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 physiology. 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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David Green is an experienced financial controller with over 23 years of experience in the Health Sector, including 17 years as the CDHB Financial Controller.
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 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.
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.
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.
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