Executive Leadership Team

Members

The ELT membership is decided by the Director-General of Health, and includes:

Dr Ashley Bloomfield: Director-General of Health and Chief Executive

Dr Bloomfield qualified in medicine at the University of Auckland in 1990 and after several years of clinical work specialised in public health medicine. His particular area of professional interest is non-communicable disease prevention and control, and he spent 2011 at the World Health Organization in Geneva working on this topic at a global level.

Dr Bloomfield was Chief Executive at Hutt Valley District Health Board from 2015 to 2018. Prior to that, he held a number of senior leadership roles within the Ministry of Health.

Maree Roberts: Deputy Director-General System Strategy and Policy

Maree has had a wide range of experience in the public service, primarily in social sector policy relating to children, young people, families and communities.

Maree has held several senior roles in the Ministry for Social Development in Policy and Service Delivery and recently in the new Ministry for Children. Maree has managed large government programmes such as the White Paper for Vulnerable Children and the development of the Vulnerable Children Act. She has also led several change programmes relating to Child, Youth and Family, Vulnerable Children and the Ministerial Work Programme on Family and Sexual Violence.

Over her career, Maree has had a variety of roles including as a Private Secretary, managing employment and skills policy in the Department of Labour, and working for the Ministry of Education in Christchurch following the earthquakes. Recently Maree contributed to the set-up of the new Children’s Ministry.

Todd KriebleTodd Krieble: Director of Strategy and Stewardship (fixed term role)

Todd has a wide ranging policy background, including interests in health, environment and cultural policy.

Todd has held senior management positions, responsible for policy advice, and other functions, in a number of government agencies. This has included roles in the Ministry of Health, Ministry for the Environment, Department of Labour and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Todd worked in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Policy Advisory Group from 2004-2007. Todd chaired the Officials’ Social Policy Committee and led work on the establishment of national health targets. He was seconded to the Office of the Director General at the World Health Organisation in 2000 to work on agency reform.

Todd is a patron of the McGuinness Institute, a Wellington based non-partisan futures think tank.

Sue Gordon: Deputy Director-General Corporate ServicesSue Gordon

Most recently Sue was Public Sector Manager at Microsoft NZ working with government agencies and had responsibility for negotiation and delivery of the all-of-government agreement.

Prior to Microsoft, Sue held senior management roles at Land Information NZ and the Ministry for Economic Development leading their corporate functions.

Sue’s first management role was HR Manager in the Ministry of Health. The commitment and passion of the people who work in the health sector were a highlight of her time with the Ministry and she is delighted to be returning to the Ministry and the wider health sector.

Robyn Shearer: Deputy Director-General, Mental Health and AddictionRobyn Shearer

Robyn comes to this role with a vast range of sector experience having been the CEO for Te Pou o te Whakaaro nui for the last ten years.

During her time Robyn has grown Te Pou to be internationally recognised for evidence based workforce programmes in mental health, addiction and disability and has created strong sector partnerships to enhance people’s lives through service improvement.

Robyn comes from a clinical background, beginning her experience with nursing and has worked in front line mental health services and leadership roles in District Health Boards. 

She has also worked in the Health Research Council and Ministry of Health in workforce development, policy and leading the Mental Health Group.

Anne-Marie CavanaghAnn-Marie Cavanagh: Acting Deputy Director-General Data and Digital

Ann-Marie joined the Ministry of Health as Chief Technology and Digital Services Officer in December 2016 and is currently Acting Deputy Director-General Data and Digital.

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.

Deborah Woodley: Deputy Director-General Population Health and Prevention

Deborah first joined the Ministry of Health in 1996 and during her 21 years with the organisation held a range of senior leadership roles mainly related to personal and population health. Highlights of her career to date include the establishment of the New Zealand Blood Service and Healthline, the development of the palliative care strategy and management of the cancer programme including the development of bowel screening.

She returns to the Ministry after spending two years at Hutt Valley DHB as Service Group Manager, Surgical, Women's and Children's Health.

Michelle ArrowsmithMichelle Arrowsmith: Deputy Director-General DHB Performance, Support and Infrastructure

Michelle commenced her career in health as a dietitian and worked clinically for a number of years before moving into senior operational management where she's held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and deputy Chief Executive. Michelle’s senior leadership career to date has spanned acute, community and primary care both in her 20 years in the NHS and her time in Australia. 

Michelle has led across multi-site and organisational boundaries in health care, in particular delivering on reform programmes and integration of acute, community and primary care services. Michelle also has significant experience in system leadership and clinical and financial sustainability of health services. 

Keriana Brooking: Deputy Director-General Health System Improvement and Innovation

Keriana Brooking has been with the Ministry since 2014 in a number of senior positions, starting as Chief Advisor System Integration, and most recently as Deputy Director – Service Commissioning. When she first stepped into a senior role in health, it was as DHB Planning and Funding Manager at Tairawhiti District Health Board. When Primary Health Organisations (PHOs) first formed in 2002, she became Chief Executive Officer of Turanganui PHO. Subsequently six PHOs merged and Keriana went on to become Deputy CEO and General Manager Practice Services of the Midlands Health Network.

