Waitaki District Health Services Appoints New CEO

2020-06-25T00:00:00

​​​Phil Jamieson-New CE of Waitaki district Health ServicesThe Chair of Waitaki District Health Services Limited (WDHSL), Paul Allison, today announced the appointment of Phil Jamieson, to the role of CEO of the organisation. 

“After an extensive search and selection process, the Board is delighted to announce Phil Jamieson as the CEO, replacing Ruth Kibble, who returns to the South Canterbury District Health Board when her 24-month seconded period finishes at the end of this month.” Mr. Allison said. 

“Phil brings extensive commercial leadership experience to Waitaki District Health Services, having held senior roles in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Asia, across industries ranging from the primary sector, government, retail and banking”. 

Jamieson’s early career included assisting in the creation of Auckland’s new mega hospital, which integrated the services of National Women’s Hospital, Greenlane and Auckland hospital onto one site. In his current role, he is Executive General Manager of Development at SBS Bank, where he has spent seven years, leading strategy, planning, marketing, communications, product management, business intelligence and change delivery. 

The Board acknowledged Ruth Kibble for her contribution in leading Waitaki District Health Services Limited since September 2018 during which time she has led significant change and they also conveyed their best wishes to her as she returns to her role in the Strategic Leadership Team of South Canterbury District Health Board. 

Mr. Jamieson and his family are looking forward to relocating to Oamaru where he will commence his new role with Waitaki District Health Services Limited on 31 August 2020. It has been arranged for Debi Lawry, Associate General Manager Rural Health, with support from Karl Metzler, CEO Gore Health, to provide CEO cover in the interim. 

“I have a real passion for health care and it is a privilege to join the WDHSL team, working to ensure optimum delivery of health services to the Waitaki community” Mr. Jamieson said. 

Waitaki Mayor, Gary Kircher, welcomed the news of Mr Jamieson’s appointment.

“The hospital has been going through difficult times and continues to face financial challenges. Mr Jamieson not only brings impressive financial skills to the role, but also very good communication and team-building skills. I look forward to welcoming him to the Waitaki District as he takes up this very important role in our community.”​

Phil started his career in strategy and change consulting in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, before working for the Warehouse Group holding executive roles in strategy, corporate affairs, and legal counsel. Originally from Christchurch, he has worked in throughout New Zealand, as well as Scotland, England, Australia, and South East Asia. 

Phil returned to New Zealand in 2012, and joined SBS Bank and Group, based in Invercargill. As Executive GM of Development, he leads strategy, planning, marketing, communications, product management, business intelligence and programme management and change delivery. He been instrumental in SBS’s profitable growth and transformation in delivery of products and services to its customers (who are owners of the mutual bank).

His personal interests have been focused on disability health care, and adaptive (disability) sports including skiing and basketball.

Phil holds a Master of Science with first class honours and a Bachelor of Science degrees both from the University of Canterbury. His academic qualifications focused on industrial psychology, business and economics.

​Waitaki District Health Services operates Oamaru Hospital offering inpatient and emergency services, maternity, and radiology. WDHSL services in the wider community (from a base at Oamaru Hospital) include district nursing, social work, clinical needs assessment, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.


  • Paul Allison, Chairman, Waitaki District Health Services
Telephone 027 436 7170 or email paulallison.nz@gmail.com

  • Philip Jamieson, Telephone 027 500 1246​​
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