DHB leadership renewed and strengthened



Hon Dr David Clark
Minister of Health

9 December 2019

Health Minister Dr David Clark says new appointments to DHBs represent a significant changing of the guard, with 13 new chairs including four Māori chairs.

Today 76 appointments have been announced to complement elected board members, as well as eight elected members appointed as either chair or deputy chair.  Four board members were named for each of the 19 DHBs. No appointments were made for Waikato DHB as it is currently governed by a Commissioner.

“District Health Boards play a vital role delivering health care to New Zealanders. It’s critical that they are well led, and well governed,” David Clark said.

“I am delighted with the calibre of people that have agreed to take on these important board roles. I also want to pay tribute to outgoing board members for their public service.

“It is no secret that our DHBs face their challenges. Nine years of underfunding and neglect has taken its toll – with rundown hospitals, workforces that have been stretched too thinly and worsening DHB deficits since 2013.

“While this Government is investing more than ever in health and has hired 677 more doctors and 1699 more nurses, it will take time to rebuild our public health service. DHB chairs and boards are at the heart of this work.

“DHB board governance is not an easy job. It requires leadership, focus, a strong skillset and a commitment to delivering high quality care for all New Zealanders,” David Clark said.

“Boards also need to reflect the communities they serve. Almost exactly half of the appointed board members are women (37 out of 76), and I have appointed four Māori board chairs – compared to none in 2016.

“For the first time, the number of Māori chairs and deputies reflects the proportion of our Māori population. This is crucial to improving health outcomes for New Zealand’s Māori communities.”

“I expect the new DHB boards to deliver on the Government’s clear expectations – in particular, robust financial management, improved services and good management of capital infrastructure.

“While there are a range of ongoing challenging issues in health, timely access to services remains a key priority. For example, there needs to be meaningful improvement in access to first specialist assessments, surgery and radiology so people get the care they need.

“To help them to succeed, board chairs and members will be supported by an improved Ministry of Health induction and development programme. This will ensure DHB boards have the support they need to provide strong governance and leadership,” said David Clark.

New DHB chair appointments include:

  • Northland - Harry Burkhardt (Ngāti Kuri), plastics manufacturing and recycling business managing director and Ngāti Kuri Trust Board chair
  • Bay of Plenty - Sir Michael Cullen, former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister
  • Lakes - Dr Jim Mather (Ngāti Awa / Ngāi Tūhoe), qualified accountant and former Chief Executive of Māori Television and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa
  • Tairawhiti - Kim Ngarimu (Ngāti Porou), member of the Medical Council’s Audit, Education and Health Committees and director of Tāua Limited
  • Hawke’s Bay - Shayne Walker (Ngāti Kahungunu), head of Māori Business at the Bank of New Zealand and a former Māori health manager at HBDHB
  • Taranaki - Cassandra Crowley, has directorships on several boards, President of the Chartered Accountants ANZ Board and Taranaki Whanui Benefits Limited
  • Whanganui - Ken Whelan, former chief executive of Northland and Capital and Coast DHBs, Crown Monitor at Counties Manukau and Waikato DHBs
  • MidCentral - Brendan Duffy, former Horowhenua mayor and DHB deputy chair
  • Hutt Valley, Capital and Coast - David Smol, inaugural MBIE Chief Executive
  • Canterbury - Sir John Hansen, retired High Court judge and chair of the Canterbury Clinical Network
  • West Coast - Rick Barker, former Cabinet Minister
  • Southern - Dave Cull, former Mayor of Dunedin and former President of Local Government NZ

The current chairs of Nelson Marlborough, South Canterbury and Wairarapa DHBs have been reappointed for a further three year term, as have the chairs of Auckland, Waitemata and Counties Manukau (who were first appointed in 2018).

About Cassandra Crowley, Chair
Ms Crowley has Directorships on several Boards, including Oriens Capital GP, President of the Chartered Accountants ANZ Board and Taranaki Whanui Benefits Limited. She is a Council Member of the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki and a Director at The Skills Organisation. In 2017 Ms Crowley was the recipient of an award for Inspirational Excellence at the 2017 Women in Governance awards and awarded the New Zealand Prime Minister’s Business Scholarship in 2016. Ms Crowley holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration and a Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting (FCA). She is currently completing her Master of Advanced Leadership Practice at Massey University.

