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Our Trustees

Bill Day, Chair

Chair Bill Day (MNZM, JP) 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, Solicitor

Brian Bray (LLB Hons) is a former consultant at the law firm DLA Piper New Zealand.  Brian supported the Foundation for several years before becoming a Trustee in 2011.  DLA Piper is a Foundation charity partner and provides pro-bono legal advice for the Foundation.

Corinne Cole, Partner/Principal Solicitor

Corinne Cole (LLB, Grad Dip (Business Administration), is a Partner/Principal at AJ Park, New Zealand’s largest Intellectual Property Law firm. She has held Trustee and Directorship roles in a number of other organisations, including Life Flight Trust and as President of the New Zealand Patent Attorneys Inc.

Mr John Tait, Chief Medical Officer

Appointed in April 2016, John Tait (MBBS, MRCOG, FRNZOG, FRCOG) 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.

Fionnagh Dougan, CEO CCDHB

As joint CEO to Hutt Valley DHB and Capital Coast DHB, Fionnagh Dougan (BA Com – Hons, Grad Dip Man- Health), has significant experience in healthcare management, with a long and successful record of leading change in complex environments in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  As former General Manager of Auckland’s Starship Children’s Hospital and CEO of Children’s Health Queensland, she has fostered a lifelong commitment to improving children’s health and well-being, with a focus on patient and family-centred care.

Michael McCarthy, Chief Financial Officer

Michael has worked in the health sector for 25 years. Before joining the DHB he held a number of senior positions in the Ministry of Health, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Advisor. He has also held a number of senior finance roles in the NHS in the UK, including Deputy Director and Chief Accountant at St Thomas’s Hospital London.

Outside health, Michael has held a number of CEO and finance roles in private businesses and holds directorships in private companies and community organisations. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme from Monash University and has postgraduate qualifications in strategic management.

Simon Woolf, Councillor

Simon Woolf is a second term Wellington City Councillor and is the council’s 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”.