Chief Executive, Health Quality and Safety Commission (H23_4276)

The Health Quality & Safety Commission (the Commission) is a Crown entity operating within the complex landscape of the health system. The Commission is a diverse organisation with a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The Commission works with clinicians, providers and consumers to improve health services. Quality and safety improvements will mean fewer people harmed, more lives saved and financial savings within the sector. The Commission is responsible to the Minister of Health. 

We are seeking a new Chief Executive who can lead the Commission’s work to improve health quality, safety and equity, by advancing its strategic priorities; improving experience for consumers and whānau; embedding and enacting Te Tiriti o Waitangi and supporting mana motuhake; achieving health equity; and strengthening systems for quality services.

While having a strategic focus, the Chief Executive must also be able to position the Commission to recognise and maximise opportunities as they arise, developing relationships and influencing collaboration across the health sector. The ability for the Chief Executive to develop and maintain strong relationships, and to influence and model a positive collaborative quality culture across the health system, will be vital. Active and positive partnerships with Māori will be nurtured and developed. The work plan of the Commision will reflect the priority the Board has placed on embedding and enacting Te Titiri o Waitangi and supporting mana motuhake.

With the support of specialist colleagues, the Chief Executive’s relationship skills and influence will be applied to general health organisations, Māori health organisations, consumers and whānau groups, disabled people and Pacific peoples. A commitment to supporting the Commission’s team to influence health quality, safety and equity widely, with the full involvement of consumers and whānau and groups experiencing health inequity, will be important.

As well as leading the Commission’s strategy, with people at its centre, the Chief Executive also ensures the Commission achieves the health quality, safety and equity goals agreed with the New Zealand Government. The Chief Executive manages the Commission’s overall resources and operations, communicating with the Minister, and leading the executive and management teams and corporate operations. The Chief Executive ensures the Commission fulfils its legal, statutory and regulatory responsibilities.

How to Apply

If you think you are the right person for this role, an information pack including the position description, details of the closing date and how to apply can be found on the button to the right for further information.

For further information or a confidential discussion about this position, please contact:

David Hughes T: +64 021 286 4470, E:

Paul Ingle T: +64 021 029 18623, E:

HardyGroup is working in partnership with the Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) to ensure the recruitment process is accessible.

Please let David know, if any of our processes pose a barrier for you, or there is any support or assistance that would facilitate your participation in the application process.

Please submit application documentation to Executive Search Coordinator, Jane Mather:

Applications close: Wednesday 22 February 2023