Southern Partnership Group

The Southern Partnership Group was appointed to oversee the redevelopment of hospital services in Dunedin. The group provides governance for the planning, business case and construction phases of the project.

The Southern Partnership Group works closely with the Ministry of Health and the Southern DHB, including with its Commissioner and Chief Executive.

Find out more about the establishment of the Southern Partnership Group:

Southern Partnership Group membership

The Southern Partnership Group has five members.

Pete Hodgson (Chair)

Mr Hodgson has extensive experience in the Health Sector. He held several Senior Cabinet Minister portfolios, including Minister of Health (2005 – 2007). Mr Hodgson lives in Dunedin and was MP for Dunedin North for 21 years. Since leaving Parliament he has chaired various committees and boards.

Andrew Connolly

Mr Connolly is current chair of the Medical Council of New Zealand, and head of department of general surgery at Counties Manukau DHB. He has had considerable involvement in the Counties Manukau building programme, and has held extensive governance roles.

Stephen Willis

Mr Willis has experience with large scale health building projects. He spent 14 years working for Mater Health Services in Australia during which he delivered one of the organisation’s biggest building projects. Mr Willis is currently the Chief Operating Officer at the University of Otago.

Richard Thomson

Mr Thomson is a Dunedin-based businessman who owns and runs the Acquisitions chain of retail stores. He was the Deputy Commissioner for Southern DHB. He is also a trustee of Healthcare Otago Charitable Trust, and chairperson of Hawksbury Community Living Trust.

Margaret Wilsher

Dr Wilsher is a practising respiratory physician, clinical teacher and researcher. She is currently Chief Medical Officer of Auckland DHB. She has extensive experience in health sector governance, as a member of the Christchurch Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group, and the Capital Investment Committee.

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