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Our leadership team

Executive Management Team

The Executive Management Team is responsible for management​ matters of the district health board. The Executive Management Team reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer who in turn reports to the Chair of the District Health Board.

Dr Andrew Brant’s usual role is Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Waitematā DHB.  Andrew held the role of Chief Medical Officer at Waitemata DHB from 2010 to 2019 after being the Head of Division for Medicine and Health of Older People’s Services.

Dr Brant was previously the Clinical Director of Medical Services at Wellington Regional Hospital, Capital and Coast DHB. He is a Respiratory Physician and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He has a Masters in Business Administration from Cambridge University and a PhD from the Imperial College, London, UK.

Dr Brant has extensive experience in governance, strategy, planning, financial, operational and clinical issues. He has also had oversight of facilities projects, maintenance and major strategic capital programmes.  He’s interested in culture and values and the impact on an organisation; has led crisis management responses and championed priority DHB projects including introducing new technologies and new models of care.

Clinical Governance and Quality are also areas championed by Andrew. He’s led and governed many regional programmes including the development of the Northern Region Information Services Strategic Plan which provides the road map for IT over the next decade for the Northern Region DHBs.

Dr Andrew Brant

Evon is responsible for Community & Public Health, which promotes Health in All Policies, to support healthy environments. This involves developing policies to support communities and whānau to make living a healthy lifestyle the easy choice. She works with public health specialists, councils, government agencies, and community and NGO organisations.

Evon has been in this role since January 1996. She is a member of the South Island Public Health Partnership, Hauora Alliance, and Public Health Clinical Network.

Evon Currie

This position is currently vacant.

Becky works closely with the Directors of Nursing and other nursing leaders across the Canterbury health system. As EDON she holds several portfolios including Care Capacity Demand Management, Infection Prevention & Control Nursing, Nursing Workforce Development, and Corporate Quality and Patient Safety teams. Becky is also the Canterbury DHB Executive Lead for Manawa Governance which includes simulation, research and education as well as for Te Papa Hauora (Health Precinct) Advisory Council.

Becky is a Registered Comprehensive Nurse and has worked in nursing since 1982, completing both a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Management as well as a Masters in Health Science. She has previously been a Nurse Manager for Workforce Development, working with the EDON and Directors of Nursing for the past 15 years. Becky is a member of Nurse Executives of New Zealand, and the College of Nurses Aotearoa.


Ralph leads the teams accountable for planning and advising how best to invest the funding we receive from the Government, to promote and enhance the health and wellbeing of the Canterbury population.

Ralph is the executive sponsor of HealthPathways, leads the analytical function and provides the DHB perspective on the Canterbury Clinical Network Leadership Team. Ralph has an extensive background in service design and health funding and has previously been a PHO director and Chief Executive of a Rural Community Health Service in Southland and a Residential Physical Disability Provider in Christchurch. Ralph is Board Certified in Healthcare Management.

Hector Matthews

Hector’s Iwi are Te Rarawa and Te Aupōuri. Hector is responsible for reducing health inequalities and improving health outcomes for Māori and Pacific Islanders, and works with Canterbury DHB’s Māori Health teams.

Hector was a Captain in the New Zealand Army and worked as a UN peacekeeper. He has held leadership and governance positions at Crown Public Health, CPIT [Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology] now known as Ara, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Whānau Tahi, Villa Maria College, Christchurch Boys’ High School, The Lawyers & Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal, and the Ministry of Education Māori Advisory Committee. He has experience working in public health, health promotion, and Māori health.

Hector Matthews

Sue works with clinical leaders on clinical governance, ensuring Canterbury DHB has good clinical systems and safety culture, and ensuring patients have a voice across the health system. She is also responsible for health emergency planning.

Sue trained as a psychiatrist in Canterbury, and has held Clinical Director roles since the early 2000s. She has held several national roles including appointee to the Mental Health Review Tribunal. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP) and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA).

Dr Sue Nightingale

Karalyn is responsible for the Communications team, which interacts with the media and public, and keeps staff informed of what’s going on in the DHB. The Communications team is responsible for external and internal communications, which includes publications and health campaigns.

Karalyn has been in this role since 2011. Before that she was a senior advisor at the Ministry of Health. She has also worked at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board and the office of the Minister of Health. She is a member of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand and International Association of Business Communicators.

Karalyn van Deursen

Stella is responsible implementing the Digital Strategy and leading the Information Services Group. She provides strategic leadership to ensure current and future technology contributes to an integrated health system. She is also the executive lead for Via Innovations, a Canterbury DHB initiative to help innovators develop health technology, and holds the Christchurch Health Precinct executive portfolio.

Stella trained as a speech language therapist, and has worked in Allied Health leadership roles including Canterbury DHB Executive Director of Allied Health and President of the New Zealand Speech Language Therapists Association. She has held executive management positions in several DHBs, and has worked in the public health system, private practice, education and welfare.

Stella Ward

This position is currently vacant.

Jacqui joined the Canterbury DHB leadership team in November 2018. She is a qualified occupational therapist, and was previously Chief Health Professions Officer for the Scottish Government.

Her experience spans the public and private healthcare systems in the UK, and includes clinical leadership positions, founding and running of her own business, and advising the World Health Organisation. In 2015 Jacqui was made a member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to healthcare and the health care professions.

Dr Jacqui Lunday Johnstone

General Management Team

Pauline is responsible for promoting clinician-lead and management-enabled delivery of safe, effective and efficient healthcare at Christchurch Hospital as well as Lincoln Maternity Unit and the Rangiora Health Hub.

Pauline has a clinical background in Nursing and Midwifery, a Master’s Degree in Public Management, and a postgraduate qualification in Health Economics. Prior to beginning her current role in February 2011, Pauline was General Manager of Christchurch Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Pauline Clark

With the implementation of the Project Management Office (PMO) Dan Coward has been seconded to the PMO and Helen has stepped up to the role of General Manager at Burwood Hospital for 12 months from July 2020.

On any given day Dr Helen Skinner can be found moving between her roles as General Manager and Chief of Service, Older Persons Health and Rehabilitation based at Burwood Hospital.

Helen joined Canterbury DHB in 2017 after emigrating from the UK where she was a Stroke Consultant and Geriatrician, Clinical Lead for Stroke and Care of the Elderly and Clinical Director for Community Services for an NHS Trust.

Dr Helen Skinner

Kirsten is responsible for Canterbury Health Laboratories (CHL), the leading medical diagnostic reference laboratory in New Zealand. She is also General Manager of West Coast DHB’s Laboratory.

Kirsten is a Medical Laboratory Scientist and has a Masters in Science (MLS). She has held various leadership positions in health and laboratories since 1999, including Section Head of the Virology and Molecular Microbiology Services, and Operations Manager. She has worked in her current role since 2016.

Kirsten Beynon

Greg is responsible for the provision of specialist mental health services, both at Hillmorton and Princess Margaret Hospitals and in a range of community settings.

Greg has worked Canterbury DHB’s Planning and Funding team for 12 years and prior to this in Community and Public Health since 2004. Prior to this he gained a PhD in Population Health and worked in a range of research/academic roles in Western Australia and New Zealand. Greg started in this role in July 2020.

Greg Hamilton

Page last updated: 20 October 2020

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