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Our people

The executive management team at Te Hiringa Hauora is made up of the Chief Executive and six General Managers.

Tane Cassidy - Chief Executive

Of Ngāpuhi descent, Tane Cassidy has worked in the areas of health marketing, funding and contracting, and policy development since graduating from the University of Otago in the 1990s. He has worked with a wide range of government and non-government organisations, Māori, private businesses, and community groups.

Lucy Hickman - General Manager Corporate Services

Lucy Hickman is a chartered accountant (CAANZ) and has experience in public practice, corporate and not-for-profit organisations in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Lucy and her team are responsible for all aspects of finance, human resources, technology systems, information and records management, procurement and facilities management.

Debra Jensen - General Manager Communications, Digital and Marketing

With Ngāti Porou and Ngāpuhi whakapapa, Debra is a senior Māori communications and marketing practitioner with over 16 years experience working in the public sector including the Ministry of Education, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, Te Puni Kōkiri and more recently Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.  She is also a seasoned broadcast journalist having worked at TVNZ and Māori Television. Historically, Debra’s teams have created some of the most iconic health campaigns from the last 10 years – and she hopes to leverage that legacy to grow wider recognition for Te Hiringa Hauora and its aspiration to become a tiriti dynamic organisation. 

Papa Nahi - Kai Okohāpai General Manager Tiriti and Equity

Over a twenty year period Papa (Ngāpuhi nui tonu) has worked in Māori public health, community development and public health research. Her Masters in Health Science degree explored the roles of iwi and Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Māori health development.

Mary O'Hagan - General Manager Operations 

Mary was a key initiator of the psychiatric survivor movement in New Zealand in the late 1980s, and was the first chairperson of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry between 1991 and 1995. She has been an advisor to the United Nations and the World Health Organization. Mary was a full-time Mental Health Commissioner in New Zealand between 2000 and 2007 and she established the international social enterprise PeerZone, which provides peer support and resources for people with mental distress. She has written an award-winning memoir called ‘Madness Made Me’ and was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015.

David Dundon-Smith - General Manager Insights and Evaluation

David has worked in or around the public sector most of his working life, both in the UK and New Zealand. He has held a number of senior research positions across government agencies and in the private sector, including roles at the Families Commission, Department of Labour (MBIE), Ministry of Justice, MartinJenkins, and most recently at Te Hiringa Hauora as Research Manager. David has an extensive background in economic and social research and evaluation, after gaining a PhD in the early 1990s.

Keith Newton - General Manager Alcohol 

Keith has worked in the corporate, not-for-profit and public sector settings. He has held senior leadership positions at ANZ Bank, the Accident Compensation Corporation, Barnardos Early Learning and the Ministry of Education, and holds a Master of Business Administration. Keith has experience in legislation, policy design and regulatory stewardship, alongside the design and delivery of nationwide strategic programmes focused on supporting public wellbeing.