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Director Profiles

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Dr David Kerr

Joined 1994

Dr David Kerr is a general practitioner.

David has held the role of chairman of Ryman Healthcare since 1999.

He is a director of Pharmac Limited, 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.

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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.

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Warren Bell

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.

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Claire Higgins

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.


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Kevin Hickman


Co-founder 1984

Kevin Hickman
co-founded Ryman Healthcare. He held the role of managing director in a joint capacity from 1984 and in a sole capacity from 2002 to 2006.

Kevin has considerable experience as a director and manager of a diverse range of businesses in the private sector, including the retail, telecommunications and manufacturing sectors.
Kevin’s family trust remains a significant shareholder in Ryman Healthcare.

In 2016 Kevin was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to sport and aged care.

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Doug McKay

BA, AMP (Harvard), ONZM

Joined 2014

Doug McKay is an experienced board director with current appointments at IAG NZ Insurance, BNZ (chair), Genesis Energy, Eden Park Trust Board (chair), Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and National Australia Bank. He was previously chair of Griffins Foods, and Independent Liquor.

Doug’s executive career included CEO and MD roles at corporates including Procter and Gamble, Lion Nathan, Carter Holt Harvey, Goodman Fielder, Sealord and Auckland Council. In 2015 Doug was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and local government.

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George Savvides

Joined 2013

George lives in Melbourne and he has 20 years’ experience in the Australian healthcare industry. Earlier this year he retired after 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.

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Simon Challies
Managing Director

Joined 1999

Simon joined the company as Chief Financial Officer, and was appointed Chief Executive in 2006 and then Managing Director in 2010.

In 2013 Simon won the INFINZ Industry Leadership Award, and in 2014 was named the Deloitte Top 200 Executive of the Year.