Fionnagh was appointed Chief Executive of both Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs in 2019. Fionnagh was previously Chief Executive of Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQ), where she led a statewide service based on the vision of delivering life-changing care for children and young people across Queensland. Fionnagh began her career as a registered nurse and has held senior management positions in the United Kingdom and at Auckland DHB, including leadership roles in mental health, ambulatory services and Starship Children’s Hospital.
Fionnagh has a strong commitment to the provision of safe, sustainable quality health services and a passion for delivering equitable health outcomes through partnerships with Māori and Pasifika communities.
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.
Sally is a lawyer and governance executive with experience working in the private and the public sector since 1991. Sally was a partner of a national law, specialising in public law and governance, before joining Wellington City Council as Director Governance and General Counsel. In that time Sally was the Director with responsibility for the Chief Executive’s Office, Democratic Services and the Office of the Mayor.
Sally’s extensive governance and executive experience is key to supporting our 2DHB Chair, 20 2DHB Board members and the 2DHB Executive Leadership Team.
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.
Sue was appointed to this role in July 2021, and is on secondment from the Ministry of Health where she is currently Deputy Chief Executive COVID-19 Health System Response. Prior to that she held a key role in a substantial organisational change programme and oversaw the development of the Ministry’s strategy Tā Tātou Rautaki.
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 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.
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 eight years, Rachel has worked as a consultant, developing strategies and systems for the Ministry of Health, DHBs, NGOs, primary healthcare and Whānau Ora organisations.
Appointed Acting Executive Director of Clinical Excellence of both DHBs in April 2021, 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.
Chris was appointed in December 2020, and has been the Hutt Valley DHB Director of Nursing since 2017. Chris has worked in the New Zealand Health sector since 1980, working at Wellington Hospital, in aged residential and primary and secondary care. Her primary care experience includes practice nursing; nurse manager of a Maori Health Provider; and clinical leadership for a large PHO.
Chris is passionate about nursing leadership and empowering and supporting nurses to adapt to changing models of care. She is committed to developing the nursing workforce so that nurses are equipped for not only today, but for the challenges facing healthcare in the future; as well as providing safe patient care and equity for our communities.
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.
Helen was appointed to this role in August 2020, and brings a diverse mix of strategic communications and engagement experience, from public sector agencies and local government to commercial sector organisations and NGOs. Helen holds a wealth of knowledge in influencing organisations to deliver change, enhancing communications and engagement performance, and working effectively with government.
Helen’s experience and knowledge will be invaluable as we continue our work to make our services more seamless, sustainable, and equitable. She has a commitment to building relationships with stakeholders and the community, and is looking forward to supporting the organisation with its diverse communications and engagement needs.
Rosalie is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience, working in both the private and the public sector. Rosalie has held a number of roles in health organisations including the Regional Health Funding Authority and the National Health Funding Authority.
Rosalie has been the CFO at Auckland DHB for the last eight years and prior to this was the CFO at Waitemata DHB for ten years. Rosalie is also chair of Technical Reference Group for the DHB National Costing and Pricing Programme.
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.
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 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 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.