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Executive Management

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.

Meet the members of our Executive Management Team

Dr Andrew Brant - Acting Chief ExecutiveDr 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.

Philip is responsible for the health services provided by a DHB team of nearly 1000 staff from Karamea to Haast. He has senior management experience in the private and public sectors, developing and building teams that excel in achieving their objectives. Philip’s experience in New Zealand and overseas, across diverse industries, provides him with a wealth of experience to support teams to look outside the box.

Philip is passionate about rural health care delivery and how the West Coast health system can lead the way in this area, providing consistent, high quality, person-centred care to the West Coast community.

Contact details:

03 769-7400, extn. 2477


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.

Paul Lamb is currently Acting Chief People Officer.

Ngā mihi nui. Gary is a former chair of Tumu Whakarae, the National Reference Group of Māori Managers within DHBs. Gary is passionate about challenging the health system to deliver equitable outcomes for Māori, workforce development, and promoting cultural competencies in mainstream health systems. He is of Ngāi Tahu and Irish descent.

Contact details:

03 769-7400, Extn. 2802
03 769-7791

David Green is currently Acting Chief Financial Officer.

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.

Brittany Jenkins

Brittany was appointed as a ‘home-grown’ Director of Nursing for the West Coast DHB in April 2019 but is originally from rural, western Montana. New Zealand trained, Brittany’s clinical experience is rural and generalist by nature and began when she moved to the West Coast to start her nursing career. Her clinical experience includes general medicine and critical care, and she has also held roles as a Nurse Educator, Resuscitation Service Leader, and Associate Director of Nursing. Brittany’s Masters research explored the experiences of Filipino and Indian qualified Registered Nurses working in Aged Residential Care in New Zealand, which was inspired by an academic internship with the Office of the Chief Nurse at the Ministry of Health (2013). Brittany is very passionate about all things rural and is especially interested in working to empower wellness for mana whenua and others who live in these special places. Brittany has particular interests in equity, community-owned workforce pipeline models, workforce wellness, and interprofessional ways of learning and working.

Contact details:

03 769-7400, Extn. 2635
03 769-7791

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.

Contact details:

03 364-4103
03 364-4101


Jacqui joined the West Coast 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.

Page last updated: 1 December 2020

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