Our directors

Re-centre is under the guidance and governance of a team with extensive health and business experience.

Ben Thynne

Managing Director, Evolution Healthcare

Over the past 15 years Ben has gained significant expertise in acquiring, redeveloping and managing private hospitals with a focus on delivering excellence in healthcare. Prior to founding Evolution in 2011, Ben was the Founder and Managing Director of Healthe Care Australia. Under Ben’s management, Healthe Care became Australia’s largest privately-owned network of private hospitals. 

Richard Grenfell

Director, Re-centre
Director, Acurity Health Group

With over 35 years as a specialist Anaesthetist, Richard also founded Boulcott Hospital in Wellington, serving as founding Chairman and CEO. He has been intimately involved in operations whilst developing Boulcotts medical and surgical capability. He was also a Director of Wakefield Hospital from 1989 -1997. Richard is currently Director of Re-centre, and Acurity Health Group Limited. He has been instrumental in the creation of Re-centre from its original concept two years ago, to opening the clinic doors in late 2019.

“Our growing mental health problems in New Zealand are very real now and we are just starting to understand the enormity of the task at hand.  I am proud to get Re-centre launched and start to learn better ways to address the needs of kiwis”

Sue Channon

Chief Executive Office, Evolution Healthcare and Acurity Health Group

Sue Channon is an established healthcare industry leader with a well-earned reputation for her extensive experience in delivering and leading business growth. She has held senior management positions in various Australian Healthcare organisations for over 20 years. Before her recent appointment to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Evolution Healthcare Sue held the position of Group CEO Virtus Health from 2010 to February 2020. This position saw her lead a team of 127 fertility specialists, over 1200 specialist fertility staff (nurses, scientists, administrative staff, counsellors and the support services of finance, IT and marketing) across 43 fertility clinics in five countries; an Australian network of general pathology, specialist fertility and genetic testing services and seven day hospitals.

Sir John Kirwan

Director, Ambassador

Humbled and honoured – they’re two words Sir John Kirwan (known to most as “JK”) often uses to describe how he feels about his contribution to a campaign to raise awareness about depression, but they’re also the same words he uses to describe his knighthood.

Sir John Kirwan is highly recognised for his contribution to mental health services, with several years of being at the forefront of the campaign to heighten public awareness of depression, an illness he has suffered from himself.

“I’m certainly proud of the rugby stuff I’ve achieved but the work that I’m continuing to do with mental health is a very strong part of my life. I never imagined this, but it’s a great thing for the people who are suffering from mental illness in New Zealand and I think it gives them hope. That’s the big positive for me. If receiving a knighthood helps some other people then I can get over the embarrassment.”