About Us

The Minster 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 7 members, 5 registered podiatrists and 2 lay members (1 lay member still pending).

The current Board members are :

Registered Podiatrists:                       

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

Lay Members:

  • Helen Wilde
  • a further lay member (TBA)

Board Members

Fiona Angus – Chair

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. Prior to this she was on the Podiatry New Zealand Executive as 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.

Matt Carroll

Matthew was appointed to the Board in 2015. He was appointed Deputy Chair in 2018 and stepped down from this role in April 2020.  He has been a registered podiatrist in New Zealand since 1998 and Australia where he practiced for 11 years.  Matthew is currently Head of Postgraduate Programmes within the School of Clinical Sciences at AUT University and was Head of Podiatry at AUT University from 2009-2017.  He has served as a Director of the Australia New Zealand Podiatric Accreditation Council (ANZPAC) since 2011.

Matthew is active in research with a focus on musculoskeletal conditions of the lower limb and the Achilles tendon.  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.

Stephen 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 Finchett

Bio coming soon

Belinda Ihaka

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.  

Christopher Rewi-Wetini

Photo and bio coming soon.

Helen Wild

Photo and bio coming soon

Board Staff – Registrar

Annabel Whinam – Registrar

Annabel has been in the role as Registrar for the Board for a number of years, since 2003. She gained her law degree from the University of Otago and was  admitted to the bar the following year. She has also gained her qualifications in primary teaching.

She practised in a number of law firms in Dunedin and also worked in the areas of education and social work whilst raising three children. Since moving to Wellington in 2000 she worked as a legal editor before taking on her current role within health practitioner regulation.

Board Meetings for 2020

13 – 14 February
14 – 15 May
6 – 7 August
12 – 13 November