Emergency Consult announces new Board Chair

Emergency Consult announces new Board Chair31 Mar 2023

Emergency Consult has announced Dr Peter Crow as its new Chairman of the Board, effective immediately.

Dr Crow has been working with Emergency Consult’s Board for a number of months. Impressed with his deep experience in corporate governance and strategy, chief executive Jenni Falconer says he was a logical choice for the role of Chairman.

“We’re excited to be welcoming someone of Peter’s calibre to the Board,” says Falconer, “We started this business with a strong desire to help people - to take emergency medical expertise out of the hospitals and into communities - and we’ve grown quickly. And while we’ve been intelligent and agile in that growth, we know that Peter will bring a new level of business acumen and strategic thinking to help us realise further potential.”

Dr Crow formally accepted the position 29 March 2023. “It is an honour to be invited to the Board of this innovative health business. It’s a privilege to work with Jenni and Dr Martyn Harvey [clinical director] and a team of dedicated health professionals. I look forward to governing with impact,” says Dr Crow.

Dr Crow is an independent board director, advisor, author, speaker and educator with international expertise in corporate governance and strategy. His sector knowledge extends across healthcare, technology and innovation, agribusiness, professional services, local government, manufacturing and distribution.

He has a doctorate in corporate governance and strategy and is a chartered member of the Institute of Directors. Dr Crow is also a member of several international institutions including the Global Peter Drucker Society, the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, and the International Corporate Governance Network.

Dr Crow replaces outgoing chairman Myles Whitcher, who announced his resignation from the Board last month. Whitcher had worked with the doctors who founded Emergency Consult since 2020. He helped shape the business in its early days and was made Chairman in May of 2022.

Initially set up to provide rapid remote medical response to New Zealand’s general public, the founding team soon realised that various medical colleagues could benefit from their assistance too. Emergency Consult now partners with healthcare providers nationwide.

“We’re able to ease some of the pressure from rural hospital waiting rooms, relieve emergency services, and support our colleagues in emergency departments (EDs) across Aotearoa. We also bolster clinical capability in aged residential care facilities and community clinics. And provide on-the-spot treatment in pharmacies,” says Falconer.