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Northland DHB Chief Executive Resigns

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Northland DHB Chief Executive Resigns

"It is with regret that I announce that Karen Roach, chief executive, Northland District Health Board for the past five years has today informed the Board of her resignation to take effect at the end of October this year", said Tony Norman, chair of the Northland District Health Board.

"Karen's contribution to the Northland DHB during the past five years, her commitment to the community, her passion and strong leadership have positioned the district health board well to respond to the ongoing challenges facing us", Mr Norman added.

During her time as CEO of Northland District Health Board, Karen has chaired the Employee Relations Strategy Group and the MOU Executive for the 20 District Health Boards, as well as being chair of the Northland Intersectoral Forum. Karen also holds a ministerial appointment to the board of Health Workforce New Zealand.

Understandably Karen and her husband Dudley have decided it is time to return to Queensland, where their three children and five grandchildren look forward to having them home, "Each time I go home, it is more difficult to leave them", said Karen.

"Northland and the challenges we face have become a large part of my life and it was a very difficult decision to make. The staff of the District Health Board are to be commended for their commitment and dedication. Significant gains have been made as evidenced in the increased in elective surgery, growth in presentations to ED, significant progress on the improvements to school based oral health services and improvements in our performance against health target. I feel proud and privileged to have led this team", Karen added.

Mr Norman said that early notification of Karen's intentions enable the Board to conduct a thorough and unhurried search process for a new chief executive and a smooth transition.

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