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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 returned home to New Zealand from Australia in early May 2015 to lead the MidCentral District Health Board.

Originally qualifying as a General and Obstetrics Nurse in New Zealand, Kathryn has gained an extensive background in health, both here and in Australia.  Prior to joining MDHB she was a Partner within KPMG Australia’s Health, Ageing and Human Services practice, where she was lead partner of the Victorian practice.  Prior to joining KPMG, Kathryn was CEO of Western Health, located in Melbourne, which delivered health services through four acute hospitals and provided a range of community services to a diverse and growing population that included two of Australia’s fastest growing communities.

Kathryn has also held a range of policy and leadership positions in the Western Australian and Victorian Departments of Health, and the New Zealand Ministry of Health prior to moving to Australia.


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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 provdied 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 as 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 Anjaria, General Manager, People & Culture
Keyur has over 14 years’ experience in human resource management and is currently the Executive Director, Human Resources for the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand where he has been closely involved in a transformational change programme.
He has post graduate qualifications in HR management and holds a Master in Business Administration. 
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Ko Tararua te Pae Maunga
Ko Ōhau, Ko Ōtaki  nga Awa
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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”.
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. 
A specialist obstetrician/gynaecologist, working in both public and private practice, Ken is actively involved in the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).  He has served as the College’s president, and now Chairs the Asia-Pacific Committee, and the Ethics Advisory Committee.  He was awarded an honorary fellowship by the British College in 2007 for services to women’s health.
Michele Coghlan was appointed Director of Nursing in February 2014. Prior to taking up this appointment she was Nurse Manager- Clinical Services at Grey Hospital, West Coast District Health Board.

Michele completed a Diploma of Nursing at Wellington Polytechnic in 1986, to gain her professional nursing qualification. She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Nursing Studies) degree from Massey University in 1990, and completed a Master of Nursing degree at Otago Polytechnic in 2007. Her thesis focused on the meaning of living and nursing in rural New Zealand communities. She is co-author of the Rural Nursing Workforce Strategy (2009), a rural New Zealand initiative.

Michele’s clinical experience includes medical, alcohol and drug, critical care, district, practice, psychogeriatric, aged residential care, rehabilitation and rural nursing. She has held numerous leadership and management roles, in addition to roles leading change projects and supporting professional development and education. Michele's CV lists membership or leadership of many projects, committees, professional and quality initiatives within Midcentral Health.

She has strong professional networks through her involvement in the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, the College of Nurses Aotearoa, and the New Zealand Rural GP Network.
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 focussed 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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