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Global search for Waikato DHB CEO gets underway

Waikato District Health Board (DHB) today began a global search for a new chief executive with an appeal to staff to help identify potential candidates followed by  advertisements running in publications around the world from tomorrow (Saturday 15 March).

Board chair Bob Simcock said Waikato needed an “outstanding leader” to replace Craig Climo who leaves mid-year.

“What we do know is that many of our existing staff have wide networks in New Zealand and overseas health sectors who may know people qualified to do this job.

“That’s why we’ve asked our staff to help us identify suitable candidates.

“They may know of ex-pats looking to return home or someone from overseas with the skills we want to join a DHB among the top 10 state sector organisations in the country and in what is one of the biggest jobs in New Zealand health.

“Then again it may be somebody in our own back yard who has what we’re looking for,” said Mr Simcock.

Sheffield Search will assist the Board with this executive recruitment process. The firm is a very well known, New Zealand owned consultancy, with over 50 years’ experience in chief executive and other senior executive appointments.

Sheffield Search is a founding partner of the AltoPartners Executive Search Worldwide group. This international network is represented by search firms working across 30 countries incorporating Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Meanwhile to assist the Board in its search and to get an informed snapshot of where the DHB is at through fresh but expert eyes, Mr Simcock asked the Ministry of Health to carry out a review of core Waikato DHB services.

“The review will be carried out over the next few weeks by an experienced multi-disciplinary team of health and consumer professionals.”

The team is:

  • Toni Atkinson, General Manager Disability, Ministry of Health
  • Richard Street, orthopaedic surgeon, Counties Manukau DHB
  • Jocelyn Peach, district nursing, Waitemata
  • Mike Corkill, management consultant (formerly a rheumatologist)
  • David Russell, consumer adviser (formerly Consumer NZ chief executive).

“I expect the findings of the review will help to inform the search for our new chief executive, and define his or her work programme,” said Mr Simcock.


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