Pinnacle Incorporated

Pinnacle is the provider interface for health care in the community and its members play a crucial role in achieving better health care outcomes in the Midland region.

Pinnacle's point of difference is a strong focus on the future, and the retention of high quality general practice is what Pinnacle values the most. 

Pinnacle is a well established general practice network and has a high reputation for high quality health care locally, nationally and internationally.  Its members manage the health care of nearly half a million people enrolled with almost 100 practices in Gisborne, Taranaki, Taupo-Turangi, Thames-Coromandel and the Waikato. 


Pinnacle Incorporated Executive Committee members

Dr Frank Cullen, Chairman

General Practitioner/Practice Owner

Frank Cullen is the chairman of Pinnacle Incorporated and is a GP at Fairfield Medical Centre in Hamilton. 

After graduating from the University of Otago in 1974, Frank completed further training at Christchurch Hospital before spending two years overseas working both as a GP and in secondary care.  After returning to New Zealand, he completed a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Waikato Hospital, and joined Fairfield Medical Centre in 1983. 

In 1989, Frank was involved in the setting up of General Medical Services Ltd, the predecessor to Pinnacle Incorporated, and sat on the governance board for two years.   His involvement with Pinnacle continued in the later 90s as a member of the quality committee. 

Frank completed a Pinnacle funded Diploma in Strategic Leadership in 2002, joined the executive committee of Pinnacle Incorporated as deputy chairman in 2003,  and assumed the chairman's role from 2005.


Dr Stephen French, Deputy Chairman

General Practitioner/Practice Owner

Steve is a graduate of Otago Medical School and since qualifying in 1988 has been based primarily in Hamilton. After working at Waikato Hospital for a couple of years, he travelled extensively overseas, experiencing a variety of different countries and cultures.

For 12 years Steve specialised in obstetrics until he had a family of his own and retired from obstetrics to devote more time to being a dad.

Steve has been a general practitioner for the last 16 years and a teacher of young GPs for the last 10 years. He is currently the owner of Hillcrest Medical Centre and Masters Ave Medical Centre, and part owner of Chartwell Health. 

Steve currently has a number or governance roles.  He is the current deputy chairman of Pinnacle Incorporated and has been an executive committee member since June 2007.  He is also a board member of Midlands Health Network Limited, Primary Health Care Limited and a trustee of Midlands Regional Health Network Limited. 

Steve has previously been a member of the Pinnacle Quality Committee and the chairman for the child and youth health service level alliance team.


Dr Brendon Eade

General Practitioner/Practice Owner

Brendon Eade is an executive committee member of Pinnacle Incorporated, director of Midlands Health Network Limited and a GP/owner at Health Te Aroha Medical Centre, Te Aroha.

After graduating from the University of Auckland in 1998, Brendon completed further training at Auckland and North Shore Hospitals before spending five years in the United Kingdom where he completed his vocational training in general practice.  Brendon returned to New Zealand in 2004 where he was employed as a Pinnacle Incorporated locum.

Following completion of his New Zealand vocational training in 2007, Brendon joined the Pinnacle Incorporated Quality Committee. In 2008 he was elected as a Pinnacle Incorporated executive committee member, and appointed as a director on the Midlands Health Network Limited Board in 2009.

Brendon is currently the chair of the Pinnacle Incorporated Quality Committee and continues to work in rural general practice as a GP/Owner.  He is active in teaching trainee interns and was recently appointed as a GP registrar seminar teacher by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.


Dr Patrick Leary

General Practitioner/Practice Owner

Pat Leary is a general practitioner and senior partner at Devon Street Medical Centre, a multiple doctor practice in New Plymouth. Pat was recently elected to the executive committee in December 2013 and his qualifications include MBCHB (Otago 1988), Dip Obs (Auck 1991), FRNZCGP (2000) Aviation Med Examiner (ME1).

Pat has over 20 years general practice experience in both New Zealand and Canada, and served on the board of Hau Ora PHO, prior to integration with Midlands Health Network and was a former director of the provider incorporated arm of Hau Ora PHO prior to integration with Pinnacle Incorporated.

He was also formally a member of the Elective Services Steering Committee at Taranaki Base Hospital and a director for Taranaki Sexual Assault Services.

Pat is married with three children and his interests include multisport and travel.


Dr Peter Battersby  

General Practitioner/Practice owner - Taupo Medical Centre

Peter grew up in Hamilton, having attended Hamilton Boys High school and later trained at Auckland University Medical School, graduating in 1981.  He then spent three years in Auckland hospitals; achieving Diploma in O/G and the Part 1-2 GP training scheme, of the time.

He went overseas to Canada for 18 months working in a rural general practice hospital and High Prairie, Alberta. He then returned back to a previous locum job at Taupo Medical Centre, having been offered a partnership and has been there ever since as a GP, for the past 30 years. 

His previous governance experience includes a current role on the Lake Taupo Community Hospice, of which he has been a board member for 10 years; previous board member of the Taupo Hospital Health Society; previous board member of Taupo Life Education Trust and a previous board member of Lake Taupo PHO before it was amalgamated with Midland Health Network.

Peter's special interests in general practice include aviation medicine (CAA ME1), minor surgery including vasectomies, palliative care and now in initiating the models of care and integrative medical centre strategies to Taupo.

His out of work activities include gardening, gliding, hunting, fly-fishing, lake boat fishing, tramping and skiing; as well as his grown-up "blended extended" family of five children.