Waikato District Health Board chief executive Dr Nigel Murray has acknowledged eight years’ commitment to health provided by communications director Mary Anne Gill, who has resigned.
“When Mary Anne arrived in health in early 2007, she had no knowledge of the sector. She will leave us having built up a remarkable amount of knowledge and been an inspiration and support to hundreds of people during that time.
“I know that whatever she does now, she will do it with the same passion and loyalty as she did here.”
Under an executive restructure announced last month, Dr Murray recommended the creation of a new role, that of executive director of public and organisational affairs.
The role would build on what Mrs Gill did as director of communications.
“I had the opportunity to apply for the position but at this stage in my life I was looking for other challenges,” she said.
“I do support the role – Waikato DHB is the region’s biggest employer and largest business. On any one day thousands of people access our services and receive the very best care from a variety of people – from doctors and nurses, to physios and technicians, attendants, administrators, managers and of course communications people.
“I’ve enjoyed my time at the DHB and it’s because of those people who every day make a difference in other people’s lives. It has been a privilege to work alongside them.”
Kathryn Jenkin, currently programme manager communications, will fill in as communications director reporting to the chief executive until a new appointment has been made.