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  • Debbie Chin Chief Executive Officer

    In 2007 Debbie was appointed Crown Monitor until September 2013, when she was requested by the Board to act as interim CCDHB CEO. Following the recruitment process, Debbie was appointed to the permanent role in July 2015. Debbie has over 20 years’ experience in the health sector coupled with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors.

    Debbie’s previous experience includes: Crown Monitor for Hutt DHB, CEO of Standards New Zealand, Deputy Director-General, Corporate and Information Ministry of Health (7 years including a period as Acting Director-General of Health), partner KPMG and member of the National Health Committee. She has provided policy and funding advice on Health, ACC and Local Government while with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
  • Chris Lowry General Manager, Hospital and Healthcare Services

    Chris is the General Manager for the Hospital and Healthcare services at CCDHB. Chris has a nursing background but has held senior management positions in health since 1996. From 2001 to 2010 Chris has worked in various senior management roles at CCDHB and has been in her current role for the past 6 years.

    She is committed to ensuring we provide high quality and safe care to the people who use our services within an environment that supports our staff to continue to develop and meet our changing patient needs.
  • Nigel Fairley General Manager, 3DHB Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services

    Nigel is the General Manager of Te-Upoko-me-te-Whatu-o-te-Ika for Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa District Health Boards’ Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services.

    He is also Director of Area Mental Health Services for the 3 DHBs (the role responsible for the administration of the law in Mental Health Services). From 1998 to 2015 Nigel was the Clinical Director and Director of Area Mental Health Services of CCDHB Regional Forensic Mental Health Services (adult and youth).

    Nigel is a Fellow of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists and is currently the President of the NZ branch of the Australian New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law (ANZAPPL).
  • John Tait Chief Medical Officer

    Appointed in April 2016, John previously held the position of the Executive Director Clinical, Surgery, Women’s and Children’s. He has been a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist since 1986.

    John is currently Chair of the National Maternity Monitoring Group, and Chair of the Maternal Morbidity Working Group. He is a member of the Endometriosis Task Force, Neonatal Encephalopathy Taskforce and the Waikato Maternity Taskforce; Director of ISTAR, and Vice President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
  • Andrea McCance Executive Director of Nursing & Midwifery

    Andrea was appointed to this role in June 2013 after 2 years as the Associate Director of Nursing (ADON) for the Surgery, Women's and Children's Directorate at CCDHB. Andrea comes to this role with a wealth of clinical and management experience having joined CCDHB after working with the Nursing Council New Zealand for 2 years. She holds post-registration qualifications in Midwifery and Cardiac Care, a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and Fine Arts), a postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Behaviour and is a member of the College of Nursing Aotearoa. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    Andrea was Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Eastern Health Melbourne and a board member of the Nurses Board of Victoria before to moving to New Zealand in 2007.
  • Catherine Epps Executive Director of Allied Health, Technical and Scientific

    Catherine joined CCDHB in 2012. Within her role, Catherine has a number of portfolios, including being one of two clinical champions for Health of Older People, and chair of the Primary-Secondary Clinical Governance Committee at CCDHB.

    Catherine is committed to continuously improving the health system and given her background as a Speech-language Therapist in neuro rehabilitation, she has a particular interest in enabling those who have more complex and ongoing health needs to effectively manage their health.

    Catherine is also the deputy chair for the National Directors Allied Health, and is an Expert Advisor in Leadership, for the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists Association.
  • Donna Hickey General Manager, People and Capability

    Donna has worked at Hutt Valley DHB for the past 4 years.

    Prior to this, she worked in a number of government departments to support change management and HR leadership roles. This included working at the Ministry of Education, Reserve Bank and Porirua City Council.
  • Thomas Davis General Manager, Corporate Services

    Thomas has held executive leadership positions at Tranz Rail, ONTRACK, and Kiwi Rail. These roles include General Manager Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer at ONTRACK, and General Manager Interislander at Kiwi Rail.

    With 15 years in general management Thomas has considerable experience improving organisational performance and dealing with a wide range of complex issues.
  • Rachel Haggerty Director Strategy, Innovation and Performance

    Rachel has held senior leadership positions at a number of DHBs, including Waitemata, Auckland and Canterbury. She was the General Manager of North Shore and Waitakere Hospitals.

    For the past 8 years, Rachel has worked as a consultant, developing strategies and systems for the Ministry of Health, DHBs, NGOs, primary healthcare and Whānau Ora organisations.

    Rachel is currently supporting us with our Vision 2030 work.
  • Roger Palairet Chief Legal Counsel

    Roger was the Director of Legal Services for the Ministry of Economic Development. He has practiced as a public law specialist through his own firm for the last few years.

    He has had numerous secondments to a wide range of government legal and policy roles, including Ministry of Justice, the Commerce Commission, and the Food Safety Authority.
  • Tony Hickmott Chief Financial Officer

    Tony has been Chief Financial Officer at CCDHB since April 2014. Prior to moving to Wellington, Tony was the Executive Director Finance at Western Sydney Local Health District.

    Tony has over 20 years financial management experience in the public and private health sectors in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. He was a member of the advisory group which lead a review of the population funding formula.

    In 2016 Tony also became CCDHB’s representative on the Allied Laundry’s Board. Tony is a chartered accountant and holds a post graduate MBA.
  • Arawhetu Gray Director Maori Health Services/Manager Planning & Funding Mental Health and Addiction Services

    Arawhetu has held various senior executive roles. She was the Group Manager for Mental Health at the Ministry of Health, Deputy Director-General Policy Partnerships at Te Puni Kōkiri, and Chief Māori advisor at NZQA. Arawhetu is the Co-Chair of the Maternal Morbidity Working Group, Health Quality Safety Commission.

    Arawhetu has iwi affiliations with Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitane ki Wairarapa and Ngāi Tahu.
  • Taima Fagaloa Director Pacific People’s Health/Manager Planning & Funding Child & Population

    Taima has been leading the Pacific health work programme at CCDHB since 2009.

    Prior to working at the DHB, she was the General Manager of Porirua Healthlinks Trust, and an advisor at the Department of Child, Youth and Family.
  • Pauline Boyles Senior Disability Advisor

    Dr Pauline Boyles is Director of Disability Strategy and Performance has worked with CCDHB since early 2010. Pauline has provided strategic advice on disability strategy in her role on the executive management team CCDHB since 2011. She has led since 2013 a significant programme of work across the sub region that provides a framework and a vision for Disability Strategy within health services.

    Pauline comes with more than 32 years in the health, public health and disability sector in England and New Zealand and is a member of ANZSAW (Aoteaora New Zealand Association of Social Workers). Pauline has a national and international reputation for her work and commitment to disability advocacy across health, education and non-government organisations.
Last updated 22 February 2017.