Our Board

The Board is responsible to the members for the overall governance of the Association. This includes ensuring the long-term viability, enhancing performance through strategy formulation and policy making.  The Board comprises the individual elected and co-opted members. Individual Board Members can only act to influence the decision-making of the entity when meeting formally as a group - as The Board.

Board Members are elected annually for a two-year term.

Nominations for 2020 close on the 18th September.  More information on how the Board operates and nomination forms are available for downloading.

Our Board Members

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Ben Lamb

As one of the clinical directors and head of podiatry at Health and Sport Central in Christchurch, my primary focus is around biomechanics, sports injury and orthotic therapy.
I am the director of Footmed Orthotics, a commercial orthotics laboratory that manufactures orthotics for podiatrists.

I have been on the PodiatryNZ Board since 2013.
An area of great interest to me is working as the national clinical director of Fit Feet for the Special Olympics and I enjoy the work I do as a technical educator for a shoe retailer. 

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Caron Orelowitz

I studied podiatry in Johannesburg, graduating in 1994. I have two postgraduate certificates from the University of South Australia and have completed several paediatric courses. I am currently doing a postgraduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine through Otago University.
As a solo practitioner in private practice, I run a number of clinics in Auckland and holds PHO diabetes high-risk foot contracts. I have a keen interest in paediatrics and sports podiatry.

Lawrence Kingi

I graduated in 2008 with a bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry). I am currently contracted to Counties Manukau District Health Board as part of the Diabetes Secondary Podiatry and Rheumatoid Arthritis clinics. I work in a multi-disciplinary team as a Renal Podiatrist.
I have been working with Huakina Development Trust to deliver a tikanga based podiatry clinic at Nga Hau e Wha Marae and Ooraeroa Marae as part of their Whare Oranga Programme.
I believe the biggest challenge facing PodiatryNZ is ensuring professional relevance is maintained through focused public engagement, branding and building awareness with other medical professions.

Matthew Franken

Matthew qualified as a Podiatrist in 2001 and has been practising Podiatry ever since. He has worked in Christchurch for 5 years, privately and publicly and then spent 2 years in a rural Australian hospital. Matthew and Kate moved to Blenheim in 2007, taking over the establish Wairau Podiatry, turning it into Blenheim Podiatry in April 2014. Matthew is a keen sports man and has a strong interest in biomechanics and orthotics, as well as nail surgery.

Rebecca Holbrook

As half Kiwi – half Welsh, I have Podiatry experience from the UK as well as NZ, this gives a different perspective of our great profession.

My focus is gold-standard care led by an evidence based background.

I’m lucky to have a diverse clinical caseload, from High Risk Foot contracts, Maori Health, musculoskeletal  and paediatric to palliative care.
 My other focus is the development of Podiatrists in my clinics and involvement in Otago-Southland CPD and nationally.
 Outside of work I’m a keen jewellery maker in precious metals and I love walking my dogs on our beautiful beaches here in Otago.

Rachael Harper

I completed a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Genetics before being awarded a scholarship to study Podiatry at AUT University in Auckland, graduating in 2008.
I have worked for 11 years as a general practice podiatrist in both Auckland and the Waikato. I enjoy all aspects of podiatry, with a special interest in musculoskeletal foot and leg pain, nail and skin care.
I am keen to give back to the profession through the association. Out of work I am a professional cake decorator and enjoy creating amazing sweet delights.

Sarah Duncan

I see all types of patients regarding problems with feet, but also ankles, knees, hips and even back pain. I am passionate about working to get you back up and doing what you love, without pain. I always try to provide you with information on your problem and support to get you comfortable. I also feel education is important, so you understand why your problem has happened, and to help prevent it recurring.I particularly enjoy working with runners, as I understand how frustrating these injuries can be. 

Jennifer Pelvin

Butler Pelvin & Associates provides secretariat, governance  and executive services to not-for-profit and charitable  organisations including PodiatryNZ.

Leslie Henderson-Craig

Leslie is a vital member of PodiatryNZ. No one is quite sure exactly what she does, but we can guarantee that if you call with a problem she will be the one to fix it. An expert on all things and life advisor to the masses.​

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