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Lester Levy

A wealth of experience in leadership and management.


Dr Lester Levy started his working life as a medical doctor and subsequently became a chief executive, entrepreneur and chair of board of directors across a diverse range of industry sectors. He has been appointed to twenty-five boards over the past two and a half decades, fourteen as board chair.

Current work
Lester is the appointed Chair of Auckland Transport, the New Zealand Health Research Council, Tonkin and Taylor, the New Zealand Radiology Group and the Eye Institute. He is the retired Chair of the Auckland, Counties Manukau and Waitemata District Health Boards and is one of five independent advisors on the Ministerial Advisory Group on Health.
He is a Lead Reviewer for the State Service Commission’s Performance Improvement Framework, which is a joint central agency initiative to help public sector senior leaders improve performance of the agencies.

Dr Levy is widely recognised and respected for his leadership knowledge and research and was the foundation Head of the New Zealand Leadership Institute at the University of Auckland, where he is now an Adjunct Professor of Leadership at the University of Auckland’s Graduate School of Management. He is best known for leading a number of very successful organisational performance transformations in both the private and public sector.

In the 2013 New Year’s Honours List Dr Levy was appointed as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to health and education.



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Lester's presentation exceeded our expectations and the audience's reaction was overwhelmingly positive. RNZAF
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