NZ’s largest non-public healthcare organisation picks top lawyer

by Sol Dolor31 Aug 2019

The country’s largest non-public health care organisation has appointed a new chief legal officer.

Fiona Brown has been appointed as Southern Cross Health Society’s top lawyer. She brings to Southern Cross extensive in-house and private-practice experience. She specialises in legal, governance, commercial, and risk management roles.

Brown, who takes on the role on 16 October, makes the move from Kiwibank, where she was general counsel and company secretary. Prior to that role, she held several leadership positions at ANZ. Brown began her legal career at Chapman Tripp.

Nick Astwick, Southern Cross Health Society’s chief executive, said Brown’s experience will be an asset to the organisation.

“Fiona brings a diverse range of skills and decades of experience in the financial services sector to this key senior leadership role with Southern Cross Health Society,” he said. “Her track record as an authentic leader of high-performing teams is also an excellent fit with Southern Cross, where our people share a deep commitment to helping Kiwis live their healthiest lives.”

Astwick said that Brown will lead the in-house legal team and focus on the implementation of the society’s strategic plan while mitigating legal and business risk.

“I’m delighted to be joining Southern Cross Health Society in this new leadership role,” Brown said. “I look forward to being part of a team that shares my passion for serving fellow Kiwis.”