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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

David is Chief Executive of the West Coast and Canterbury District Health Boards – responsible for the health services for over 550,000 New Zealanders, and the leadership of over 10,500 direct employees and thousands more NGO health sector workers contracted by the DHBs.
He is a big picture thinker and has particular skills in leading change, and motivating and mobilising others to be part of the transformation. David is passionate about health and what’s possible when people grasp the vision and work collectively for the greater good.
In 2011 David was awarded the highest standing award by the NZ Medical Association for exemplary leadership for the devastating earthquakes in Canterbury. In 2014 David was made a member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to health.
Originally from Canterbury, David has worked in both the private and public sectors, in NZ and the UK.

Contact details:

Personal Assistant to David Meates: 03 364-4110

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

Carolyn leads the teams accountable for advising how best to invest the funding we receive from the Government, to promote and enhance the health and wellbeing of the West Coast population. Carolyn is the executive sponsor of HealthPathways, leads the analytical function and provides the DHB perspective on the Canterbury Clinical Network Leadership Team. She has an extensive background in service design and health funding, and has previously been a director of Pharmac and Chief Executive of a large Primary Health Organisation.

Contact details:

03 364-4133
03 364-4101

Michael is responsible for leading people strategy and building capability of our health system. Michael was previously Programme Director for West Coast DHB. Before working in health, Michael worked in leadership and capability building in industries including financial services, energy, manufacturing, and the public sector, with work experience in Asia, the Pacific, North America and New Zealand.

Contact details:

03 769-7800
03 769-7791

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

Justine oversees financial management and reporting. Her background is in the financial, banking and commercial sectors, including NZ Post, ASB Group Investments, and Westpac. Justine is a member of the New Zealand Charted Accountants Institute, the New Zealand Institute of Directors and chairs the National DHB CFO committee.

Contact details:

(PA to Executive Director Finance & Corporate Services): 03 337-8860

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: 4 March 2020

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