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.


Lynne Armstrong

Change Manager/Acting Business Support Manager


Alan Whiting

Strategic Project Management Office Manager/Acting General 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.

Brooke Hayward

Acting Research and Evaluation Manager



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.


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