Dr Jacqueline Schmidt-Busby, Tumu Whakarae (Chief Executive Officer)

Jacqueline has significant experience and expertise in systems analysis and design, strategic development, change management, stakeholder engagement and collaboration, and pursuing health equity.  She has had a diverse career working across multiple industries in both the public and private sectors, where for the last decade and more, Jacqueline has worked largely in health and social settings, providing leadership, consultancy and advise to national and regional agencies.

As a results driven leader, Jacqueline is passionate about shaping the future of the next generations to be better and more adept than the current.  She brings to Comprehensive Care, a strong commitment to motivating the move from an inherited present to an envisioned future through transformational leadership and partnering with communities.  She also brings transparency and context to the forefront – enabling the realistic development of plans, services, and opportunities.

Jacqueline is Samoan and holds a PhD in Medicine as well as post-graduate degrees in Business Administration and Health Sciences.  She is also a member of the Independent Advisory Group for the Precision Driven Health partnership.

Stephen Powell, Chief Financial Officer / General Manager Business Support Services

Stephen has extensive of experience in the health sector for his role as CFO and GM Business Support. He began his health career with the Health Funding Authority and later joined Waitemata District Health Board as a Finance and Business Manager where he managed the finances, budgets and reporting  of the health board’s key services. During this time, Stephen forged strong working relationships, gaining a good understanding of what is required to deliver quality health programmes to the public, meaning they achieve positive results while working within budget constraints.

He enjoys the challenge of managing the complexity of healthcare funding and discovering new and innovative ways of providing more services to the Waitemata population. Stephen also has experience in change management, developing and implementing systems and processes, human resources, information systems and strategic planning.

He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Craig Murray, Service Development Manager

Craig’s experience comes from working for the past 10 years in a variety of management roles within the three Auckland region District Health Boards. In addition to vaccination campaign project management, and service and financial management, his most recent roles were with Waitemata DHB in Planning & Funding and Financial Management for Child, Women and Family Services.

His early training as a physiotherapist has created a strong platform for operational and strategic management in both secondary and primary care arenas. Craig oversees the operations of over 40 health programmes provided to the Waitemata community and enjoys working in a dynamic healthcare environment that improves quality of care to the population. His passion is the implementation and development of robust systems that create effective health care delivery teams.

Nicolette McDonald – Learning & Development Manager

Nicolette has over 20 years business and marketing experience, which enable her as an L&D Manager to deliver high impact, business-aligned initiatives that focus on developing, and engaging people. She has commitment to developing people and creating high performing teams. As a catalyst for change she leads teams by engaging people in the change process; equipping them with the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to successfully manage change within the business environment.

She began her career as a pharmacist working both primary and secondary care both in New Zealand and then the United Kingdom, eventually specialising as a clinical pharmacist in mental health. Her return to New Zealand led to opportunities into both medical and marketing management with Roche, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare and Green Cross Healthcare.

The cumulative experiences led to an interest in building capability of teams and individuals to deliver th e best possible patient experience, as the CEO of a franchise group of pharmacies, within her own pharmacies and recently as the L&D Manager at MercyAscot.

Dr Andre George, Clinical Director – Health outcomes

Andre has clinical experience in General Practice and After Hours/Accident and Medical/Urgent Care service provision.

He brings expertise in Public Health, IT and small business operation/project management.

Dr Ajay Makal, Clinical Director – Professional Development, GP Liaison

Ajay is a practicing GP and has a focus on facilitating Continuing Medical education and Peer review groups and also providing support and pastoral care where needed to GPs within the network.

He has been in General Practice since 2010 and prior to that has worked in various specialties in the hospitals here in Auckland and in the NHS England for 8 years.

Laura Wells – HR Manager

Laura is a versatile hands-on Senior HR Professional with experience in Human Resources, Health & Safety gained from the UK and NZ. She has experience in complex environments and has worked in a range of industries both local and global. Laura’s career prior to HR was as a Project Manager with a focus on cross function business improvement and system implementation projects.

Laura enjoys both the strategic and operational areas of HR and relishes providing insight and ideas, and at the same time delivering with impact. Laura takes a humanistic approach to building and motivating high performing, collaborative teams, acting as a coach and mentor and developing authentic relationships. Laura has a preference for the transformational side of HR and have an outlook of continuous improvement to create best people practice foundations to deliver strategic excellence.

Within Human Resources Laura has significant experience in design and implementation of HR Strategies, organisational design, remuneration strategy and incentive schemes, HRIS and associated system implementations, development and implementation of HR Policies and processes, Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Payroll, Employee Relations, Industrial Relations, Engagement Surveys and associated communication and action planning.