Karen Orsborn is the Chief Executive of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. During 2020, Karen led the establishment of the permanent Commission as Head of Secretariat for the Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission.
Karen has held a variety of health management and leadership roles that focus on improving outcomes for people through working with people and communities.
Previously, Karen was Director Health Quality Improvement and Deputy CEO at the Health Quality and Safety Commission (HQSC). In this role she led national patient safety and quality improvement programmes across public and private hospitals, primary and community care, mental health and addiction services, and aged care. Karen has also held roles as National Lead for Elective Services and Group Manager Funding at the Ministry of Health, as well as operational roles in a District Health Board.
Karen is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Services Management (ACHSM) and a former President of ACHSM-Aotearoa.
Karen holds a Master of Business Studies (Management) and has completed the Advanced Management and Leadership programme at Oxford University. She is a Registered Nurse.