The Board of the Waikato Community Hospice Trust are delighted to announce the appointment of Craig Tamblyn as the new Chief Executive of Hospice Waikato and Rainbow Place , replacing long time respected CEO Elizabeth Bang who is retiring in June
For the last six years Craig has held the senior position as General Manager of the Palliative Care Council and Cancer Control New Zealand based in Wellington, and prior to that was New Zealand National Manager of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry .
He has also held a number of other senior health positions from clinical to national management including senior positions with Capital Primary Health , and Capital and Coast District Health
In these positions Craig demonstrated leadership and the ability to balance a strategic and operational focus and managing changes with government agencies and the non-government sector . These included working with Hospice and primary Care providers in Wellington and implementing training between the hospital and Hospice nurses
Craig holds an MBA , a Bachelor of Business Studies with focus in Health Service Management and is a Comprehensive Registered Nurse . He is married with three adult children , and will be relocating to Hamilton when he takes up the position in June
Craig indicated a priority will be getting to know all Hospice staff , the huge number of key sponsors , benefactors supporters and volunteers and also other key stakeholders of Hospice Waikato and Rainbow Place
The Board was delighted with the extremely high calibre of applicants . To attract someone of Craig’s experience was indeed confirmation of the esteem of which Hospice Waikato and Rainbow Place are held
Craig’s health experience, and proven leadership skills combined with a natural enthusiast nature will be fantastic for the organisation building on significant recent achievements and continues to deliver our aim of providing exceptional service to the region