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Executive Leadership team

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The Executive Leadership Team at Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora - Southern consists of executive managers based in Otago and Southland.

Hamish Brown, Group Director of Operations

Hamish Brown

Hamish joined the former Southern District Health Board, now Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora - Southern, in March 2019 as Programme Director for the New Dunedin Hospital. From March to November 2021 Hamish worked as the SRO (Senior Responsible Officer) for the Covid Vaccination rollout programme, before moving into the Chief Operating Officer role and then Interim Lead for Hospital and Specialist Services. He previously worked as an Emergency Nurse, and in leadership roles on the West Coast and in the Canterbury District Health Boards. 

Hamish brings a wealth of knowledge of our health system, staff, and community to the Group Director of Operations role. He brings extensive leadership experience, strategic thinking, empathy, and relationship building skills that are essential for leading our Te Whatu Ora Southern team. 

Jane Wilson, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer

Jane Wilson

Jane was appointed to the role of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer in August 2017.

Prior to this, Jane was Director of the Commissioner’s Office (since October 2015) and Director of Nursing Operations. Jane has held a number of other nursing leadership positions across Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora - Southern (formerly Southern DHB) in the last 30 years, including clinical nurse specialist and educator roles, charge nurse manager, service manager and nursing director.


Kaye Cheetham, Chief Allied Health, Scientific and Technical Officer

Kaye Cheetham

Kaye is Director of Allied Health in the Strategy, Primary and Community Directorate at Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora - Southern. Before that she worked as the Allied Health Scientific and Technical Professional Development Facilitator and was also the professional lead for Occupational Therapy. Kaye’s background is as an Occupational Therapist and she taught at the School of Occupational Therapy at Otago Polytechnic for 16 years. 

The Chief Allied Health, Scientific and Technical Officer role represents 24% of our workforce that includes 30 discrete professions each having their own professional identity, codes of ethics, practice competencies, workforce training and development needs. These workforces cover a range of health professions including regulated, self-regulated and unregulated staff.

Tanya Basel, Executive Director People and Capability

Tanya Basel

Prior to her appointment as Executive Director People and Capability, Tanya was the General Manager Human Resources at Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora - Southern (formerly Southern DHB) for more than 3 years. Originally from South Africa, Tanya has held various senior HR leadership roles such as HR Country Director and Vice President HR and served on executive management teams in multi-national companies.  She has successfully led diverse teams across geographic locations in various industries such as Polymers, Petro-Chemical, Oil and Gas and Automotive. Her 25-year career has seen her working in countries as diverse as Mozambique, USA, Singapore, China, Canada, UK, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Germany, and Slovakia.

Well versed in strategic Human Resources practices, policies and procedures, Tanya has successfully led, managed, and advised on several business transformation initiatives, including organisational re-design, culture change and leadership development.  Her passion lies in building effective, high performing, integrated HR, and executive management teams within matrix organisations. Her strength is in finding quick and intelligent solutions to daily business challenges without losing sight of the long-term goal. Tanya is keen to use her life-learning and previous experience to make a difference in the lives of staff who in turn deliver excellent care to our communities.

David Gow, Chief Medical Officer

David Gow

David started in the Chief Medical Officer role for Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora - Southern in August 2022. David trained in the UK and worked as a Neurologist and Clinical leader in Manchester before moving to NZ in 2014. He commenced at the then Southern District Health Board, now Te Whatu Ora Southern in April 2014. As well as working as a Clinical Neurologist in the region, David has served as the Chair of the Clinical Council. In the Chief Medical Officer role, David will work closely with the other professional leads to improve equity, patient safety, consumer engagement and staff wellbeing. His key focus is on the long-term goal of improving outcomes for our patients.


Dr. Hwyel Lloyd, Director Quality & Clinical Governance Solutions

Hywel Lloyd

Hywel took up his first role with Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora - Southern (previously Southern DHB) in May 2018 as the Medical Director for Strategy, Primary and Community. He has been a general practitioner at Mosgiel Health Centre since his arrival in New Zealand from Wales in 2003. He has held GP advisory positions at Taieri, Strath Taieri PHO and WellSouth PHO. He re-engineered the Care Plus programme for the Taieri practices between 2009 & 11 as part of Optimising the Patient Journey 2 programme. Focussing on ‘what matters most’, for those at highest risk.

Hywel has worked as a clinical editor for the Best Practice Journal and Director of Health Informatics at BPAC. He has held an honorary lecturer position at the Department of General Practice & Rural Health, University of Otago as well as Chief Medical Officer at South Link Health.  Hywel has a passion for improving health care and patient safety through consumer centred care, quality data to build knowledge and integrated working.

Bridget Dickson, Programme Director New Dunedin Hospital

Bridget Dickson

Bridget Dickson has worked at Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora - Southern (formerly Southern DHB) since 1998 when she joined Wakari Hospital as a physiotherapist. Since then she has worked in a number of Allied Health operational roles, and was also the Physiotherapy Professional Lead for the district.

Bridget was initially involved in the New Dunedin Hospital as a member of the Clinical Leadership Group before joining the team as Clinical Project Manager in 2019. Now Programme Director, Bridget is leading Te Whatu Oa Southern's contribution to the country’s biggest health infrastructure project.