South Canterbury District Health Board (SCDHB) chairman Murray Cleverley says he has "realigned" his commitments since taking on a new role in which he works 4 1/2 days a week.
Mr Cleverley, who is also chairman of the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB), is now head of investment strategy for the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU).
Mr Cleverley told Fairfax he was lucky to have "always been a multi- tasker".
"Being born with five sisters has allowed me to learn some skills of our fairer sex," he said.
The two health board jobs "complemented each other" and the role as head of the CCDU was short term, and came about "once in a century".
"Does it put some pressure on? Yes. Do I have to be organised and plan my day? Yes. Do I have fantastic people around me and have a supportive and fantastic wife when I'm working 80 hours a week? Yes."
Mr Cleverley was last year reappointed as chairman of the SCDHB, and appointed chairman of the CDHB by Health Minister Tony Ryall.
Mr Ryall said it was not unusual for chairmen to have employment outside their roles, and Mr Cleverley had assured him his appointment would not interfere with his district health board roles.
- The Timaru Herald