- Chai Chuah: Director-General of Health and Chief Executive
- Deb Struthers: Acting Chief Client Officer
- Hamiora Bowkett: Chief Strategy and Policy Officer
- Jill Lane: Director, Service Commissioning
- Dr Stewart Jessamine: Director Protection, Regulation and Assurance
- Ann-Marie Cavanagh: Chief Technology and Digital Services Officer
- Stephen O'Keefe: Chief Financial Officer
- Stephen Barclay: Chief People and Transformation Officer
- Jill Bond: Executive Director, Office of the Director-General
- Alison Thom: Māori Leadership
- Jane O’Malley: Chief Nursing Officer
- Andy Simpson: Chief Medical Officer
- Michael Hundleby: Director Critical Projects.
The ELT membership is decided by the Director-General of Health, and includes:
Chai Chuah was appointed Director-General of Health in March 2015, after acting in the role for 16 months.
Originally from Malaysia, Chai studied Commerce at Canterbury University before commencing a career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in New Zealand and internationally.
He has been a prominent figure in the New Zealand health sector for 25 years, first with Canterbury DHB where he was Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Manager and acting Chief Executive, before spending over seven years as Chief Executive of Hutt Valley DHB.
He has been in national leadership roles with the Ministry of Health since 2010 when he became National Director of the National Health Board.
He has a passion for building a health system together with other partners, which is powered by the needs of the people it serves and which is prepared for rapid changes in technology and demographics.
He is focused on driving change in the way the health system works with other public services, communities and other non-public services partners to improve health outcomes, increase access to quality care, improve financial and clinical sustainability, and to develop a unified health system.
Deb has been acting as the Chief Client Officer, leading the Client Insights and Analytics business unit since August 2016.
Deb joined Health from the Ministry of Education early in 2016, where she led the Social Sector Implementation and Change group. Deb has held a range of senior public sector roles over the past 12 years, including four years as Private Secretary for two Ministers of Education. She has also worked in the computer industry, in publishing and as a teacher.
Deb has a strong commitment to understanding the experience of people who use publicly funded services using design thinking and using that knowledge to make a real difference to people’s lives.
Deb has a Diploma of Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University.
Hamiora was appointed Chief Strategy and Policy Officer on 1 July 2016 after acting in the position for three months. Born in Rotorua, he affiliates to Te Arawa and Te Rarawa iwi and Ngāti Rangiwewehi.
Hamiora's has extensive experience in both the public and private sector in New Zealand. He held positions at the New Zealand Treasury and the Ministry of Social Development. Prior to taking up his position at the Ministry of Health he was a Partner at PWC where he worked across a wide range of areas in the public sector including Treaty of Waitangi/Māori Development, Social Development, Education, Justice and Health.
Hamiora has been involved in a number of key projects including the procurement process for the Public Private Partnership at Wiri; business cases for the redevelopments of Christchurch, Burwood and Grey Base Hospitals; the Financial Review of the Canterbury District Health Board; the reforms for the Whānau Ora approach (including the establishment of the new commissioning model), and the development of business cases for the Land Online platform.
Hamiora's role at the Ministry of Health has a strong focus on setting the strategic direction for the Ministry and the delivery of priority projects across both the health and disability sector, and the wider social sector.
Jill Lane began her career in the public health and disability system as a nurse, working in a range of settings in New Zealand and overseas.
She moved into health management and leadership roles including as a Chief Operating Officer at Hutt Valley DHB from 2005 to 2010 before moving to the Ministry as DHB performance manager in 2011.
In 2012 Jill became Director of National Services Purchasing, responsible for most of the Ministry’s centrally funded and purchased services. In 2014 she completed New Zealand’s two-year public service senior leadership development programme.
Born and raised in Scotland, Stewart joined the public service in 1993. Stewart’s career has taken him from rural general practitioner to Director of Protection Regulation and Assurance. In his 24-year career at the Ministry of Health he has undertaken a number of roles including Group Manager of Medsafe, and Director of Public Health. Stewart completed his Master’s in Public Health in 2002 and was admitted as a Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Medical Administration in 2007.
Stewart’s experience within the Ministry of Health demonstrates he is an articulate advocate of pragmatic risk management. Stewart has a unique perspective on the cultural, ethical, linguistic and political challenges that face regulators and public health officials when communicating about risk and risk management.
Stewart has been directly involved in dealing with complex public health issues such as the New Zealand response to Ebola, and other major public health and regulatory issues relating to medicines and medical device safety, tobacco control, water fluoridation and rheumatic fever. Internationally, Stewart is one of the Western Pacific’s representatives on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization and is Chair of the General Assembly of SNOMED CT International – the International Standards Organisation that developed the standardised medicines and medical devices terminology used in New Zealand and over 30 other countries.
