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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

Tanya leads the Community & Public Health team who promote 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.

Tanya is of Cook Islands Māori (Aitutaki) and Samoan (Siusega) descent. She has considerable experience in the health sector and in the Pasifika community and has worked for Canterbury DHB since February 2003 in a variety of roles but most recently as the Manager of the Policy Team and Health Protection Team (Environment). Tanya holds a number of governance roles across the health sector particularly focused on Pasifika and Public Health and is a public health consultant to the Ministry of Health in the Cook Islands.

Tanya McCall

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

Tracey has previously held roles at Hawke’s Bay DHB and was Chief Executive of Wairarapa DHB for almost four years. She has also worked in health systems in Australia, the UK and the Middle East.

In Qatar she held various roles over a seven-year period, including the position of National Director of the Integrated Care Program for Hamad Medical Corporation & Primary Healthcare Corporation. 

She’s worked for the NHS England and in Scotland where she has supported the national electives and vaccination programmes.

Tracey’s passion is for developing teams to enable system-wide change to integrate services, systems and processes.  She has significant international experience in system transformation and integration.

Tracey is focused on supporting and enabling people to do their very best work to achieve common goals.  

Tracey Maisey

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

Helen joined Canterbury DHB in 2017 as Chief of Service for Older Persons Health and Rehabilitation (OPH&R )and a Consultant Geriatrician. From July 2020 she became the General Manager for OPH&R.

Helen qualified as a doctor in 1996 in the UK and has been a Consultant in Geriatric and General Internal Medicine since 2006 with a subspeciality of Stroke Medicine. She was a Clinical Lead for Stroke and Care of the Elderly and a Clinical Director for Out of Hospital Care for an NHS Trust in the UK.

Dr Helen Skinner

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

James has held a number of senior executive positions in several successful and well-known organisations including ASB Bank, Telecom / Spark, and The Warehouse, and for the past six years in the health sector with Health Alliance, Mahitahi Hauora Primary Health Entity and The Order of St John. The majority of James’ senior positions have been in IT across several different industries.

With a proven track record of operational stability, programme delivery, and commercial stewardship, James is most proud of developing an autonomous senior leadership team aligned in vision and values. James believes our people strive for continuous success when leaders help them understand how their role contributes to the delivery of products and services and are engaged with the technology that can enable and accelerate their goals.

James leads the Information Services Group (ISG) for Canterbury and West Coast DHBs. In his role as Chief Digital Officer James also holds the Executive Portfolio for Innovation.

Born and bred on Auckland’s North Shore, James whakapapas to Northland (Ngapuhi, Karetu).

James Allison

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

A Registered Nurse, Kate has spent more than 20 years in healthcare mainly focused on the health and restorative care of older people. Most recently she was the Director of Nursing for Older Persons Health and Rehab, after returning to Canterbury DHB from her role as Relationship Manager for the Health Roundtable, where Kate was the organisation’s lead advisor to DHBs across New Zealand. She also spent six years as Nursing Director, Older People – Population Health for Canterbury DHB in addition to her practical experience working in and managing Aged Residential Care facilities.

Having completed an MBA in 2017, Kate brings a wealth of experience in change, leadership and system performance improvement to her new position.

Kate Lopez

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: 23 June 2021

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