An interim entity of Health New Zealand has been established as a Departmental Agency within the Ministry of Health, before legislation making it a permanent entity comes into effect in July 2022.

Health New Zealand will be the country’s biggest employer, bringing together New Zealand’s 20 District Health Boards, a workforce of about 80,000, an annual operating budget of $20 billion and an asset base of about $24 billion.

The Board has been appointed to provide independent advice on establishing the permanent entity and support the transformation and transfer of functions as the health reform takes effect.

Mr Rob Campbell CNZM – Chair, Health NZ

Mr Rob Campbell, CNZM CFInstD, is an experienced professional director with extensive union, public and private sector governance experience spanning over 40 years in a range of different settings, both domestically and internationally. He lives in Auckland.

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Mr Rob Campbell

Current Chair roles include Ara Ake Ltd, Environmental Protection Authority, Tourism Holdings Ltd, WEL Networks, NZ Rural Land Company and Chancellor Auckland University of Technology. He also Chairs Just Move Trust which works with South and West Auckland communities promoting healthy lifestyle activities.

In 2017 he was awarded the NZ Shareholders Association Beacon Award and the Deloitte NZ Chair of the Year Award in 2017 and then in 2019, awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit and made a Distinguished Alumni of Victoria University.

My intention is to bring what I have learned during my career about how organisations best work to the health sector. A healthy community involves us all and health services are a core part of our communities. Health NZ will enable skilled and dedicated professionals to do their best, and deliver equity and excellence to all we do.

Hon Amy Adams

Ms Amy Adams is a former New Zealand National Party politician, was the Member of Parliament for Selwyn from 2008 until she retired in 2020 and served as a Cabinet Minister from 2011-2017. She lives in Canterbury.

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Hon Amy Adams

Having graduated from Canterbury University with first class honours in law Ms Adams worked as a lawyer and senior partner specialising in commercial and property law for Mortlock McCormack in Christchurch before entering Parliament, where in her first term she was given the roles of Chairperson of both the Finance and Expenditure and Electoral Legislation select committees and also served as a member of the Justice and Electoral and Regulations Review Committees.

Ms Adams’ Ministerial portfolios included Minister for the Environment, Communications and Information Technology, Internal Affairs, Justice, Courts, Broadcasting, Social Housing, Social Investment and Associate Minister for Finance and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery.

Ms Cassandra Crowley

Ms Cassandra Crowley is a Chartered Accountant and a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand. She holds a number of governance roles within various sectors of the economy across the North Island. She lives in Rotorua.

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Ms Cassandra Crowley

She is currently Commercial Advisor to Te Arawa Management managing over $100m of group assets across agricultural, horticultural, manufacturing and property sectors. She has previously worked with Ngāruahine not only managing group assets through and post-settlement but leading an organisation which encompassed a full range of commercial and charitable activities.

Ms Crowley’s health experience includes being Lead Chair of the 20 DHBs, appointed from amongst her peers; chairing meetings of all DHB Chairs and acting as a conduit between all the Chief Executives nationally, the Ministry of Health and Health Ministers, and various sector bodies. She is currently Chair, Taranaki District Health Board.

Vui Mark Gosche

Vui Mark Gosche is a senior leader within both the Samoan and Pasifika communities, and across the health, disability and community sectors of New Zealand. He lives in Auckland.

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Vui Mark Gosche

Raised and educated in South Auckland, Vui Mark was a full time official with the Northern Hotel, Hospital & Restaurant Workers Union, later the Service Workers Union, and served as their General Secretary for many years. He joined the Labour Party in 1981 and was first elected to Parliament in 1996 holding several Cabinet posts, including Minister of Corrections, Minister of Housing, Minister of Transport, and Minister of Pacific Island Affairs. He retired from politics in 2008.

Currently Vui Mark Gosche is Chair of Counties Manukau District Health Board and Chair of Kāinga Ora Homes and Communities Board.

Dame Dr Karen Poutasi

Dame Dr Karen Poutasi is medically qualified with a specialisation in public health and has significant governance and leadership experience in the health and education sectors. Her executive positions have included Chief Executive of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and Director General of Health. She lives in Paraparaumu.

