News January 23, 2024

A New CEO for a New Year

It is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to Tim Edmonds, our accomplished leader of four years.

We’ll miss his big heart, good humour and most important his commitment to improving healthcare experiences and outcomes for the benefit of our community.

Under his guidance, the Foundation has extended its legacy of improved care for people in the Waitematā region with more than $10m of support raised for health projects that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. Tim’s tenure is marked by several highlights, including;

  • completing fundraising campaigns for Waitākere Hospital’s expansion of the Special Care Baby Unit, and the Waitematā Breast Service at North Shore Hospital
  • helping to champion the new Primary Birthing Unit for West Auckland by exploring funding options
  • developing the philanthropic partnership that helped provide public hospital patients with access to the Da Vinci surgical robot for the first time in NZ 
  • the development of new community based initiatives such as the STEPS-A youth mental health programme for intermediate schools and an innovative pilot to improve oral health outcomes for children, and
  • improving patient and visitor spaces within our region’s new medical and surgical hospital facility opening in April.    

We wish Tim all the best as he moves into his new role at Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ, and we’re delighted that the Well Foundation will continue to thrive as Ruth Morse steps in as interim CEO. 

Ruth has been with Well Foundation since the beginning of 2023, as Director of Fundraising and Communications, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role, having previously held senior positions at The Starship Foundation, Third Age Health, ProCare and Helen & Douglas House, the UK’s first children’s hospice. Ruth has a deep passion for our mission and is excited about continuing the great work Tim and the team have started.

Our impact is only made possible through the following incredibly generous organisations: