WDHB looks forward to working with Midcentral DHB's new chief executive

9 March 2015

Newly-appointed MidCentral DHB chief executive Kathryn Cook

MidCentral District Health Board’s (MDHB) announcement that Australian-based Kathryn Cook will step into the role of chief executive in early May has been widely welcomed by Whanganui DHB board members and staff, WDHB chief executive Julie Patterson said today.
Mrs Patterson said Ms Cook’s clinical background as a former New Zealand-trained general and obstetrics nurse and her mix of skills and experience across health planning and funding, service provision and policy in New Zealand and Australia will position her well for the role.
“I’m sure both the Whanganui and MidCentral health districts will benefit from Kathryn’s broad leadership experience in the New Zealand and Australian health sectors,” Mrs Patterson said.
“The WDHB management team looks forward to working with Kathryn on many levels and in particular on our centralAlliance programme.
“I want to take this opportunity to wish departing chief executive Murray Georgel well in his next venture. I have enjoyed working with Murray very much during my six-and-a-half years as WDHB chief executive.”
Ms Cook is currently employed as lead partner of KPMG Australia’s Health, Ageing & Human Services practice in Victoria. Prior to this, she was CEO of Western Health where she was responsible for four acute hospitals and looking after the health needs of around 750,000 people living in western metropolitan Melbourne.
Ms Cook’s extensive career in the health sector has also included working for the Western Australian Department of Health and New Zealand’s Ministry of Health in a range of policy and leadership positions.