Established in 1993, the Association (HCHA) represents providers of home and community health services in New Zealand.  

vision panel 2017

The Association’s objectives are to: 

  • provide leadership and advocacy for the home and community health sector
  • establish, promote and recognise high standards for the conduct of home and community health services
  • address members’ educational and information needs
  • provide a united voice for the Association’s membership, to government and the public 
  • maintain links and provide opportunities for the development of the sector 
  • develop home and community health services that reflect the Association’s obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi
purpose panel 2017 


HCHA is governed by a Board. Six members are elected by the membership for their skills and ability to strengthen the home and community health sector. Two further independent members are appointed by the Board following a nominations process.

Board members are elected to serve two year terms, for a total period of three consecutive terms of two years.

The current Board is:

Alison Van Wyk CEO, Access Community Health

Alison Van Wyk resized

Alison is the CEO of Access Community Health. Alison has a background in nursing, and her previous role was as Group Manager, Professional Services for Green Cross Health Medical and Pharmacy Divisions. Ms Van Wyk has a background in nursing and possesses sales, marketing and management experience within the pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare supply chain markets both within New Zealand and internationally.

Murray Penman, (Chairperson) Head of Health and Community Services, Visionwest Community Trust

Murray is the Head of Health and Community Services at Visionwest in Auckland, having previously been the GM for Home Healthcare at Visionwest. Until September 2019 he worked in Disability Services in the Ministry of Health and was responsible for developing Individualised Funding and other supports which put the disabled person and their whanau in charge of their funding and support options. 


Shelley Cunningham Chief Financial Officer, Te Puna Ora o Mataatua

Ngati Awa, Whakatohea, Tuhoe, Ngati Porou

Shelley is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is enrolled as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.  She has an extensive background in providing business advisory, accounting and management consultancy to a diversified range of businesses and industries.  In recent years most of her time has been spent working with Maori incorporations, trusts and post-settlement governance entities.

Shelley is the Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Te Puna Ora o Mataatua, a kaupapa Maori Charitable Trust delivering Home and Community Health and ACC services across the Eastern Bay of Plenty.  She is also the Chief Financial Officer for Whakatane Medical Practice Limited (Med Central), a General Practice located in Whakatane.

She held a governance role with Te Manawa Pou Tahi – Tauranga Maori Business Association for 5 years and currently sits on a couple of Ministry and DHB working groups within the home and community health sector. Shelley is committed to the home and community health sector and ensuring equitable outcomes are achieved.

Meng Cheong Chief Executive, Healthvision NZ Ltd

Meng has a Bachelor of Economics, majoring in Accounting, from La Trobe University in Melbourne, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Auckland. Meng has enjoyed more than 20 years experience in the New Zealand health sector in a variety of roles encompassing finance, strategy, business development and operations management. Meng began his career in health at the Auckland Area Health Board as Manager, Corporate Finance. Meng joined Healthvision after six years with Northland DHB where he was General Manager, Finance, Funding and Commercial Services.

Julie Haggie, Independent

Julie has 20 years of working at senior level/CEO in the NGO and professional body sector. She is currently CEO of Transparency International New Zealand, the NZ chapter of a global anti corruption organisation. 

Prior to that, for eight years, she was CEO of the Home and Community Health Association, through the initiation of pay equity, in between travel and regularisation claims and negotiations.    

Julie is delighted to be appointed as an Independent Board member.  She brings governance experience from several years on the Careerforce Board, and voluntary governance roles including Hui E! Aotearoa.


Carmel Conaghan Chief Executive Officer, RDNS NZ

Carmel has over 25 years of healthcare and senior management experience primarily in the Home and Community Support Services (HCSS) Sector. She commenced her career in Christchurch, New Zealand as a Registered Comprehensive Nurse and then travelled extensively working in a variety of nursing roles in both hospital and community settings; 3 years in Dunedin, 10 years in San Francisco, USA and 9 years in Melbourne, Australia. In 2009 she was delighted to return to NZ to set up the first RDNS NZ office and take up the challenge of working closely with the ADHB and the appointed

Providers to develop and embed the first Restorative Model of service in New Zealand.

In 2013, Carmel joined Geneva Healthcare as General Manager – Home and Community Services where she worked to support Geneva’s growth and gained a strong understanding of financial sustainability and where her passion for the disability sector flourished.

In February 2017, Carmel was delighted to be appointed as CEO RDNS NZ and return to further develop and strengthen it in preparation for our evolving NZ healthcare landscape. Carmel is extremely passionate about the provision of quality Home and Community Services and developing services that are sustainable and innovative for our communities to benefit from in the future.


Wendy Hoskin, GM Health and Disability (Enliven), Presbyterian Support Northern

Wendy holds the position of General Manager Health and Disability (Enliven) for Presbyterian Support Northern. She has held that position since late 2020. Enliven provides Home and Community Based Services, Day Services and Individualised Funding Services across the Upper North Island from Taupo north. An area of passion for Wendy is improving support for people with Dementia living in the community and she has recently launched EnlivenPlus, a ground-breaking new service for people living with dementia in the Bay of Plenty.

Wendy has worked for PSN since 2014, originally as GM Development where she started and grew their Family Dispute Resolution Service FWRS. From there she held the role of Chief Operating Officer responsible for People and Culture, Finance, Information Services, Contract Management and Evaluation.

She has had more than 20 years’ experience in the health and social sectors working in management positions at Auckland DHB and Waikato DHB in both Operational Management (Ambulatory Services and Cardiovascular Services) and Funding and Planning Management.  Wendy is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds the Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.  

Chief Executive

The Chief Executive of the Association is Graeme Titcombe.