Dr Vanessa Caldwell (Kāi Tahu, Te Rapuwai, Waitaha, Kati Māmoe) was appointed to the role of Deputy Commissioner in 2021. She brings extensive knowledge of the health system with experience particularly in mental health and addictions. Her previous roles have included as Clinical Executive, Mental Health & Addictions, MidCentral DHB and National Director of Matua Raki, Addictions workforce development. Vanessa has a doctorate in Health Science, an MBA and practised as a registered psychologist. She is an elected member of the Te Ati Awa/Ngati Toa Hauora Partnership Board and is passionate about developing consumer and whānau centred health systems, workforce development, and ensuring that people of Aotearoa New Zealand have equitable access to high quality care when needed.