Hawke’s Bay DHB has appointed a new chief executive, Keriana Brooking, who is currently the Ministry of Health’s Deputy Director General Health System Improvement and Innovation.
Ms Brooking has held senior positions at the Ministry of Health since 2014. She has also held senior roles in primary care as General Manager and Deputy Chief executive Midlands Health Network. Prior to this role she was chief executive to Turanganui Primary Health Organisation (PHO) and planning and funding manager for Tairawhiti DHB
Ms Brooking is of Ngāti Pāhauwera and Ngāti Kahungunu kiWairoa descent and has strong links to Hawke’s Bay; her father was born and raised in Wairoa before he moved to Oamaru where he raised his own family. Both she and her husband, Jack have participated in Iron Māori events over a number of years and have friends and whānau in all parts of Hawke’s Bay.
As Ms Brooking is actively involved in supporting the Ministry of Health with the COVID-19 pandemic, she will not begin her new role until 5 October. Until then, interim chief executive Craig Climo will remain at the helm.
The appointment process for a new chief executive began in December, following the resignation of former chief executive Dr Kevin Snee.