Josephine Gagan joins NZ Hall of Fame for Women Entrepreneurs

Josephine Gagan – Chief Executive of the New Zealand Health Group Ltd and a Director of HealthCare NZ – has joined a select list of women inducted into the New Zealand Hall of Fame for Women Entrepreneurs.

From an early age, two ambitions were clear: she wanted to own her own business and wanted to help people.

Twenty-three years on, she is the CEO of New Zealand Health Group, the nation’s largest provider of home and community support services to those with disabilities and those needing support in their own homes.

“I am thrilled and humbled to be included with such an accomplished group of businesswomen and entrepreneurs and feel honoured to receive this recognition,” says Ms Gagan.

“The industry has had to overcome many hurdles over the last two decades and I’m proud to have been able to influence change in the sector by looking at smarter, better ways of delivering care in the community. I encourage radical thinking and challenge the status quo, which makes for a pretty exciting work environment,” she notes.

A third generation nurse, Ms Gagan believes the strong female role models of her mother and grandmother sowed the seeds for a role in the health profession. She puts her success down to having a clear vision, choosing the right people in the right roles and trusting those people to do the job.

“Through innovation, dedication and focus, Josephine continues to lead the growth of the business she now manages,” says her former business partner, Roger Lampen.

Ms Gagan adds she believes in growing constantly, continuing to learn and hopes to continue mentoring more women to help them take the leap and develop to become a huge success in their roles.

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