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.


Steve Wakefield

Board Member

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

Board Member

Kate Lopez is a Registered Nurse with over twenty years of experience across the health sector in New Zealand, including in clinical nursing roles, clinical governance, and senior operational and professional leadership positions.  

Kate is currently seconded to the role of Acting General Manager for Older Persons Health and Rehabilitation for the Canterbury District Health Board, from her role as Director of Nursing for OPHR. 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 improving outcomes, and supporting people to live well.

Julie Hands

Board Member

Julie Hands has recently been appointed to the Brackenridge Board as a new Director. Julie comes to Brackridge with a lived experience of disability which is drawn from supporting her sister who lives with an intellectual disability and is passionate about Brackenridge's mission and supporting our people to lead their best lives. 

Professionally, Julie has a background in commercial and property law and is currently employed as Senior Counsel at St John and has previously been employed in firm and for a large, multinational corporation. Julie also comes with good governance experience having served on the board of not-for-profits, including Ronald McDonald House South Island and she is a current Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. Julie also holds tertiary qualifications in marketing and finance and is looking forward to using her skills to help drive forward the strategy of St John. 

In her personal time, Julie enjoys getting out and exploring New Zealand, laying out her garden, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the odd glass of wine. 

Sir John Hansen

Board Member

Sir John Hansen is the most recent appointment to the Brackenridge Board and commenced his role in April 2022. 

Sir John Hansen was appointed as a Judge of the High Court in 1995 and retired from the bench in 2008. In 2008, Sir John was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the judiciary.

In March 2009 Sir John was appointed to the Court of Appeal of the Solomon Islands and in April 2009 he was appointed to the Court of Appeals of Samoa.

Sir John was the Convenor of the Canterbury Earthquake Review Panel, established under the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011.

He was appointed Chairman of the Canterbury District Health Board in December 2019, is also a member of the Canterbury Cricket Trust, a Trustee of the Christchurch Casino Charitable Trust, a member of the Rulings Panel for the Gas Industry, a Trustee of the Bone Marrow Cancer Trust, is an appeals tribunal member of the Judicial Control Authority (JCA) for Racing and also a Director and Shareholder of Dot Kiwi.

Gail Gibson

Board Member

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.