Senior Leadership Team
Sarah Fitt BPharm, DipMgmt
Sarah was appointed Chief Executive of PHARMAC in January 2018, having been PHARMAC's Director of Operations since April 2013.
Before joining PHARMAC, Sarah spent 12 years as Chief Pharmacist at Auckland DHB.
Sarah oversees the Senior Leadership Team and is directly answerable to the PHARMAC Board.
Lisa Williams LLB, BA
Director of Operations
Lisa joined PHARMAC in January 2008 as General Counsel following seven years in the UK working for a large multinational pharmaceutical company. From 2013 to 2018 Lisa led the Pharmaceutical Funding Team within the Operations Directorate. She was appointed to the Senior Leadership Team in February 2018.
As Director of Operations Lisa oversees the Pharmaceutical Funding, Devices Funding, Procurement & Contracts, Health Economics, Device Strategy & Development, and Schedule Strategy and Development teams.
Dr John Wyeth MBChB, MD, FRACP, FRCP (London)
John joined PHARMAC in 2012 as a deputy medical director with particular responsibility for secondary care, leading PHARMAC’s clinical interactions around hospital medicines and hospital medical devices. He was appointed Medical Director in 2013.
John leads the team that provides clinical input to PHARMAC, including through the Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Committee. The team interacts with clinicians across both the primary and secondary care sectors.
Alison Hill BA
Director of Engagement & Implementation
Alison joined PHARMAC as Director of Engagement & Implementation in July 2018. She leads a diverse directorate that includes the Policy, Communications, Implementation, Māori Responsiveness, and Access Equity teams.
Before joining PHARMAC Alison was General Manager Community Engagement and Strategic Partnering in the establishment of the new Ministry for Children, Oranga Tamariki. Prior to that she was General Manager Provider and Community Services in the Ministry of Justice. Alison is particularly proud of her role in establishing restorative justice in New Zealand’s criminal justice system, and in creating the new independent agency for children and young people in care, VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai.
Mark Woodard BA, MBA
Director of Corporate Services / Chief Financial Officer
Mark joined PHARMAC in 2014, to lead the Corporate Services Directorate. Mark’s career has included time as CEO of Presbyterian Support and as CFO for various organisations including in the health sector. He has an MBA from Wharton and a BA from Cornell University in the United States.
As Director of Corporate Services/CFO, Mark oversees the Legal, Finance, Analysis, Human Resources, Information Communications & Technology Services, and Information Knowledge & Business Services teams.
Michael Johnson BA (Hons)
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Michael joined PHARMAC's senior leadership team in September 2017. His experience and knowledge of the health sector include 9 years working in various roles for the Ministry of Health – with the last 5 years working as Senior Health Advisor to the Minister of Health – and various roles with the NHS in Scotland.
As Director of Strategic Initiatives, Michael provides leadership and coordination of PHARMAC’s strategy and related project work.
Last updated: 4 October 2018