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Wairarapa and Hutt Valley CE to step down

Wairarapa and Hutt Valley CE to step down

17 March 2015

Chief Executive of Wairarapa and Hutt Valley DHBs Graham Dyer has announced he will be stepping down from both roles at the end of April.

“When I took the roles on, there were many initiatives that I wanted to achieve and after 5 years, I feel my task has been completed,” says Mr Dyer. “I will be taking a break before considering my other opportunities.”

Mr Dyer joined the Hutt Valley DHB as Chief Executive in July 2010, having come from the Waitemata DHB where he was Chief Operating Officer. In late 2012, following the resignation of Wairarapa CE Tracey Adamson, he became CE for both Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs through an agreement between the DHBs for the provision of Chief Executive services.

In his dual role, Mr Dyer established a joint management team across the two DHBs and has been involved in many cross-DHB (2 or 3 DHB) initiatives, including the merging of the Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast hospital laboratory services and the introduction of one mental health service for the sub-region.

Mr Dyer was instrumental in the formation of a single Primary Health Organisation in the Hutt Valley, through the amalgamation of 4 smaller PHOs, and was on the Board of the resultant Te Awakairangi Health PHO for its first year of operation. From the DHB perspective this has been a great success and has assisted in developing closer relationships between the DHB and community based health providers.

“Hutt Valley also now has an effective organisation known as the Hutt Integrated Network of Care (Hutt INC) where community and hospital based clinicians focus on the development of integrated care,” say Hutt Valley DHB Deputy Chair, Wayne Guppy. The TeHei Wairarapa Alliance Leadership Team is performing a similar role in the Wairarapa, where integration of community and hospital based services has long been a It was under Mr Dyer’s leadership that the new Operating Theatres and Emergency Department were completed at Hutt Hospital. Services were maintained during construction through the novel ‘clip-on’ theatre approach.

At a national level, Mr Dyer has, for some years, been the CE lead for employment relations for the DHBs.

This has always been a challenging portfolio, especially when budgets are tight and recent years have seen some of the closest work for decades with the health sector unions.

“Mr Dyer has made a valuable contribution to both the Wairarapa and Hutt Valley and we wish him well in his future endeavours,” say Virginia Hope, Chair of Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley District Health Boards and Derek Milne, Chair of Wairarapa District Health Board.


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