See below for profiles of members of the Institute of Healthy Ageing's patron, governance group, and management group.

Patron - Sir Peter Gluckman

Sir Peter Gluckman KNZM, FRS, FMedSci, FRSNZ (born 1949) is a New Zealand scientist who is the first chief science advisor to the New Zealand prime minister. He was the professor of Paediatric and Perinatal Biology and director of the National Research Centre for Growth and Development (now called 'Gravida: National Centre for Growth and Development'), hosted by the University of Auckland, until mid 2009. He was formerly head of the Department of Paediatrics and dean of the University's Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences as well as the founding director of the Liggins Institute. In 2007 he was appointed programme director for Growth, Development and Metabolism at the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences. He also holds honorary chairs at National University of Singapore and the University of Southampton. He is the only New Zealander elected to the Institute of Medicine of the United States National Academies of Science and a Fellow of Academy of Medical Sciences of Great Britain.

Sir Peter Gluckman

Governance Group

Barbara Garbutt - Chair and Waikato DHB representative

Barbara (Barb) Garbutt is the Director of Older Persons, Rehabilitation and Allied Health within the Waikato District Health Board. This is a senior management position, reporting directly to the Executive Director of Hospital Services. As director, Barb is responsible for the business leadership and development of each service. Originally from the UK, Barb has worked in a number of senior management and strategic roles across the health sector. Barb holds a Master in Health Management (through the University of Auckland) and a post graduate Diploma in Management Studies (through the University of Waikato).

Barbara Garbutt

Matthew Parsons - University of Auckland

Matthew holds the position of Professor in Gerontology, a joint appointment between Waikato DHB and The University of Auckland. He has a PhD and Masters in Ageing from Kings College London, a Hons degree in Psychology and Human Biology and is a registered nurse. Matthew has been significantly involved in the guiding older person and disability services in New Zealand for the last 15 years.

Matthew Parsons

Nicola Starkey - University of Waikato

Nicola holds a BSc (Hons) Neuroscience from the University of Central Lancashire and a PhD (Psychology) from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.  Nicola joined the School of Psychology at the University of Waikato in 2004. Currently, Nicola is Associate Professor in the School of Psychology and the Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Waikato. She carries out research in two main areas; health (particularly long-term outcomes from traumatic brain injury) and driver behaviour. 

 Nicola Starkey

Peggy Koopman-Boyden - Community

Peggy Koopman-Boyden CNZM retired as a Professor of Gerontology from the University of Waikato in 2015. Her most recent research has been on older people living alone, social connectedness and active ageing. She has also held senior management positions as deputy vice-chairman (University of Waikato), CEO of a Crown Research Institute, and co-founder of a private language school. 

Peggy has always been interested in the policy implications of research, and currently chairs AgeWISE (an advisory committee to the Waikato DHB), the Hamilton City Council’s Older Persons Advisory Panel, and is one of the leaders of the Hamilton Age Friendly Project. For such community work, she has been awarded a Life Member of Age Concern, and a Companion of New Zealand Order of Merit.  

Peggy Koopman-Boyden 

Sue Hayward - Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at Waikato DHB

Sue is a New Zealand trained nurse with a post graduate diploma in Health Management (Massey) and a Masters in Health Science (Otago). She has held nursing leadership positions at Christchurch Women’s Hospital and then Christchurch Hospital, before joining Waikato District Health Board.  As Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Sue provides professional advice to the chief executive and the wider organisation in all matters related to the profession of nursing and midwifery. Her national involvement in workforce development sits well with the Institute of Healthy Ageing as there is increasing focus on the right skills to meet the growing population’s needs.

Sue Hayward

Pippa Mahood - Community

Pippa Mahood came to New Zealand in 1976, after training trained as a state registered nurse in the United Kingdom and being in charge of an inpatient hospice facility there. In 1981 she formed the Waikato Community Hospice Service, was a board trustee for 27 years, and was made a life member of Hospice Waikato in 2008. Pippa was also on the inaugural Hospice New Zealand board for six years.

Pippa served on the Hamilton City Council for 27 years, retiring from the council in October 2013. She is currently in her fourth term as an elected member of the Waikato District Health Board. She continues to play an active role in the Hamilton and Waikato community, and holds several positions on a wide variety of organisations and boards.

Pippa Mahood

Lindsay Pooley - Waikato DHB Allied Health representative

Lindsay Pooley is Manager of Allied Health at Waikato District Health Board, responsible for the operational leadership and management of the Allied Health services. Lindsay trained as a physiotherapist in the UK, and has worked in both private and public sectors in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Lindsay holds a BSc in Physiotherapy from Newcastle University, United Kingdom and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Lindsay Pooley

Management group

Phil Wood

Dr Phil Wood, BMedSci, MBChB, FRACP is a Geriatrician and Clinical Unit Leader in Older Persons and Rehabilitation, Waikato District Health Board. He also holds a half time role as Chief Advisor, Health of Older People, Ministry of Health, and as Geriatrician in Waitemata DHB. He has a long standing focus on service development within an academic framework.

Phil Wood

Stephen Jacobs

Stephen Jacobs, PhD, DipTchg, BA is a researcher and lecturer at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, The University of Auckland. Stephen received a PhD in Medicine developing a process to assist planners and funders design, implement, performance manage, and evaluate health services for older people. His main focus now is working to assist nurses develop and exercise clinical leadership and change management skills, and researching how organisational management can best support nurses at the point of care to be highly effective health professionals.

Stephen Jacobs