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MidCentral DHB is led by an Executive Leadership Team.


MidCentral The Executive Leadership Team comprises:


Photo of Kathryn Cook, CEO Kathryn Cook, Chief Executive Officer

Kathryn is the Chief Executive of MidCentral District Health Board. The DHB commissions and delivers health and disability services to support the health and wellbeing of its population, located across approximately 9000 km2 of New Zealand’s lower North Island from the west to the east coasts.

Previously Kathryn was a Partner in KPMG Australia’s Health, Ageing and Human Services practice and before that was the Chief Executive of Western Health, located in Melbourne, Australia. During her career, Kathryn has also held a range of policy and leadership positions in the New Zealand Ministry of Health and Western Australian and Victorian Departments of Health.


CEO's Expenses:

CEO expense return for 12 months to 30 June 2018

CEO expense return for 12 months to 30 June 2017 (62KB - XLS)


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Craig Johnston, General Manager, Strategy, Planning & Performance

Craig's involvement in the health sector is long-standing and covers research, health planning, and funding.  He has worked extensively with hospital services and has had a long term involvement in the Horowhenua community.  Over recent years, his focus has been in primary and community health services, including both the strategic and operational aspects of the DHB's 10 year investment in the development of primary health care.
Craig's interests revolve around the organisation of service delivery, particularly how to achieve change and support improvement for the benefit of service users and the community.  In 2005 he received a Foxley Fellowship which provided study leave to investigate change in general practice.

Neil has extensive experience in financial management having spent the past 30 years doing this from a commercial perspective. This includes working as a chief financial officer for Opus International Consultants Ltd where he transformed the finance and IT functions of the organisation to better meet the needs of the growing organisation.

Other roles held by Neil include: general manager, corporate services for the Department for Courts (2001-2003) and chief financial officer/chief operating officer/company secretary with the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR) from 1992-2000. In these roles Neil had responsibility for finance, IT, legal and property functions.

Neil is a chartered accountant, with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a member of the Institute of Directors.
Keyur has over 16 years’ experience in human resource and people management functions in New Zealand.  With a background in the Army and prior to coming to New Zealand, Keyur led the personnel and HR functions in a large private sector company in India for many years.  Keyur's work experience includes working in the public sector and with a crown research institute.  Before joining MidCentral DHB, Keyur was the Executive Director, Human Resources for the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand where he has been closely involved in strategy development and transformational change programmes.
With a background in science, Keyur has post graduate qualifications in Human Resources and a Master in Business Administration. 
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Stephanie Turner, MA AT (Hons), Dip OH, Cert A&D Couns, AthR ANZATA  started as the Director of Maori Health in May 2014, prior to this she was the Director of Maori Health at Wairarapa DHB for a number of years. A large part of her work as a Director of Maori Health is about sharing her knowledge of Maori concepts, raising awareness and understanding of Maori worldview; values, beliefs and knowledge. This increases people’s willingness and ability to encompass Maori ideas within health system development, structures and practice.
Stephanie has had careers both in the arts and health sectors and completed an MA with honors in Art Therapy in 2006, her dissertation focused on Maori models of therapy and Maori ideology regarding the use of the creative arts as therapy. Stephanie managed a very successful NGO for a number of years and established a service within a PHO.  She is committed to developing policies, operational systems, programmes and services that are effective and work for whanau Maori.  “I am a big believer in ‘values’ driving system development and behavior and have developed, alongside mana whenua, frameworks, tools and processes to increase service responsiveness and better health outcomes for Maori”.
Born and bred in Scotland, Judith arrived at MidCentral DHB in 2018, bringing with her a wealth of health experience from both her home country and throughout Australasia. Previously the Director, Community and Long-Term Conditions at Auckland DHB, Judith has held many senior leadership roles in other large healthcare organisations including the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Queensland and the NHS Highland in Inverness, Scotland.
Judith’s main focus at MidCentral DHB is quality and innovation, which is a key leadership role within the Executive Leadership team. She has been tasked to facilitate and lead initiatives that improve service quality and safety to promote a culture of continuous improvement and innovation for all staff and patients.  Within Judith’s portfolio, she is responsible for leading the Integrated Service Model and the establishment of the new cluster arrangement, as well as the Business Improvement Programme and other significant service and organisational changes.     
Dr Kenneth Clark, MBChB, FRANZCOG, FRCOG, FRTCOG (Hon), FRACMA is MidCentral DHB's Chief Medical Officer.  He has worked at MidCentral DHB since 1989 when he joined as a senior registrar.  The following year he became a consultant, and took up the CMO role in 2002.  During this time he has been heavily involved in regional service development and the enhancement of clinical governance at all levels – local, regional and national.  He is the chair of the National CMO Group and also the Medical Advisory Group to Health Workforce NZ. 
A specialist gynaecologist, Ken has been actively involved in the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and has served as the College’s president.  He was awarded an honorary fellowship by the British College in 2007 for services to women’s health.
Born and trained in England, Celina is a professionally qualified and experienced practicing nurse and midwife.  She relocated to New Zealand in 2018 to take up her role at MidCentral DHB.  Prior to this she was Chief Nursing Officer at King Saud Medical City in Riyadh, a large 1400-bed general hospital.  Celina has held a number of senior nursing leadership roles in the United Kingdom over the past 15 years, including Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Deputy CNO.  She is experienced in leading transformational change. 
Gabrielle completed a Diploma in Physiotherapy at Otago Polytechnic in 1984 and commenced work at Palmerston North Hospital in January 1985. She gained a Health Service Management post graduate qualification from Massey University in 2004.  
Gabrielle has held numerous leadership roles while working at Palmerston North Hospital. Prior to her appointment, she was the Professional Advisor, Physiotherapy and Coordinator Child Development Service.
Gabrielle is committed to supporting Allied Health at MidCentral Health. She believes in the contribution her Allied Health, Scientific and Technical staff make to the lives of those in the MidCentral District community.
Steve has worked within the ICT industry for over 20 years in both New Zealand and Australia with a large portion of that time being focused on the Health and Disability Sector. 

Before taking up the role with MidCentral DHB, Steve worked for Central TAS as the Regional Executive Lead - Central Region Health Information and was instrumental in finalising the regional health informatics programme, which is now being rolled out into MDHB. 

Steve has held senior management positons in a range of information technology companies, including Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), iSoft NZ Limited, and Gen-I and Telecom NZ.  This was complemented by a secondment to the Ministry of Health as a Senior Policy Advisor.
Scott took up the role of General Manager, Enable New Zealand in November 2013.  For the five years prior, he was Operations Manager at Enable New Zealand and was instrumental in developing and improving procurement and supply chain activities within the health and disability sector.

Prior to Enable New Zealand, Scott worked in senior management roles in the public and private sectors across a range of consumer, food/manufacturing and service organisations.
MidCentral DHB  works in close collaboration with its primary sector.  In recognition of this, the Central PHO's Clinical Director, Primary Care, Chiquita Hansen, is a member of the DHB's executive leadership team.  Chiquita is also Director of Nursing Primary Health Care, Health Care Development with MidCentral DHB; a role she had held since 2003.  Under her leadership, the role of primary health nursing has grown significantly.
Chiquita entered the health sector as a nurse assistant in Horowhenua in 1982 and has held many nursing roles since this time, the majority of which have been in primary health care and nursing leadership.  In 2004 Chiquita completed her Master of Philosophy in Nursing and her thesis concerned professional practice attributes of public health nurses in NZ.

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