Chris Ash

3 October 2019, 11.20am

Embedding equity in oral health in DHBs


Ka tipu ahau i raro te maunga o Rongokako
Ka tipu ahau i te taha o te awa o Tukituki
No Ingarangi ahau
Ko Portsmouth te iwi
Ko Fratton te hapu
Ko Ash te whānau

Chris Ash is Executive Director of Primary Care for Hawke’s Bay District Health Board and the National DHB Planning and Funding Oral Health Manager.


Chris has been working in Aotearoa New Zealand for just over 2 years, having moved with his family from Portsmouth, United Kingdom, in August 2017.

Chris has spent the last 15 years working in the health and social care sector.  Having started his career in social housing in South Wales, Chris joined the National Health Service (NHS) Management Training Scheme.  He has since occupied a variety of senior roles in most areas of health service delivery, including 10 years in a Director of Operations capacity in both hospital and community organisations.

His particular areas of interest and expertise include meeting the needs of underserved populations and the healthcare of frail older people.

In his current role, Chris is responsible for working with partners within the District Health Board, across NZ$250m of contracts with external providers (including non governmental organisations and Maori providers), and with partners such as police and education, to support and incentivise the integration of services around the needs and aspirations of patients and their whānau in local communities.