Who we are


To contact the South Island Workforce Development Hub (formerly South Island Regional Training Hub, SIRTH):

Facilitator: Kath Goodyear

Email: kathryn.goodyear@siapo.health.nz

South Island Workforce Development Hub members:

Mary Gordon, Executive Director Nursing, Canterbury DHB (Chair)

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 Counties Manukau, South Auckland before moving back to Canterbury to take up the Executive Director of Nursing position in 2002.


Jenny Humphries, Midwifery Director, Southern DHB, 

Hector Matthews, Executive Director of Māori & Pacific Health, Canterbury DHB

Gary Coghlan, General Manager Māori, West Coast DHB

Rene Templeton, Associate Director Allied Health, Scientific and Technical, South Canterbury DHB.



Nigel Millar, Chief Medical Officer, Southern DHB

Nigel has been CMO for the Southern District Health Board since March 2016, having previously been the CMO at Canterbury District Health Board for just over ten years. During this time he has participated in a transformational change to an integrated and connected health system. A Geriatrician and Internal Medicine Physician by training – Newcastle UK – he came to Christchurch in 1992. During ten years as Clinical Director of the Older Persons Health Service he participated in the Elder Care Canterbury initiative which created a unified and coordinated aged care community plus a series of successful improvement initiatives. 

Nigel has led from the front in championing the implementation of clinical information systems – most lately a common shared record across the health service.  The need for which was highlighted after the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. As part of his work in aged care, Nigel has promoted the implementation of a standardised comprehensive assessment.  Consequently the InterRAI assessment protocol is standard across the country in the community and currently being rolled out in residential care.

Nigel is a member of the National Health IT Board, an advisor to the Health Quality and Safety Commission.  He is also the InterRAI Fellow for New Zealand and a director of the Health Round Table. He continues clinical practice in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.  He is a committed lifelong cyclist and an advocate for active transport.


Pam Kiesanowski, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Nelson Marlborough DHB

Pam is the Director of Nursing and Midwifery NMDHB, having been in this position since September 2014. She enjoys the opportunity to represent the nursing voice of NMDHB in influencing policy development across the whole of health system nationally, regionally and locally as we tackle the challenges facing health care service delivery into the future.  The changing and evolving roles at a national level within nursing are providing nursing a position of strength to enhance current contemporary models and make a real contribution within all areas of care delivery across the health sector.

As the Chair of Nurse Executive New Zealand (NENZ) Pam has an integrated perspective of nursing care delivery nationally, supporting the development of models of care for the future and providing feedback and input from NMDHB and the wider region of the South Island.  



Kate Rawlings, Regional Director Training, SIWDH

Kate was appointed to the role of Regional Director Training in July 2012. She is a former College Manager of the University of Canterbury’s College of Arts and has previously held a series of senior health positions in New Zealand and Australia. She has a Bachelor of Education (nursing) and Masters of Health Administration. In combination with her extensive clinical experience, Kate has a background in the education of health professionals and has lectured at Sydney University, the University of Technology and the University of Newcastle.





Kath Goodyear, Facilitator/Project Manager SIWDH 

Kath has an extensive background in project management in the health sector. From initial work managing long-term claimants with the ACC, Kath has worked with a number of disability support service providers in the community as well as undertaking project work for Corporate Quality & Risk at Canterbury DHB. Kath has been with the Workforce Development Hub since it began in January 2012. She has  a Master's in Public Health.



Lisa Wilson, Allied Health Facilitator/Project Manager, SIWDH


Anne Buckley, Allied Health Facilitator/Project Manager, SIWDH 

Anne joined the team as Allied Health Facilitator/ Project Manager in June 2015.  Her extensive experience in the health 
sector includes clinical roles in speech-language therapy and a lecturer role in the Department of Speech and Language Therapy, the University of Canterbury.  More recently she has undertaken project management roles for the New Zealand Guidelines Group and the Ministry of Health and worked in medical  publishing, including preparation of e-learning and other training materials for health professionals.