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Director Profiles



Joined 1994

Dr David Kerr is a general practitioner, and has held the role of chairman of Ryman Healthcare since 1999. He is chairman of Eco Central and a director of Forte Health and Ngai Tahu Property.

David is a Fellow and Past President of the New Zealand Medical Association and has been awarded a Fellowship with Distinction by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.


Jo Appleyard LLB (Hons)

Joined 2009

Jo Appleyard is a partner with Chapman Tripp, and is a skilled advocate and litigator specialising in commercial, employment and resource management law.

Prior to her appointment as a director, Jo had acted for Ryman Healthcare for a number of years on employment and resource management matters, both of which are pivotal to the success of the company.


Warren Bell M COM, FCA

Joined 2011

Warren Bell is an experienced public and private company director, and was previously an audit partner with Deloitte. He is currently chairman of Hallenstein Glasson and St George’s Hospital, and is a director of a number of private companies.

Warren is chairman of the Audit & Financial Risk Committee.


George Savvides BE (Hons), MBA, FAICD

Joined 2013

George lives in Melbourne and he has 20 years’ experience in the Australian healthcare industry. He spent 14 years as managing director of Medibank, Australia’s largest health insurer.

He is chairman of World Vision Australia, Kings Group, and Vision Developments Holdings. George is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Directors.


Claire Higgins B COM, FCPA, FAICD

Joined 2014

Claire Higgins is a professional director and consultant with extensive board experience in Australia and New Zealand.

Based in Melbourne, Claire is chair of REI Superannuation Pty Ltd, and had a long career at BHP and OneSteel Limited before becoming a professional director.


Geoffrey Cumming BA(HONS), MSC (ECON), LLD

Joined 2018

Geoff re-joined the board in June 2018, having previously served as a director from 1999 to 2000. He is a Canada-based New Zealand citizen who is an economist, investor and philanthropist.

He has more than 30 years’ experience as a chief executive and as a company director, having served on more than 25 corporate boards in a wide range of countries and industries.


Anthony Leighs

Joined 2018

Anthony Leighs is the Managing Director of Leighs Construction, which he founded in 1995 and has built into one of New Zealand’s leading commercial construction contractors.

Anthony is a former chairman of the New Zealand Registered Master Builders’ Association and is a former deputy chairman of the Building Research Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Government Building Advisory Panel and the Construction Strategy Group.