Sound Governance, Responsible Management

The Trust draws on the collective experience of its seven members to provide sound stewardship of Springhill, and will continue to do this through the proposed redevelopment and beyond. All members are volunteers drawn from the community; and bring a mix of expertise in the areas of healthcare service provision, addiction, general practice, senior management, finance and law.

Phil Ryan – Chairman

Phil is a Chartered Accountant with 25 years commercial experience predominantly in the primary sector.

Phil spent thirteen years working in senior finance roles for Lowe Walker and Lowe Corporation Ltd and six years as the Commercial Director for Apollo Apples Ltd. For the last three years he has transitioned the Apollo Apples business to T&G who acquired Apollo Apples in 2014.

He has twenty years governance experience as a former Director of Lowe Corporation Ltd, a former Director of Apollo Apples Ltd and a former Trustee of the Helicopter Rescue Trust and St. Patrick’s School, Napier. Phil is currently a Director of First Light Foods Limited and an advisor to agri businesses in Hawke’s Bay. He has been a member of the Trust for the last seven years, the last four years as Chairman

Tim Bevin – Deputy Chairman

A fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, with a Post Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies, Tim has been a Hawke’s Bay GP and part time medical officer for the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board Addiction Service for 35 years.

He is also medical advisor for the Te Poutama Tautoko addiction program, Hastings, chairman of the directors of City Medical and a director of the Hawke’s Bay Primary Health Organisation (PHO). Currently deputy chairman, Tim has been a Trust member for over twenty years.

Paul O’Leary

Paul has built a thirty year career practicing law – initially for the Public Trust Office, and more recently in private practice.

His work with the Public Trust Office initially began in Wellington, then moved to Masterton, where he was sole charge district solicitor for the Wairarapa, and finally to Napier. Paul is honorary solicitor for the Napier Rotary Club and, in that capacity, he obtained charitable trust tax status for the Napier Rotary Charitable Trust.

Erica Toomey

Erica gained an understanding of the administrative issues facing health care provision in Hawke’s Bay, particularly Napier, through the work of her late husband Noel, who served on the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board for fifteen years, and was chairman for three.

Erica has a strong background in public service, serving on many committees, including the Napier City Council Health Advocacy Committee and has recently received a Napier Citizen’s Award recognising her Community support, including her work with Springhill. Erica has been a trustee for fifteen years.

Michael Bird

Michael is the former Chair of the New Zealand Society On Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NSAD). Michael also served on the board of CareNZ that is the AOD treatment delivery arm of NSAD. In addition, he is a trustee of the Kina Families and Addiction Trust. While Michael’s background career is in communications and advertising arena, for the past fifteen years he has been deeply involved in the alcohol and drug treatment sector primarily creating resource to help people on a path to treatment and recovery. His personal journey into recovery underpins his commitment to supporting the delivery of appropriate treatment solutions for people in need.

Jan Tilyard

Jan joined the Trust in a secretarial capacity four years ago and was elected a Trustee two years ago. Jan has a long history in business administration and is a strong advocate for the Trust and its aims.

Kelvin Shaw

Born in Yorkshire, Kelvin emigrated from England in 1974 with his Wife Yvonne and their two young children. Now retired he has spent all his working life in industry, working in: Engineering, Manufacturing, Logistics and Process improvement. He holds numerous qualifications in Technology and Business Management. He is a keen Tramper and is the current President of the Napier Tramping Club, he is also the President of the Bay View Indoor Bowling Club. A passion for Rugby Union completes the social trifecta.

Richard Meech (Pending)

Richard Meech graduated from Dunedin University in 1969. After working 2 years as House Officer in Palmerston North Hospital he worked as a registrar in Wellington Hospital for 4 yrs during which he completed training as a Physician in Internal Medicine gaining the MRACP examinations. He then was appointed to St Georges Hospital, London as a Lecturer in Infectious Diseases, where he stayed for 3 years and on return to NZ was awarded the FRACP status as a Specialist Physician. After working as a consultant physician in Palmerston North for one year he was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Infectious Diseases at Otago University, a post held for 5 years before moving to Hawke’s Bay where he remained in clinical practice as a Specialist Physician for the next 35 years, retiring from the HBDHB in 2009. During this time he provided services to the Ministry and Department of Health as Chairman of various Aids committees ,including the initial Aids Advisory committee established in 1985, and also serving on the Infection Diseases Advisory Committee for many years and chaired for 3 yrs. His special areas of interest include HIV, Hepatitis B and C, control of STD’s, and Hospital based Infections. At DHB level, he was Clinical Advisor for Medical services to the DHB for 15 yrs, and Senior Medical Advisor to the DHB for 3 yrs. In 2004 he was honoured with Membership to the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM), for services to Public Health.

Trust Vacancies

As a result of recent retirements from the Trust we have a number of vacancies to fill. If you have any of the following skills/experience and would like to support this cause please write to or contact the Trust.

  • Time available to give to the Trust
  • Leadership skills
  • Financial and legal literacy
  • Understanding of Trust Board procedures
  • Property management skills
  • Project managements skills
  • Fund raising skills
  • Communications skills
  • Social media skills