St John in New Zealand is part of worldwide organisation.  The governing body of St John  worldwide is its Grand Council.  


The position of Prior in New Zealand is traditionally held by the Governor-General. At present, our Prior is HE The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM QSO DStJ. The Prior is supported by the Chancellor, who is her deputy.

Priory Chapter

Priory Chapter oversees the ethos of the organisation and approves the strategic and financial direction, recommends change to international policy and conferral of honours and awards.

Priory Chapter is chaired by the Governor-General, as Prior of the Order in New Zealand, or by the Chancellor as deputy.

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Priory Trust Board

Priory Chapter is responsible for all of the work of St John in New Zealand but delegates authority to the Priory Trust Board to oversee day-to-day activities, including the activities of the Regional Trust Boards. There are three subcommittees which focus on remuneration, risk and audit and clinical governance. Priory Trust Board appoints the Chief Executive.

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Chief Executive

The Chief Executive is responsible for leading and managing the organisation, with the support of the Executive Leadership Group.  He also has responsibility for maintaining relationships with our key funders and government agencies acting on behalf of the Government. He reports to the Priory Trust Board.

Regional Trust Boards

Regional Trust Boards operate under delegations from the Priory Trust Board. They oversee the delivery of services and products within their geographical areas of responsibility. Each Regional Trust Board appoints a General Manager who leads a regional management team to support and promote the programmes being delivered in their community.

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