• John Tait Chief Medical Officer

    John was appointed in June 2020. He has previously held the position of Chief Medical Officer for Capital & Coast DHB since April 2016, and 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.
  • Joy Farley Director Provider Services

    Joy was appointed Director of Provider Services of both DHBs in December 2019. Joy has held senior leadership positions at a number of DHBs, including Auckland, Southern, Taranaki, Waikato and at the Ministry of Health. Joy has also worked as a consultant developing strategies for improved organisational performance across DHBs and NGOs.

    As Director of Provider Services, Joy has 2DHB accountability for leading all aspects of provider service delivery, including regional integration, operational and financial management, staffing, and performance against organisational strategies and targets.
  • Rachel Gully Director of People and Culture

    Rachel was appointed to this role in July 2021, and was previously at Oranga Tamariki where she was the General Manager, People and Leadership. Before this, Rachel has held senior HR and people leadership positions at the Ministry of Health, Civil Aviation Authority and New Zealand Customs Service.
  • Judith Parkinson Acting Executive Director Finance

  • Roger Palairet Acting Director Facilities & Business Services

  • Ruth Berry Acting Director Communications & Engagement

  • Christine King Chief Allied Professions Officer

    Chris King was appointed to the 2DHB Chief Allied Professions Officer role in July 2020. The professional groups she leads consist of over 30 Allied Health, Scientific & Technical professions working across the spectrum of community and hospital based services.
    Prior to this role Chris was the Director Allied Health, Scientific & Technical (AHST) at Hutt Valley DHB and since 2007 has held senior AHST leadership roles across both Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHBs.

    Chris’s clinical background is as an Occupational Therapist, having trained in Dunedin. During her years in clinical practice, Chris worked across a range of clinical areas, though spent a number of years working in the field of Chronic Pain and Rheumatology. Chris is currently working towards completing her Masters of Public Health through Otago University.
  • Claire Jennings Acting Chief Nursing Officer

  • Peter Guthrie Acting Director of Strategy Planning and Performance

    Peter was appointed to this role in December 2021 covering Rachel Haggerty who is seconded to interim Health New Zealand. Peter has worked in the health sector for more than 20 years including time as an HR Manager for Northland and Counties Manukau DHBs, GM for RMO Services for the three Auckland DHBs and with the Ministry of Health as GM of the team supporting the National Health Committee. For the last five years Peter has been GM Planning and Performance for Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs.

    As Director of Strategy Planning and Performance, Peter has 2DHB accountability for leading all aspects of funding and planning service delivery including community commissioning, 2DHB alignment with the goals of the health reforms and performance against organisational strategies and targets.
  • Jeanette Harris Director Māori Health

  • Junior Ulu Director Pacific People's Health

    Dr Avataeao Junior Ulu started in his position in January 2021 and will lead the work of our Pacific Health team and the implementation of the 3DHB Pacific Health and Wellbeing Strategic Plan for the Greater Wellington Region.
    Junior has a PhD in Development Studies from Victoria University of Wellington and has broad experience in both health and development, and is passionate about achieving equity in access and health outcomes for Pacific peoples and communities.

    Junior was most recently Director Pacific Development at the Pasifika Medical Association and prior to this worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Oxfam, ChildFund, the United Nations Development Programme, Counties Manakau District Health Board and Volunteer Service Abroad.
  • Karla Bergquist Executive Director for Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Services (MHAIDS)

    Karla was appointed to the Executive Director for Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Services (MHAIDS) in April 2021. She co-leads MHAIDS in partnership with the Executive Clinical Director for MHAIDS, focusing on strategic leadership and commissioning of mental health and addiction services across the 3DHBs.

    Karla is a Registered Nurse and has held senior clinical and management positions in a variety of mental health settings in both New Zealand and Australia. Her most recent role was Executive Director of Emerge Aotearoa, a large national NGO delivering a range of mental health, disability and housing services across the New Zealand.

    Karla is a strong supporter of peer-led services and the development of the lived experience workforce, and has a keen interest in the use of data to inform practice and service improvement. She also brings a proven history of delivering services that are values driven with a focus on equity and clinical excellence.
  • Paul Oxnam Executive Clinical Director for Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Services (MHAIDS)

    Paul co-leads the Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Services (MHAIDS) in partnership with the Executive Director for MHAIDS.

    Paul is a practising Clinical Psychologist who has held various clinical and leadership responsibilities throughout his career and is well-accustomed to leading services in a clinical-management partnership model. He is passionate about the design of evidence-based systems of care that foster multidisciplinary collaboration and a values-guided approach to rehabilitation.

    Prior to his current role, Paul was the Clinical Director for National Intellectual Disability Services. In that position, he successfully led the development and implementation, on behalf of the Ministry of Health, of a National Model of Care for New Zealand's five Regional Intellectual Disability Secure Services.
  • Martin Catterall Chief Digital Officer

    Martin was appointed to this role in August 2021, and is an experienced ICT leader with a significant career in health based organisations and a background in successfully implementing strategic change. He was most recently part of the COVID-19 immunisation programme at the Ministry of Health where he created a new pharmacovigilant system to capture, assess and report adverse reactions to the vaccine.

    Prior to that Martin held positions as Chief Information Officer at St John and Director for Information Technology and Communications at the World Health Organisation in Switzerland, where he and his team deployed systems and technology to support staff in over 200 countries.
  • Sarah Jackson Executive Director of Clinical Excellence

    Sarah is a Consultant Anaesthetist, specialising in Neuroanaesthesia and was previously the Clinical Director Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and Clinical Lead for Vascular Access at CCDHB.

    Sarah has strengthened clinical governance across CCDHB, particularly in the areas of morbidity and mortality, credentialing and serious adverse event reviews. Sarah is Chair of the Serious Event Review committee.

    Sarah is passionate about making a significant difference to the quality of care for the people we serve. Her clinical and professional leadership, and expertise in patient safety, clinical audit and research, will be influential in establishing the DHBs as a Centre of Clinical Excellence.
Last updated 19 September 2022.