Board member Simon Auty said the board had received a “significant” number of strong applications for the CE position and wanted to take the time to find the right person. He hoped a decision on a permanent CE could be made within a few weeks.
Lucas has been MNPS since January 2019. Before that, she held senior nursing roles at Hauora Tairawhiti and the Bay of Plenty District Health Board, as well as at iwi and Māori providers.
Lucas said she would be supported in the role by an “exceptional” management team who would help ensure the organisation ran smoothly until a permanent appointment was made. Associate professional services manager Kate Weston will cover Lucas’ role.