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Media Release: Southern DHB Chair Dave Cull to step down

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Southern DHB Chair Dave Cull to step down

Southern District Health Board chair Dave Cull announced today that he is stepping down from the Board due to personal health challenges.
 
Mr Cull shared today, “I have recently been diagnosed with a tumour on my pancreas. I need to undergo further tests to give more clarity as to type, treatment and prognosis. However regardless of what those reveal, it is clear that henceforth I will need to devote 100 per cent of my energy to confronting this ominous health challenge and supporting my whānau. I am unable henceforth to commit the attention and energy that the Southern DHB chair role requires. I have therefore tendered my resignation from the Board to the Minister of Health.
 
“I have greatly appreciated the confidence of the community and the Minister for first electing me to the Board, and then appointing me to the chair. It has been a privilege to serve – albeit briefly – in that role. 
 
“Thanks to CEO Fleming, Southern DHB staff and my Board colleagues, for their support and indeed on-going care. My best wishes go to the Board and my successor as they confront the challenges ahead.”
 
Southern DHB Chief Executive Chris Fleming expressed the sincere best wishes of the organisation as Dave and his family face this challenge. 
 
“On behalf of Dave’s many friends and colleagues at the DHB, we are sorry we will no longer benefit from his immense expertise on the board, and thank him for the significant contribution he has made so far as we transitioned from a Commissioner to a board structure. 
 
“We wish Dave and his family every strength for the time ahead, and offer any support we can provide.”
 
Mr Cull’s final day on the board will be 15 October. He is being supported by Deputy Chair Dr David Perez, who will assume the role of Acting Chair when Mr Cull steps down.