Meet the Judges

Each year we select judges for each category who have experience or expertise in the category. Or have been a past winner of that category. Here are the judges for 2019.

Excellence in Health Outcomes

Dale Bramley

Chief Executive Officer

Dale is the CEO of Waitemata District Health Board(DHB).

Karen Bartholomew

Director of Health Outcomes

Karen works as the Director of Health Outcomes across Auckland and Waitemata DHBs, two of the largest District Health Boards in New Zealand She leads a team of public health and health intelligence specialists and also works in the portfolio areas of Māori Health, women’s health and cancer.

Excellence in Patient Experience

Judy McGregory

Waitematā DHB Board Chair

Professor Judy McGregor, CNZM, is chair of Waitemata District Health Board. She is Associate Dean Post Graduate at AUT’s Faculty of Culture and Society, and for ten years was a New Zealand Human Rights Commissioner as the country’s first Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner. She is former newspaper editor and a trained lawyer and is patron of the Auckland Women’s Centre.

David Price

Director of Patient Experience

David Price was appointed Director of Patient Experience at Waitemata DHB in April 2016. David trained as an Occupational Therapist and has since completed his Masters in Business Administration. David champions co-design methodology in all quality improvement and service redesign, ensuring the patients and community voice are at the centre of solution generation with service planning and strategy.

Excellence in Research

Jonathan Christiansen

Associate Chief Medical Officer

Andrew Brant

Excellence in Innovation

Andrew Brant

Tamzin Brott

Director of Allied Health, Scientific and Technical Professions

Tamzin was appointed as the Director of Allied Health, Scientific and Technical Professions in 2016. She trained as an occupational therapist in Wellington, and has since undertaken a Master of Health Science and a Master of Business Administration from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT). 

Tamzin’s experience includes a range of clinical and non-clinical occupational therapy roles across the adult health spectrum, including a large component in community health. 

Excellence in Leadership

Kylie Clegg

Waitematā DHB Board Deputy Chair

Kylie has a corporate legal background, having specialised in mergers and acquisitions across a range of industries.

She is a former New Zealand hockey player, having competed at two Olympics and captained the team at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. 

Her previous governance experience  has been as a board member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and at the Halberg Disability Sports Foundation and as a board observer on Auckland Transport. 

Stuart Bloomfield

Chief Information Officer

Excellence in Equity

Karen Bartholomew

Director of Health Outcomes

Karen works as the Director of Health Outcomes across Auckland and Waitemata DHBs, two of the largest District Health Boards in New Zealand She leads a team of public health and health intelligence specialists and also works in the portfolio areas of Māori Health, women’s health and cancer.

Gwen Tepania-Palmer

Waitematā DHB Board Member

Gwen Tepania-Palmer is a graduate of psychopaedic nursing (Manawatu) and comprehensive nursing (ATI North Shore). She holds an MBA (Massey) and a Certificate in Company Direction (Institute of Directors New Zealand). Gwen has an extensive background in the New Zealand health sector. She has held several ministerial appointments including on the National Health Committee and is chair of the Ngāti Hine Health Trust, Northland.

Excellence in Primary and Community Care

Debbie Holdsworth

Director of Funding(Waitematā DHB/Auckland DHB)

Debbie works as the Director of Funding across Auckland and Waitemata DHBs, two of the largest District Health Boards in New Zealand.

Sue Wells

Associate Professor Health Innovation and Quality Improvement at The University of Auckland

Sue is a public health medicine specialist with a background of 10 years in general practice. She is an associate professor of clinical epidemiology and quality improvement at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland. Sue is also Associate Clinical Director for ProCare, the largest PHO in New Zealand with over 800,000 enrolled patients. Her research/work interests are on improving equity of services and health outcomes particularly for CVD and diabetes via primary care e-health initiatives.

PDF Committee Award for Contribution to Māori Health

Brian Millen

General Manager for Specialty Medicine and Health of Older People

Vanessa Duthie

Māori Health Workforce Development Consultant

Vanessa is a proud descendent of Ngāti Awa.  Her background is in Māori Development and recruitment.  She is passionate about improving Māori health equity and is very pleased that the PDF Committee wanted to acknowledge and celebrate learners who apply their skills, knowledge and networks to high impact equity work.

Young Employee of the Year

Robyn Whittaker

Clinical Director of Innovation (i3)

Fiona McCarthy

Director of Human Resources

CEO Outstanding Contribution Award

Dale Bramley

Chief Executive Officer

Dale is the CEO of Waitemata District Health Board(DHB).

Cath Cronin

Director of Hospital Services

Cath Cronin is the Director Hospital Services at Waitemata District Health Board. She has been working at Waitemata DHB since 2012 and was previously working at Alfred Health, Melbourne, Australia.

Cath has a diverse experience with a nursing and senior management expertise ranging from neonatal and paediatric intensive care, adult medicine, cardiothoracic, oncology acute inpatient care and theatre services in hospitals in Auckland, Waikato and Melbourne. Prior to returning to New Zealand after 20 years in Melbourne, Cath worked at Alfred Health as Clinical Service Director Surgical Services.

Cath was appointed to the General Manager role in 2012 and then became Director Hospital Services in November 2014.