Ask Me Anything

GeraintIn a previous blog I mentioned how hard it is to have a relationship with someone you don’t know and with over 6,500 staff working at CM Health, it’s a challenge to personally connect with each person who works here.  While social media is making it easier to reach people on a global scale,  I’d like to take a more personalised approach by introducing my latest initiative called “Ask Me Anything” (AMA). Just like the name implies the aim behind AMA is to create a channel where you can ask me anything, anytime, anywhere. This could range from light-hearted questions such as what’s my favourite TV programme (Game of Thrones) to important issues that are critical for you at work.  It’s about being transparent and upfront about the things that matter the most to you. I’ll do my very best to answer all of your questions and each month will share the most popular questions or themes in a short video blog.

Below are a few light-hearted questions and answers to get the ball rolling …

What is my favourite band?

  • Manic Street Preachers

What is my pet hate?

  • Glad wrap – because it always sticks to itself!

Best job I have had?

  • CEO CM Health

What’s your favourite meal?

Who would I invite to dinner?

  • Comedians Eddy Izzard and Rhod Gilbert

Favourite place in NZ?

  • Milford Sounds

Biggest regret?

  • Not being good enough to play rugby for Wales

On a more serious note I recently celebrated my 54th birthday and marked the fact I have been in healthcare for 32 years! I’m beginning to wonder where the time has gone. If you were to ask what motivates me?   It comes down to two things. Firstly I love working in an environment which is challenging and complex. And secondly I love doing something that is incredibly important to the community that we serve.

Please send any questions you have to


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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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