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Dame Dr Karen Poutasi

Dame Karen is currently Commissioner Waikato DHB, Chair COVID-19 Vaccine Immunisation Programme Governance Group, Chair Wellington Uni-Professional, a subsidiary of Victoria University of Wellington and Chair of Taumata Arowai, the water services regulator.

Dame Karen is also Deputy Chair and Director of Network for Learning and Chair of the New Zealand Committee for Harkness Fellowships.

Ms Vanessa Stoddart

Ms Vanessa Stoddart is a senior leader with 30 years’ executive and governance experience in manufacturing, packaging, airline and engineering industries. Initially a commercial lawyer, Ms Stoddart transitioned to change management, performance improvement and leadership roles before leading Carter Holt Harvey’s Australian Packaging Group and holding senior executive roles with Air New Zealand. She lives in Auckland.

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Ms Vanessa Stoddart

Ms Stoddart is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors and a chartered member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Government appointments include having been a member of the Better Public Services Advisory Group, DOC Audit and Risk Committee, Defence Employer Support Council, Chair of MBIE’s Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Tertiary Education Commission. She also previously chaired Global Women.

Ms Stoddart is currently an independent director for The New Zealand Refining Company Ltd, OneFortyOne Plantations Pty Ltd and a member of the Financial Markets Authority.

Dr Curtis Walker (Te Whakatōhea rāua ko Ngāti Porou)

Dr Curtis Walker lives in Palmerston North and is the current chair of the Medical Council, and a general physician and kidney specialist with MidCentral DHB. He has extensive experience in governance, clinical leadership and public policy. He is the current Chair of the Medical Council of New Zealand.

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Dr Curtis Walker

Formerly a veterinarian, Dr Walker retrained in human medicine, starting work at Waikato Hospital where he commenced internal medicine training before moving to Palmerston North and Wellington to complete his specialist training, becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2015.

His career has been predominantly in secondary and tertiary clinical provision and has involved governance roles across health, including President of the New Zealand Resident Doctors Association, Deputy Chair of the Māori Medical Practitioners Association and leading the Ministry of Health's Planned Care Equity Advisory Group. 

Ms Sharon Shea (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Hauā, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Hako)

Board member and Māori Health Authority representative on Health New Zealand Board

Ms Sharon Shea has a BA/LLB (Auckland) and a Masters in Comparative Social Policy (Distinction) from Oxford University. Ms Shea has significant governance and leadership experience across the health, disability and community sectors. She lives in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland. 

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Ms Sharon Shea

She is currently Chair of the Bay of Plenty DHB and has been a Board member and Sub-Committee Chair at both Auckland DHB and Northland DHB. She has also been a Board member of several primary health, community health and private sector organisations including NZ Railways Corporation, Alliance Health Plus PHO and an IT start-up.

Ms Shea was Chair of the Māori Expert Advisory Group on the Health and Disability Sector Review. Previous roles in health management have included regional and national roles in Māori health strategy, funding, Māori provider and workforce development (as part of government sector agencies).

Ms Shea is the owner/operator of a private public sector management consulting company, Shea Pita & Associates Ltd, and has extensive experience in system and service design, strategy, outcomes-based commissioning and data. Ms Shea’s experience is extensive in the health sector, and she also offers experience across education, corrections, justice, social services and broader Māori development/ Whanau Ora and Whanau Resilience/Manawaroa.

Probity Report - interim board appointments 

Over July and August 2021 the Transition Unit, in partnership with a steering group led by Tā Mason Durie, shortlisted, selected and recommended appointments for the boards of the interim Health New Zealand and Māori Health Authority entities.

Because of the seniority of those seeking roles, and the likelihood of those involved in the selection process knowing candidates either personally or professionally, McHale Group was engaged to provide confidence that any conflicts of interest were managed appropriately.

The Probity Report outlines the oversight provided by McHale Group and its resulting Probity Opinion.

Probity Report [PDF, 920 KB]

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