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Chair - Lloyd McCann

Dr Lloyd McCann is the Director of Medical Services at MercyAscot and the Chief Operating Officer for Mercy Radiology. He is a Beachheads Advisor for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.


He was previously the Medical Director for Harris Corporation, Healthcare Solutions for EMEA. Lloyd also worked for NHS IMAS (Interim Management and Support), was an elected member on the TechUK Health and Social Care Board and a Technical Advisory Group Member for the Global E-Health Ambassadors Programme.


He has worked across DHBs in NZ, in clinical roles across a range of medical and surgical specialties and also led systems improvement projects in the DHB environment – this was combined with time as a clinical and design consultant for Orion Health.


He completed a mixed clinical and managerial fellowship at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust in Emergency Medicine and Performance Improvement. In this role, Lloyd led the performance improvement team for the Trust.


Lloyd holds a BHB and MBChB from the University of Auckland and a Masters in Health Services Management from the University of Warwick. He has completed courses in Health and Innovation through the University of Oxford and Health Law through the University of Otago. Lloyd has published and presented in the areas of integrated care, healthcare IT, clinical leadership, service improvement and medical education nationally and internationally.



Dave Parry is an Associate Professor and head of the department of Computer Science in the AUT School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.


His research interests include Health Informatics, Ontology based information retrieval , and RFID applications for pervasive computing. Current research projects include the use of of RFID in healthcare, fuzzy ontology development and implementation and information systems to support health care in developing nations. He published over 50 refereed articles and conference papers.

In the RFID area, Dave’s main interests are in deriving activity information from logs of RFID tag detection, and use of RFID to support the disabled and elderly in their homes.


The major projects he is currently involved include the use of RFID to reduce adverse drug event and other areas in operating theatres. This involves both drug-tracking and integration of RFID into clinical information systems as well as deriving activity from passive and active tag information.





Deb Boyd has just returned to New Zealand after a stint in Australia where she was the General Manager at Australia's first fully integrated digital hospital: St Stephens opened in Hervey Bay (a green field site) in October 2014 and achieved HIMSS Level 6 in November 2014. "This was a thrilling project to be part of and experience such incredible technology with a fully functioning EMR and closed loop medication management system. It was a privilege to see firsthand the patients and staff's experiences as they transitioned from old ways of doing things to successfully using new technology."

Since returning to NZ, Deb is really encouraged to see the progress being made with electronic health records and systems integration. "I am completely inspired by what is possible and am keen to see the work of HINZ succeed. There is so much still to be done and I am passionately keen to see system integration and clinical informatics being used to transform healthcare outcomes for patients."

Deb's background is nursing, business and management. She has worked for the Canterbury DHB managing Child Health Services and more recently for Southern Cross Hospitals both in Christchurch and in Wellington where she was their Hospital Manager for 7.5 years.

Deb's governance experience includes time on the inaugural board of Partnership Health PHO under the chair of Dame Ann Hercus as it was established. Deb has career experience in clinical, leadership, operational management, systems improvement, culture development, change management and eHealth.

Deb has set up her own consultancy in eHealth and has more recently joined Auckland Eye as their CEO.

BOARD MEMBER - Denise Irvine

Denise Irvine has broad experience in both health and education. Having seen the positive benefits of providing health information and health care by information and communication technology, she established a consultancy in ehealth.


This consultancy provides advice and support to health organisations, staff and consumers in the use of information and communication technology as a valuable health delivery tool.


Denise is also a member of the NZ Telehealth Leadership Group and Australasian Telehealth Society.







BOARD MEMBER - Mitchell Pham

Mitchell Pham is a technology, business and social entrepreneur. He is Co-founder, Director, Board member, and head of Marketing & International Development of the Augen Software Group, as well as Chairman of the group’s operation in Asia, and head of its iHDSS (Integrated Health-Disability-Social Services) business in New Zealand.


Mitchell has over two decades of experience in informatics, software products & services, sales & marketing, international operations, integrated health-disability-social services, strategy development, collaborative partnerships, business growth through innovation, and governance.


Outside of Augen, Mitchell is a Co-Founder and Trustee of the Auckland Refugee Family Trust (ARFT) and the Foundation for Social Responsibility NZ (FOStR-NZ).  In government boards, he currently serves as a Trustee of the Asia:NZ Foundation, and an Advisor at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Mitchell is passionate about the Health sector and sees Informatics as the key to maximising its potential.  He also sees the sector’s needs for: 

  • More cohesion among its diverse range of participants
  • and stakeholders – to seize opportunities for collaboration, integration, scalability, expanding coverage of health needs, and maximisation of investment returns and health outcomes.
  • More capability to develop and deploy Innovation – to overcome health challenges in a resource-constrained world in smarter, more scalable and sustainable ways.
  • More integration within Health and with other disciplines such as Disability Support, Social Services, Housing, Education, Justice, etc. – to be part of a more holistic approach to addressing the needs of people and families in the community. 


BOARD MEMBER - Nathan Billing

Nathan Billing is a Business Analyst at Auckland District Health Board. He holds a Master’s of Science in Health Informatics from the University of Edinburgh, and has over 12 years clinical experience.

He has served within a wide range of medical and surgical dietetic specialities both in community and acute care settings, across three continents. He is a New Zealand Registered Dietitian and part time lecturer at Massey University. 
Nathan has been an active member of the HINZ board since 2011 and has contributed to many initiatives to enable HINZ’s transformation. He was re-elected last year and is committed to enhancing the services provided by HINZ to help front line clinical staff build on the capability of health informatics within New Zealand.






BOARD MEMBER - Rebecca Grainger

Rebecca Grainger is a physician and academic serving at the coal faces of care of New Zealanders with chronic health conditions, medical education for undergraduate medical students and postgraduate students in health sciences and health research. She is an enthusiastic user of IT as a tool to assist her with this and can see many possibilities for improved design and use of these to achieve more, more easily and with greater engagement.

Rebecca has governance experience in the NGO sector having served on the Governing Body of Arthritis New Zealand since 2014. She is also on the Adult Medicine Division Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and on the national executive of the New Zealand Rheumatology Association.

Rebecca is currently employed as a consultant rheumatologist at Hutt Valley DHB and senior lecturer in medicine and pathology at University of Otago Wellington. She graduated in medicine from University of Otago and has a PhD in translation medical research.


DEPUTY CHAIR - Trevor English

I have an interest in the innovation and information, the practical application of information, technology, and the integration and effectiveness in health delivery. I have a belief in the need for a flexible, strong and viable sector workforce. I apply my experience in governance, leadership and operations across a broad range of areas including experience in public and private health delivery as well as sales marketing and service to support my activities.


Currently I have an active interest in a science exploration company and work with NZ's leading pathology provider. I have recently worked as a DHB General Manager with responsibilities for a broad portfolio of services including Laboratory Diagnostic services, Clinical Technologies Support Services and Contract Management.


I participate in a number of local and national projects in areas including pathology governance, informatics, infection management, lean process improvement and employment relations. I have governance experience with boards and national bodies and am a director of a NZ-based private innovation group.

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