Our Board

Our Board helps the College follow the direction of Te Rautaki, the Statement of Strategic intent 2019 – 2024.

The Board meets regularly throughout the year and is made up of:

  • an elected President
  • a Te Akoranga a Māui representative
  • three elected College Fellows
  • up to two independent directors
  • the Censor in Chief (ex officio)
  • the NAC Chair (ex officio)
  • the Board apprentice (ex officio).

Read Te Rautaki, the Statement of Strategic intent 2019 – 2024

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Meet our Board members

Dr Samantha Murton

Dr  Samantha (Sam)  Murton

President and Chair


Dr Samantha Murton is a Distinguished Fellow and Wellington GP. She was the College’s first Medical Director and was voted into the President role in 2018 and was uncontested in 2022. In 2021, Samantha was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in Queen’s Birthday Honour.

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Dr Kiriana Bird

Dr  Kiriana  Bird

Te Akoranga a Māui representative

MBChB,; FRNZGP (Dist.)

Dr Kiriana Bird (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngati Porou) is a GP and Medical Director at Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga in Hastings. Kiriana was appointed to the Board in 2020 as the Te Akoranga a Māui representative and previously held the twelve-month Board Apprentice role in 2014.

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Dr Jo Blakey

Dr  Joanna (Jo)  Blakey

Elected member


Dr Joanna (Jo) Blakey is a GP and practice owner of Manly Medical Centre in Whangaparaoa; she has a passion for medical education having been a medical educator since 2009. Jo was elected to the Board in 2017 and previously held the Board Apprentice role in 2015.

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Dr Daniel McIntosh

Dr  Daniel  McIntosh

Elected member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee


Dr Daniel McIntosh is a GP based in the Bay of Plenty with a unique background combining medicine and accounting. Daniel was elected to the Board in 2021 and previously held the twelve-month Board Apprentice role in 2016.

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Dr Karl Cole

Dr  Karl  Cole

Elected member


Dr Karl Cole (Ngāi Tahu) is a GP and co-owner of Papatoetoe Family Doctors. He has extensive experience within ICT-enabled change and is passionate about patient-centred care with an emphasis on self-management. Karl was elected to the Board in 2022.

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Susan Huria

Ms  Susan  Huria

Independent Director


Susan (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāi Tuahuriri) is based in Auckland and has a management background in marketing, human resources, internal audit, environment, and communications. Susan was appointed to the Board in August 2019.

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Dr Kerryn Lum

Dr  Kerryn  Lum

Censor in Chief (ex officio)

MBChB, MPallC, PGDip ClinEd, FRNZCGP(Dist)

Dr Kerryn Lum is a GP based in Hawke’s Bay. As Censor in Chief, Kerryn is an ex-officio Board member and is responsible for deciding if a doctor should be awarded a College Fellowship, approving internationally trained doctors, and overseeing the academic training programme.

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Dr Stephen Lombard

Dr  Stephan  Lombard

National Advisory Council Chair (ex officio)


Dr Stephan Lombard is a solo practice owner of Cook Street Health Centre in Palmerston North. Stephan was appointed to NAC Chair role in June 2022.

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Dr Geraldine Wilson

Dr  Geraldine  Wilson

Board apprentice (ex officio)


Dr Geraldine Wilson is a GP at University of Canterbury Health, and a researcher at the department of general practice, University of Otago, Christchurch. Geraldine was appointed in July 2022.

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The Board has two sub-committees:

Audit and Risk Committee 
Manages organisational risk (governance and finance) and the overall financial performance.

Remuneration Committee 
Manages the performance of the Chief Executive.