Clive Nelson has been appointed as the first chief executive of the new Health Promotion Agency.
Mr Nelson is currently corporate strategy and communications manager for Watercare Services Limited.
While in this role he was seconded to work alongside the executive chairman and board of the Auckland Transition Agency, managing communications and stakeholder relations during the creation of the Auckland Supercity.
Prior to this he worked for many years in newspapers - as a reporter, features editor and editor for UK and New Zealand titles, before becoming business manager of Fairfax's Sunday Newspapers and general manager of the company's national and specialist publishing group.
Mr Nelson will take up his new role when the Health Promotion Agency, created from the merger of the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand and the Health Sponsorship Council, is established from 1 July 2012.
Dr Lee Mathias, chair of the Health Promotion Agency Establishment Board, says Mr Nelson will bring a fresh and valuable perspective to the new agency.
"It's exciting to have someone with Clive's skills and experience to build on the great work and achievements of the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand and the Health Sponsorship Council."
"Clive brings an impressive depth of strategic communications and change management experience to this role that will be advantageous as the new agency meets the challenge to deliver more innovative, high quality and cost-effective health promotion."
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Questions and answers
What will the Health Promotion Agency do?
The Health Promotion Agency will lead and deliver innovative, high quality and cost-effective programmes that promote health, well-being and healthy lifestyles, disease prevention, illness and injury prevention. The agency will give advice and make recommendations to government, government agencies, industry, non-government bodies, communities, health professionals and others on the supply, consumption and misuse of alcohol. The HPA will also undertake and work with others on research on the use of alcohol in New Zealand, public attitudes towards alcohol and problems associated with alcohol misuse. The ALAC levy will be retained by the HPA to address alcohol-related harm.
Why create a new agency to manage health promotion?
The Health Promotion Agency will provide greater co-ordination and integration of health promotion programmes that are currently delivered by a number of agencies across government. The agency will draw on a wider range of relationships and expertise to lead innovative, high quality and cost effective health promotion programmes that help New Zealanders lead healthier and more independent lives.
What are the benefits?
It is estimated that $7.5 million in savings will be achieved over four years from the new entity which brings the functions of ALAC, HSC and some Ministry of Health health promotion work, into one agency.
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