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Independent chair, member appointed to new MDHB Finance, Risk and Audit Committee

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An independent chair, and a committee member have been appointed to MidCentral District Health Board’s reconfigured Finance, Risk and Audit Committee for an initial one year term.

​Otaki-based company director Tony Hartevelt, a former Deputy Commissioner, and Deputy State Services Commissioner, has been appointed as the independent chair, for his financial expertise.

Mr Hartevelt, who has formal training and qualifications in accountancy, has been a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants for 40 years.

He is an independent director of the Pinnacle Midlands Health Network, and chair of its FRAC committee, and its Network Community Trust FRAC committee; as well as being independent director designate of Otaki Family Medicine Limited.

Anne Kolbe, a self-employed paediatric surgeon, and former chair of the National Health Committee, has also been appointed as a member of MDHB’s FRAC committee for her clinical risk management experience.

She has been a director at Pharmac; Deputy Chief Medical Officer at Waitemata DHB; head of the Auckland Clinical School (University of Auckland); councillor and president of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons; and chair of the Ministry of Health-commissioned review of South Island neurosurgery. Among many current roles, she is a member of Whanganui DHB’s risk and audit committee, and a member of the Auckland DHB’s Hospital Advisory Committee.

The external appointments were made after MDHB reconfigured its audit committees from 1 January 2016 and agreed to appoint two independent members – a chair with financial expertise, and a member with clinical risk management experience.

MDHB chairman Phil Sunderland said he was very pleased with the quality and experience of the two appointments and that they would bolster the already strong committee membership in the all-important finance, audit and risk field for the organisation.

“Both appointees - Tony Hartevelt, and Anne Kolbe - have outstanding backgrounds in their respective areas of expertise, and both should make an excellent contribution to MDHB going into the future.”

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