About

Geraint Martin BA (Hons) MSc MInstD CHM

Geraint Martin was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Counties Manukau DHB in December 2006. CMDHB is one of the largest District Health Boards in New Zealand and services a population of over 450,000 with a high level of deprivation, diverse ethnic mix and young population.

Geraint came to CMDHB from the Welsh Assembly Government where his role was Director of Health and Social Care Strategy. He has significant experience in developing national policy, and managing many levels of service provision in both primary and secondary care, including nearly thirty years experience in health management. He held the Chief Executive role at Kettering General Hospital in Northamptonshire from 2000-04, and senior executive positions in London and Birmingham hospitals. In his previous position as Director of Health and Social Care Strategy, Geraint authored a radical ten year strategy which began the redesign of Welsh Health and Social Care. This included the successful ‘Saving 1000 lives’ Campaign.

As a hospital Chief Executive, he developed the ‘see and treat’ system which has improved emergency department efficiency and has been adopted by the National Health Service and internationally. He has also worked closely with clinicians in improving clinical standards and improving patient safety. His work with primary care has included chronic disease management strategies and managing acute care to reduce the need for in-patient beds.

At Counties Manukau DHB, Geraint has promoted clinical quality and clinical leadership as the central strategic drivers for improving patient care. This has led to a significant improvement in productivity and in access in Emergency Care, whilst maintaining financial balance. Following the recently completed Health Services Plan : a 20 year framework for all health services in a district which has the fastest growing population in New Zealand, Middlemore Hospital is now in the middle of 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 the objective of making CMDHB one of the leading healthcare systems in Australasia by 2015.

In 2006, he chaired the Ministerial Review of Emergency Care in New Zealand.

Geraint studied Modern History at the University of Wales. In addition, he has a Masters Degree of Management and Health Policy from the University of Birmingham.

His post-graduate work has included the economics of healthcare at University of Aberdeen Medical School, and Corporate Strategy at INSEAD, Paris.  He is adjunct Professor of Healthcare Management at Auckland University of Technology and at the University of Victoria.

In 2006, he was elected a Companion of the Institute of Healthcare Management in the UK. Previously, he was an Associate Fellow at HSMC, University of Birmingham, and an External Fellow at The University of North Carolina. He has visited Finland and the United States on International Travel Fellowships.

He is a member of the Institute of Directors, a Board Member of The New Zealand Health Quality and Safety Commission, the NZ Institute of Health Management, and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

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