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MidCentral DHB is led by an Organisational Leadership Team.


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:  MidCentral DHB is disclosing the Chief Executive's expenses, gifts and hospitality as part of its commitment to transparency and accountability.

CEO expense return for 12 months to 30 June 2021 (127KB - XLS)
CEO expense return for 12 months to 30 June 2020 (121KB - XLS)
CEO expense return for 12 months to 30 June 2019 (61.2KB - XLS)
CEO expense return for 12 months to 30 June 2018 (26.4 - XLS)
CEO expense return for 12 months to 30 June 2017 (62KB - XLS)
CEO expense return for 12 months to 30 June 2016 (33.4KB - XLS)
CEO expense return for 12months to 30 June 2015 (53.5KB - XLS)
CEO expense return for 12 months 30 June 2014 (45.5 KB - XLS)
CEO expense return for 6 months ended 30.6.13 (37 KB - XLS)
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General Manager, Strategy, Planning & Performance


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. 

Tracee has more than 18 years' experience in the health sector. Tracee led the inaugural contemporary Treaty of Waitangi health claim WAI 692 in 2008, was a researcher for the WAI 2575 health claim and sponsored the Hawke's Bay's Social Inclusion strategy in 2017. Past roles include Executive Director, Strategy and Health Improvement where she managed DHB planning, project delivery, public health, Equity programmes; General Manager, Māori Health; and Manager, Public Health Unit, at Hawke's Bay DHB (HBDHB). She was most recently the Executive Director Kahutia Accord in forestry for Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated. Tracee is a member of the Institute of Directors and is a hearings Commissioner for the Resource Management Act.
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.   
A medical graduate from Otago University, Kelvin is a generalist trained New Zealand doctor, a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators (FRACMA) and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers (ACHSM). Kelvin has significant experience as a Director of Medical Services in two regional public Australian hospitals, as well as a private hospital based in the United Arab Emirates. He also has considerable experience in public health at community, district, provincial, national and international levels, based from South Africa.
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. 
MidCentral DHB  works in close collaboration with its primary sector.  In recognition of this, the Central PHO's CEO, Chiquita Hansen, is a member of the DHB's organisational 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.


