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Karen Orsborn FCHSM


Catherine Cooney FCHSM

Branch Councillors

Jagpal Benipal FCHSM
John McManus FCHSM
Jayanthi Mohanakrishnan FCHSM
Paula Murray FCHSM
Charmaine Pene FCHSM
Craig Tamblyn FCHSM
Catherine Cummings AFCHSM

NZIHM has been contributing to improving healthcare management since 1946 and is one of NZ's oldest serving healthcare organisations.  

Via a Memorandum of Understanding, NZIHM is a branch of the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM), with 10 branches throughout Australia, NZ and Hong Kong.

NZIHM has active branches in Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington and Christchurch. We provide a wide variety of information services to keep members abreast of current developments and thinking in Health Services Management.

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Membership to NZIHM is your path to Fellowship.

NZ Branch Council office bearers

Karen Orsborn


President NZIHM

General Manager and Deputy Chief Executive of the New Zealand Health Quality and Safety Commission

The Commission was established in 2010 to lead national improvement in patient safety and quality across the health and disability sector. Previously I worked for the Ministry of health as Manager, Electives Services then Group Manager, Funding. I am a registered nurse and have a Master's in Business Studies. In my current role I have responsibility for a range of programmes to improve patient safety and the quality of health services and throughout my varied career a consistent theme is a focus on leading large scale change and improvement initiatives. I am passionate about the professional development of all people that work in the health sector and would like to see strong membership of NZIHM with opportunities for learning and networking at multiple levels. I subscribe to the 'all teach, all learn' approach and support collaboration and innovation. (Local Branch – Wellington)

Catherine Cooney



Cathy is the Director of Kowhai Health Associates Limited, a health consultancy company established 2012. She has been involved with NZIHM since 1998 and was a founding member of the Lakes Branch. Cathy completed her ACHSM Fellowship in 2010. Cathy was the Chief Executive of Lakes DHB from 2001 to 2012 and the Director of Nursing and Midwifery from 1994-2000. She has a background in health sector leadership, executive management, public health nursing and community development. Cathy is currently the Chair of the Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic; Chair of the West Coast Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group; Independent Facilitator, on behalf of Health Workforce NZ and Careerforce, for the Kaiāwhina (non-regulated) Workforce Action Plan development; a member of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal; Chair of the Midlands Health Network Alliance Leadership Team; Co-Chair for Healthy Families Rotorua; an Institute of Directors facilitator for the MSD governance capability programme and for the MSD Investing in Services for Outcomes programme; and a Lead Auditor for the health sector (DHBs). She is also very involved in community organisations in her local community. (Local Branch - Lakes)

Jagpal Benipal

FCHSM PhD, MBS (distinction) BHSc RCompN

Service Development Manager Primary Care Integration, Service Development & Innovation Waikato District Health Board and Senior Honorary Lecturer, The University of Auckland

Jagpal is currently employed as a Senior Programme Manager Primary Care at Auckland & Waitemata DHBs. He has worked in the health sector since 1988 in a variety of clinical nursing, leadership and management within the DHB environment.He has lead quality improvement, workforce and service development initiatives, and has made substantial contributions through innovations in hospital, primary and community care services.Jagpal’s background in quality improvement and workforce development, both in clinical and leadership excellence, is supported by his academic credentials in health sciences, business studies, and PhD research related to acute admissions. Jagpal has also made a substantial contribution to development of a Bachelor of Nursing, and Postgraduate leadership & quality improvement courses at The University of Auckland. Jagpal has presented numerous papers related to quality improvement, leadership and health service management, at national and international conferences and has contributed to a book entitled ‘Making Quality Improvement Work’.(Local branch – Auckland)

Jayanthi Mohanakrishnan


Immediate Past President NZIHM

Business Manager at Auckland District Health Board, responsible for the ACC Portfolio

Before coming to New Zealand I completed post graduate degrees in Science, Library & Information Services, and Health & Hospital Management in India. I managed a private hospital for over 10 years there. In New Zealand, I furthered my education by gaining the Fellowship of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers in 2010 and continue online learning through Coursera. My expertise lies in having a vision and getting everybody on board, set clear expectations and work efficiently towards a common goal. I have a proven track record of identifying and implementing process improvements on a continuous basis. (Local branch – Auckland)

John McManus


General Manager of the Southern Cross Hospital in Christchurch

The Christchurch Southern Cross Hospital is the largest in the nation-wide Southern Cross network having 10 Operating Theatres and 87 inpatient beds. The Hospital has some of the most technically advanced surgical systems available including robotically-assisted surgery, digital theatres and an advanced hybrid operating theatre. Patient care facilities include an advanced High Dependency Care ward. John has been at Southern Cross since 2000, previously holding the position of Regional Business Manager. Prior to that John worked at Burwood Hospital managing Canterbury DHB’s ACC Contracts and at Burnham Military Camp as Finance Manager for NZ Defence Force. (Local branch - Christchurch)

Paula Anne Murray


Paula is a leader who creates an exceptionally strong team ethos whilst motivating multi-disciplinary and clinical teams to succeed.She thrives on maintaining and developing organisational culture, embracing values and enhancing stakeholder reputation.Paula is currently the General Manager at Southern Cross Bright side in Epsom, Auckland where she has successfully transformed the business to profitable growth. Recruitment selection was crucial in this process, along with managing existing employees to peak performance and refining areas of low productivity.Paula has been a resident of New Zealand since 2002 and during this time has furthered her knowledge by completing several Business management courses, Masters in Nursing and gained Fellowship of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers in 2017.

Craig Tamblyn


Craig became a Fellow of ACHSM in December 2018, joining the New Zealand Council in that same year.  Craig has also been the health representative on Whānau Āwhina Plunket Board since 2016 and over this time, has developed an understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by national health NGOs. 

Craig is currently the Chief Executive of Hospice Waikato, the only hospice in New Zealand that, in addition to its adult service, has a children and young person’s service palliative care service - Rainbow Place. This service provides end-of-life care to children and psychological support to siblings and family members. 

Previously, Craig has held varied management roles in government and non-government health, the disability, volunteer and community sectors and understands the environments in some detail.  

Craig is a registered nurse, with a business degree in health service management, an MBA from Massey University and Post Grad Cert (Leadership and Governance) from Waikato University. 

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