A person adept at avoiding ''land mines'' is sought to lead
the Southern District Health Board to financial health.
More than two years after disestablishing the role, when it
merged with planning and funding, the cash-strapped board is
recruiting a finance director with the help of recruitment
The successful applicant, a chartered accountant, would
direct financial plans and accounting practices, the job
Under the title ''political savvy'', the description said
applicants should demonstrate an ability to ''manoeuvre
through complex political situations effectively and
Applicants would anticipate ''land mines'', and plan
Last month, the board confirmed it had paid $358,000 to
Pricewaterhouse- Coopers (PWC) to help improve its financial
performance. The board has refused to release PWC's report,
but said it identified $30 million in savings over three
The board has previously rejected a suggestion that getting
rid of its chief finance role, and other changes, put it into
a position where it needed to source outside help.
Initially, the board handled the recruitment in-house. Human
resources director John Pine said, through a spokesman, the
original pool of applicants was not big enough, and a
recruitment firm was then hired.