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Meet our Clinical Governance Group

Solutions and services of Conporto Health deployed to enable improved patient care, must be designed, reviewed and progressively improved to that end. In addition to technical and operational capability required to deliver that outcome, a Clinical Governance Group (CGG), comprised of independent, reputable clinical leaders from across Primary Care is essential and has been established to oversee, advise, recommend and sign-off on the clinical safety and efficacy of Conporto Health’s solutions and services.

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Dr Andrew Holmes


Andrew's medical degree is from the University of Otago; he did a paediatrics residency at the Children's Hospital of Buffalo, and American Boards Certified in Paediatrics; he also did a public health residency at the Johns Hopkins University, and American Boards Certified in Public Health Medicine; he has worked in various policy and management roles for the New Zealand Ministry of Health, followed by health and social services consultancy and general practice. He is a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, and co-owner and a director of City Medical Centre in Wellington's CBD.

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Dr Chris Reid

Clinical Governance Member

Chris is a full-time GP in Kerikeri and current chair of the RNZCGP National Advisory Council. Originally from the UK, he trained at the University of Newcastle Medical School before spending 10 years in the Royal Marines. Chris emigrated to New Zealand in 2004 and has lived in Northland with his family ever since. In that time he has been an elected board member of Northland DHB. His current roles include being a director of Te Tai Tokerau PHO, writing his regular column in The Northland Age and a member of Green Cross Health’s Clinical Advisory Group. When time permits he continues to develop his passion for portrait photography.

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Dr Neil Houston

Clinical Governance Member

Neil was a GP in Scotland for 25 years. He was the clinical lead for the Scottish Patient Safety Programme in Primary Care and was in New Zealand for 15 months to develop and expand the Safety in Practice programme in Auckland which aims to reduce harm to patients, develop safer practice systems and the quality improvement skills of clinical teams in primary care.


Tracey Watson

Clinical Governance Member

Info coming soon.


Dr Lisa Eskildsen

Clinical Governance Member

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Lisa's professional experience includes being a GP for over 20 years in a range of practice types, including as Clinical Lead of a high needs GP service for 7 years. Current work includes Clinical Lead (GP) for the Safety in Practice programme with Waitemata DHB/Auckland DHB, GP at the Auckland City Mission practice, GP Liaison for Auckland PHO and as a Regular Practice reviewer with Inpractice. Professional interests include focus on improvement in processes and systems within General Practice to improve safety and quality.


Dr Iwona Stolarek

Clinical Governance Member

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Iwona joined the Health Quality and Safety Commission in January 2015 as their Medical Director. She was previously the Chief Medical Officer at Hutt Valley District Health Board. Iwona worked as a specialist general physician and geriatrician in Scotland, before coming to New Zealand in 1999.

Because of her strong interest in medical education, she became Intern Supervisor and helped set up a skills laboratory for doctor training which won a Health Innovation award. An interest in service improvement led to the establishment of nurse-led clinics, also recognised by the Health Innovation awards. Ongoing interests in clinical governance and systems improvement led to the Chief Medical Officer role, and subsequently to her role at the Health Quality & Safety Commission in New Zealand.


Catherine Marshall

Clinical Governance Member

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Catherine is a health policy consultant and independent guideline adviser with a wealth of experience in consumer engagement. Catherine has worked in the health sector for more than 25 years. In her policy roles she was involved in the development of the first Code of Health and Disability Consumer’s Rights. 

She was the first Chief Executive of the New Zealand Guidelines Group and was involved in the development and design of NZ’s first evidence-based guidelines and the establishment of the Consumer Collaboration of Aotearoa. As a consultant, Catherine has provided health evidence and policy advice to government agencies primarily in NZ and Australia. 

Catherine has held a number of volunteer community roles and directorships on international health evidence NGOs. She is also a member of the Consumer Collaboration of Aotearoa’s Kaitiaki Group, undertakes consumer reviews for Cochrane and is she a primary care representative on the NGO Council.