Meet the College’s New Board Apprentice Daniel McIntosh

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Q. What do you get when you cross a chartered accountant with a doctor? 
A. Daniel McIntosh, the newly-appointed apprentice on the College Board.

Born in Masterton and now practising in Tauranga, Daniel had ‘no idea’ what he wanted to do after school.

He opted for a business degree – in the hope he could ‘apply it to just about anything’ once he’d decided on a career path.

Little did he know he’d develop an interest in medicine during the final stages of his Management Studies degree at Waikato University. More on how that came about later, but fast forward a decade and a half and Daniel is a year into life as a GP, happily married with two young sons and the newest member of the College’s board.

“It has been a bit of a journey!” says the 37-year-old who practises 8/10 at Dee Street Medical Centre in Mount Maunganui. He’s not sure why it took him as long as it did to realise his passion for healthcare but he knows he’s now exactly where he should be. 

“I absolutely love what I do,” he says. “No two days are the same and I just wouldn’t do anything else.”

His Board appointment is the icing on the cake for Daniel, who has always had a strong interest in governance and wants to make the most of this ‘unique learning opportunity within a supportive environment’.

“I am delighted to be able to represent stakeholders at board level, at a fairly junior stage in my career,” he says.

Looking forward to his first Board meeting in mid-December, he adds: “I am passionate about general practice and it is going to be a privilege to be involved in the continued development of the profession and its people.”

His appointment is the latest milestone in Daniel’s somewhat circuitous career journey. 

After completing his degree in 2002, Daniel landed a role at leading accountancy firm Arthur Andersen, only to be made redundant 10 weeks into the job when the company ‘imploded’ during the high profile Enron scandal. He was one of two graduates to be rehired before he and colleagues were folded into the New Zealand office of rival firm Ernst and Young.

Daniel and Kylie enjoy some down time with sons Spencer (left) and Cooper.

 “It was a pretty rough start to my working life but I felt like I should continue,” recalls Daniel, who had started his chartered accountancy qualifications (he fulfilled the requirements for membership of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand in 2006) and seemed set for a life in the financial sector.

The seeds of transition, however, had been planted during his degree years – by a good friend studying medicine at Auckland University. 

“I found I was much more interested in what he was doing than what I was doing,” Daniel explains. “But I was deep into my degree by then so I thought I’d better see it through.” And see it through he did, with four years as an accountant before taking the first steps of what had become an inevitable career change.  

A post graduate diploma in Public Health was followed by the six-year MBChB at Auckland University and in 2012 Daniel became a House Officer at Waikato Hospital. After two years in Hamilton, Daniel and his Australian wife Kylie headed to New South Wales, so she could spend time with her family and he could get experience in emergency medicine.

“I knew I wanted to become a GP and felt that emergency work was really relevant,” he says. His year at Coffs Harbour Health Campus was invaluable in his development as a health professional. “There were hardly any senior staff so we had to learn quickly and simply get on with the job. It was a great experience for me.”

Daniel and Kylie came back to New Zealand in 2015 with sons Cooper and Spencer, who are now two and three respectively. Kylie returned to primary school teaching while Daniel started as a GPEP trainee and began practising at Dee Street. 

While he’s loving his GP life, Daniel is feeling a certain amount of expectation from current and former Dee Street colleagues Heather Burling and Simon Meech, both of whom have Olympic sailors for children (Peter Burling, Sam and Molly Meech).

“I’ll have to get my boys out on the water pretty soon. I’m starting to feel like I’ve got something to live up to,” says Daniel, who ‘dabbled with sailing’ as a kid but is more likely to be seen spectating at a motor racing meet or a game of cricket. 

The College wishes Daniel the best of luck – with his 12-month term on the Board, with his ongoing career as a GP, and perhaps just as importantly with his new-found goal to make Olympians of his children!