Bridget Allan, Chief Executive
Bridget has worked in a wide range of roles in the health sector, including: research, planning, operational and strategic management, project management and governance in the public sector and as Chief Executive for Hauora Hokianga, an innovative integrated primary care organisation serving a rural population of almost 10,000 predominantly Maori people in the Far North.
Irma Harris, General Manager, Finance and Corporate Services
Irma has been working in primary health care management for the Hutt Valley for more than 15 years. Irma has oversight of Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems, Corporate Services and all operational aspects of Te Awakairangi Health Network. Present Role: General Manager, Finance and Corporate Services
Carrie Henderson, General Manager Services
Carrie has worked in several roles in secondary care within the Hutt Valley. Carrie began her career as an Occupational Therapist in Scotland before emigrating to New Zealand. Carrie has experience leading in operational management, strategic leadership and leading through change. Her work has a focus on innovation and developing alternative models of service delivery.
Marion Thomas, General Manager Programmes and Practice Development
Marion leads a team supporting general practice teams and other providers in the Network in their provision of good quality, integrated and equitable primary care. The PPD team assists with implementing Health Care Homes, extended primary care teams (including clinical pharmacists), continuous quality improvement and programmes that extend general practice care for patients. Marion has worked in a range of roles in the health sector, including operational management, strategic planning, and funding roles. Her career started as a radiographer, and her work as an independent consultant covered a wide range of projects including laboratory services, palliative care, mental health, disability services. Marion is skilled in managing strategic change programmes, balancing governance and operational policy with stakeholder expectations. Her work has had a strong focus on quality improvement and innovation, frequently reviewing health services/systems and identifying how these can be improved.
Karolyn Kerr, General Manager, Knowledge Management
Having begun her career as a nurse, training in New Zealand and the UK and specialised in Coronary Care nursing and research, Karolyn then studied Health Informatics. After completing a Masters in telehealth, Karolyn twice worked at the Ministry of Health in the digital health team. Here she completed a PhD in data quality, developing a national strategy for data quality for the health sector. Karolyn is a previous Chair of Health Informatics New Zealand and is the current Vice President and New Zealand representative on the Council of the Australasian College of Health Informatics and a Fellow of the organisation. Having a position on the Board of Accuro Health Insurance and membership with the Institute of Directors, Karolyn is well versed in organisational governance, strategic planning and business risk assessment.
Dr Dougal Thorburn, Clinical Director, Population Health
Dougal affiliates to Waikato iwi, was raised in Christchurch and undertook his medical training and public health training at the University of Otago. He has been in general practice since 2012 and is a Fellow of the RNZCGP. He has experience in clinical practice in high needs and Māori communities, in integration work across the health continuum, and participation in sector groups, including PHARMAC advisory groups, Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (the Maori Doctor’s Association), the University of Otago and in Ora Taiao (NZ Climate and Health Council). Dougal works part-time as a general practitioner in one of our local practices, and part-time as a Clinical Director, providing leadership for our Network through his focus on population health, and improving equity of health outcomes for Māori, Pasifika and low-income families.