Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards
David is Chief Executive of the Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards – responsible for the health services for over 550,000 New Zealanders, and the leadership of over 10,500 direct employees and thousands more NGO health sector workers contracted by the DHB.
He is a big picture thinker and has particular skills in leading change and motivating and mobilising others to be part of the transformation. David is passionate about health and what’s possible when people grasp the vision and work collectively for the greater good. The achievements of the Canterbury Health System are testimony to his leadership. David has overseen the creation of what has been identified as one of the most integrated health systems in the world by The Kings Fund (an independent charity working to improve health and health care based in the UK).
In 2011 David was awarded the highest standing award by the NZ Medical Association for exemplary leadership for the devastating earthquakes in Canterbury. In 2014 David was made a member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to health.
Originally from Canterbury, David has worked in both the private and public sectors, in NZ and the UK.