Prof Naresh is eager to get started in his new role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Kilmore District Health to deliver evidence-based contemporary health services that meet the needs of the diverse consumers in a pandemic world. Prof Naresh has more than 15 years’ experience in the healthcare sector, having worked in New Zealand, South Australia and most recently as CEO of Omeo District Health. Born in Fiji, he completed a diploma in Dental Therapy from the Fiji School of Medicine followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management and Master of Health Science in New Zealand and holds an Honorary Doctorate in Leadership. Prof Naresh has held key leadership positions including the Director of Allied Health in Gisborne, NZ; Executive Director of Allied Health, Scientific and Technical in Wellington, NZ; and Programme Director for Specialty Medicine at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia. He also lectures and assesses master’s level theses for a university based in Indonesia on a voluntarily basis. Prof Naresh has served as Chairperson of the NZ Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association and as a Board Member of UNICEF New Zealand. He is also the Founder of OWDSOCKS (Opportunities without Discrimination), a social movement dedicated to promoting inclusion and diversity in society. In 2020, Arish was awarded the Order of New Zealand for his services to community and dentistry.