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Group Leadership Team

Our Group Leadership Team, headed by Dr Mike Shepherd, Group Director Operations, is responsible for all operational issues.

Dr Mike Shepherd

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Group Director Operations

Dr Mike Shepherd has been a Paediatric Emergency Medicine Specialist for 17 years.

Formally Director of Starship Child Health (Medical and Community), Mike has recently held interim roles as District Director, Director of Provider Services and Lead Hospital and Specialist Services.

Mike is passionate about delivering high-quality healthcare services which deliver equitable outcomes. He has, in partnership with tangata whenua, been working to develop services both locally and regionally to prioritise Māori health outcomes and ensure we are compliant with Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Mike has been involved in a range of areas including clinical governance, staff development, service development, staff wellbeing, research and innovation, facilities improvement and financial sustainability.

Mike continues to work in the Children’s Emergency Department in Starship.

Key roles and responsibilities:

  • Provider integration operational management
  • Accountable for all services and employees in provider functions
  • Provider arm performance.

Margaret Dotchin

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Chief Nursing Officer

Awarded Te Tohu Ratonga Tūmatanui | The New Zealand Public Service Medal for 2020.

Margaret completed her nursing training at Middlemore Hospital as a registered general and obstetric nurse in 1985. Margaret worked in a variety of roles as a registered nurse both at Middlemore Hospital, National Women’s Hospital and overseas prior to her first senior nursing role as charge nurse gynaecology oncology, National Women’s in 1990. She was appointed to the role of Chief Nursing Officer in July 2012. Prior to this Margaret held the position of Director of Nursing for Adult Services.

Margaret has held both general management and nursing leadership roles across Adult Health Services and Women’s Health Services. She is passionate about nursing and the contribution the profession brings to the delivery of safe, high-quality, compassionate, family-centred care – balanced with financial sustainability.    

Key roles and responsibilities:

  • Professional accountability and leadership
  • Infection control
  • Falls and pressure injuries
  • Patient and whānau experience.

Mark Edwards

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Chief Quality, Safety and Risk Officer

Mark has worked as an anaesthetist with us since 2005. Prior to his appointment to the role of Chief Quality, Safety and Risk Officer in 2019 he held leadership positions as a Clinical Director of Anaesthesia, Director of the Cardiovascular Service and Director of Clinical Quality and Safety. He continues to practice anaesthesia for patients with heart and lung disease undergoing surgery.

Key roles and responsibilities:

  • Clinical Quality and Safety
  • Health and Safety
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Patient feedback and experience.

Dame Naida Glavish

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Chief Advisor Tikanga, Te Whatu Ora | Te Toka Tumai & Te Whatu Ora | Waitematā

Key roles and responsibilities: 

  • Relationships with mana whenua and Mātā Waka
  • Cultural support to all staff, patients and their whānau.

Dr Debbie Holdsworth

A staff member

Director of Funding, Te Whatu Ora | Te Toka Tumai & Te Whatu Ora | Waitematā

Key roles and responsibilities:

  • Lead funding directorate across Te Whatu Ora | Te Toka Tumai & Te Whatu Ora | Waitematā
  • Ensure funds are allocated effectively and efficiently for health outcomes.

Sue Waters

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Chief Health Professions Officer

Key roles and responsibilities:

  • Professional accountability and leadership
  • Health and Safety
  • Family violence and child protection
  • Disability and rehabilitation
  • Corporate governance and risk management.

*Sue is currently Interim National Chief Allied Health, Scientific and Technical Lead at Te Whatu Ora. 

Dr Margaret Wilsher

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Chief Medical Officer

Margaret was appointed Chief Medical Officer in 2010. A medical graduate of the University of Otago, she trained as a specialist in respiratory medicine at Green Lane Hospital and undertook post-fellowship clinical and research training in London. After a number of years as a practising clinician and clinical academic, she has assumed an increasing number of clinical leadership and administration roles in health. A key component of the CMO role is ongoing clinical practice. Margaret considers this essential as she sees the hospital when it is busy, experiences the same challenges as her clinical peers and importantly, hears patient stories at source. 

Margaret has a number of health leadership responsibilities outside our region, including membership of the partnership groups overseeing major capital investment in Canterbury and Southern hospitals, advisory roles to ministry and minister of health. She has also held leadership roles within her clinical profession. 

Key roles and responsibilities:

  • Medical professional accountability and leadership
  • Research
  • Clinical Practice Committee
  • Patient safety
  • Auckland Academic Health Alliance.