Shelley Campbell announced as new Wise Group chief executive

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The Wise Trust Board is delighted to announce it has appointed Shelley Campbell as Wise Group chief executive. Shelley will start in the role from Monday, 11 July 2022.

Shelley’s appointment comes after the announcement earlier this year that Julie Nelson and Jacqui Graham will resign as Wise Group chief executives in July, as part of the Wise Trust Board’s long-term succession planning.

As this change takes place, it is important to acknowledge the incredible leadership of Julie and Jacqui as foundation chief executives. Their passion, vision, and drive to make a difference has led the Wise Group to its position today as one of the largest providers of mental health and wellbeing services in Aotearoa New Zealand. They will continue to be involved with the Group, chairing boards, and assisting with key projects.

Looking to the future

The Wise Trust Board warmly welcomes Shelley to the Wise Group whānau and is excited to have someone of her calibre join and lead the Group.

Currently CEO at the Waikato Bay of Plenty Cancer Society, Shelley was previously CEO of The Sir Peter Blake Trust and, prior to that, Waikato Primary Health. She has an impressive track record as an inspirational leader in the health and community sectors and shares the Wise Group vision of delivering services that make a difference for people and whānau.

Shelley says she has known and respected the work of the Wise Group for over 25 years and is looking forward to working with the team as the upcoming Government health reforms take shape.

“Wise Group has such a broad holistic range of services for those who need them most in our communities,” says Shelley. “What connects them together, and what attracted me to this role, is the concept of social justice. My hope is that the next phase of social justice for Aotearoa is a health system committed to reducing inequities and delivering on what really makes a difference.”

She says she is unapologetic in her belief that the most effective health systems are those that invest in and develop community and primary health care services and supports.

“The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated that mobilizing trusted, known community responses is what makes a difference for Māori, Pacific, rural and vulnerable whānau. We need to continue building on that knowledge.”

Shelley’s appointment as Wise Group chief executive ensures we will continue to build on our strong foundations, with a new perspective and ability to deliver on our purpose: creating fresh possibilities and services for the wellbeing of people, organisations and communities.

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Published on: 28 April 2022