Westpac Smarts; Dr Ashley Bloomfield
Date: Friday 31 Jul 2020 Time: 12pm to 1:30pm
Venue: Kumutoto Function Centre, 10 Waterloo Quay
In a time of uncertainty, the nation called out for leaders to support us through the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Director General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield has had to play a prominent role in NZ’s response to the Covid-19 global pandemic.
With years of experience to his name, Dr Bloomfield stepped up to update the nation on the response to the virus, providing the regularity and consistency of information many of us were missing. Dr Bloomfield’s briefings were unfamiliar when they begun in January. In fact, only a minority of the population tuned in, but through lockdown it seems half of the country stopped to listen to the 1pm update.
This in-person Westpac Smarts lunchtime session allows members the chance to hear from Bloomfield himself. From managing the stress, the spotlight, and working with PM Jacinda Ardern and others right across government, to lead a country through a pandemic while also being a supporting husband and father.
As we resume our usual Westpac Smarts sessions hosted inhouse at the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, this is now a Member only event.
Given Dr Bloomfield’s story, it will be a popular session so lock in your seat today!
We look forward to seeing you in person.
About the speaker:
Dr Bloomfield completed several years of clinical work and from 1999 specialised in public health medicine, concentrating on non-communicable disease. Between 2004 and 2006, Bloomfield was the Ministry of Health's acting director of public health. From 2006 to 2010, he was the ministry's chief public health adviser.
From late 2010 to late 2011, based at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Bloomfield worked on non-communicable disease prevention and control with a global focus. From 2012 to 2015, he held leading positions across district health boards with Capital & Coast District, Hutt Valley, and Wairarapa. From 2015 to 2018, Bloomfield was chief executive at Hutt Valley District Health Board. In the first half of 2018, Bloomfield was seconded to the Capital & Coast District Health Board where he was interim chief executive. Since June 2018, he has been the chief executive of the country's Ministry of Health and the country's Director-General of Health. Since he started as the ministry's Chief Executive he has attended a leadership programme at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.
Colleagues describe Bloomfield as "measured, methodical, calm and sensible". Former health reporter Tess Nichol, writing for the American online magazine Slate, described him as "New Zealand’s current obsession, an unlikely heartthrob, a mild-mannered health care hero". Former prime minister, Geoffrey Palmer, remarked about Bloomfield: "It is a long time since a public servant has become so well-known."
Please note: This is a members only event and is hosted live. Tea and Coffee will be provided.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received 10 clear working days prior to the event. Cancellations after this time and ‘no-shows’ on the day will be charged the full invoice amount. Substitutions are permitted if you can no longer attend.