Tester to take PHO role

Former Hospice Marlborough manager Beth Tester has been appointed chief executive of the Marlborough Primary Health Organisation (PHO).

PHO chairman Joe Puketapu confirmed the appointment yesterday, saying Mrs Tester's background and knowledge of the region meant she was ideally suited to the role.

"I'm very pleased to see this appointment because we want the PHO to build stronger relationships with others in the health sector . . . and to increase public understanding of what it [the PHO] is doing for public health in Marlborough."

Mrs Tester could not be contacted for comment on her new role.

She has worked for the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board as medical, family and clinical support services regional manager and as a health consultant.

Before becoming hospice manager in 2010, she was project manager with the central district health boards' technical advisory service, which aimed to improve innovation through communication for six boards in the southern region of the North Island.

The role required her to spend week days in Wellington, returning to Marlborough at weekends.

Mrs Tester went to secondary school and did her nurse training in Marlborough.

She begins her role in January, taking over from Christine Smith who resigned in August.