Louise Zacest

Acting Chief Executive

As Acting Chief Executive, Louise Zacest is passionate about putting people at the heart of everything we do.

Joining HealthCare NZ as the Head of Strategy and Service Development in October 2017, Louise has been leading and supporting strategic planning and service and programme development across all Healthcare NZ’s operating divisions. Prior to becoming Acting Chief Executive, her portfolio responsibilities included service design, quality improvement and risk management, strategic business development, marketing and communications, and clinical advisory services. She continues to work closely with cultural advisers, including the organisation’s Māori health leadership group, Te Ahi Kā.

Louise has more than 25 years of experience in both public and private organisations, in the health and financial services sectors, specifically in relation to strategy, investment and product, service and new venture development. Before joining HealthCare NZ, Louise was Head of Business Development for Counties Manukau District Health Board.