Support Team

The Mobile Health crew based in Christchurch.


Stuart Gowlandstu

Medical Director

Dr Gowland is the visionary behind the Mobile Health Solutions project. A Christchurch urologist and sometime member of the New Zealand Board of Surgery and Australasian Board of Urology, Dr Gowland was awarded the Queen's Service Order in the New Year's Honours list of 2001 for services to medical standards and rural health.  He specialises in combining video communications with surgical care for rural patients and is pioneering telepresence in New Zealand. His objective is to access the best medical care available for patients here through the global collaboration of clinicians via telepresence.


Mark EagerMark Eager

Chief Executive

Mark has a Nursing background. He has been with MHS since 2007. Mark manages the team at Mobile Health, as well as the relationship with the Ministry of Health and many of the DHBs throughout New Zealand.


Gavin Hurringgavin

Steerologist (aka Driver)

With 35 years professional driving experience, Gavin has developed a comprehensive knowledge of New Zealand roads. As one of the two Mobile Surgical Unit drivers he is also responsible for deployment of the Bus at each site, ensuring the onboard systems are able to support safe operating theatre practice.


Jim Wilsonjim with background

Steerologist (aka Driver)

With extensive experience driving trucks and coaches on both sides of the Tasman, Jimmy joined the MHS team in 2001. Since then he has supported Gavin in driving the Bus around the country on its five week circuit.


Micky Prendergastmicky with background


Micky has been driving trucks since the early 80’s. He has a vast experience in logging, freight, bulk, and oversize loads. Also spending over ten years trucking in America hauling freight, produce, and owning his own business hauling cars. He joined Mobile Health in July 2016 and as the “newbie” has had to learn quickly a different aspect of truck driving, with the daily running of the onboard systems.


Sue Wallacesue

Service Scheduler

Prior to joining MHS, Sue managed medical information at Canterbury District Health Board for 29 years, managing both the medical records and clinical coding for Christchurch Hospital. Sue has a Health Records Management Diploma and her medical knowledge and experience ensure that she is well equipped for her MHS role of coordinating surgical services with base hospitals.



Heather Nielsenheather with background

Patient Liaison Coordinator

Heather has been working for MHS for a year as an anaesthetic technician and has recently taken on the role of patient liaison coordinator. She comes to us with an extensive background in the medical field. She has been a registered anaesthetic technician for the last 16 years and has held an educational role as a national assessor for anaesthetic students, through the Auckland University of technology, for four years.

Heather is responsible for conducting patient follow up questionnaires for all patients treated on the surgical bus. She also manages stock supplies for the bus and general office administration.


Steve Smithsteve

Rural Health Development Manager

Steve is a registered nurse who joined MHS in 2008 as Nurse Educator. He manages the MHS video-communication education network which provides professional development for numerous small rural hospitals and also the peri-operative training provided by MHS for rural nursing staff. Steve is also a memberof the MHS quality team that maintains our EQuIP5 Day Hospitals Certification. Steve’s background is in advanced resuscitation training for health professionals. In his previous position he managed and delivered resuscitation training for medical, nursing and other staff at Christchurch Hospital. He has an interest in skills training, scenario-based learning and simulation training.


Pauline Proudname

Rural Health Development Co-ordinator

Auckland Based

Pauline joined MHS in December 2011 , and works in Auckland, extending the capacity of the rural education and professional development programme. She has professional relationship, project and programme management experience, has designed and delivered adult learning programmes in the public health sector, and comes from a nursing and human resource management background.

Pauline has a real interest in novel and effective provision of professional development for professionals working in rural communities, having provided training and promoted virtual professional teamwork around the country, including working with remote communities.


"Barriers to professional development for rural practitioners are considerable. In this role, I feel I have a great opportunity to contribute to innovative and meaningful solutions that value the skills and experience, and support practice within our rural communities"


Andrew Panckhurstandrew

Marketing Manager

Andrew has extensive sales and marketing experience previously working in both high tech manufacturing, and the business to business sectors. He joined MHS in 2008 and manages all marketing and promotional activities, including the annual Nurses Meeting / Rural Health Symposium.


"Being able to visit rural and remote sites is an interesting part of the role especially as the MHS team is always made so welcome in the rural communities. My role is extremely varied, I especially enjoy being able to capture our events and activities on film.


Pam GovePam Gove

Accounting Manager

As the Accounting Manager, Pam takes care of our payments and receipts and provides accounting information to the Management and Board. Originally from South Africa and having qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the UK, Pam worked for various National Health Board organisations in Finance and in Management prior to immigrating to New Zealand. Pam claims not to know 'Suzie the Waitress'.


Edwin Gined

IT Manager

Edwin has a Bachelor of Business Computing and Science and has worked as a computer network consultant for small/medium businesses. Ed manages the IT infrastructure including national and international networks for Tele-presence sessions, and IT Systems and applications.


Dave Hopkinshoppy

Software Developer

Born in England, Dave Hopkins has worked as a software developer in Europe and Australasia. He has been involved in designing software for the medical sector for many years, and is currently responsible for developing purpose built systems for Mobile Health Solutions.


Dave Withellblank

Maintenance and MMT Service Scheduler

Dave is responsible for scheduling the Mobile Medical Technology (MMT) lithotripsy vehicle, a role which includes booking all site visits, and liasing with specialists to book patient treatments. He also oversees all maintenance of the vehicles. Dave has worked at MHS since 2000, initially working in the IT department.


Tess Hazelhurstname

Marketing Assistant

Tess is our newest team member. Her main role will be assisting Andrew with event coordination, filming, and promotional activites. She is a recent graduate of Otago University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts and Dance, and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing Management. 


Tess has spent time working for start up businesses in both Wellington and Dunedin, specialising in online marketing and consumer behavior. Tess also has a background as a dancer, and taught hip hop, jazz and contemporary dance for three years in Dunedin, as well as working for a cabaret company.


"I feel incredibly lucky to have landed such an amazing job not long after University. Having grown up in a rural town, I've seen the benefit of the surgical bus first hand. It's fantastic to be able to contribute to Mobile Health."