Our trustees

Bill Day, MNZM, JP, Chair

Chair Bill Day founded Wellington Hospitals Foundation in 2005 at the request of the then CCDHB board. He is very active in the community and is also a board member of Life Flight Trust, a board member of the Medical Research Institute of NZ and a Justice of the Peace. In 2015 Bill received a queens honor as Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the community and health. He is a former chair of Life Flight Trust and director of Wellington Free Ambulance (For 15 years). Bill retired from a senior position with Westpac after 33 years service and was the CEO of New Zealand Community Trust for seven years.

Brian Bray, LLB (Hons)

Brian Bray is a consultant at the law firm DLA Piper New Zealand.  Brian supported the Foundation for several years before becoming a Trustee in 2011.  DLA Piper also provides pro-bono legal advice for the Foundation.

Deborah Battell, BA, MBA, Dip Teaching

Deborah is currently an International Consultant and is a former New Zealand Banking Ombudsman and Former Director of the NZ Commerce Commission.

Debbie Chin, CEO, BCA

In 2007 Debbie was appointed Crown Monitor until September 2013, when she was requested by the Board to act as interim CCDHB CEO. Following the recruitment process, Debbie was appointed to the permanent role in July 2015. Debbie has over 20 years’ experience in the health sector coupled with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors.

Debbie’s previous experience includes: Crown Monitor for Hutt DHB, CEO of Standards New Zealand, Deputy Director-General, Corporate and Information Ministry of Health (7 years including a period as Acting Director-General of Health), partner KPMG and member of the National Health Committee. She has provided policy and funding advice on Health, ACC and Local Government while with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.


Appointed in April 2016, John previously held the position of the Executive Director Clinical, Surgery, Women’s and Children’s. He has been a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist since 1986.

John is currently Chair of the National Maternity Monitoring Group, and Chair of the Maternal Morbidity Working Group. He is a member of the Endometriosis Task Force, Neonatal Encephalopathy Taskforce and the Waikato Maternity Taskforce; Director of ISTAR, and Vice President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Simon Woolf

Simon Woolf is a second term Wellington City Councillor and is the councils ambassador for Wellington City. Simon is also an award winning photographer with a worldwide reputation for his craft. He is proud to be a Wellington Hospital “Hospi Hero”.