Our Team

Evolution Leadership Team

Adjunct Associate Professor Simon Keating

Group Chief Executive Officer

Simon is a seasoned senior executive with extensive experience in the healthcare sector internationally across both the public and private sectors, including private equity and not-for-profits. Among many qualifications, he holds a Bachelor of Nursing from La Trobe University (1997 a Master of Health Science from La Trobe University (2008), a Master of Business Administration from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University (2019) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Simon was also selected to participate in the McKinsey & Company Executive Leadership programme in 2012 as a top ASX100 emerging talent.

Following a successful clinical career, Simon became Director of Medical and Critical Care Services at Cabrini Health Australia before joining Healthscope. He became the CEO of three health services (La Trobe Hospital, North Park Private Hospital and North Eastern Rehabilitation Centre) with 1000 staff. In developing his career opportunities and a desire for public health exposure, Simon became Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer with Northern Health in 2018, running Pathology, Radiology, Pharmacy, Mental Health, Language Services and Aboriginal Health. He has also specialized in growth in private equity-backed companies with a tenure as the Managing Director of iMedX Australia and New Zealand.

His most recent role was as a CEO of McKenzie Aged Care Group, successfully growing and divesting the business in February 2023.

Simon has a very warm, pragmatic and open leadership style. He has had broad experience in driving outcomes and growth within complex stakeholder environments during his twenty-five years in healthcare. He has a significant breadth of medical and commercial experience, which is a perfect fit for Evolution.

Matthew Clarke

Chief Financial Officer

Matthew Clarke brings extensive experience providing strategic financial leadership across a portfolio of businesses with over 20 years of experience in finance and commercial management roles across the services and resources sectors. Returning to New Zealand in 2019 after 15 years spent mostly in the UK and Australia, Matthew has previously held senior finance positions with global quality assurance provider Intertek Group, including Group Treasurer in London and most recently Regional CFO based in Sydney.

Jozsef Ekart

Chief Operations Officer – Health and Wellbeing Services

Jozsef joined Evolution Healthcare in January 2022 as Chief Operations Officer for our Health and Wellbeing Services, leading our Proactive, WOHC, and Re-centre operations.
He comes with diverse background in Management, with several international and national awards in leadership and clinical research. He has 20 years’ work experience in private and public healthcare in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, having worked in the private IVF industry (Fertility Associates NZ, Pannon Institute of Reproduction, Hungary and Fertility Society of Australia), NZ public hospital system (Northland DHB) and allied health/ learning support services (Ministry of Education). He is a clinical embryologist by training, has a Ph.D. in ovarian research and several publications in international peer-reviewed journals.

Brendon Tod

Chief Strategy Officer

An original founder of Proactive, Brendon has more than 20 years’ experience in the Rehabilitation and Wellbeing Sector. From small beginnings in Wellington, Brendon’s vision to provide a nationwide service has seen Proactive expand to reach Kiwis across both North and South Islands.
Brendon holds post graduate qualifications in Sports Medicine and is a graduate of Harvard’s Disruptive Strategy programme. Brendon brings extensive knowledge in the health and wellbeing sector to Evolution Healthcare as Chief Strategy Officer – Health and Wellbeing Services, as Proactive was acquired by the Evolution Group. His strategic expertise supports Evolution to develop and deliver on key strategic projects for the Groups rehabilitation, workplace health, and mental health services.

Rebecca Atkins

Human Resources Manager

Jeff Arthur

General Manager Property & Projects

Chief Operations Officer

Dr. Christine Howard-Brown

CEO of Health and Wellbeing

Nico Smit

Safety, Quality & Risk Group Manager

Group Management

Tony Young

General Manager

Andria Bayer

Northern Regional Manager

Midlands Regional Manager

Shirley Harvey

Whangārei Facility Coordinator

Shirley has a background in the Disability Sector having Managed Adult Disability Day Programmes, Very High Needs funding and Transition from school to adult life.
She has also worked at Workbridge placing people with disabilities into employment. She has a diploma in Career Guidance.
Shirley is also the current Chairperson of the Blomfield Special School. Blomfield specialises in Education for children with disabilities aged 5-21 years.
Shirley enjoys making a difference in her community and helping people live their best lives. She likes to bring a focus of continual learning and improvement and healthy workplace culture.
Shirley enjoys family time and tropical gardening.

Mereana Whanarere

Gisborne Facility Coordinator

Mereana was born in Gisborne and raised in a beautiful coastal village called Whangara.
Her and her husband moved to Biloela, Qld, Australia in 1999, then to Brisbane in 2001 where they raised a family of 5. They then returned home in 2019 to be closer to Mereana’s mum.

“My background is in Rehabilitation and Aged Care and I strongly believe everyone deserves a better quality of life, and I am very passionate about how that care is provided.
I love that I am able to interact daily with the clients and that they trust they can talk to me anytime if needed. I am excited about evolving with Evolution Healthcare and making a difference.”

Zigma Zigma

West Auckland Facility Coordinator

Zigma was born and brought up in India. Came to New Zealand in 2017 and was in Auckland for 5 years. A Dentist by profession & still runs her business back in India.

Zigma enjoys new Challenges and loves to do something new every day – always aiming to do better and to be better. She also enjoys working with multicultural team, exploring new places and doing art & crafts.

Sarah Stoney

Palmerston North Facility Coordinator

Bianka Kruger

Hamilton Facility Coordinator.