Mrs Sharon Shea

Chair, Expert Advisory Group, Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission in Aotearoa & Board Chair, Bay Of Plenty District Health Board

Sharon is a recognised leader in the field of health sector strategy, outcomes framework development, quality assurance, results based accountability and systems design, particularly in respect to issues affecting Māori equity and wellbeing.

Her role in the development of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission has been as Chair of the in Expert Advisory Group charged with providing specialist advice and recommendations in the conceptual framework phase of the Commission’s development.

In 2018, Sharon was awarded an MNZM for services to Māori health and development. She was also part of the recent Māori Expert Advisory Group for the Health and Disability Systems Review charged with ensuring Māori perspectives on key aspects of the review were well considered and understood, purposefully focusing the Review on addressing inequity in health outcomes for Māori.

Sharon’s contribution has resulted in the establishment of an Māori Health Authority in New Zealand, which will hold a substantive budget in the new health system to commission and co-commission services for Māori (and others) to achieve equity and wellbeing.

This is the first time in the history of Aotearoa that a national Māori organisation will hold a budget appropriation directly from the government in the health system.

Sharon holds several degrees including Law, Arts and a MSC Comparative Social Policy (Distinction) from Oxford University. She is a Board member and Chair of several government and non-government organisations, which are both Ministerial and peer appointments.