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Primary Health Alliance appoints new Chief Executive Officer

Primary Health Alliance appoints new Chief Executive Officer

The Primary Health Alliance (the Alliance), whose purpose includes promoting primary and community health through integrated multi-agency and multi-professional partnerships, has today announced the appointment of Sharron Harris as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Confirming the appointment, Dr Angus Chambers, Chair of the Alliance, said “On behalf of the Executive Committee and Members of the Alliance, I am delighted that we have been able to secure a new CEO of Sharron’s calibre. Her expertise and working knowledge across so many parts of New Zealand’s primary health sector will be a significant asset for the Alliance and its broad membership base.”

Sharron has a primary health care career spanning two decades and which includes direct working experience within PHOs, DHBs and General Practices.

Sharron has provided business support to both private and corporately owned medical facilities throughout the country as well as having been a RNZCGP Cornerstone Assessor for 17 years.

Sharron acknowledged the long standing and multi-professional strength of the Alliance and is looking forward to working with its wide range of members. “I am thrilled to have been offered the opportunity to lead the Primary Health Alliance. An established and credible organisation with an impressive membership that is collectively stronger than the sum of its parts. It is great to see such a membership organisation having a greater altruistic focus on the health of the country’s population.

“I am looking forward to supporting the on-going agenda with the Alliance members and continuing the impressive impact the organisation has had over recent years” she said.

Dr Angus Chambers thanked the outgoing Chief Executive Officer, Philip Grant, saying “Philip has been in post for 6 years and has made an outstanding contribution. During that time, working with successive Executive Committees, our previous Chair [John Ayling] and myself, I believe the Alliance has become a significant influencer across the national landscape of primary health whilst also providing a valuable range of additional services for our growing membership. I am of course disappointed to see him leave but wish him well for his exciting new assignment in Fiji.”

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