The Braemar Charitable Trust is governed by a Trust Board comprising of Lay and Medical Trustees, who collectively contribute a wealth of commercial, governance, community and medical sector experience. 

Chris O'Meeghan

Trust Chair

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

Lay Trustee

Victoria Ashplant joined the Braemar Charitable Trust board in June 2017. Victoria complements the Braemar Charitable Trust board with her financial expertise and a breadth of experience advising not-for-profit Boards in the Waikato. She started her career in the UK and now resides in rural Waikato, a free range playground for her two young boys.

As a Lay Trustee, her fresh outlook challenges the Trust and brings her skills and experience to help guide the Trust through opportunities that make the Trusts assets work smarter.

George Bridgewater

Lay Trustee

George joined the Braemar Charitable Trust board in 2017. George has a background in finance and marketing, having previously worked for Morgan Stanley and The Pure Food Co.

George has an MBA from Oxford University and B. Management from Waikato University. Prior to that he represented New Zealand in three Olympic Games in rowing. George brings his substantial corporate finance, commercial and business management skills to the Trust.

Rob Carpenter

Medical Trustee

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.

Adam El Gamel

Medical Trustee

Adam joined the Braemar Charitable Trust as a Medical Trustee in August 2017. He has been the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Waikato District Health Board since January 2010 and is an Associate Professor at the Auckland University School of Medicine. Prior to this, Adam was Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, The director of minimally invasive valve Surgery, and Senior Lecturer at Kings’ College Hospital, London and lecturer and Winchester fellow at Yale University USA.

Renae Smart

Lay Trustee

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 Managing Director of a Waikato based engineering company, her career has focused on IT system implementation and project management. In addition to the Braemar Charitable Trust, Renae also holds two other board positions.

Ralph van Dalen

Medical Trustee

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.