2018 Conference Speakers

Michael Hundleby.jpgMichael Hundleby Director Critical Projects, Ministry of Health

Michael joined the Ministry in 2010 as the Director of DHB Performance.  In 2013 he became the Acting National Director of the National Health Board until it was disestablished in 2016.  Michael is now the Director of the Ministry’s Critical Projects, including major hospital redevelopment projects underway in Christchurch, Greymouth, and Dunedin. 

Prior to joining the Ministry, Michael held senior roles with several District Health Boards.
Michael has a law degree and has practised at commercial law firms in Christchurch and Tauranga.


lawrence yule.jpgLawrence Yule - MP for Tukituki, Former Mayor of the Hastings District and former President of Local Government New Zealand

Lawrence has lived in Hawke's Bay all his life, apart from time away for education, and has been Mayor of the Hastings District for 15 years, and President of Local Government New Zealand for nine years.  He recently retired as Chair of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum after six years.  He has led and developed a number of large regional projects including the building of the Pettigrew Green Arena and the Hawkes Bay Regional Sports Park. He is currently leading the strengthening of the Hawkes Bay Opera House.

Lawrence has special interests in climate change, environment issues, infrastructure and local government. His community interests include being a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary and a Trustee of the U-Turn Trust which assists the people of Flaxmere. Outside of work, Lawrence enjoys relaxing with his family – wife Karen and their four adult children - and fishing (if he had more time).

Lawrence brings a wealth of experience directly relating to regional critical events where hard decisions with big impacts have had to be made. 


Cheryl Hughes.jpgCheryl Hughes - Clinical Educator for da Vinci Robotic Surgery in New Zealand

Cheryl trained as a registered nurse and specialised in perioperative nursing.  She has completed a Bachelor of Health Science, a Post-Grad Certificate in Heath Informatics and Certificate in Adult Teaching.

In 2004, she started working for Device Technologies as their clinical educator. In 2007, Device Technologies became the distributor of the da Vinci Surgical robot and Cheryl became involved in the education and training of this technology.

Cheryl has experienced many advances in this technology in the past 10 years, which she is going to share with delegates at this conference.



Noel Evans.pngNoel Evans - Technical Principal, WSP-Opus

Noel is a structural engineer who has worked on Hawke’s Bay projects with WSP-Opus and its predecessors. He also managed the Hawke’s Bay Engineering Lifelines Project which seeks to reduce the risks to critical infrastructure from natural hazards.

He has assessed buildings following a number of earthquakes. In 2010/2014, he coordinated the rapid assessments of buildings in the Christchurch CBD following the major Canterbury earthquakes. He participated in learning form earthquake tours to Thailand (2004) and Chile (2010).

Noel has a long association with Hawke’s Bay District Health Board and currently advises it on seismic risk issues.


Boot, Caroline, Clever Buying.jpgCaroline Boot, MBA(Hons) BSc. MNZIM - Clever Buying and Plan A

Over the past 20 years, Caroline Boot has been heavily engaged in improving tendering practices, for both clients and suppliers across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

She is well known as the developer of the Clever Buying course for procurement professionals and as assessor for the NZQA Procurement qualification.

She has become a keen advocate for standardisation and extension of procurement capability development and qualification throughout NZ public sector organisations, including, specifically, DHBs and health sector organisations.

Through Clever Buying, she has also increasingly provided practical procurement support including procurement planning, RFx documentation development, probity auditing, tender evaluation and scoring scale development.

Caroline is a recognised leader in best practice procurement, who loves with organisations to sharpen the tools and processes that they use to make public expenditure decisions.