MEDIA RELEASE - 3 February, 2017

Mercy Hospice Auckland appoints Paul Couper as CEO

The Board of Mercy Hospice Auckland (MHA) has appointed Paul Couper as the new Chief Executive Officer.

The Board’s emphasis on recruiting for the CEO position was to find a good fit with the mission and values of the Sisters of Mercy and MHA.

Chairman Denis Wood said they were absolutely delighted to announce Mr Couper's appointment.

“He has a proven track record leading and coaching teams to achieve results through relationship development and creativity.”

Mr Couper was Director of Philips NZ and General Manager for Philips Healthcare, and has worked in the healthcare industry for 20 years, successfully leading with strong business skills and acumen. Over the past two years, following the death of his wife in 2014, he has worked as a business consultant.

Mr Couper says he is honoured to join MHA as it continues its strong community work ethic.

“The hospice has an incredible history and has been doing fantastic work for a long time here in New Zealand. I am looking forward to contributing to its future success.”

The appointment comes after a robust recruitment process attracting a large number of high calibre applicants from around NZ.

Mr Couper’s appointment came into effect on 1 February, 2017.

About Mercy Hospice Auckland:

Mercy Hospice Auckland provides a range of specialist community palliative care and hospice services for people facing life limiting illnesses. It also offers support to family, friends and carers to help them cope with problems arising from the illness.

All services are offered free to patients and their families, regardless of age, ethnicity, means or religion, thanks to the generosity of community support and donations.

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Media contact: Rebecca Toms DDI: 09 376 75 74 | M: 027 808 13 15|

Mercy Hospice Auckland appoints Paul Couper as CEO



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