Media releases 2014


Southern Cross AGM

Friday, 5 December 2014 by Aimee Bourke

Yesterday’s Southern Cross Medical Care Society Annual General Meeting saw the retirement of Chairman Graeme Hawkins. His successor, Greg Gent praised the leadership provided by Hawkins, who has served the Society for the last six years.

“Graeme is a true leader and he has been an astute advocate for all Society members. I am honoured to be stepping into the shoes of such an extraordinary Chairman.”

Members also elected a new Director, Roger France. Gent welcomed the appointment of France saying, “He brings an exceptionally strong record of governance experience as well as strong financial analysis and business strategy skills to our Board.”

Newly appointed Director, France is a current Director of Air New Zealand, Fisher and Paykel Healthcare, and Orion Corporation.

All other resolutions were passed which resulted in:

  • Existing Director Keith Taylor being re-elected
  • Greg Gent being appointed as a Trustee to replace Graeme Hawkins
  • And an increase in Director remuneration, which has been unchanged since 1997.


About Greg Gent:

Greg Gent is a Northland dairy farmer with a wealth of governance experience. From 2001 to 2011 he was a director of New Zealand’s largest co-operative business, Fonterra. Prior to Fonterra’s formation he was chairman of Northland Dairy and Kiwi Co-op Dairies. His current governance roles include a range of farming, insurance and health-related organisations. Mr Gent has been elected by the Board to be the Society’s new Chairperson in response to Mr Hawkins’ retirement.