KPI Programme Sponsors

The KPI Programme is led by the KPI Programme Sponsors group.They themselves reflect a representation across different roles within mental health. A clinician, a manager, a data analyst, an NGO representative, and a funder and planner.

Karla Bergquist

KPI Programme Sponsor (Co-Chair) and General Manager Service Delivery

Emerge Aotearoa, New Zealand

Karla is a Registered Nurse who has worked as a clinician and manager in mental health services since 1982.
She has held a number of senior positions in Northern Region DHB’s as well as in Australia.
She was involved in the KPI Project pilot in 2009 and set up local benchmarking forums in Waitemata DHB and the Central Adelaide Local Health Network. Since returning to New Zealand Karla has taken a leadership role in the NGO sector and maintains a passion for the meaningful sharing of information.
She became a Lead for the Adult stream at the beginning of 2015 and is looking forward to contributing to the Programme as a Sponsor and Co-Chair and bringing the NGO perspective.

Toni Gutschlag

KPI Programme Sponsor (Co-Chair) and General Manager, Mental Health Services

Canterbury District Health Board

Toni has led Specialist Mental Health Services as General Manager for the past 3 years; she has held a number of senior and clinical roles since joining the Canterbury District Health Board in 1994.
She has established strong relationships across health, community and social sectors, locally and nationally.
She has effectively led Specialist Mental Health Services and the wider mental health sector during a period of unprecedented increased demand as a consequence of post-earthquake issues.
Toni has a strong interest in evidenced based decision making and the power of using data and information well.

John Zonnevylle

Child and Youth Director, Pathways & Real

Child and Youth Director, Pathways & Real
John’s the Child and Youth Director for Pathways and their youth brand Real. John’s also worked for many years in management of DHB mental health and addiction services. John’s active in and passionate about in young people’s mental health. In 2007/08 he was seconded to the Ministry of Health to work on youth mental health issues. John’s interested in what helps young people build resilience and functional recovery in the face of mental health difficulties. John’s a NZ Registered Nurse and a graduate of the Blueprint Executive Leadership & Management Programme. John’s been a lead in the Child and Youth KPI stream since 2015, is a strong advocate for the KPI programme and the use of data in service improvement.

Dr Alison Masters

Medical Director, MHAIDS 3DHB

Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHBs

Alison has worked as a Psychiatrist in Wellington mental health services in community psychiatry for over 25 years, and continues to work in the early psychosis team.
She has held a number of clinical leadership roles.
She has strongly supported the value of the national KPI programme, promoting clinical engagement and leadership to enhance our understanding of and improvement of the services delivered to clients and families.
She became a sponsor in July 2015.

Ross Phillips

Business Improvement Manager


Ross Phillips is the Business Improvement Manager at Pathways with over 15 years’ experience in the development and delivery of mental health and addiction services.
Ross has significant experience at commissioning, planning and setting up new and innovative services and workforce development initiatives. This includes peer led acute-alternative services, intensive community based services, specialist clinical services and comprehensive workforce development programmes to support them. Ross is the current Chair of the NGO KPI Benchmarking Club and brings to the KPI Programme expertise in the use of information, technology, outcomes, process improvements and evaluation.

Sue Wyeth

Portfolio Manager Mental Health and Addictions Services


Sue has recently returned from Tasmania where she was the General Manager, Mental Health Services for the Tasmanian Health Service – North West. Prior to this she led Specialist mental health services in Northland as the General Manager of Mental Health and Addiction Services, along with District Hospitals. She had a particular interest in the development of integrated health services to best meet the need of local populations. Prior to this, she led mental health services in Counties-Manukau for 5 years.
She has a strong track record in the development and management of significant organisational/service change in mental health and addiction services.
Sue is well-known for the use of data to inform service planning and service improvement.