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. 

Aidan O'Donnell

Medical Trustee

Aidan joined the Braemar Charitable Trust in September 2023. He was born near Edinburgh in Scotland and did his medical training there. He moved to Aotearoa New Zealand in 2010, and for ten years was the lead Obstetric Anaesthetist at Waikato Hospital. He has a special interest in anaesthesia for childbirth, and is also involved in teaching and medical writing. He is the author of Anaesthesia: A Very Short Introduction, and one of the editors of the Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia.

While he lived in the UK, Aidan was very active in medical charity, and gave his services free for one week each year to a charity. He is looking forward to helping the Braemar Charitable Trust to engage in charitable works in the community. He and his partner have four kids, two dogs, two horses, and a frankly ridiculous number of cats.

Vicky McLennan

Independent Chairperson

Vicky McLennan joined the Braemar Charitable Trust Board as Independent Chairperson in September 2023. She has lived in Hamilton since 2008, when she moved from Christchurch to take on the role of Principal at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls.

 Upon leaving Dio in 2017 after an extensive period in education, Vicky immediately embarked on a fulfilling governance career in the “for purpose” sector, being appointed To Trust Waikato, Alandale Foundation Trust and Perry’s Outdoor Education Trust within a year of leaving Principalship. She is also a Partner-Provider for the NZ School Trustees Association, providing professional development and governance support to school boards.

 Vicky brings considerable experience to the role of Chair, having recently been reappointed for a second term as Chair of Trust Waikato and currently in her third year as Chair of Alandale Foundation Trust and Alandale Lifecare Limited, an independent retirement village on the riverside in Flagstaff.   She is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

 Vicky is looking forward to utilising her governance skills and experience and community connections to help the Trust achieve its vision for improved health outcomes in our Waikato communities.

Kelvyn Eglinton

Independent Trustee

Kelvyn joined the Braemar Charitable Trust in June 2021. He is the CEO of Momentum Waikato Community Foundation and with "making a lasting difference in our community" being at the heart of Kelvyn’s role at Momentum, he is a great fit for our Trust.  After returning to NZ in 2016, Kelvyn was General Manager of City Growth for Hamilton City Council leading the Council’s response to development growth and the economy. 

Before returning to NZ, Kelvyn was the Chief of Staff in the Jakarta office for Newmont Mining Corporation and oversaw the renegotiation of the contract of work with the Government of Indonesia and the social responsibility programmes of the operation on Sumbawa Island and North Sulawesi. For six years Kelvyn was based in Perth as Asia Pacific Director for External Affairs overseeing government, communications, and development programmes across operations in five countries and prior to that was the External Affairs Manager for Newmont Waihi Gold in NZ. Kelvyn is a Registered Independent Commissioner for RMA hearings alongside his roles on social performance panels for resource companies. He sits on the Boards the Waipa Communities Facilities Trust, Surf Lifesaving NZ and is a Trustee for the NZ Surf Lifesaving Foundation and Hospice Waikato.

Jasen Ly

Medical Trustee

Jasen joined the Braemar Charitable Trust board in October 2022. He is a General and Colorectal Surgeon, with a subspecialty interest in colorectal surgery, endoscopy and laparoscopy, having started in Waikato Hospital in 2016. Jasen also sits on the executive committee of the NZ Association of General Surgeons and he is a Hospital Supervisor for training in General Surgery. With focus on quality patient care, communication and teamwork, Jasen sees joining the Trust as an opportunity to contribute on a larger scale than he could otherwise, as a clinician treating patients on an individual basis and facing the challenges of a strained public health care system. With two young children growing up in the Waikato, Jasen and his family is very much a part of the local community and is excited by the prospect of being able to do more for the community through his role with Braemar Charitable Trust.

Katie Ayers

Medical Trustee

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.

Alan Goodey

Medical Trustee
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.

Jason Donovan

Medical Trustee

Jason joined the Braemar Charitable Trust board in October 2022. He is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with sub-specialty interest in Paediatric Orthopaedics and Foot and Ankle. Jason who has primary through to teenage family, was born and raised in Te Awamutu, attending Puahue School, Te Awamutu Intermediate and Te Awamutu College. Jason studied at Otago School of Medicine with his pre-clinical years in Dunedin, his clinical years in Wellington and as a House Surgeon and the majority of his registrar years spent at Waikato Hospital, followed by fellowship in Toronto at the Hospital for Sick Children and St Michael’s. Jason has spent the past 11 years as SMO at Waikato Hospital. One of the reasons Jason joined the Trust was to grow his governance knowledge and through having noticed over the last 10 years of practice, an increasing disparity between private and public in terms of access to surgical care. Jason believes that the Braemar Charitable Trust is a vehicle that can be used to treat patients that otherwise would not meet threshold for public surgical care. 

Lu-ana Ngatai

Independent Trustee

Born in Dunedin and raised in Riverton Southland, Lu-ana moved to Hamilton in 1994 to be closer to her family in Whaingaroa. Educated at Waikato University Lu-ana has a double degree in Public Administration and Policy and Maori Development; a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and a Diploma in Law. Lu-ana has spent the past 23 years working in health all of this being in the public health sector. Her background is in Project Management, Change Management, Strategic Management, Relationship Management and Strategy and Funding. She has held roles at Local, Regional and National levels and is currently on the National Advisory Groups for Bowel Screening and Critical Care. Lu-ana is currently the Operations Manager for Screening and Sexual Health Services for Te Whatu Ora Waikato and has developed extensive relationships with Community and Iwi providers in the Waikato region. Lua-ana said "she is excited to be given the opportunity to serve on the Board and is keen to explore opportunities for growing and extending the relationships between the Braemar Charitable Trust and Community and Iwi Providers".