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New Zealand Health Group Executive Team

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Jane Kelley

Group Chief Executive Officer

With over 25 years in the health and social sector, Jane has held a variety of executive and operational, leadership roles. Most recently, Jane was the Director – National Controller Covid-19, responsible for facilitating the Ministry of Health’s initial crisis response to Covid-19.

Jane has held various senior roles at ACC, and the Ministry of Health as well as running her own consultancy. Jane was also an Independent Board member of the Home and Community Health Association.

Stepping into the CEO role, Jane brings a wealth of health and social sector experience, and her passion for diversity, inclusion and an equitable response will be instrumental as New Zealand Health Group continues to grow.

“I really believe that our progressive, innovative approach will lead and show the wider health and disability system how to increase access to, and the delivery of, high-quality home, community, and rehabilitation services. It’s quite an exciting position to be in as a company.”-

Veronica Manion

Group Chief Operating Officer

Veronica has worked in the sector for 17 years; she has strong expertise to in ensuring we visualise and ‘keep well ahead’ with regards to where the Healthcare and disability community sectors need to be.

Having been the Chief Executive of Geneva Healthcare for three years she is now the Group Chief Operating officer of NZ Health Group.

There is an increased need in NZ’s Healthcare eco system to adapt to a more modern way of delivering healthcare services to a growing population. Veronica has a keen interest and skill in developing models of care and operations that are superior to the current state and the first choice for Government, the Private sector and all the thousands of New Zealanders that we serve daily.

Her personal and vast experience is in logistical and strategic operations and leadership. She leads a team of fantastic General Managers within Geneva Healthcare and the Healthcare NZ Home and Community businesses, the NZ Community Living Disability team, National Recruitment for NZ Health Group, the Direct-to-consumer teams, and Explore Mental Health.

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Ramesh Vedachalam

Group Chief Finance Officer

Ramesh is our Chief Finance Officer (CFO). He is responsible for all finance activity across New Zealand Health Group including managing acquisitions and integrations, execution of strategy business integration, payroll, procurement, forecasting and negotiations. 

Ramesh has several years of senior finance executive experience in media and fast-moving consumer group (FMCG) businesses. Before joining New Zealand Health Group, he was the Head of Finance Integration at Television New Zealand (TVNZ) and CFO of Stuff New Zealand where he led the local management buyout of Stuff. 

Ramesh brings a wealth of experience and results in leading and mentoring teams and delivering financial stability. Through his people-focused and collaborative leadership style, Ramesh is delivering results and building relationships across New Zealand Health Group.  

Peter Radich

Chief Digital Officer

Peter has over 20 years of experience with IT vendors, senior IT private and publicly listed organisations. He has key experience with modern cloud based services, Business Intelligence and application development across Australia and New Zealand.

As the Group Chief Digital Officer, he provides support and advice to the Group CEO and the Board and is responsible for ICT strategy, development, operations. Peter works across the Group to improve efficiencies through standardisation, implementing the latest cloud solutions with a strong IT security mandate. This will enable the organisation to deliver innovative services to market while providing a stable and secure platform for the Group’s continued growth.  

Before joining New Zealand Health Group, he was the Chief Information Officer for a large trans-Tasman publicly listed healthcare organisation which he lead into the cloud.

His leadership style is communicative, inclusive and open, believing that people are the heart of everything we do.

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Mike Peters

Group General Manager – People and Culture

Mike joined HealthCare New Zealand from Spotless Facility Services & Downer NZ. He held the dual role as General Manager Human Resources and General Manager Integration. He successfully led the overall integration of Spotless NZ into Downer NZ, encompassing business functions, people, processes and systems.

As an experienced human resources leader, Mike has held senior roles in prominent companies such as Fairfax Media, Fonterra and Goodman Fielder.

Mike’s experience in leading change, developing people and organisational development strategies, coupled with his “people focused” style brings tremendous value to HealthCare New Zealand. He has a strong focus on excellence, delivering results and building collaborative relationships across business and stakeholders such as the unions.

Mike was the winner of the HRINZ Young HR Practitioner of the Year Award in 2009/10.

Ranei Wineera-Parai

Group Executive Cultural Advisor

Ranei is our Group Executive Cultural Advisor for New Zealand Health Group. She provides cultural support to ensure our clients, whānau, and staff, have cultural confidence in their care through good systems, policies, and clinical practice.

She brings over 20 years of experience working in primary healthcare and supporting cross-government agency service delivery improvements to address equity. Ranei also has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Masters in Public Management (MPM) from Victoria University.

Since joining New Zealand Health Group in 2021, Ranei’s focused on consolidating our approaches to be an active and improved Te Tiriti o Waitangi partner.

She supports partnerships and collaborations through shared approaches, service models and ensuring the Māori world view is visible and heard. Ranei participates in several governance groups, including Mana College Board of Trustees Chair, Whitireia WelTech and Partners Porirua Boards, Porirua Foundation, Te Pae Eastern Porirua Regeneration Panel Chair, Youth2Work Chair and President of the Maori Women’s Welfare League Ngati Toa branch. 

Dean Cook

Dean Cook

Head of Marketing & Communications

Dean (Ngāti Ruanui), is our Group Head of Marketing and Communications, with more than 15 years’ experience in the dynamic world of brand and retail marketing, Dean has championed some of New Zealand’s most iconic brands, including Farmers, Noel Leeming, Torpedo7 and EziBuy.

The importance of our mahi here, helping Kiwi’s and their whanau to live better everyday is incredibly satisfying”.

Dean is also active in the community, working on the Auckland Santa Parade for 15 years and with START, Stuttering Treatment & Research Trust, as a Trustee for more than 10 years.

Anita Guthrie

Director of Organisational Development, Engagement and MySkill

Anita is responsible for New Zealand Health Group’s private training establishment, MySkill – as well as the training and development of our large Kaiāwhina workforce, registered nurses, and service centres.

With over 20 years’ experience in people focused roles, she brings passion and an innovative mindset to supporting kaimahi to gain the qualifications, skills, and knowledge they need to achieve their career goals.

She leads a lively team, dedicated to supporting local communities by providing individual learner support, and forging long term partnerships with other likeminded organisations.

Richard Williams

Director of Contracts and Funding

Richard works with internal teams and external funders, ensuring that contracts are sustainable and meet the needs of our businesses. He has also represented the Group in various sector negotiations including HCSS Settlement agreement, “In between travel”, Support worker Regularisation, Pay Equity, and various sector pricing and technical funding discussions. Richard is a member of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand, and also a member of the Institute of Directors.

Suzanne Payumo

General Manager Quality, Health & Safety

Suzanne leads the overall quality assurance and health and safety activities within New Zealand Health Group. She brings over 10 years of experience in quality assurance and also has a background in business management.

Suzanne has a strong focus on continuous improvement and is committed to working with the greater team to ensure the people we support achieve a high level of service satisfaction.

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Jaleh McCormack

Director Special Projects

Jaleh began her career as an academic in the Social Sciences with a PhD in Sociology. Her research focused on disrupting dominant discourses about health and bodies to enable people to define what being healthy means for them. Jaleh has also delivered strategies, policy and research across several government agencies and NGOs in the health and social sectors. She has a passion for elevating the voice of those who typically do not have the opportunity to contribute to the policy and service design that impacts their lives.

At New Zealand Health Group she is focused on innovation: specifically new ways to deliver quality care. Jaleh’s constant goal is that the people we support have the opportunity to define quality, and that their experience of care is what matters the most.