Pat Snedden has been with Emerge from the time of its incorporation. He had recently joined the Board of Health Partners as the northern region representative of the District Health Boards. He has history in health dating back to 1982 where he was part of the setting up of a bi-cultural community health coalition for primary care called Health Care Aotearoa. He has chaired the Counties and Auckland District Health Board from 2003 up until 2010 and took over at Auckland again in 2018. During that time he set up the precursor to the Health Quality and Safety Council called the Quality Improvement Committee and was its inaugural chair. QIC set up the serious and sentinel reporting regime in hospitals seeking to learn from clinical error.
For 6 years he chaired Housing New Zealand Corporation and established the Hobsonville Land Company where he chaired the Board for 5 years and he set up the Tamaki Transformation Programme for the development of Glen Innes, Point England and Panmure. At the same time he was a director of Watercare and a trustee of the ASB Community Trusts. He has been a treaty negotiator for over 35 years both for iwi (Ngati Whatua) and for the Crown as the chief crown negotiator in the Muriwhenua, Hastings and Wairoa settlements. He was a founding director of Mai FM, the first commercial Māori radio station. Since 2011 he has chaired the Manaiakalani Education Trust that provides high end technology to support the application of digital tools and pedagogical innovation serving low decile communities.
In 2018 he was was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and to Māori.