Council Members

Kirsten Westwood - President

Kirsten is the Head of School for the School of Health and Sport Science at EIT.  Prior to this she acquired a variety of experience from different sectors in the UK and NZ; with a background in commercial law, human resources and health promotion.  

Kirsten has a love of learning and a keen interest in population health issues and health inequality. Alongside her role as President of the Hawke’s Bay Medical Research Foundation, Kirsten is the committee chair for the Hawke’s Bay branch of the Heart Foundation and a member of the Hawke’s Bay Public Health Association.

David Barry

Was appointed by the Council as a member of Council and Medical Director 22yrs ago. He was a Paediatric specialist for the Hawkes Bay Hospital Board and its successors for thirty four years. David participated in Regional, National and International clinical research in childhood diseases(Rheumatic Fever, New-born Infection, Cot Death, Asthma & Allergy and Obesity). He has had governance experience in ; The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of NZ, Committees of Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Paediatric Society of NZ, the Central Regional Health Authority and the HBDHB. His current roles are with the Hawkes Bay Digital Archives Trust, the Scott Trust Fund and Breathe HB (formerly Asthma HB)

Michael Jackson - Treasurer

Michael is the Managing Director of the progressive Hastings based Chartered Accounting firm, PKF Carr & Stanton Ltd, where he works with many of Hawke's Bay organisations, helping clients to unlock the potential in their business and achieve their strategic goals.

Michael is a Chartered Accountant, also a Director at PKF New Zealand Ltd, and Trustee of the Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust

Malcolm Dixon

Malcolm is about to commence his second term as a Hastings District Councillor. Prior to this he spent twenty one years as the principal of Frimley Primary School in Hastings (Decile3). He also refereed rugby for thirty five years at local and provincial level and was contracted by the NZRU as a National Rugby Referee Coach.

His other roles in the community are as follows: Sport HB Trustee, Hawkes District Health Board Community Council Member and a member of the Scott Foundation that allocates funding to children with disabilities.

Helen Francis

Helen is a registered general and mental health nurse who has specialised in community and primary care. She is the Quality and Performance Manager at The Hastings Health Centre. She is an elected member of the District Health Board , their representative on the HBMRF.

She is also an elected Trustee on the Hawke’s Bay Power Consumers’ Trust and a member of the DHB Māori Relationship Board. She is completing her PhD with Massey University studying the needs of people with multiple long-term health conditions.

Bob Marshall

Bob is the Research Director at EIT with a special interest in biomechanics of sport. He has previously taught and researched biomechanics at the Universities of Otago, Western Australia and Auckland. At EIT he is the Chair of the Strategic Research Committee, sits on the Research Ethics and Approvals Committee, chairs the Research Grants Panel, chairs the Professorial Promotions Panel, and is the Director of the Centre for Health Research

Di Petersen

Di is appointed by the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council and has been on the Council since 1995.  She is very involved in the Central Hawke’s Bay community in Health, Justice and Social services as well as Victim Support and Family Violence prevention. She is also a Trustee of various organisations including CHB Health, the CHB District Community Trust, (which owns the AW Parsons indoor Pool and stadium) and Central Hawke’s Bay Mayoral Health Taskforce.


Paul Hendy

I have predominantly worked as a general practitioner in Napier since 1984. My interests are in internal medicine, pain control and immune therapy for allergy. I work in crisis mental health for the DHB.

I have also spent time in medical work in the Kingdom of Tonga, Pune India, PNG as well as three six month periods under the NHS in England.

I attempt to read widely in areas of research and aim to apply these findings to the practical aspects of medical practice.

In my spare time I enjoy running, tramping, trumpet and motorcycling.