Nick gained his Fellowship at the 2015 Melbourne ACHSM Congress following completing nine months of study and successfully passing the final oral examination in Melbourne. The photo shows Nick with Greg Vandergoot, currently the Acting Chief Operating Officer for Lakes DHB. Greg successfully completed his Fellowship study in 2015 also.

Prior to his appointment Nick was the COO for Lakes DHB with accountability for the running of Rotorua and Taupō Hospitals as well as a number of community services. Before becoming the COO in 2016 Nick was the General Manager Corporate Services and was also the Project Director for the redevelopment of the facilities at both hospitals.

Both Nick and Greg are strong advocates for the Fellowship programme and the breadth and depth of learning they did across their nine months of study which they completed while working full time. They found the study was relevant to their daily work and stretched their thinking about the broader challenges of the health and disability system across the continuum of service delivery and reinforced the importance of thinking strategically for long term sustainable change. Nick says completing his fellowship studies helped prepare him for both the COO and CEO roles and topics of particular interest were the papers relating to international health systems, change management, workforce development, rural and indigenous health, and exploring different funding models.
The National Council of NZIHM extends their congratulations to Nick on his appointment.
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