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  • Julie Patterson Chief Executive Officer (Acting)

    Julie commenced her career as a registered nurse. She worked clinically and in nursing management for many years, followed by senior management positions in DHBs and the Ministry of Health.

    Julie’s last position was as chief executive at Whanganui DHB, where she served for nine years. Julie has a strong commitment to the provision of safe, quality health services that strive to achieve equitable health outcomes for all.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Shayne Hunter Chief Information Officer (3DHB)

    Shayne has extensive experience in both commercial and government organisations. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and the Institute of IT Professionals, and is an Information Technology Certified Professional.

    Shayne has had over 15 years’ experience working in the NZ health sector on a range of initiatives and projects.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Michael McCarthy Chief Financial Officer

    Michael has worked in the health sector for 25 years. Before joining the DHB he held a number of senior positions in the Ministry of Health, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Advisor. He has also held a number of senior finance roles in the NHS in the UK, including Deputy Director and Chief Accountant at St Thomas’s Hospital London.

    Outside health, Michael has held a number of CEO and finance roles in private businesses and holds directorships in private companies and community organisations. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme from Monash University and has postgraduate qualifications in strategic management.
  • Andrew Wilson General Manager, People and Capability (Acting)

    Andrew has held senior corporate management and human resource roles in the New Zealand public and health sectors, as well as consulting and consulting management roles.

    He has been a Director of ForeConsulting since its establishment in 2011, providing advice and support to a range of private and public sector clients. Prior to this, he led corporate functions at the Ministry of Health and was the New Zealand manager for Manpower’s global career consulting organisation, Right Management.

    He has also held policy and management advisor roles in the core public sector, and management advisor roles in the public health sector.
  • Sandy Blake General Manager, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (Acting)

    Sandy is the Director of Nursing and Patient Safety at Whanganui District Health Board and is on secondment to CCDHB for 12 months. She also provides advice to the Health Quality and Safety Commission patient safety and reportable events team and has just completed 5 years as clinical lead for the HQSC Reducing Harm from Falls national programme.

    Sandy’s knowledge and experience in patient safety was first formed when she was a charge nurse for 10 years in a tertiary colorectal ward. She then became Director of Nursing for Mental Health at the Princess Alexander Hospital in Brisbane. She was trained and mentored in patient safety by Dr James Bagian Veterans USA, Dr John Wakefield and the Cognitive Institute from Queensland. Her last position before returning to New Zealand was Director of Nursing for Patient Safety for Queensland Health.
  • Carey Virtue Executive Director Operations, Medicine Cancer and Community

    Carey Virtue has worked in the health sector for over 40 years, firstly as a nurse and midwife and more recently has held executive management roles at CCDHB and Nelson Marlborough District Health Boards.

    Since 2001, Carey has held various senior operational roles at CCDHB. In her present role she works closely with the medical, nursing and allied health clinical leaders across the medicine cancer and community directorate to achieve an environment where patients receive timely, effective and safe clinical care.

    Carey trained as a Registered Nurse in New Zealand and then as a Registered Midwife in Edinburgh before returning to New Zealand and working in community and hospital maternity services. Carey has a Masters in Business Administration from Henley University in the UK.
  • Delwyn Hunter Executive Director Operations, Surgery Women & Children’s Directorate

    Delwyn began her career as a nurse and then a midwife. She worked in midwifery clinical and leadership roles for approximately 15 years before moving into broader management roles. Since 2001 she has worked at CCDHB in the areas of women’s health, children’s health and surgery.

    Delwyn has a passion for elective surgery and is committed to ensuring that the people of Wellington have excellent access to this, while maintaining access to tertiary services for our local and regional populations.

    Delwyn has an undergraduate degree in Arts, a postgraduate diploma in Health Services Management and a postgraduate degree in Business Studies.
Last updated 4 October 2018.