Media Release: Corrections Maven Appointed to Top Job

Gill Hood has been appointed Chief Executive at CareNZ, one of New Zealand’s longest standing addiction treatment organisations, following an extensive career in Corrections and more recently in the addiction treatment sector.

Richard Hudson, Chairman of NSAD (New Zealand Society on Alcohol and Drug Dependence), CareNZ’s governing Board, said that following a wide search, Ms Hood was the outstanding candidate.

“We are delighted to have someone of Gill’s calibre and breadth of experience to lead CareNZ’s evolution as New Zealand’s leading provider of addiction treatment services.

“CareNZ has a rich history combined with a modern approach and the appointment of Gill to Chief Executive will ensure we are well placed to continue to help New Zealanders to live a life free from the harms of alcohol and other drugs,” he said.

Founded in 1954, NSAD has led drug and alcohol treatment policy and delivery in New Zealand for more than 60 years. CareNZ was established in 1999 as its subsidiary to continue the early work of NSAD and to focus on service delivery, particularly in addiction treatment and counselling services.

Ms Hood was previously CareNZ’s Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that she held a number of senior leadership roles with the Department of Corrections, which brought about transformational change across key Corrections services.

Ms Hood has extensive networks and is a skilled connector of people, strategy and operations. Her experience operating in often complex environments has required exceptional stakeholder engagement as well as strong management and accountability.

Mr Hudson says her understanding of - and empathy for - the needs of all New Zealanders who are impacted by drug and alcohol dependence, as well as her background in psychology, are among the unique combination of strengths that she brings to the role.

“It was very important to the Board that we appointed someone with strong leadership experience but also someone who has a deep understanding of the issues surrounding drug dependence and treatment.

“The panel was greatly impressed by Gill. She is highly regarded and brings mana to the leadership of CareNZ,” Mr. Hudson said.

CareNZ’s 130 staff work in a range of addiction treatment services throughout New Zealand in both prisons and the community, from Invercargill to Auckland.


Further information: NSAD Board Chairperson, Richard Hudson – 021 443 750

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