Farewell to Nigel Yeates

If you haven’t already seen it, I’d like to draw your attention to this article which featured in the Manukau Courier last week about the retirement of our very own laboratory manager, Nigel Yeates, after a staggering 49 years working at CMDHB.

Wishing Nigel Yeates all the best at his retirement

We held a farewell celebration for Nigel a week and a half ago, and it was a huge, huge honour for me to be able to speak at that event and acknowledge his retirement after 49 years working at Middlemore Hospital. It was clear to me that Nigel is one of our real heroes and truly embodies the DNA and character of Team Counties. He has been a stalwart throughout his time with us, committed to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. As a result, he is hugely respected by everyone he’s come into contact with.

In a world that changes very, very quickly, having the reliability and consistency of a first class professional like Nigel over 49 years is exceptional. It’s probably bittersweet to say that it will be rare to see his like again.

It was a real honour to pay tribute to all Nigel has done during his time with us and to see so many of his family, friends and colleagues there to join him at his farewell celebration. I’m sure you all join me in wishing Nigel all the very best for his retirement and hoping that we will see him again from time to time.

Ka kite ano,



Author: Geraint Martin

Geraint Martin was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Counties Manukau DHB in December 2006. It is one of the largest District Health Boards in New Zealand and services a population of half a million. He has significant experience over 30 years in national policy & in managing both primary and secondary care . Previously, he was Director of Health and Social Care Strategy at the Welsh Government .He authored a radical 10 year strategy of reform, including the successful “Saving 1000 lives” Campaign.Until 2004, he was CEO at Kettering General Hospital & had held senior positions in London & Birmingham.He has worked closely with clinicians in improving clinical standards,patient safety,chronic disease management & managing acute care to reduce hospital demand.In NZ, He has promoted clinical quality and leadership as central to improving patientcare. This has led to a significant increases in productivity and access, whilst maintaining financial balance. CMH has completed in 2014 a $500 m capital redevelopment programme, the largest in New Zealand. A central part of this is the establishment of Ko Awatea,the Centre for Innovation and Research which will underpin CMH as one of the the leading health systems in Australasia.In 2008, he chaired the Ministerial Review of Emergency Care in New Zealand, and in 2013 was an member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Health Sector Performance. Geraint has an MSc in Health Policy from Birmingham University .His post-graduate work has focused on health economics and Corporate Strategy . He is adjunct Professor of Healthcare Management at AUT and Victoria University, Wellington Elected in 2006 as a Companion of the Institute of Healthcare Management, previously he was an Associate Fellow at Birmingham University.He is is Chair of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, a member of the Institute of Directors, on the Board of the NZ Institute of Health Management & previously the Board of The NZ Health Quality and Safety Commission.

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