Trainor picked as district health board's new CEO

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 06/04/2013

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South Canterbury District Health Board will have a new chief executive on Monday.

Nigel Trainor has been appointed, which will see him step down from the SCDHB position of general manager of finance, IT and commercial he has held for the last three years.

He replaces Chris Fleming who left last November to become chief executive of Nelson Marlborough District Health Board.

Mr Trainor, 50, started work in the health sector in 1993 with the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board.

His roles included chief financial officer, and at times, general manager information, general manager commercial service, general manager intellectual disability services and also general manager for the rural hospitals.

SCDHB chairman Murray Cleverley said Mr Trainor had proved to be a confident manager within the DHB and other national health initiatives and believed he would bring a patient focus to the role.

"As expected there were a huge number of national and international applicants," he said.

"Due to the large number and high calibre of applicants, the interview panel consisted of the full board and clinical leaders of the DHB from secondary, primary and nursing.

"It's great to be able to appoint an internal candidate," Mr Cleverley said.

"It shows the depth of expertise the DHB is fortunate to have and enables fast transition into the role."

Mr Trainor said he was excited about further developing his career with the DHB.

"SCDHB is one of the best DHBs in the country and has excellent clinical and managerial leadership which will enable the DHB to continue to go from strength to strength."

He said he would build on the organisation's patient focused care.

However, his highest priority would be the ongoing development of better quality systems.

"This means ensuring the health system at SCDHB is well connected; patients receive services in a timely manner, in the best setting and to a high level of quality.

"I also see collaboration with other DHBs, continuation of the Centre of Excellence for the Health of Older Person's project and investment in information systems as a priority."

Mr Trainor lives in Kerrytown with his wife, Robynne, and has two daughters who are in their final year at university.

Mr Trainor is also an international dog-show judge and breeds and shows english springer spaniels.

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