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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.

Peter has extensive management experience and an interesting career path. His academic career began at the University of Otago where he gained a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and physics. He worked for the Wellcome Medical Research Institute in Dunedin and at the same time completed a PhD in Medicine. Dr Bramley lectured in Biochemistry and Medical Physiology, first in Dunedin and then at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch.

Between 1999 and 2007 Peter held various senior management roles with the accounting software company, MYOB New Zealand Ltd. In 2008 he stepped back into health as Service Manager of Surgical Services at Southland Hospital in Invercargill.

At the end of 2010, Peter moved to Nelson and joined the Nelson Marlborough Health Executive Leadership Team as Service Director Medical and Surgical Services. In 2013 Peter became General Manager Clinical Services and in August 2016 stepped into the role as Acting CE. Peter has been the Chief Executive Officer of Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) since April 2017.

Peter is an energetic and passionate people manager, with a strong focus on the importance of accessing healthcare close to home and growing a compassionate workforce in the health sector.

Dr Peter Bramley

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

Mary is an experienced HR leader and has held roles in a range of industries in the public and private sectors including health, education, property, IT and infrastructure. She’s previously worked in organisations undergoing significant change and transformation.

Mary comes to us after four years as Executive Director – People and Infrastructure with Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland and previously was General Manager – Human Resources at Downer New Zealand for several years.

Mary holds a Masters in Education Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Education and English.

As well as having the necessary technical skills and leadership experience Mary is a people person, keen to work alongside colleagues to listen and learn more about Canterbury & West Coast DHBs and see how the People & Capability team can partner to add value and support the health and wellbeing of our combined team of more than 12,000 people.

Mary Johnston

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.

Becky Hickmott

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

Richard is an Anaesthetist by training and has occupied Clinical Leadership Roles within CDHB for 10 years. He is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, and completed most of his Anaesthesia training in New Zealand.

The job of the Chief Medical Officer is to work alongside clinical and non-clinical colleagues to ensure that clinical care is safe and of a high quality. This work can range from responding to immediate serious incidents, such as mass casualty events, through to planning for health care in twenty years’ time, by advising on hospital design.

Richard French

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

Savita leads the Information Services Group which is responsible for making sure our current and future information technology systems support our vision of an integrated health system enabled by technology.

With over 10 years’ public sector IT experience in designing, testing and implementing quality IT solutions, the roles Savita has undertaken have been varied and include systems engineering, systems operations, policy development, security and strategic planning.

Savita has led the Cloud Business Office while we were embarking on a cloud transformation programme, to help utilise emerging technologies to drive innovation and deliver greater value within our wider organisation. She has also led our transition to Microsoft 365 cloud, including MS Teams, Intune, Multi factor Authentication, PowerBi, OneDrive and other M365 products.

Savita has a degree in Information Systems and Management and Public Administration and a Masters in Business Administration.

Savita Devi

David Green is currently Acting Chief Financial Officer.

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

Rob Ojala leads the facilities redevelopment for Canterbury & West Coast DHBs. Rob is an Emergency Physician by training and has been with Canterbury DHB for the past 20 years following completion of his specialist training in Melbourne. He has been clinical lead for facilities redevelopment for Canterbury DHB for 10 years prior to his current role. During this time he has overseen the delivery of the Burwood Hospital redevelopment and extensive change on the Christchurch Hospital campus with a new Outpatients Building being constructed, and Waipapa the acute services facility. During 2021 his focus is on the redevelopment of the remainder of Christchurch Hospital, redevelopments and new facilities for specialist mental health services on the Hillmorton campus along with a number of other facilities projects.

Rob also continues his clinical practice as an Emergency Physician at Christchurch Hospital’s Emergency Department.

Dr Rob Ojala

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: 21 April 2021

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