Vanessa has worked in the mental health and addictions sector for the past 25 years, holding a variety of roles as a Psychologist and Service Manager in residential, outpatient services and leading national programmes to respond to addiction issues in the workplace. Prior to joining MidCentral DHB, she led Matua Raki, National addictions workforce development from 2012-2017 during which time she was also Chair of the National Committee for Addiction Treatment (NCAT) and was an elected member of the Dapaanz Board. Vanessa is committed to implementing people-centred, recovery-focused mental health and addiction integrated pathways of care, which include specific pathways of care from a te Ao Māori perspective. She is also passionate about ensuring MidCentral has a well-resourced and highly skilled workforce, including people with lived experience. She is a life-long learner, having completed her doctorate thesis in examining the role of family and whānau in addiction treatment.
Scott Ambridge, Operations Executive, Te Uru Rauhī - Mental Health & Addiction
Scott took up the role of Operations Executive in April 2019.  Prior to this, he was General Manager, Enable New Zealand - a role he has held since November 2013.  Scott's involvement with Enable New Zealand began in 2008 when he was the Operations Manager and 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.
Lyn Horgan, Operations Executive, Te Uru Arotau - Acute & Elective Specialist Services
Lyn has been in a variety of nursing and management roles since completing her nursing training. In 2009, Lyn was appointed Operations Director, Hospital Services at MidCentral DHB, and moved to her current role as part of the DHB’s transition to the Integrated Service Model. Lyn has, in partnership with clinical leaders, led major change projects around improving patient experience, productivity and patient flow, and access to hospital- level services. This work includes the establishment of the DHB’s Medical Assessment and Planning Unit, Team Work and Communication, Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, primary-based hip and knee assessments, acute ambulatory assessment and the national Elective Services programme. Lyn is a member of the Central PHO’s Alliance Leadership Team and has led the development of sub-regional services with MDHB’s Central Alliance partner, Whanganui DHB. She is also involved in national projects and work streams. 
Dr Jeff Brown, Clinical Executive, Te Uru Pā Harakeke - Healthy Women Children & Youth
Jeff currently works for MidCentral DHB as a Consultant Paediatrician and Clinical Executive for the Healthy Women Children and Youth cluster. He has extensive experience in the hospital environment, driving improvement in neonatal care, resuscitation, acute and emergency paediatrics. He has also worked in community paediatrics, and been involved in developing models of care outside traditional boundaries. Jeff is currently the NZ President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and on the RACP Board, a Director of Paediatric Education, and Senior Examiner. He has been Chair of Advanced Paediatric Life Support, President of ASMS, has helped establish national Newborn Life Support training, led the Ministerial Taskforce on Clinical Governance, and is Chair of the Child Health Tamariki Ora District Group, which won the MidCentral DHB 2015 Supreme Award for Excellence in Integrated Health Care. 
Sarah Fenwick, Operations Executive, Te Uru Pā Harakeke - Healthy Women Children & Youth
Sarah comes to MidCentral DHB from her previous role as the Service Group Manager within the Family, Young People and Children’s division of Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust in the United Kingdom. She has also previously worked as a Public Health Nurse for Canterbury DHB in Christchurch. An experienced Children’s Nurse and Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, Sarah has a Master’s degree in leadership and management in health and social care, a Diploma in Counselling and more than 21 years of experience in operational and professional leadership roles.
Clinical Executive, Te Uru Kiriora - Primary, Public & Community Health Services
Deborah Davies, Operations Executive, Te Uru Kiriora - Primary, Public & Community Health Services
A Registered Nurse by background, Debbie has held senior clinical, management and governance positions within MidCentral DHB. Debbie has been an active contributor to the local and national agenda for the development of both primary healthcare nursing and evolving models of care. She has first-hand experience of the local, national and international challenges and successes of care delivery related particularly to the integration agenda. She is jointly accountable for leading the co-design and development of the Primary, Public and Community Health cluster; and aligning primary, public and community services at a district level. Debbie has a passion and drive for utilising co-design in the effective development of models of care to ensure they are consumer-focused and based on sound partnerships. 
Dr Syed Zaman, Clinical Executive, ​Te Uru Whakamauora - Healthy Ageing & Rehabilitation Services
Syed trained in the United Kingdom where he was a consultant physician at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust for 12 years, before moving to New Zealand in 2011.  Since that time, Syed has been a consultant in General Medicine and Geriatrics at MidCentral DHB and has also previously held the leadership positions of Deputy Clinical Director, Medical Services; Medical Head, Elder Health; and Clinical Director, Elder Health.  Syed was also Director of Medical Training from 2012 to 2018. Syed is committed to working in collaboration with the Central PHO, NGOs, local councils and consumers to promote healthy ageing and to develop comprehensive, co-ordinated and integrated care for older people, in line with the NZ Healthy Ageing Strategy (2016).
Andrew Nwosu, Operations Executive, Te Uru Whakamauora - Healthy Ageing & Rehabilitation Services
Andrew qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1994 and completed an MSc in Ageing Health and Disease at the University of Wales College of Medicine in 2003, an MBA from Sunderland University in 2005, and the Nye Bevan Certificate in Healthcare Leadership from the NHS Leadership Academy in 2017. Until recently, he was the Regional Lead for Allied Health professions for NHS England (London). He was also the Clinical Lead for Neurology for East Anglia (NHS England Midlands and East) Strategic Clinical Network (2012) as well as the Clinical Lead for Stroke Services for NELFT (2013). Andrew contributed to the production of the guidelines and quality standards for intermediate care and reablement in the United Kingdom. In 2010, as the London Regional Lead for the Long Term Neurological Conditions Delivery Support Team, he contributed to the production of the NHS Outcomes Framework. Andrew was also the chair of the NHS England’s (London) Diversity and Inclusion Network, which worked to create a more inclusive culture with the opportunity to thrive for all staff. Andrew is passionate about how the focus on diversity and wider workforce inclusion in health and care can bring sustainable change.
Dr Claire Hardie, Clinical Executive, Te Uru Mātai Matengau - Cancer Screening, Treatment & Support Services
Claire trained as a Clinical Oncologist in the United Kingdom prior to joining MidCentral DHB in 2007 as a Consultant Radiation Oncologist at the Regional Cancer Treatment Service (RCTS).  She has a specialist interest in breast, lung and prostate cancer and chairs the MidCentral Breast Cancer MDM. Claire has held a number of leadership roles over the years and as the Medical Head of Radiation Oncology. In her current role as Clinical Executive, one of her aims is to provide equity of access for all patients to cancer services, whether they live locally in Palmerston North or in the rural or regional areas served by the RCTS. She is also actively involved in the development of telehealth services at MidCentral DHB. 

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