Notable Alumni - Stella Ward

BA (Education) Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy

Executive Director - Cloud Programme at Department of Internal Affairs (NZ), and former Executive Director, Allied Health - CDHB & WCDHB

Stella Ward

Stella is currently the Executive Director of the Cloud Programme with the Department of Internal Affairs.

Regarded as an advocate for innovation and a leader in digital health, Stella has held multiple executive leadership roles in a number of DHBs, including a 10-year stint at CDHB in the Executive Director Allied Heath and Chief Digital Officer roles.

In her roles with CDHB, one of her many responsibilities was the development of Christchurch’s new Health Precinct, which she views as an essential part of the regeneration of the city.

“The Health Precinct is an opportunity to bring students, education providers, and professionals together, in a place where they can connect and change the way we deliver healthcare”.

Stella studied Speech and Language Therapy at UC, and has previously held the position of President for the New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists Association.