Fepulea’i Margie Apa - Chief Executive, Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand
Bio: Fepulea’i Margie Apa
Margie’s career spans over 20 years in executive roles in the public sector in Wellington and Auckland. This includes roles at the Ministry of Health (Deputy Director-General of Health), Counties Manukau District Health Board, Capital & Coast District Health Board, Labour Market Policy Group (Department of Labour) and Health Funding Authority. Margie started her career in the State Services Commission.
Margie's most recent role was as Chief Executive Officer, Counties Manukau Health. During this time, Margie led the organisation through major incidents including a measles epidemic, Whakaari White Island and was lead CEO of the Northern Region’s COVID-19 outbreak response.
Margie has a BCom from University of Auckland and an MPA (Exec) from Victoria University of Wellington. She is a voluntary Chair of World Vision New Zealand.
Fepulea’i is an honorific (or chief title) from her family village of Sale’aula, Savai’i, Samoa.
Abbe Anderson - National Commissioner
Bio: Abbe Anderson
Abbe Anderson brings diverse experience across hospital and primary care, including two decades leading complex system reforms.
In her previous role, Abbe worked with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health in Brisbane, supporting the development of community-controlled commissioning frameworks for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. She is also a director on the boards of Beyond Blue, Australia's most recognised mental health charity, and the Sunshine Coast Hospital & Health Service, serving a population of 460,000 people. Abbe brings considerable experience in a diverse range of hospital and primary care systems, including two decades leading complex system reforms.
Whilst CEO of the Brisbane North Primary Health Network (PHN), Abbe successfully led the organisation through two significant government reforms to transition from a Division of General Practice to a Medicare Local and then to a PHN that commissions primary care services for a population of over one million people. As the first Medicare Local in Australia, she oversaw the team that developed the initial commissioning principles and frameworks that later formed the basis for many of the Australian Government Department of Health's national commissioning policies that now guide the work of the Primary Health Networks across 31 regions of Australia.
Originally from Colorado in the USA, Abbe is a dual citizen of New Zealand and Australia and has undertaken executive study at Otago University and worked alongside rural hospitals in Te Waipounamu earlier in her career. She is passionate about equity and self-determination, is driven by a deep curiosity and excited by ingenuity.
Dr Dale Bramley - National Director, Improvement and Innovation
Bio: Dr Dale Bramley
Most recently the interim National Director Hospital & Specialist Services for Te Whatu Ora, Dr Bramley was previously the Chief Executive of Waitematā DHB for more than 10 years – serving a population of around 625,000 people and a staff of 8,700.
Dr Bramley has held a number of senior roles across the health system over the years, including being a member of the national health committee, national ethics committee and most recently a member of the ministerial review committee for continuous improvement for the COVID-19 response. He was also a member of the Māori review group advising on the health and disability reforms.
Alongside his executive commitments, Dr Bramley is a practising public health medicine specialist, an Examiner at the NZ College of Public Health Medicine, an adjunct Professor of Health at AUT, and Chair of the Health Quality & Safety Commission.
Dr Nick Chamberlain - National Director, National Public Health Service
Bio: Dr Nick Chamberlain
Dr Nick Chamberlain was Northland DHB Chief Executive for nearly 12 years. He has specialist qualifications in Medical Administration and General Practice. He has previously had roles as General Manager of Clinical Service at Northland DHB, General Manager of Planning and Funding at Capital & Coast DHB, Clinical Advisor and GP Liaison, Northland DHB, and 11 years in his own General Practices.
He has held DHB lead Chief Executive roles in Primary Care and Public Health. Over the past few years, he has tried to provide some leadership and support for our Public Health Units, and with Vui Mark Gosche has led a small team promoting effective public policy and legislation.
He looks forward to building a strong and effective team to strengthen and nationalise our public health services. In addition, he wants to broaden the reach of public and population health through our work with iwi, Māori and Pacifica providers into all our communities and localities. He is also excited to work closely with the Māori Health Authority and the Public Health Agency.
