Moving on

As most of you know I handed in my resignation this week, after working as CEO of CM Health for the past 11 years. Since that happened I’ve had several people ask why the jump from CM Health to Te Papa in Wellington?

The simple answer is that after 33 years of health I was ready to pursue my other passion, which is in the field of arts and history.

Some of you may be aware that my first degree was in modern history and over the past couple of years I’ve got back in touch with my arts and culture side.

When the job opportunity at Te Papa came along it was a chance to bring those two threads together.  Te Papa was one of the first places I visited when I first came to New Zealand. Its vision of changing hearts, minds and lives closely resembles the vision we have at CM Health which is why I was drawn to the role. Te Papa also has a unique role at the heart of New Zealand’s national conversation. Being an active part of that conversation is a big honor.

Making the decision to leave CM Health wasn’t easy. This is an incredibly special organisation full of incredibly special people. I’m so proud of what we have achieved and while I can say this has been the biggest job of my career it’s also been the most satisfying, challenging and humbling.

I truly believe we are one of the best performing health systems in Australasia and that’s down to the people who work here. I will miss your tenacity, passion, commitment and burning desire to provide the best healthcare and experience for the people who come under our care.

After 11 years CM Health gets into your blood. Our culture, diversity and values make us the unique organisation we are today.

My last day at CM Health will be in May and over the next few days I’ll be working with our Executive Leadership Team on a transition plan. While a big part of me will remain at CM Health, I’m incredibly excited about the future. Rest assured I shall be keeping tabs on how you are doing.

As for the people who have asked why I’m moving to windy Wellington, it can’t beat the unpredictable weather we have experienced in Auckland lately.




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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