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Nick Saville-Wood appointed Lakes DHB Chief Executive

Thursday 2 May 2019

Lakes Board Chair, Deryck Shaw, says the Board is delighted to announce Nick Saville-Wood’s appointment to the role of Chief Executive for Lakes DHB.

Nick has filled this role in an acting capacity since the departure of Ron Dunham late in 2018.

Deryck says Nick was successful in getting the role ahead of a strong line up of candidates. The Board had an extensive process around recruitment which included involvement of DHB staff, iwi and primary sector representatives.

Since 2016, Nick was the Chief Operating Officer for Lakes DHB and was accountable for the running of both Rotorua and Taupo hospitals as well as a number of community services. Prior to this he was the General Manager Corporate Services and was also the Project Director for the redevelopment of both hospitals.

Deryck says Nick is well known to the Board and well respected. Nick has lived in Rotorua for the last 23 years and is committed to the Lakes DHB and its rohe (district).

“Nick is well positioned to lead the changes necessary in achieving the outcomes required by the Board in its strategic priority areas, particularly Maori health equity.”

Deryck says the Board has confidence in Nick’s ability to lead the organisation in improved gains across agreed health targets and towards a more financially sustainable future.

With Nick moving permanently to the CE role, Lakes will now move to recruit a replacement Chief Operating Officer.


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