Graham has over twenty year’s experience in the health sector, with most of these being in executive management or CEO roles. Graham has extensive experience across a variety of disciplines, and has excellent leadership, team development and change management skills. The executive positions he has held include operational management, finance, ICT, and planning and funding. This includes the establishment of a DHB funding function when DHB’s were established in 2001.
Graham left the DHB environment in 2015, and after undertaking some contract work overseas took up a position in January 2016 as Head of Provider Services for ACC. This involved developing the organisations ‘Health Services Strategy, and managing the $3bn of contracts held with the health sector. After four years in this role Graham has stood down to follow a long held desire to complete a Doctorate in Health, and continues to work part time for ACC in an advisory position as well as undertaking selected consultancy projects.
Graham was the CEO for Hutt Valley District Health Board for five years, with three of these years being CEO for both the Wairarapa and Hutt Valley District Health Boards. For four of his five years in a CEO role, Graham has led the Employment Relationship Strategy Group for the 20 DHB’s. This role has required effective engagement across the sector at the highest levels, and over site of negotiations for the $4bn per annum paid in collective agreements.
He has a proven record of change management, team building, and development of effective management systems, and innovative solution development. He also has experience in re-engineering organisations to better meet their strategic intent. Graham has a special interest in the Baldrige Framework for Quality Improvement and had experience in implementing this framework in a DHB environment. He has played a leadership role in major rebuilding programmes at both Tauranga and Hutt Valley hospitals, dealing with construction companies and planners, while ensuring that operational performance was retained.
Graham has experience as a Director of a number of companies and Trusts both in the public and private sector, the most recent of these being the CEO representative on the Health Workforce New Zealand board.
Graham has an MBA from Massey University, and a Social Science degree from the University of Waikato.