AUCKLAND
Appoint/ Reappoint Position Name of (re)appointee Term start Term end
Reappoint Chair Patrick (Pat) Snedden 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Deputy Chair William (Tama) Davis 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Bernie O’Donnell 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Michael Quirke 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
BAY OF PLENTY
Appoint/ Reappoint Position Name of (re)appointee Term start Term end
Appoint Chair Sir Michael Cullen 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Deputy Chair Sharon Shea 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Leonie Simpson 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Arihia Tuoro 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
CANTERBURY
Appoint/ Reappoint Position Name of (re)appointee Term start Term end
Appoint Chair Sir John Hansen 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Deputy Chair Gabrielle Huria 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Reappoint Member Barry Bragg 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Ingrid Taylor 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
CAPITAL & COAST
Appoint/ Reappoint Position Name of (re)appointee Term start Term end
Appoint Chair David Smol 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Deputy Chair Ayesha Verrall (E) 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Tristram Ingham 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Reappoint Member Kimbal von Lanthen 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Hamiora Bowkett 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
COUNTIES MANUKAU
Appoint/ Reappoint Position Name of (re)appointee Term start Term end
Reappoint Chair Vui Mark Gosche 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Deputy Chair Tipa Mahuta 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Pierre Tohe 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Lana Perese 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
HAWKE’S BAY
Appoint/ Reappoint Position Name of (re)appointee Term start Term end
Appoint Chair Shayne Walker 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Deputy Chair Evan Davies 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Joanne Edwards 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Charles Lambert 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
HUTT VALLEY
Appoint/ Reappoint Position Name of (re)appointee Term start Term end
Appoint Chair David Smol 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Reappoint Deputy Chair Wayne Guppy (E) 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Reappoint Member Kimbal von Lanthen 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Reappoint Member Yvette Grace 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member John Ryall 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
LAKES
Appoint/ Reappoint Position Name of (re)appointee Term start Term end
Appoint Chair Jim Mather 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Reappoint Deputy Chair Johan Morreau (E) 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Sir Michael Cullen 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Lana Ngawhika 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Rees Tapsell 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
MIDCENTRAL
Appoint/ Reappoint Position Name of (re)appointee Term start Term end
Reappoint Chair Brendan Duffy 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Reappoint Deputy Chair Oriana Paewai 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Materoa Mar 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Norman Gray 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
NELSON MARLBOROUGH
Appoint/ Reappoint Position Name of (re)appointee Term start Term end
Reappoint Chair Jenny Black (E) 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Reappoint Deputy Chair Craig Dennis 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Reappoint Member Dawn McConnell 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Olivia Hall 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Jill Kersey 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
NORTHLAND
Appoint/ Reappoint Position Name of (re)appointee Term start Term end
Appoint Chair Harry Burkhardt 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Deputy Chair Ngaire Rae 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Nicole Anderson 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Mataroria Lyndon 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
SOUTH CANTERBURY
Appoint/ Reappoint Position Name of (re)appointee Term start Term end
Reappoint Chair Ron Luxton (E) 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Deputy Chair Phil Hope 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Karl Te Raki 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Suran Dickson 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Reappoint Member Mark Rogers 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
SOUTHERN
Appoint/ Reappoint Position Name of (re)appointee Term start Term end
Appoint Chair David Cull (E) 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Deputy Chair David Perez 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Jean O’Callaghan 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Tuari Potiki 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Moana Theodore 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
TAIRAWHITI
Appoint/ Reappoint Position Name of (re)appointee Term start Term end
Appoint Chair Kim Ngarimu 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Reappoint Deputy Chair Gavin Murphy 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Robyn Rauna 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Amy Wray 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
TARANAKI
Appoint/ Reappoint Position Name of (re)appointee Term start Term end
Appoint Chair Cassandra Crowley 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Deputy Chair Bridget Sullivan 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Carla White 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Patsy Bodger 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
WAIRARAPA
Appoint/ Reappoint Position Name of (re)appointee Term start Term end
Reappoint Chair Sir Paul Collins 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Deputy Chair Tony Becker (E) 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Yvette Grace 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Reappoint Member Ronald Karaitiana 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Jill Pettis 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
WAITEMATA
Appoint/ Reappoint Position Name of (re)appointee Term start Term end
Reappoint Chair Judy McGregor 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Reappoint Deputy Chair Kylie Clegg 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Renata Watene 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Arena Williams 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
WEST COAST
Appoint/ Reappoint Position Name of (re)appointee Term start Term end
Appoint Chair Hon Rick Barker 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Deputy Chair Tony Kokshoorn 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Reappoint Member Edie Moke 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Reappoint Member Francois Tumahai 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
WHANGANUI
Appoint/ Reappoint Position Name of (re)appointee Term start Term end
Appoint Chair Ken Whelan 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Deputy Chair Annette Main (E) 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Materoa Mar 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Soraya Peke-Mason 9 December 2019 5 December 2022
Appoint Member Talia Anderson-Town 9 December 2019 5 December 2022


 

 

Last updated: Monday, December 9, 2019

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