New Zealand’s centre for workforce development in mental health, addiction and disability services (Te Pou) is expected to shine under new leadership.
“It’s a huge honour to be appointed at such an important time for mental health and addiction services,” new chief executive, Rae Lamb, says. “I am really looking forward to working with the Government, Ministry of Health and tāngata whai ora.”
Former boss, Robyn Shearer, left Te Pou (Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui) in January to take on a senior role at the Ministry of Health. Ms Lamb – a former Harkness Fellow in Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health and Institute for Healthcare Improvements – boasts an impressive resume in the health sector. She is also an award-winning journalist and broadcaster.
“Rae brings a wealth of experience in senior leadership, change management and working with diverse stakeholder groups,” Te Pou chair, Julie Nelson, adds. “Her professional, ethical approach is underpinned by compassion and a drive to make a significant contribution to systems change in health and social services.”