Chris O’Meeghan joined the Trust board in 2011 and has held the role of Chair since April 2017. He is an Orthopaedic Surgeon who works regularly at both Braemar and Waikato Hospitals. He describes the Trust as “entering a new phase in its history, as it looks to become more active in the community which he is proud to be a part of”. Chris has lived in the Waikato since 1994, where he and his wife have made the Waikato their home as “the best place in New Zealand to bring up their 3 children”.
Victoria Ashplant joined the Braemar Charitable Trust board in June 2017. Victoria is a Chartered Accountant and Director of PwC, and a member of PwC's Ethics and Business Conduct Committee. She complements the board with 15 years of financial expertise and a breadth of experience advising 'for-purpose' Boards in the Waikato. She started her career in the UK and now resides in Raglan, a free range playground for her two young boys.
She is a member of the Institute of Directors. Being independent, her fresh outlook challenges the Trust and she brings her skills and experience to help the Trust navigate through matters of risk management, financial reporting and best practice governance.
George Bridgewater MNZM
George joined the Braemar Charitable Trust board in 2017. George has a commercial background in international business and healthcare, having previously worked as a trader for Morgan Stanley in Asia and Finance Director for The Pure Food Co.
George completed a Master in Business Administration from Oxford University and Bachelor of Management from Waikato University. He represented New Zealand in three Olympic Games in rowing. George is also a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) bringing his substantial corporate finance, commercial and business management skills to the Trust.
Rob Carpenter joined the Braemar Charitable Trust board in January 2016. He graduated from University of Otago and trained in Anaesthesia in UK, New Zealand, Canada and USA. Rob has worked as a Specialist Anaesthetist at Waikato Hospital since 1994 and at Braemar Hospital since 2004. Previously Rob has been involved in the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists including holding the role of President for 3 years. In his spare time, Rob is involved in choral music where he is a member of two busy choirs in Hamilton.
Renae Smart joined the Braemar Charitable Trust board in June 2017. Renae brings her experience and skills from the commercial sector to contribute to the significant medical experience on the board.
Renae is currently the Chief Executive of a construction company. As the leader of a high growth company with a nationwide presence, Renae has a extensive knowledge of strategy, regulatory environments, health & safety and risk management. Coupled with her previous career of process optimisation and change management in the health sector, Renae is well positioned to contribute to the Trust. In addition to the Braemar Charitable Trust, Renae also holds two other board positions.
Katie joined the Braemar Charitable Trust Board in 2020, has been a a Medical Associate at Braemar Hospital since 2004 and is Specialist Paediatric Dentist working in private practice at Anglesea OMS. Katie is also the Approving Dental Officer and Oral Health Advisor to the five Midland District Health Boards. In 2014 Katie completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Business (Governance) at the University of Waikato and became a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. She has served on the NZ Dental Association Board and Executive for several years and is halfway through her two-year term as President. Katie was a Director and Trustee of Medical Assurance Society for 8 years. Katie has served a term as a Trustee on the Braemar Hospital Charitable Trust in the past. Now that her family has grown she seeks the opportunity to once again give her time and governance expertise for the benefit of the Braemar Charitable Trust and the Midland Community.
Ralph van Dalen
Ralph van Dalen joined the Braemar Charitable Trust board in January 2016. Ralph and his family have enjoyed living in the Waikato since 2001. At that time Ralph joined the Waikato Hospital as a colorectal surgeon and has continued to work there.
In 2004, Ralph started to work at Braemar hospital and in Ralph’s words has “had the pleasure of working with a wonderful group of dedicated people”. Over the past few years and currently, Ralph has been involved in assisting in a third world hospital which he has said has provided many interesting and varied challenges. Ralph would like to see the considerable resources of Braemar being developed further to benefit the Waikato community.
Alan joined the Braemar Charitable Trust Board in 2020 and has worked at Braemar for approximately 15 years, currently spend his anaesthetic time one day a week at Braemar Hospital, and four days a week at Waikato Hospital. Alan has been a member of the Braemar Clinical Committee for about four years, has been on the Executive Committee of the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists. Alan is currently a member of the NZ Society of Anaesthetists Overseas Aid Committee and sits on the governance board of Lifebox Australia and New Zealand, which is a charity promoting safer surgical practices in the developing nations of the Asia Pacific region through the delivery of pulse oximetry, promoting the WHO surgical safety checklist and better surgical team work.