Head for DHB
Chief operating officer for Lakes District Health Board Nick Saville-Wood will lead Lakes DHB for a fixed period when retiring chief executive Ron Dunham steps down at the end of December. Nick manages Rotorua and Taupo¯ Hospitals along with community services. Nick led the rebuild of both Rotorua and Taupo¯ Hospitals in his previous role as general manager corporate services, and as the project director for the hospitals redevelopment that ended in 2014. Board chair Deryck Shaw says Nick has been seconded to the chief executive role for up to six months while the DHB undergoes recruitment for a permanent chief executive. The Board noted that Nick was a very experienced senior health executive who had worked at the DHB for more than 20 years. He has stepped in to the top job on a number of occasions during the six and a half years that Ron Dunham has been chief executive and has taken leave.