Executive Leadership Team


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.

Todd KriebleTodd Krieble: Acting Deputy Director-General System Strategy and Policy

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.

Tina Wakefield: Acting Deputy Director-General Corporate Services

Tina has been seconded into the DDG Corporate Services role from her position as Deputy Secretary ICT/CIO at the Ministry of Justice. She is an experienced senior leader with a wide range of experience spanning strategy, investment and planning management, marketing and product development, through to programme and service delivery in both business and technology contexts. She is also a certified Executive Coach.

Tina has over 25 years of experience in both public and private sectors, with a common thread of information and technology as a key business enabler to deliver customer outcomes and organisational value. Tina has previously held senior positions at the Department of Internal Affairs and Telecom New Zealand.

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.

Dr William Rainger: Acting Deputy Director-General Population Health and Prevention

William is a Public Health Physician with over 20 years’ of management experience in the health sector. After his initial medical training in Auckland William worked in general practice before training in public health medicine. He then worked in health funding roles during the 1990s. Since then he has held a number of senior positions in DHBs and the Ministry of Health.

William has particular interests in the control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, the promotion of mental health and wellbeing and emergency preparedness. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and a past president of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine

Stephen O'KeefeStephen O'Keefe: Acting Deputy Director-General DHB Performance, Support and Infrastructure

Stephen joined the Ministry as Chief Financial Officer in May 2016 and is responsible for the finance function, sector payments operations and risk management. He is currently Acting DDG DHB Performance, Support and Infrastructure.

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.

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

Keriana Brooking (Ngāti Pāhauwera, Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairoa) began her health career in 2001 as the General Manager, Planning and Funding at Hauora Tairawhiti, before shifting in 2003 to CEO of Tūranganui Primary Health Organisation (PHO) in Gisborne. In 2010, following the amalgamation of 5 PHOs through the central North Island, Keriana was appointed as the Deputy CEO of Midlands Health Network, before joining the Ministry in 2014.

A mother and grandmother, Keriana has a Masters in Public Management, and in 2008 was recognised with a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Award for her primary and community healthcare work in Gisborne.

Keriana was a 2018 finalist in the Public Policy section of the Westpac Women of Influence for her work in the Care and Support Worker pay equity implementation.

Maree Roberts: Acting Deputy Director-General, Mental Health and Addiction

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.

Alison ThomAlison Thom: Acting Deputy Director-General, Māori Health

Alison’s leadership roles have spanned the public, not-for-profit and iwi sectors, and reflect her long-term interest in improving the well-being and welfare of New Zealanders, particularly Māori.

She began a 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 has led SAFE, a sex offender programme, as well as her own iwi’s organisation Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāphui, and also worked in executive roles at Te Puni Kōkiri, Corrections and the Ministry of Education.

Alison joined the Ministry of Health in 2016 as a member of the Executive Leadership Team to focus on Māori health and more recently lead the Achieving Equity work programme.

Alison is affiliated to Ngāpuhi and has a Diploma in Social Work and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA). 

Jane BodkinJane Bodkin: Acting Chief Nursing Officer

Jane is a registered nurse and holds a Masters in Public Policy from the School of Government, Victoria University where her thesis related to competency-based workforce development in nursing.

She also has a Masters in Nursing, Massey University, 2014 and a Bachelor of Arts, in History and Political Science, University of Otago.

Jane has previously worked in a variety of clinical roles in mental health and addictions nursing.  

Jane came to the Office from her role as Senior Nurse in the Consultation Liaison Team, Wellington Regional Public Hospital, Capital & Coast DHB.

Jane's portfolios are mental health and addictions, nurse practitioners and enrolled nurses, and implementation of the 8 eights of Parliament that were changed to enable nurses and other health practitioners to carry out certain functions that previously only medical practitioners could do. She is also working on growing and supporting the Māori nursing workforce with Ramai Lord, Senior Advisor.

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.

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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