Dr Mary Seddon


Having graduated from Otago Medical School and gained a fellowship in General Medicine, Dr Mary Seddon embarked on a course of study that allowed her to look at the broader picture; putting health and healthcare into a number of contexts such as societal, economic, environmental, and cultural. This culminated in a fellowship in Public Health.

A Harkness Fellowship at Harvard Medical School sparked an interest in healthcare quality improvement. Mary has worked in this area for nearly 20 years, seven of which were as Clinical Director for the Centre for Quality Improvement at CM Health from 2008-2013 where she was involved in patient harm reduction programs in medication safety, infection prevention, falls and pressure injuries. She spent a further three years in Australia as the Executive Director of Medical Services, for West Moreton Health where her portfolio included clinical governance, innovation, research and education. Whilst in Australia she completed her fellowship in Medical Administration.

Returning to New Zealand in 2017, Mary was appointed Director of Ko Awatea, the Centre for System Improvement and Innovation at CM Health.

Kim Wiseman

General Manager

With a background in emergency nursing, Kim has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare; leading and managing clinical and non-clinical teams within public and private healthcare organisations in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. In 1998, she moved into a career in Human Resources managing recruitment, workforce planning, temporary staffing and medical workforce teams.

Kim joined CM Health in 2011 where she quickly progressed to the role of Workforce, Leadership and Capability Lead for Ko Awatea. In this role, Kim lead and managed CM Health’s capability building activities, including clinical training and simulation, professional development, and workforce and organisational development.

Kim has extensive experience in identifying and implementing large-scale improvement and change programmes and initiatives, leading and supporting multi-disciplinary teams to meet demand and improve satisfaction whilst also delivering resource efficiencies.

Kim took on the role of General Manager, Ko Awatea in May 2018, following a ten-month period as Acting General Manager.

Lynne Armstrong

Change Manager

Alan Whiting

Strategic Project Management Office Manager

Alan has been part of the CM Health Strategic Programme Management Office since 2015, working with a number of project and programme teams across the organisation, and has been involved in health sector PMO roles in NZ and the UK since 2008.

Alan’s expertise is in supporting organisations to develop their project, programme and portfolio maturity, and taking a strong delivery focus while tailoring processes, tools and reports to meet the needs of diverse portfolios of work, management of organisational risk and benefits, and facilitating strong and consistent programme governance.

Dr Lynne Maher

Innovation and Improvement Clinical Director

Lynne has had an extensive health care career ranging from critical care nursing, operational and board posts at local and national level during which she has been able to support teams to create significant improvement in health systems. This has been specifically through her work on co-design, creativity and innovation, creating the culture for innovation, leading change and sustainability for improvement.  

Lynne is also Associate Honorary Professor of Nursing at the University of Auckland and Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Medicine, University of Tasmania.

Luis Vila

Research and Evaluation Manager

Luis is a results-oriented public health doctor with over 20 years of experience managing health programmes in multicultural environments in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and New Zealand. Luis is passionate about working with communities to reduce inequities in health and to participate in planning and responding to humanitarian crisis. Luis has previously worked with the World Health Organisation providing support to countries and regional institutions (Trinidad and Tobago) for the strategic planning and development of operational plans for HIV / STI within the health sector.

Luis worked for 15 years with Doctors Without Borders becoming the medical director of the Spanish section. Luis is also an honorary senior lecturer for the University of Auckland, lecturing in the Master Programme in Global Health. Luis obtained his MBChB in 1981, specialised in Emergency Medicine in 1987 at University of Oviedo, Spain and continued with a Masters in Public Health in 2005 at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Monique Davies

Business Support Manager

Trained in the IHI improvement methodology, Monique has a proven track record in managing successful teams within education, social agencies and health sectors.

With extensive business and project management experience in both the private and public sectors, Monique joined CM Health in 2012 during which time she successfully managed and supported high profile local and national improvement programmes across primary and secondary care, as well as supporting teams in early childhood education. She was also responsible for delivering on a cross ministerial contract, Improving Together, developing a website and eLearning programme for NZ Ministry employees.

Prior to this role, Monique worked for the University of Auckland leading a team to recruit optimum numbers of local women into a national study. Her private sector expertise includes business development for two of New Zealand’s largest legal firms in addition to working as general manager for an economic development agency.

Peter Murgatroyd

Library and Knowledge Services Manager

Peter has extensive experience as a library and knowledge manager in the corporate and academic sectors. Peter has been a driver in the development of a number of internationally recognised knowledge resources, most significantly the inception and development of the Pacific Legal Information Institute, the Pacific Environment Information Network suite of virtual libraries, the Pacific Islands Marine Portal and the Pacific Climate Change Portal.

In his previous role as an adviser at the New Zealand National Library, Peter was at the vanguard of reimagining the role of the library in the education sector, working closely with schools and stakeholders in the education community to transform understandings of how a modern library learning environment can contribute to learning outcomes by being a centre for discovery, connection, collaboration and creation.

Prof Andrew Hill

Professor of Surgery

Professor Andrew Hill completed a MD in Surgery from the University of Auckland in 1996 and an EdD from the University of Auckland in 2011. Following a research fellowship at Harvard University in 1993 and 1994, Andrew completed surgical training in 1997 and worked in Kenya as a medical missionary. Andrew returned to the South Auckland Clinical School at Middlemore Hospital in 2002 where he now practices as a Colorectal Surgeon and is the Assistant Dean and Head of the South Auckland Clinical Campus. He has received extensive research funding from the University and external sources and has used this to develop a significant research portfolio.

Andrew’s research interests are in improving outcomes from major abdominal surgery and medical education. He leads the Auckland Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (AERAS) Group which is an interdisciplinary research group aiming to improve patient outcomes after major surgery. He has a 26-year record of surgical research including over twenty randomized clinical trials. He has a strong record of funding and has published over 250 peer-reviewed publications in local, regional and international journals including all of the leading Surgical Journals - JAMA Surgery, Annals of Surgery and the British Journal of Surgery.

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