About us

Central Otago Health Inc has six elected members: one from each of the wards the hospital services - Teviot and Cromwell, two from the Vincent Ward, as well as two appointed 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 have been involved with COHINC since May 2012 when I was co-opted on the board and have subsequently represented the Vincent Ward. I enjoy being part of the COHINC team who are 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.

I live on a high country sheep and beef station near Omakau with my husband and 3 children. My background is in the law but I am now a farmer and Councilor for Central Otago District Council.





Britta Christensen  

I have resided in Cromwell for 25 years, with my husband Neil MacTaggart.  Together we have two children, one at Cromwell College and one at Otago University.

Having worked as a community Pharmacist in Queenstown, Wanaka and Cromwell since 1993, I have come in contact with a wide demographic of our community including visitors to the region.  This has given me an insight into the health challenges that our community faces living away some distance from a large city.

I have been actively involved in the Cromwell community over the years, I restarted Girl Guiding in 2009 and have been a coach and club co-ordinator for the Cromwell Swim Club and are currently a technical official for Swim Otago.



Rob Roy

I was first an appointed member in 2014 and now an elected member for the Vincent Ward.  I moved to Alexandra to work for local accounting firm, now ICL Ltd in 1979 and retired from this firm at end of 2013. Member of NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants 1977 to 2014. Member of Rotary Club of Alexandra since 2003. Trustee of Roxburgh Gorge Trail Charitable Trust from 2011. Keen interest in most sports.





Caroline Tamblyn

I live at Coal Creek with my husband & sons on a small orchard & farm.  Previously I have been involved in various community groups in Roxburgh, including managing our local newsletter “The Teviot Bulletin”.  Currently I help with the Roxburgh St John Youth Division.  I have a rural resource management and banking background.  

I appreciate the excellent services that are provided at Dunstan Hospital, I am grateful to the staff there who have been wonderful to our family in various capacities over recent years.  I acknowledge that I don’t know much about the operation of Dunstan Hospital so I have lots to learn.  I’m keen to talk to people living in the Teviot Valley about what services at Dunstan Hospital are the most important to them.

Email : caroline.tamlyn@gmail.com




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.

Email: sweetkoura@hotmail.com


Michelle Smith

My name is Michelle Smith. 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).

Email : Michelle.Smith@cohealth.co.nz




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.

Email: Trevor.Lloyd@cohealth.co.nz


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





(C) Copyright 2011 Central Otago Health Inc