Jane Cartwright


Jane Cartwright was appointed to the Brackenridge Services Ltd Board as Chair in 2013.  She holds a Bachelor of Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Science (Human Nutrition) and an MBA from the University of Otago, and holds NZ Dietetic Registration.

Her current directorships, trustee and committee member responsibilities include:

  • Ara Institute of Canterbury Council - Director
  • NZ Institute of Directors - Chartered Member
  • Nurse Maude Association – Deputy Chair and Chair Clinical, Quality and Risk Committee

Currently, Jane is in a leadership role for the NZ Breastfeeding Alliance and Canterbury Clinical Network. She has substantial governance and operational experience.


Kath Fox

Kath Fox has held a range of senior executive and governance positions in the public, non-government and voluntary sectors in New Zealand.  Kath is currently and Independent Director holding a number of governance appointments in the health and disability sector.

Kath has been involved in health, education and the wider social service sector in divere areas including strategy, organisational development, workforce development, clinical training, aged care, special education, Māori development, mental health and disability support, health service management, policy, funding and research. Kath has extensive experience in health sector leadership, management, and governance. 

Kath brings to Brackenridge wide ranging governance, strategic and executive leadership experience, and a long commitment to working with organisations that promote strengths - based practice and support people to reach their potential.  Her academic qualifications include a Master in Business Administration (Hons), Diploma in Health Administration, and post graduate qualifications in social sciences.

Steve Wakefield

Steve Wakefield was appointed to the Brackenridge Services Ltd Board in August 2017. Steve holds a Bachelor of Commerce and in mid 2017 took early retirement from the Deloitte partnership to focus on directorship and governance roles. At Deloitte, Steve was the managing partner and leader of the local consulting practice, and has a wide-ranging experience in many areas of accounting, auditing, information technology, and risk assurance.

Steve is committed to the needs of our communities and has a good understanding of the challenges faced by the people Brackenridge support. With a strong focus on the values of Brackenridge, Steve’s extensive experience in a range of community groups and government bodies brings a blend of specialised skills in strategic thinking, risk management and commercial development and leadership.

In 2011, Steve was awarded a Fellowship of the New Zealand Institute of Accountants, and in December 2012 was recognised as the New Zealand Chartered Accountant of the Year.


Kate Lopez

Kate Lopez is a Registered Nurse who has been working in different roles across the health system for the past twenty-one years, many of which have been in community settings and residential services. Kate held a nursing leadership role with the CDHB from 2012-2018, and since 2013 has been a member of the Canterbury Clinical Network (CCN) Alliance Leadership Team.

Current roles include as Relationship Manager (NZ) for the Health Roundtable, an Australasian not-for-profit organisation supporting health service improvement, as well as a continued nursing role within the CDHB and CCN, and as Chair for the Ministry of Health Palliative Care Advisory Panel. Kate is a Member of the Institute of Directors NZ and holds an MBA and Post Grad Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing), and is passionate about supporting people to live well.

Erin Black

Erin brings a lived experience of disability, having cared for her late daughter Ayla who had an undiagnosed neuromuscular disorder. A passionate advocate for people with disabilities and their whānau, Erin approaches all challenges with a solutions-focused mind-set.    

She is Project Manager at Tokona te Raki - Māori Futures Collective, a kaupapa Māori social innovation lab. She is also a director on the Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce Board and member of the Institute of Directors NZ.

Erin was recognised as 'Professional Woman of the Year' by the National Association of Women in Construction NZ in 2019, for her services to the sector and community. She also has experience in the Aviation and Tech industries from her work at Airways New Zealand.

A double degree graduate, Erin holds Bachelors of Commerce (Management) and Arts (Psychology) from the Universities of Otago and Canterbury respectively. Her background in Market Research is the foundation for the inquiring mind, sound analytical skills and challenge that she brings to the Brackenridge Board. 

Gail Gibson

Gail was a police officer for 37 years.  Her roles included general operational policing, investigation, training, management and was a member of the Police Executive.  Since her retirement Gail has worked in several different areas including as a project manager on the Childrens Action Plan and Vulnerable Children legislation and project manager and relationship manager for the Centre for Defence and Security Studies Massey University.

Gail has also been a tutor and the chair of the board at Adult Learning Support, Nelson.  When she moved to Christchurch, she was appointed to the Board of the YWCA Christchurch which provides emergency and transitional housing for women and children.  While no longer on the board, Gail is still a volunteer for the YWCA.

Gail is currently a director on the Police and Family Credit Union board.  She is on the Complaints Assessment Committee for the NZ Teaching Council and is the lay representative on the Benefit Review Committee for Work and Income, Christchurch.  Gail was also recently appointed to the Medical Council’s Performance Assessment Committee.

Gail has a Batchelor of Business Studies, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education and Professional Development and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management.  She was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004.