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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 Peter Bramley, Interim Acting Chief ExecutiveFollowing David Meates’ recent departure,  the Board is in the process of recruiting a full time permanent Chief Executive.

In the interim and to ensure things continue to move forward until Dr Andrew Brant is available to take up the role of Acting Chief Executive of Canterbury & West Coast DHBs from early October 2020, Dr Peter Bramley, current Chief Executive of Nelson Marlborough Health, is working with the Executive Management Team and the Board. He will stay on to support Andrew during his first few weeks in the role to ensure continuity and a smooth handover.

Dr Peter Bramley, Interim Acting Chief Executive

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. 

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

This position is currently vacant.

This position is currently vacant.

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

This position is currently vacant.

Stella is responsible implementing the Digital Strategy and leading the Information Services Group. She provides strategic leadership and governance to ensure current and future technology contributes to an integrated transalpine health system. 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.

Contact details:

(PA to Chief Financial Manager): 03 364-4159

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

Brittany Jenkins

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: 6 October 2020

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