Keriana has whakapapa links to Ngāti Pāhauwera me Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa and is widely recognised for her dedication and commitment to improving the health of New Zealanders, backed by a high level of experience in the context of change. 

John Whaanga: Deputy Director-General, Māori HealthJohn Whaanga

John is affiliated to Ngāti Rākaipaaka, Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Rongomaiwahine. In 2018, John was acknowledged in parliament for his work in successfully negotiating a $100 million Treaty of Waitangi settlement for Ngā Iwi me Ngā Hapū o Te Rohe o Te Wairoa – this was the culmination of over 30 years work. 

John began his career in the Department of Conservation in 1989 (working on Treaty of Waitangi policy and negotiations), before moving on to the Ministry of Education (Māori Education Group) in 1991. 

John originally joined the Ministry of Health in 1993, as a foundation member of the then newly-established Māori Health Directorate, Te Kete Hauora. John then spent six years working in the Ministry, culminating in management roles in both public health and Māori health (as Manager, Te Kete Hauora).

In the last six years John has undertaken a number of significant roles in tertiary education, including as: Chief Advisor Wānanga, Tertiary Education Commission; Deputy Chief Executive, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa; and Chief Operating Officer, Taratahi Institute of Agriculture.

Margareth BroodkoornMargareth Broodkoorn: Chief Nursing Officer

Margareth is of Ngāpuhi and Dutch whakapapa. She is an executive member of the National Council of Māori Nurses, has had extensive involvement in the work of the Nursing Council of New Zealand, is a member of the Health Workforce New Zealand Nursing Advisory Group and sponsor of Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō, the national Māori nursing and midwifery workforce development programme.

Margareth has been the Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Northland District Health Board since 2010 and has over 30 years experience in the health sector working in a range of clinical practice, leadership, management and education roles.

Andy SimpsonDr Andrew Simpson: Chief Medical Officer

Dr Andy Simpson is the Ministry’s Chief Medical Officer. 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 and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.

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.

The Chief Medical Officer works alongside the Chief Nursing Officer to provide clinical leadership and advice across the Ministry and the sector to support the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of health service delivery.

Andy SimpsonMartin Chadwick: Chief Allied Health Professions Officer 

Martin joins the Ministry of Health from the Bay of Plenty DHB where he has held the post of Executive of Director Allied Health, Scientific and Technical for the last two years.

Previously he held a similar role at Counties Manukau DHB for six years. He has over 25 years of health experience in a range of roles in both the USA and New Zealand and has filled a variety of clinical, managerial and strategic leadership roles. He is the current chair of the National Directors of Allied Health group.

Martin has recently completed his doctoral degree via AUT examining health workforce change. Martin is passionate about the untapped potential that allied health professions can bring in improving the quality of care provided to our populations, and in turn better meeting equitable population health needs.

Mathew Parr: Acting Deputy Director-General, Disability

Mathew leads the Disability Directorate and is responsible for providing the strategic oversight of ‘end-to-end’ activities and functions for disability services nationally.

He originally joined the Ministry in 2011 working in finance, operations and policy roles before spending 2 years at the NHS in England. A chartered accountant by trade he has spent time in the private sector working in the health practice at PwC. He has most recently been working on the implementation of the Care and Support Worker pay equity settlement across the disability, aged care and mental health sectors.

Monique Burrows

Monique Burrows: Acting Director, Office of the Director-General

Monique leads the Office of the Director-General, which is responsible for Government and Ministerial services, internal and external communications, assurance and risk management and provides support to the Director-General of Health, Ministers and the Executive Leadership Team.

Monique has previously held public sector policy roles in the Ministry of Transport and in the Beehive before joining the Ministry of Health in September 2016. Monique also spent time in the private sector at PwC, with a portfolio of work that included public sector policy, business case development, performance measurement and procurement processes.

Helen Wood: Acting Deputy Director-General Health Workforce

Helen comes to the Ministry of Health following 18 months as a consultant with United Nations supporting the design and implementation of their first global UN system workplace mental health and wellbeing strategy.

Helen holds double master’s degrees in mental health, achieving MSc Global Mental Health (London) in 2016, adding to her global network and awareness of research, evidence based service development, and population health in low, middle and high resource settings.

As an executive level strategic and operational leader in the health sector, Helen has a strong track record of successfully initiating, and leading strategic planning, alongside practical experience implementing complex organisational change programs, service provision and workforce development projects in the mental health and addictions field. She has over 35 years’ experience of leading developing services across the lifespan including primary care, NGOs and DHB/NHS Trust services, including tertiary specialist services.

Over the past 14 years, this has been within District Health Boards in New Zealand. Prior to 2003 Helen worked in the UK for 20 years in senior NHS Trust leadership roles, and National (UK) Service development roles in mental health. Helen originally as trained and worked as an Occupational Therapist.

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