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Management team

David Hitchcock - National Sales Manager

Hello, I’m David Hitchcock, the National Sales Manager.

Over the last three years or so, I’ve led our sales team nationwide. Getting out and about with the team means we proactively build relationships with our clients, and deliver customised training and health services that enhance their productivity. In a nutshell, we build safer and healthier workplaces together each and every day, and my coffee expense claim is huge!

With a background in Sales Management and Account Management, I worked for Repco for 15 years and VTNZ for 12 years.

One strange thing about me? I have a huge dispassion for coriander, urgh! So much so I have joined the ‘I hate Coriander’ Facebook page; the T-shirt is on its way.

My idea of fun is chilling on the beach under the beautiful New Zealand sunshine, safely of course.

Dr Steve Taylor - Company Doctor (MbBs MRCGP Dip Occ Med Dip Derm FPC )

Hi, I’m Steve the Company Doctor at Life Care Consultants.

I am a General Practitioner who qualified in the UK many years ago and worked full time in General Practice for 25 years before fulfilling a dream and coming to New Zealand.

Whilst working in the UK I developed an interest in Occupational Medicine and undertook the Diploma in Occupational Health.

Since arriving in Tauranga I have been working in General Practice but I have also been doing pre-employment and health surveillance medicals on a regular basis.

Graham Milne - Regional Manager (Central)

Hello, I’m Graham Milne, the Regional Manager for the Central area.

I do exactly the same thing as Donna, but for the awesome Central team – doing whatever it takes to keep things running smoothly.

Keeping active in my downtime is important to me and you’ll find me out walking the dog each day. I also enjoy travelling, sailing and tramping when time permits, but the general aim is to keep moving. Before working at Life Care, I was a professional scuba diver: someone you might need if you ever lose your keys in the marina.

Life Care Consultants has been my home since 2010. Before that I ran an office for the NZ Red Cross as a senior instructor. You could say health and safety runs in my blood.

And to match Donna’s offer, if you’re ever in the centre of the island, I’ll buy the coffee!

TANYA POVEY - REGIONAL MANAGER (Northern)

Tanya originally qualified as a Radiographer in 1988 before completing a Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy in 1994. Upon graduating she then went on to work extensively in the rehabilitation sector in both Australia and New Zealand.

Tanya has a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors – having worked in private practice physiotherapy, as well as for ACC and private insurers in case management and as a vocational rehabilitation provider. Tanya brings over 15 years’ experience in senior management roles in the rehabilitation, disability and injury management sector.

Donna Corboy - Regional Manager (Southern)

Hi, I’m Donna Corboy, the Regional Manager for Southern New Zealand. Being a Regional Manager means I do anything and everything within my power to keep things running smoothly down in the South. That could include attending meetings, quality checking paperwork, staff training, staff engagement and budget management as well as the odd bit of cleaning or shopping. It’s a varied role, and one that I’ve been doing happily and successfully for a little over five years.

When I left school I trained as a Psychopaedic Nurse, and taught health and business subjects at Polytech before eventually joining the team at Life Care

One thing I have in common with Joyce is our passion for the stage. I once starred in a small movie and performed on stage at the Christchurch Repertory Theatre. One thing the theatre teaches you is to be afraid of nothing!

If you’re ever down south, I’ll buy the coffee!

Wayne Upson - Project Manager & Nurse

Hi, I’m Wayne Upson and I’m the Project Manager as well as a nurse. (NZRN)

As Project Manager no two days are the same for me. I mainly focus on moving the operational and strategic goals forward, along with providing guidance to the admin, operational and management teams.

My nursing registration remains current and so I also find myself delivering operational requirements of the business such as training, seminars, pre-employment health checks and flu vaccinations. I’ve worked with Janet now for over 10 years, working my way up from a Health Consultant to where I am now.

I am Scottish, so that means you’ll be buying the coffee when we meet! But seriously, I qualified as a nurse in the UK, working throughout acute respiratory, acute medicine, infection diseases, urology surgical, rehabilitation of orthopaedics, cardiac and stroke, head and spinal injuries, and amputees. Another varied job!

In the past, I’ve worked as a greenkeeper for the Nicklaus Corporation, and met Jack Nicklaus when he opened the golf course. I still enjoy getting outdoors when the time permits; however, the majority of my free time is spent with my family. I am getting back into my swimming though, and looking to compete in some open water swims this year.

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