Committee contacts

Please direct all enquiries to the Chairperson of the Committee, who will forward them on to other committee members as necessary.




Bridget Richards


Gayleen Watkins


Kim Brooks


Aileen Smith

Committee member

Natalie Seymour


Jed Montayre

Committee member

Napat Sirihingthong

Committee member

Anna Carey

Professional Nursing Advisor

Margaret Cain


Meet your committee

Bridget Richards Bridget Richards - Secretary


Bridget is a Nurse Practitioner working in aged care facilities within Waikato.

She provides services as part of a virtual GP practice, where GP's and NP's visit the resident in their own home delivering all services delivered by a more regular GP practice.

She helps to develop nurses within aged care by working alongside them to develop their clinical skills and knowledge base and in partnership with WIntec to deliver advanced assessment papers by providing practical teaching.

She also provides advanced care planning, and meets with families to ensure quality of care with appropriate decision making around acute hospital admissions.

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Kim Brooks Kim Brooks - Treasurer


Kim Brooks has been nursing some 39 years, with a variety of nursing areas explored she has settled on Gerontology Nursing. She has a passion for supporting and understanding the needs of the older person.

Kim has been a member of NZNO all her nursing life, a member of the Gerontology section for 10 years and currently is the Treasurer for a second term.

She lives and works in Rotorua working as the Operations Manager for Whare Aroha CARE - wanting and accepting that people want to live normal lives even if they require a helping hand to do so.

Kim is a Hospital trained RN and has a Bachelor in Nursing and a Master of Health Practice.

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Aileen Smith

RN,BN,Grad Cert.Gerontology, PGDip. HSc.Nsg. Aileen Smaith - Treasurer


Aileen is a Gerontology Nurse Specialist working across the Older Persons Health Specialist Services for the Canterbury District Health Board. This new role was pioneered 6 years ago to provide expert clinical nursing support, education and mentorship to the staff, residents and their families from the eighty-nine Aged Residential Care (ARC) facilities across Canterbury.
Aileen began her career in the apprenticeship model 40 something years ago, going on to complete her Bachelor of Nursing and Post Grad. Diploma in Health Science Nursing in recent years. This will be her third year on the committee and she is enjoying sharing her passion for improving the health of older people in a national forum.

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Gayleen Watkins

SecretaryGayleen Watkins

I've worked in Aged Care for almost 14 years since qualifying - I have had a variety of roles (including a period of time as a NM at a small rural facility) and am currently working as the RN at the Leslie Groves RestHome in Dunedin.

Before retraining, and qualifying as an RN in 2004 I had worked as a Radiation Therapist for over 20 years. I believe that quality of life is more important than quantity. This is very true of Aged Care where we aim to provide our residents with the best quality of life possible as they journey through this last stage of their lives.

Over the years I have witnessed a number of changes across the Aged Care industry (some more positive than others).

This sector requires effective advocacy to ensure the best outcomes for residents and staff alike. I believe that the Gerontology Section provides such a voice, which is why I've been a committee member of the Otago Section for 9 years, and why I’m excited to have been given an opportunity to become involved at a National level now.

A big passion of mine is Barbershop Singing – I have been involved with Men's and Women's Choruses, across NZ and Australia, since 1985. I’m also an avid reader.

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Napat Sirihongthong

Committee MemberNapat Sirihongthong

Napat is currently working for the Canterbury District Health Board as a Clinical Nurse Specialist – Older Persons Health (Inpatients) based at Burwood Hospital. She has been in this role since 2014 and has been working with older people since she graduated in 2009. Napat is passionate about working with older people and their families. She is committed to enabling people and systems to work together as a whole connected healthcare system to ensure better quality of life for older people.

Napat enjoys and has been working with all types of healthcare professionals, from various clinical and cultural backgrounds. Part of her role sees her also helping, encouraging and supporting hospital aides, nurses and all members of the health care team, from new graduates right through to very experienced nurses, to practice under their scopes of practice utilising best practice guidelines.

Napat has completed a postgraduate diploma endorsed in nursing and is currently working towards Master of Health Sciences. She is very keen to be part of and contribute positively to the National Gerontology Section Committee, working with people to improve the care provided to older people, and enabling people to live well and achieve positive outcomes.

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Natalie Seymour

BN, RN, PG Dip, PG cert HSc. NsgNatalie Seymour

Committee Member

Natalie currently works as  a clinical nurse manager for an Arvida aged care facility in Waikato. She is undertaking her Masters of nursing with the ambition to become a nurse practitioner in aged care.  Natalie has been working within the aged care sector, both acute and chronic, since graduating and is passionate about providing her residents and families a positive experience while supporting the care team with ongoing professional growth and development.

Natalie works in conjunction with WINTEC by providing a Dedicated Education Unit for 2nd and 3rd semester nursing students, and ensures that they receive a positive clinical focussed experience that will support the development of nursing fundamentals and a clear understanding of nursing in the aged care sector.

Natalie's professional interests include supporting people to live well and to have choices in their care through individual person centred care planning.

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Jed MontayreJed Montayre


Jed is a lecturer and gerontology researcher at Auckland University of Technology (AUT)-Nursing Department in Auckland.

His nursing background focusses on the care of older adults in both long-term and acute care settings. His work within the aged care sector involves quality case management and consultation for educational and workforce issues within aged related residential care settings (ARRCs).

For his current role at AUT he oversees and ensures the integration of gerontology in the nursing curriculum. He delivers gerontology-related lectures to graduating students each year, providing insights about the ageing population and its impact on nurses and the nursing profession in general. These lectures are some of the things Jed has undertaken to open students’ interest of pursuing a gerontology specialty.

He also leads a project focussed on issues surrounding older migrants in New Zealand. Jed is a member of the New Zealand Gerontology Association (NZAG). He is a steering committee member for AUT Centre for Active Ageing.

In 2016, Jed was the co-recipient of the NZNO Young Nurse of the Year Award.

Read Jed’s extended profile on the AUT website

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Anna CareyMorag Mackenzie

Committee member

My name is Anna Carey and I am passionate about gerontology nursing and care of the older person.

I believe older people have the right to excellent, quality care that is based on best practice. I am currently the Business and Care Manager of an Aged Residential Care Facility (ARC) in Christchurch. I am a registered nurse having trained in Christchurch over twenty years ago. In one way or another I have been involved in care of the older person for most of my nursing career.

My previous roles include Registered nurse (in acute surgical wards), Nurse Educator (in an Aged Residential Care (ARC) Facility), Quality Coordinator (in an ARC facility) and Nurse Manager of an ARC facility. I also spent several years working in a regional capacity for the South Island Alliance (SIA). I had two roles within the SIA, one was monitoring ARC facilities in meeting their requirements of Certification audit process and the other was facilitating the Quality and Safety Service level Alliance across all five South Island District Health Boards.

I believe in always improving ourselves and extending our knowledge which is why I recently completed my Masters.

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