Media Release - 15/09/08
Gordon Davies, who has been CDHB’s CEO for the last three years, will retire in mid November and Mr Meates will take up the position on Monday 2 February 2009. CDHB’s Executive Director of Nursing Mary Gordon will be acting CEO in the interim.
Mr Meates, who grew up in Canterbury and attended Canterbury and Lincoln Universities, is chair of the DHBs’ National CEO Group and has carried a wide range of national responsibilities including leadership of a number of recent workforce negotiations covering both senior and junior doctors.
His previous roles include Manager of Grey Base Hospital and senior health positions in Hawkes Bay and Northland.
CDHB Chair Alister James says the Board is “delighted that it has been able to appoint a person of David’s calibre and experience.”
“He has an impressive record as CEO of the Wairarapa DHB and in his previous roles in health. Although David is coming from a smaller DHB, he has a very wide knowledge of health in New Zealand and has been a highly effective chair of the National CEO Group.”
Among those involved in the selection of the new CEO was a group of CDHB’s clinical leaders, who Mr James said voted overwhelmingly in favour of his appointment.
Mr Meates says he and his wife Julie and their three children are looking forward to returning to Christchurch. “I am also looking forward to working with all those involved in providing health services in Canterbury,” he said.
Wairarapa District Health Board Chair Bob Francis has expressed the Board’s disappointment at losing David but has said that he is delighted that David has been recognised with appointment to one of the largest DHBs in New Zealand.
“David has been Chief Executive for five years and in that time has led the most significant changes and development in the history of health service in Wairarapa. The region will forever be grateful for his outstanding contribution.”