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Canterbury DHB Names New CEO

Canterbury DHB Names New CEO

Canterbury District Health Board is pleased to announce that David Meates, the current Chief Executive of Wairarapa DHB, will be its next Chief Executive.

Gordon Davies, who has been CDHB’s CEO for the last three years, will retire in mid November and Mr Meates will take up the position on Monday 2 February 2009.

CDHB’s Executive Director of Nursing Mary Gordon will be acting CEO in the interim.

Mr Meates, who grew up in Canterbury and attended Canterbury and Lincoln Universities, is chair of the DHBs’ National CEO Group and has carried a wide range of national responsibilities including leadership of a number of recent workforce negotiations covering both senior and junior doctors.

His previous roles include Manager of Grey Base Hospital and senior health positions in Hawkes Bay and Northland.

CDHB Chair Alister James says the Board is “delighted that it has been able to appoint a person of David’s calibre and experience."

“He has an impressive record as CEO of the Wairarapa DHB and in his previous roles in health. Although David is coming from a smaller DHB, he has a very wide knowledge of health in New Zealand and has been a highly effective chair of the National CEO Group."

Among those involved in the selection of the new CEO was a group of CDHB’s clinical leaders, who Mr James said voted overwhelmingly in favour of his appointment.

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