Incoming Board chair Mark Humphries with Dr Brian Pezzutti

Incoming Board chair Mark Humphries with Dr Brian Pezzutti at the latter’s final Board meeting in June 2021.

After steering the Board of the Northern NSW Local Health District for the past eight years, Dr Brian Pezzutti has handed the reins to the current Deputy Chair, Mark Humphries, who has been a Board member since 2012.

 Mr Humphries has extensive experience in senior management and leadership positions, and is actively involved in the regional community. He is a past president of the Kingscliff Chamber of Commerce and is involved with Surf Life Saving clubs in the area. He is also a member of the regional advisory committees for the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter and TAFE NSW.

 Mr Humphries will serve until December 2022.

 “I have no doubt that Mr Humphries’ skills and experience will enhance his role as Board Chair,” said the Acting Chief Executive of NNSW LHD, Lynne Weir.

 “As the incoming Chair, Mr Humphries has the passion and experience to successfully lead the Board’s oversight of health services for our local communities now and into the future.”

 Mr Humphries said the Board is focused on a commitment to the CORE values of Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment across the health system.

 “These core values are the keys to delivering quality health services to the people of Northern NSW. My vision is for our Board to be united and work strategically with the management, staff and clinicians to ensure quality health outcomes for people in the region.

 “We also look forward to the delivery of the Tweed Valley Hospital in 2022-23.”

 Ms Weir paid tribute to outgoing Board Chair, Dr Pezzutti, saying, “During his tenure the District has seen significant upgrades to many of our health facilities, renewed our focus on delivering patient-centred care, and secured new services that will benefit our regional and rural communities for many years to come.

 “On behalf of the District, I want to thank Dr Pezzutti for his leadership during this time.”

 Dr Pezzutti said, “It’s been a wonderful experience to lead such a talented and caring team. I wish all the people in Northern NSW Local Health District all the best for the future.”