About us

Central Otago Health Inc has five elected members, one from each of the wards the hospital services (Alexandra, Wanaka, Roxburgh, Earnscleugh/Manuherikia and Cromwell), as well as appointed members representing service providers, the Central Otago District Council and the Tangata Whenua.

The following are the profiles of the members of Central Otago Health Inc


Tracy Paterson

Chairman Central Otago Health Inc

I am a current member of the COHINC board (co-opted on in May 2012) representing the Manuherikia Ward.

I live on a high country sheep and beef station near Omakau with my husband and 3 children.

My background is in the law. Up until early this year I was a solicitor practicing in Alexandra but made a change to assist my husband with the running of the family farming business.
I have served on the Board of Trustees for Omakau Primary School for the past 4 years and are a currently elected Trustee. I have also been a member of many other community groups such as Plunket, Toy Library and local sporting groups.

I have enjoyed being part of the COHINC team which is passionate about enabling our community to have the best possible health facilities, equipment and services. I am a firm believer in community spirit and have been very proud of our community in raising the funds to enable the scanner project to Dunstan Hospital become a reality.




Ainsley Webb

I came to Cromwell as Charge Midwife in 1973, later working on a part time basis, and redeployed to Dunstan. I have worked as a Practice Nurse in
Cromwell for 20 years. I have served as President of Playcentre, secretary / treasurer of Pony Club,

President of Rural Women New Zealand at branch and Central Otago levels. I was a member of the Cromwell College Board of Trustees and the Central Otago Rural Advisory Committee to the Otago District Health Board.


Rob Roy

Grew up on family farm in Balfour Northern Southland. Educated at Balfour Primary school, Otago Boys High School & Otago University. Graduated with B.Com in 1972. Member in NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants since 1977. Moved to Alexandra from Dunedin in 1979 & have worked for Chartered Accountancy firm ICL Ltd since moving to Alexandra. Keen interest in most sports. Member of Rotary Club of Alexandra since 2003. Trustee on the Roxburgh Gorge Trail Charitable Trust from 2011.




John Kerr

I stood for COHinc to represent the Roxburgh Valley in the ongoing effort to sustain an excellent facility at Dunstan. The community’s
input has been outstanding and that may be a challenge to continue. The provincial centrality of this hospital should strengthen its viability.'



Francie Diver

Francie is the appointed Tangata Whenua representative and Chair of the Otago/Southland Lotteries Commission Committee. She has a long history of working for Maori welfare and is dedicated to the best outcome for health and welfare for Maori in the region.


Michelle Shaw

My name is Michelle Shaw. I have been a Registered Nurse for the last 20 years, with the last ten years being based at Dunstan Hospital. My current role is the Associate Charge Nurse of Vincent Ward. I have had previous nursing/leadership experience in tertiary hospital settings in Wellington and Dunedin and completed some casual contracts as a Registered Nurse in outback Australia.

I have made Central Otago my home for the last ten years after moving from Dunedin. I believe in giving back to my community and would love the challenge of being part of other roles in this trust hospital.

I have a previous Bachelor of Arts majoring in History, and am currently working toward my Masters in Health Sciences (Nursing).




Lynley Claridge

Lynley is the Central Otago District council appointee to COHINC. Member of Council for twelve years, Central Lakes Trust for three years, and a local business owner. Lynley is passionate about the provision of excellent health services to our region.



Trevor Lloyd

Trevor Lloyd lives in Bannockburn and has been a doctor at Dunstan Hospital since 2000. He grew up in Central Otago. He graduated from Otago in 1976. He has previously worked as a GP and Rural Hospital in Vanuatu and around New Zealand.  He is interested in the full range of health service provision and education in rural contexts.



Leigh Overton

Married to Nickie.  Farmed in Southland and had some involvement with school governance then moved to Wanaka in 1996. Have served 15 years on the Wanaka Community Board and 9 years as QLDC Councillor (6 as a Committee Chair). I have also served as a Resource Consent Commissioner since 2001.I have had an interest in health in this area since lobbying for the rebuild of Dunstan Hospital. 


Email : lnoverton74@gmail.com





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