Mr Fix-It: The man taking on troubled Waikato DHB
Derek Wright has a reputation as a fix-it man.
The interim chief executive at Waikato District Health Board has spent most of his career in health managing broken situations back to repair.
As the replacement for Dr Nigel Murray, who resigned in October amid an expenses scandal, Wright is arguably tasked with his biggest challenge yet.
That is; change the culture, create a workplace people are proud of, get Waikato Hospital to the top of its game, and turnaround the DHB’s financial problems.
The 63-year-old has set himself a one year deadline to achieve the transformation.
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He has also chosen to take $50,000 less in salary than he was offered because he says it was the right thing to do.