Ann-Marie joined the Ministry of Health as Chief Technology and Digital Services Officer in December 2016.
She has led global teams in digital health innovation within Europe and, most recently, was Head of Digital Strategy for Novartis Pharmaceuticals in Switzerland.
Originally from the UK, Ann-Marie studied at the University of Liverpool where she trained as a clinical pharmacologist. Since graduating, she has worked in different roles within the health care industry, ranging from small start-up agencies through to global organisations with a focus on digital health innovation.
Stephen O'Keefe: Chief Financial Officer
Stephen is the Ministry's Chief Financial Officer joining us in May 2016 and is responsible for the finance function, sector payments operations and risk management.
Prior to joining the Ministry he was GM Strategy and Transformation at KiwiRail. Before KiwiRail, Stephen was with Fonterra for over 20 years in a number of senior finance leadership roles in New Zealand, Australia, USA, Middle East and France.
Stephen lives in Wellington with his wife and four children and is a passionate road cyclist in his spare time.
Stephen’s career spans several industries and has generally involved implementing change in large listed or high-profile organisations in New Zealand and overseas.
These experiences have included delivering the 34th America’s Cup event in San Francisco, initiating a joint venture with Carter Holt Harvey and reorganising a number of New Zealand’s largest private sector organisations following mergers or acquisitions.
Stephen has a BE (Civil) from Auckland and an MBA from Melbourne.
Jill is the Executive Director, Office of the Director-General. She has responsibility for the machinery of government and communication functions within the Ministry as well as assisting the Director General with whole of system stewardship and leadership.
She has a Master of Business Administration from The University of Waikato and a Master of Public Administration from Victoria University of Wellington. Jill is an ANZSOG alumnus.
Jill is a career public servant and has held a variety of senior operational and strategic roles within Housing, Education and now Health. She was the General Manager Housing Services with responsibility for the provision of services and accommodation across New Zealand. In Education she was General Manager Special Education, Acting Deputy Secretary Special Education and Associate Deputy Secretary Sector Enablement and Support.
Jill has a passion for leadership and management development and was the author and co-facilitator of the Leader Within Programme – a programme designed to develop organisational leadership and management capacity and capability.
In her spare time Jill is an avid sports enthusiast, opera buff, cook, wine collector, and gardener, and she also enjoys playing golf.
Alison’s values and interests are grounded in her positive experiences of whānau and community, being a member of the unique iwi of Ngāpuhi and her professional identity as a social worker.
Her leadership roles have been across the public, not-for-profit and iwi sectors, commonly with an interest in improving the wellbeing and welfare of New Zealanders, particularly Māori. She began her social work career in the Ministry of Māori Affairs before working for a number of years in various roles at Child, Youth and Family. She led SAFE, a sex offender treatment programme, her own Iwi’s organisation, Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi and worked in senior roles at Te Puni Kōkiri, Corrections and the Ministry of Education.
With the challenge of the new Māori Leadership role, Alison looks forward to working with the executive leadership team, across the Ministry and sector to make the significant shifts required to improve Māori health.
Jane has spent her working life in the health sector in a variety of clinical, academic, management and leadership roles. She joined the Ministry of Health in September 2010 from the West Coast District Health Board, where for the previous five years she had been the Director of Nursing and Midwifery.
From 1997 until 2005 Jane was Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychological Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine, University of Otago. Jane was also President of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) from 2001 until 2005.
Jane has a Masters Degree from New York University and a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington. She holds an NZNO Award of Honour for services to nursing.
Andy has been acting Chief Medical Officer since March 2016. Prior to this he was the National Clinical Director, Cancer, providing strategic and clinical leadership to the Ministry's cancer programme. He was also the champion for the Faster cancer treatment health target.
A medical oncologist by training, Andy is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA).
Prior to joining the Ministry in 2012, Andy held a number of clinical leadership roles, these included Executive Director (Clinical), Medicine Cancer & Community at Capital and Coast DHB, and the Clinical Director of the Central Cancer Network.
Michael joined the Ministry in 2010 as the Director of DHB Performance. In 2013 he became the Acting National Director of the National Health Board until it was disestablished in 2016. Michael is now the Director of the Ministry’s Critical Projects, including major hospital redevelopment projects underway in Christchurch, Greymouth, and Dunedin.
Prior to joining the Ministry, Michael held senior roles with several District Health Boards, including as the General Counsel/Company Solicitor at Canterbury DHB, and Acting CE of Hutt Valley DHB.
Michael has a law degree and has practised at commercial law firms in Christchurch and Tauranga.