Karen Mitchell
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Karen Mitchell

Ministry of Health / Manatū Hauora

Deputy director general, infrastructure

  • Appointed early 2021.
  • Previously at the Treasury leading the infrastructure transactions unit’s transition to the NZ Infrastructure Commission/Te Waihanaga.
  • Earlier group manager at the Ministry of Health, establishing the national screening unit.
  • Contributed to strategy, policy, planning and funding of the national immunisation register, Plunket services, and led development of the national ambulance services strategy.
  • Led public-private partnership procurements and commercial negotiations for two new prisons, the Transmission Gully state highway and the social housing reform programme.
  • Originally trained as a pharmacist.

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