Senior Management Team

WellSouth is led by our a senior management team.

Chief Executive
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Information Officer
Director of Nursing
Maori Health Director
Practice Network Director
Medical Director
Human Resources Manager


Ian Macara

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Chief Executive


Ian Macara, Chief Executive leads our organisation and is responsible for ensuring WellSouth supports, and provides, high quality, patient-centred, primary and community health care services to the people of Otago and Southland for better health and wellbeing.

Ian joined WellSouth in August 2010 and has worked in leadership and managerial positions in both primary and secondary care health sectors.



Wendy Findlay

Director of Nursing

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Wendy Findlay, Director of Nursing leads our organisation's clinical programmes and is responsible for long term conditions team, primary mental health services, and clinical programmes such as Primary Options for Acute Care, Client Led Integrated Care programme (CLIC) and palliative care.

Wendy joined WellSouth from – Southern District Health Board, Director of Nursing Women and Childrens Directorate.

Wendy holds a Master of Nursing degree from Otago Polytechnic.  Wendy is also a member of Nurse Executives New Zealand and on a number of South Island Alliance Working Groups. 


Kyle Forde

Chief Information Officer

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Kyle Forde, Chief Information Officer leads our organisation's IT department. Kyle is primarily responsible for ensuring the clinical IT programmes are delivered across general practice including providing advice around future innovations and capabilities to enhance patient care.

Kyle joined WellSouth from a long history in the private sector working for SparkDigital, Gen-I and his own consultancy firm.

Kyle studied for a Bachelor of Information Technology at Otago Polytechnic and is currently studying for his Master in Professional Practice in Primary Care IT.  Kyle is a board member at Health Informatics New Zealand and Anglican Family Care. Other roles and activities include Member of the Institute of IT Professionals, Member of the Institute of Director and Member of the NZ Telehealth Leadership Group Member.


Grant O'Kane

Human Resources Manager

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Grant O’Kane, Human Resources Manager leads our organisation's Human Resource function and is responsible for the provision of HR strategic and business advice and working in a business partnership model to ensure WellSouth meets its Primary Health goals and aspirations. 

Grant joined WellSouth from the Southern DHB where he was in a senior HR Manager role. Grant has also worked in other HR roles at the Dunedin City Council and University of Otago.   

Grant holds a BA and Post Graduate Diploma in Classical Studies from the University of Otago and is a member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ), having also served on the local  branch committee for a number of years. 


Murray Lawrence

Chief Financial Officer

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Murray Lawrence, Chief Financial  Officer leads our organisation's Finance and Administration and is responsible for Monthly and Annual Financial Reporting, Asset Protection, Financial Policies, Contract Management and Property Leases.

Murray joined WellSouth from a local business incubator and prior to that was involved for 19 years in  various financial  and governance roles in print manufacturing, logistics and e-commerce.

Murray holds a B.Com in Accounting from Otago University.  Murray is also a qualified CA and CPIM.


Peter Ellison

Maori Health Director

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Peter Ellison (Kāi Tahu), Māori Health Director,  leads our organisation's commitment to reducing health disparities and is responsible for Services to Improve Access as well as the Health Promotion, Suicide Prevention, Former Refugee Support and Outreach teams

Peter joined WellSouth in 2014 from Māori health leadership roles at Bpacnz (2007-2014) and Otago DHB (2003-2007)

Peter holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago.  He is affiliated to Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou and Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki - where he is a member of their executive committee.


Dr Stephen Graham

Medical Director

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Dr Stephen Graham, Medical Director WellSouth, is responsible for provision of clinical leadership and advice to Wellsouth. Stephen joined WellSouth in April 2017 from private general practice in Dunedin. He has in the past been a Partner at Fiordland Medical Centre 1997 to 2010 and 2012 to 2017, a Rural Australian GP and worked in a rural Hospital 2010 to 2012 (part-time 2012 to 2015).

Qualifications and Fellowships are MBChB (Otago) 1990,  FRNZCGP and FRACGP.


Paul Rowe

Practice Network Director

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Paul Rowe leads our organisation’s practice support team and is responsible for managing our day to day relationship with general practices.  This includes improving our performance against health targets and implementing projects such as Health Care Homes, National Enrollment Service, Patient Experience Survey and Foundation Standards.

Paul was appointed Practice Network Director in August 2016 and has been at WellSouth in a variety of roles since 2013.  Prior to working at WellSouth Paul worked at consultants Ernst & Young in Auckland and at Jones Lang LaSalle and Deutsche Bank in London.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Business Studies in economics from Massey University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies and Maori Studies from the University of Auckland.