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AUT Health Futures advisors

AUT Health Futures is a pan-university initiative from the Office of the Vice-Chancellor. For all enquiries contact Dr Lucy Baragwanath.

In addition to our internal experts, we have been fortunate to attract an external assessment panel who have generously given their time.

Professor Kath McPherson

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, AUT

Kath McPherson

Kath re-joined AUT in October 2019 after a five-year term as chief executive of the Health Research Council of NZ. Kath qualified as a nurse, midwife and Health Visitor before doing an honours degree in psychology and a PhD. Kath’s own research as professor of rehabilitation has focused on how people recover/discover life when living with long-term health conditions including stroke, traumatic brain injury and cancer. Along with her academic role, Kath is a member of ACC’s Health Sector Strategy Advisory Committee and Ministry of Social Development’s Oranga Mahi Board.

Professor Lester Levy (CNZM, MBBCH, MBA, FNZIM)

Chair of the Health Research Council of NZ
Independent Chairman of Tonkin + Taylor
Strategic Advisor on the future of healthcare to the Southern Cross Health Society
Professor of Digital Health Leadership, AUT
Crown Monitor to the Canterbury District Health Board

Lester Levy

Lester has extensive management and governance experience in both the public and private sectors. He was previously chairman of the Auckland, Waitemata and Counties Manukau District Health Boards and Auckland Transport, and chief executive of the New Zealand Blood Service and the Mercy Ascot group of hospitals (of which he was a founder).

Mihi Blair

Ngati Whatua
University of Auckland
Operations Manager, Procare
Co-chair, Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA)
Director, Committee for Auckland

Mihi Blaird

Mihi is a passionate advocate for whānau health and community-led transformation with expertise in community development and tobacco control. Through her leadership and governance roles Mihi has advocated successfully for a number of smoke-free initiatives and family violence prevention measures. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Auckland.

Kate Reid

Director of Digital Health, Deloitte
Director of the Board of the Precision Driven Health Research Partnership

Kate Reid

Kate is a global healthcare business leader with over 20 years of experience in delivering consumer behavioural change programmes, creative marketing and technology enabled healthcare solutions. She is passionate about improving the health of our population through driving digital adoption, and creating a more integrated and collaborative landscape for better health outcomes for New Zealanders.

NZHIT is New Zealand’s health IT industry body representing over 155 health IT companies and service providers delivering innovative solutions to the health sector.

Andrew Slater

Chief Executive Officer, Homecare Medical

Andrew Slater

Andrew is the founding CEO of New Zealand’s integrated National Telehealth Service (NTS), established in 2015 to virtually support Kiwis to stay well, and connect them seamlessly with care when they need it. The National Telehealth Service encompasses over 25 digital services connecting over 3,500 New Zealanders a day via seven digital channels. NTS is a world first and has been a game changer for equitable access to free, clinically robust physical and mental health support in New Zealand.

Dr Margaret Wilsher

Respiratory Physician
Chief Medical Officer Auckland District Health Board
Hon Professor of Medicine, University of Auckland

Margaret Wilsher

Margaret has an active clinical and research practice, as well as a very busy health leadership portfolio including regional and national roles in health strategy, health research and health capital projects.