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Hawkes Bay DHB appoints new chief executive

Keriana Brooking

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board has appointed a new chief executive, Keriana Brooking, who is currently the Ministry of Health’s Deputy Director General Health System Improvement and Innovation.

Hawke’s Bay DHB’s Board Chair Shayne Walker said he was delighted to announce the appointment.

“Ms Brooking is a very experienced senior health leader who will bring her breadth of knowledge in not only health system improvement and innovation, but in her ability to lead with influence and capability to Hawke’s Bay.”

Mr Walker said as Ms Brooking was actively involved in supporting the Ministry of Health with the COVID-19 pandemic she wouldn’t begin in the role until 5 October.

“While we have some time to wait before she takes over at the district health board, the organisation is in a good position with its skilled interim chief executive Craig Climo at the helm.

“We have been very fortunate having Mr Climo in the interim chief executive role who has agreed to stay on until October. The support of a chief executive, currently in the role, has meant we have been able to maintain the functions of the DHB during this critical time. It has also allowed the Board the opportunity to appoint a new chief executive without time pressures.

“I want to thank Mr Climo for agreeing to stay on and continuing to provide stability for the DHB during these extraordinary times. The Board is very grateful for the strength of his leadership.”

Mr Walker said the appointment process for a new chief executive began in December, following the resignation of former chief executive Dr Kevin Snee, and has followed a robust process.

We are delighted Ms Brooking accepted our offer. She is of Ngāti Pāhauwera and Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa decent, and brings with her a strong focus on ensuring there is on-going improvement in equity throughout the health and disability system. This focus will help ensure we continue to improve the equity focus on health services we provide to our community.

Ms Brooking has strong links to Hawke’s Bay her father was born and raised in Wairoa before he moved to Oamaru where he raised his own family.

Ms Brooking said Hawke's Bay had always played a role in her life. “There is something about this special part of New Zealand, the people and the way they live, acknowledging what is great about the region and what could be different and better.

Both she and her husband, Jack have participated in Iron Māori events over a number of years’ and have friends and whānau in all parts of Hawke’s Bay.

She said she was excited to join the DHB and looked forward to working with staff, other DHBs, health and disability service providers and the wider Hawke’s Bay community.

Ms Brooking’s references and ability come with the strongest endorsement from the Director General and a number of other highly skilled health professionals. Not only has she held senior positions at the Ministry of Health since 2014 she has also held senior roles in primary care as General Manager and Deputy Chief executive Midlands Health Network, prior to this role she was chief executive to Turanganui Primary Health Organisation (PHO) and planning and funding manager for Tairawhiti DHB, Mr Walker said.

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