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Selina Sutherland Hospital is Governed by a Board of Five Directors
Konrad Schwanecke


Originally trained in South Africa, Konrad has been a full time Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Wairarapa for over twenty years, working in both the public and the private sector. During this time, he has amassed a wealth of local knowledge and experience regarding rural surgical healthcare delivery, with its attendant rewards and challenges. With our rapidly increasing and ageing population, there is a critical need to develop additional hospital and surgical facilities in the Wairarapa, so that current services can be maintained and enhanced. To this end Konrad initiated a collaborative effort between Matua Healthcare Group, local clinicians and Selina Sutherland Hospital, to develop and build a new standalone Private Hospital facility in Masterton. Dr Konrad Schwanecke MBBCh, FRCS (Orthopaedic)

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Helen Pocknall


Helen has over 20 years’ experience working with Boards including professional and state sector boards. She was a director of Selina Sutherland Hospital Ltd from July 2022 – February 2024. She was an elected Wairarapa DHB Board member and deputy chair of the Community and Public Health Advisory Committee (CPHAC) from 2019-2022. She is very experienced in clinical governance systems and has chaired and co-chaired several committees and clinical boards/councils at local, regional and national levels. She was a member and then deputy chair of Health Workforce New Zealand (national body responsible for setting the strategic direction for the health workforce and ensuring the workforce is fit for the future) from 2011-2018. Helen is a current Trustee for the Selina Sutherland Charitable Trust and an inaugural member of the soon to be established Tu Hauoranga Charitable Trust Board, whose purpose is strengthening Wairarapa’s health and related workforces. Helen is a Health Care Auditor and a member of the Health Practitioners’ Disciplinary Tribunal. She also contracts as a Nurse/Health Consultant with other providers.

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Colin Hutchinson

Chair / Director

Colin is a graduate of Leicester University and went onto complete his specialist training and PhD at the University of Birmingham. Following several years in medical leadership roles, including Medical Director of Acute Services at Hawke’s Bay DHB, Colin spent a year as Chief Operating Officer for Hawke’s Bay DHB. Stepping out of DHB leadership roles, Colin is a co-founder of Kaweka Hospital in Hastings ( and he now serves as the Managing Director of Kaweka Health Ltd, Matua Healthcare Group Ltd, co-founder and Director of Dunedin based Filleul Surgical Centre Ltd (, co-founder and Director of “health pot” funder Fettle Ltd (, Director Crest Hospital in Palmerston North ( Colin is also actively involved in the creation of a number of other early stage surgically focused businesses. Dr Colin A Hutchison (MBChB, PhD, FRACP, Member IoD)

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Jill Stringer


Jill is committed to using the knowledge and skills gained over a 40 year career in health and health management to benefit the Wairarapa community. Her career began in nursing, and has spanned clinical nursing, nurse education, project, general and business management, communications, hospital management and latterly a term on the Wairarapa District Health Board, before joining the Board of Selina Sutherland Hospital. Jill’s links into the community include volunteering on committees/Boards to create Kids Own Playground and the All - Weather Athletics track, Athletics Wairarapa, Parents Centre, Lakeview School BOT, and the Wairarapa branch of the Wellington Welfare Guardianship Trust. SHe is also a Welfare Guardian, and a Foodbank volunteer. •Jill brings to the Board governance experience, health system knowledge, communications management, and strategic thinking and planning

Nick De Giorgio-Miller


Nick trained in England before relocating to New Zealand in 2008. Since then he has developed his career working throughout the country (Wellington Regional Hospital / Kenepuru hospital, Middlemore Hospital. Northland Orthopaedic Centre, Whangārei, public hospital in Whangārei) For 3 years Nick, provided Locum Consultant services to the Wairarapa Hospital and joined permanently in August 2022. Nick started consulting at Selina Sutherland Hospital in 2022. He has taken on a new role with links to Wellington Hospital enhancing his own continuing medical education and collegial relationships with a view to improving the Orthopaedic service to the people of the Wairarapa. Nick takes an active role in training Orthopaedic registrars and junior doctors, where is the local clinical lead in the Orthopaedic Department, Capital, Coast & Hutt valley District based at Wairarapa. Nick is part of the founding group driving the new standalone Private Hospital facility in Masterton Dr Nicholas De Giorgio-Miller, MBChB 2005 Bristol; FRACS (Orthopaedic)

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