Fionnagh Dougan - National Director, Hospital & Specialist Services
Bio: Fionnagh Dougan
Fionnagh brings significant experience in large-scale integration of health services and has led the development of single health services in Queensland, Australia and the greater Wellington region, creating high performing teams and leading sustainable transformation in partnership with clinicians, consumers and whānau. She is a decisive health system leader with highly developed strategic thinking and transformational leadership skills, and has a strong drive to deliver equity and service excellence.
Fionnagh brings a clinical background to her work. She initially trained as a registered general nurse followed by qualification as a mental health and addiction professional. Through this pathway, she progressed to complete the NHS Management Development Programme and longer term has led large and complex health services in Aotearoa New Zealand and Queensland.
Before moving into the role of interim Regional Director Northern at Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand, Fionnagh was the Chief Executive of Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs from 2019 to 2022. Prior to this, she was Health and Specialist Services Chief Executive of Queensland’s Children’s Hospital and its state-wide Health Service.
Fionnagh is a Member of the Health Roundtable and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Fionnagh has also been Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland and a Past President of Children's Healthcare Australasia.
Jeremy Holman - Chief Infrastructure and Investment Officer
Bio: Jeremy Holman
Jeremy Holman joins Te Whatu Ora on 5 December 2022. In taking up this role, Jeremy will be providing national leadership for the planning and delivery of capital projects across the motu.
Jeremy is currently the GM Infrastructure Delivery for Crown Infrastructure Partners, with responsibility for the delivery oversight of $6 billion of major infrastructure programmes receiving NZ Government stimulus funding.
Jeremy started his career as a Royal Engineer officer in the in the British Army where he held a variety of leadership roles delivering critical infrastructure and large-scale construction programmes on deployed operations and across the defence estate. He was fortunate enough to have been awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2007 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Relocating to New Zealand in 2009, Jeremy started with GHD as an infrastructure strategy consultant. He then moved to the Downer Group, where as a GM, Jeremy ran Downer’s water sector business. This was a national role and involved leading a sizeable team from Whangarei to Southland delivering operations, maintenance and capital projects to local government clients across the country.
After Downer Group Jeremy held senior roles at Auckland Council and Air New Zealand where he ran the regional ground handing operations and worked alongside airport companies and other local stakeholders on the expansion and redevelopment of many of New Zealand’s regional airports.
Jeremy holds a Master of Business Administration, is a Chartered Engineer and is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK).
Rosalie Percival - Chief Financial Officer
Bio: Rosalie Percival
Rosalie Percival has over 20 years’ experience in executive level financial and accounting roles, the majority in healthcare settings.
Rosalie is an inclusive leader and brings strong sector leadership to our executive team. She is very aware of the mandated responsibilities of being entrusted with such significant funding, while being equally mindful of how we use that financial investment to improve equity of health outcomes across Aotearoa New Zealand.
In a career which also includes banking and insurance, Rosalie’s most recent roles prior to joining us as CFO have included serving as chief financial officer for Te Whatu Ora Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley, and Auckland and Waitematā.
Rosalie is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Outside her financial career path, she has also taken a keen interest in sustainable development and business practices.
Markerita Poutasi - National Director, Pacific Health
Bio: Markerita Poutasi
Markerita (Meg) most recently held the role of Chief of Strategy at Te Whatu Ora - Te Toka Tumai Auckland. She has a very strong focus on transformation of health structures to reflect Te Tiriti in both action and equity. As lead for Performance Improvement, she was instrumental in delivering new equity approaches within planned care delivery in Auckland.
Markerita has also worked as the Director of Pacific Health for the Northern Region Health Coordination Centre where she led the regional (from Northland to Counties Manukau) approach to the Pacific health response to COVID-19 and partnered with the Pacific Provider Collective to develop a regional commissioning framework to deliver adaptive models of care. She is a partnerships specialist and has a background in law and Pacific development.
She is experienced in change leadership, Pacific health equity and designing new models of care with communities.
Our wider leadership team
Te Whatu Ora is a nationwide organisation with leaders across the motu. Check out Our structure for details of our wider leadership team.
From time to time, our Chief Executive issues directives for the action and information of our leadership team. We publish these here on our website: Chief Executive Directives