About Us

The Minister of Health appoints the Board members and nominations are called from a variety of sources from both within and outside the podiatry profession. When nominations are received the Minister appoints the successful member for a term of generally three years. Appointees are able to be re-appointed with legislation allowing up to nine years on the Board. The Board consists of 8 members, 6 registered podiatrists and 2 lay members (appointment pending).

The current Board members are :

Registered Podiatrists:                                                 

  • Dr Matthew Carroll (Chair)
  • Belinda Ihaka (Deputy Chair)
  • Fiona Angus
  • Steve York
  • Rebecca Holbrook
  • Christopher Rewi-Wetini

Lay Members:

  • Kellie McGrath

Board Members

Matthew Carroll – Chair

Matthew joined the Podiatrists Board in 2015 and was appointed his current role as Chair in 2021. Prior to this he was Deputy Chair. He has been a registered podiatrist in New Zealand and Australia. Matthew is currently appointed as an Associate Professor of Podiatry and Deputy Head of School within the School of Clinical Sciences at AUT University. Matthew was previously Head of Podiatry at AUT University from 2009-2017. 

Matthew is active in research with a focus on musculoskeletal conditions of the lower limb. Since commencing his academic career in 2009 he has published widely in peer reviewed journals and presented national and internationally. He is Associate Editor for BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders and Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Foot & Ankle Research. In 2018 Matthew was awarded a Senior Fellowship to the Higher Education Authority and Associate Fellow to the Higher Education Research & Development Society of Australasia in recognition of his contribution of leadership of teaching.

Belinda Ihaka – Deputy Chair

Belinda joined the Podiatrists Board in 2020, before being elected as Deputy Chair in 2021. Belinda has been a lecturer at AUT since 2004 where her primary role was to provide clinical education and promote best practice for Podiatrists. Belinda then was promoted to lecturer, and her areas of teaching include imaging (diagnostic musculoskeletal and arterial); clinical skills and long term conditions management. Belinda has been involved in various National and International organisations and is committed to improving health outcomes for Māori. Belinda is actively involved in research and is a candidate for the Doctor of Health Science programme at AUT.  

Fiona Angus

Fiona was appointed to the Podiatrists Board mid 2011, taking on the Deputy Chair role at the end of 2012 and moving to Chair in February 2018. Dedicated to this role for three years, Fiona stepped down from the role of Chair in February 2021, remaining on the Board as a Practitioner member. Prior to joining the Board she was on the Podiatry New Zealand Executive as the Central Region representative. Fiona is currently working in the area of High Risk Foot employed by a DHB, working as part of a team of four Podiatrists. Fiona trained as a Podiatrist in Sydney, Australia, graduating in 1989, and has work experience including public and private practice. Since her appointment to the Board she has been appointed to the ANZPAC Board of Management and their Accreditation Committee. Other key involvements include the NZSSD Podiatry Special Interest Group and the NZ Wound Care Society. Fiona is married with three children and lives in the Hutt Valley.

Steve York

Steve was appointed to the Board in 2013 and reappointed in 2016. He has been a registered podiatrist in New Zealand since 2009 and graduated from AUT. He is currently employed as a diabetes podiatrist at the Northland DHB since 2010. He is also a member of the Podiatrist Special Interest Group Committee (NZSSD) and is also involved with other local and regional podiatry and diabetes working groups. Steve has an active interest in the diabetic foot and has recently co-authored a number of studies that relate to diabetic related lower extremity amputation in New Zealand.

Rebecca Holbrook

Rebecca was appointed to the board in April 2020. Rebecca qualified in the UK in 2005 and registered with the board in 2013. She relocated to Otago and developed a busy multi-disciplinary clinic.

Having now moved to the Taranaki in 2020, Rebecca is currently Professional Lead for Podiatry at the TDHB and runs a private practice.

Rebecca’s main areas of interests are:

  • Collegial support and mentoring
  • Diabetes & the High Risk Foot
  • MSK & Biomechanics
  • Research & improving health outcomes

Christopher Rewi-Wetini

Chris Rewi qualified as a podiatrist in 2010 at AUT and has operated his own clinics since then. His specialty is diabetic foot assessments at the primary care level, along with providing diabetic educational presentations for different PHOs and interest groups.

Kellie McGrath

Photo and bio coming soon

Board Staff

Sandra Gale – Registrar

Sandi has worked in Allied Health for many years and has moved across from her previous health regulatory role with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand. Her previous experience also encompasses over 20 years as a Royal Naval Officer, predominately working in the military intelligence communities. Her past positions include many years working with the United States Navy, as the Royal Naval UK Liaison Officer in Washington DC and active service with 801 Sea Harrier Squadron and UK Maritime Battle Staff.

Board Meetings for 2021

11 – 12 February
27 – 28 May
05 – 06 August
11 – 12 November