Wayne Brown has earned a reputation for being the man to call when it comes to “fixing” non-performing companies, boards and corporations. Among his achievements are reviving the Gisborne and Northland Hospital services, sorting out the digital drivers licence fiasco and delivering the new Auckland Hospital on time and on budget.
He is also a highly successful businessman in his own right with significant interests in property development, television, surf wear and leisure clothing.
Wayne is a thought provoking speaker who loves to challenge the accepted norms and questions the way people and organisations do things. He encourages his audiences to think outside the box when looking to improve performance and results. He offers a pragmatic style that makes his advice easy to absorb.
Wayne is the owner of Waahi Paraone Ltd (one of Northland’s largest property development companies) and Coastlines (NZ’s fastest growing surf label - now in over 200 shops in 5 countries).
Background: An engineer by profession, Wayne Brown always aspired to being in control of his own destiny. Now, as a company chairman, property developer, successful businessman, former manager of the New Zealand surfing team and an avid surfer himself, he most certainly is.
Chairman: Wayne is former chairman of Northland Health Ltd and was the longest serving of New Zealand’s hospital chairmen. He attributes Northland Health's economic recovery (transformation from a $7 million deficit in 1993 to a $500,000 surplus in 1997) to steady progress and a focus on the improvement of health.
Minister: Following the public enquiry into Gisborne Hospital, Wayne was appointed by the Minister of Health to replace the dismissed board of Tairawhiti Healthcare Ltd. He has also been appointed chairman of Vector (following the Auckland CBD power failure), the LTSA (following the issue of digital drivers’ licenses) and Auckland DHB (appointed to chair the completion of the $500m new hospital).