and qualifications in Applied and Public Sector Management.

Jeanine Tamati-Elliffe

Jeanine, of Canterbury DHB, is fluent in Te reo Māori, with strong affiliations to the iwi of the South Island. She has experience as a Māori representative currently holding similar advisory roles for the University of Canterbury and the Ministry of Health, and will bring a strong Māori perspective to the Alliance.

Dr Clare Doocey Paediatrician, Chair Canterbury DHB


Peter Bramley CHSLA Lead Chief Executive

Nelson Marlborough DHB


Wayne Turp Project Specialist, Planning and Funding West Coast and Canterbury DHB


Rosalie Waghorn
Nurse Manager Clinical Services - Strategic  

West Coast DHB


Jeanine Tamati-Eliffe


Maori representative

Te Tai O Marokura

Liza Edmonds


Southern DHB


Ian Shaw Paediatrician

Southern DHB


Ann Shaw South Island SUDI project South Island Alliance