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BOARD MEMBER - Rebecca Grainger

Rebecca is a consultant rheumatologist at the Wellington Regional Rheumatology Unit (Hutt Valley DHB) and a Associate Professor at University of Otago, Wellington, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, where she is also Associate Dean of Medical Education.   A University of Otago medical graduate, she undertook rheumatology training in Melbourne and her PhD examined inflammatory mechanisms in gout. 

Rebecca’s clinical work focuses on assessment and management of inflammatory arthritis.  She is passionate about patient-focused care and engaging with colleagues in primary and secondary care to provide the highest quality collaborative care for people with arthritis.   She is a member of the Clinical User Group at Hutt Hospital, working with the Information Technology team to optimise IT solutions for clinicians.  Rebecca’s academic interests include outcome measures, non-pharmacological management of musculoskeletal disease, use of information technology solutions to optimise care for people with chronic rheumatic diseases and for use in medical education.  

Rebecca is the Chair of the Board of Health Informatics New Zealand and a Trustee for Health Navigator, a national web-site for New Zealanders to get trusted health information. 


I am the CEO of Auckland Eye Ltd, a certified health informatician for Australasia, a registered nurse and e Health consultant.

I am passionate about health informatics and e Health having recently been the General Manager at Australia's first fully integrated digital hospital: St Stephens Hospital, which opened in Hervey Bay, Queensland in October 2014 and achieved HIMSS Level 6 in November 2014. This was a thrilling project to be part of with a fully functioning EMR and closed loop medication management system. I have worked in both public and private sectors so have a good understanding of the challenges within each sector.

My career experience includes clinical informatics, e-Health, digital integration, leadership, clinical care, operational management, systems improvement, culture development and change management. My governance experience includes time serving on the inaugural board of Partnership Health PHO, The Rock Church Board and more recently on the HiNZ Board as an appointed member. I am also a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

I am completely inspired by what is possible with health informatics and am keen to see the work of HiNZ succeed and would consider it a privilege to continue my work on the board of HiNZ.

BOARD MEMBER - Elizabeth Berryman

I have been involved with HiNZ since 2015 when I attended the HiNZ conference in Christchurch. It was an incredibly inspiring and enriching time that really ignited my passion for health technology. In my role as New Zealand Medical Students’ President, we established a partnership with HiNZ and have greatly benefited from this.

I have a keen interest in health systems and, in particular, how technology can enable better efficiency and outcomes for patients. I have been the principal investigator in a University of Otago research project using smartphone Apps to measure well-being and mental health.


I have a keen interest in governance and sit on different boards in both the NGO sector and commercial sector. I also have experience in marketing, strategy and business development, co-founding a construction business with my husband. We also work closely with Habitat for Humanity in disaster response and Pacific Island housing development.

I am currently Chair of the New Zealand Medical Benevolent Fund, and on the board of Howick Baptist Healthcare and Stevenson Village Trust. I am a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.


I worked as a Resident Medical Officer at Waitemata DHB and am currently a guest lecturer and researcher at The University of Auckland in Health Informatics.


HiNZ is perfectly poised to show leadership in the rapidly growing area that is health technology and enables a platform where we can share ideas, learn from each other, and work together on issues. As a board member, setting a strategy for the organization to continue to achieve this would be a great privilege.

BOARD MEMBER - John Ashley 

As Chief Operating Officer, Community at The Selwyn Foundation, my focus is helping to develop and operationalise innovative community services and solutions that that assist older people to retain their independence at home and ‘age-in-place’ within their communities.

I have a BSc and post-graduate diploma in business, both from the University of Auckland, and across my career have held a variety of roles in NZ and Australia with software companies focused on customer relationship management and health IT solutions and services.  I am a keen advocate for using virtual health technology and other tech-enabled interventions to bring about change in the way we support older people to live well in their homes. 

I am actively involved in NZHIT’s Virtual Health Industry Group and served as a member of a HiNZ working group in 2018.  My not-for-profit governance experience includes being a trustee of Friendship House Trust, a social services agency and community house.

I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to be more closely involved with HiNZ as I believe that this organisation is helping to drive real progress in healthcare and technology within NZ.


BOARD MEMBER -  Karen Blake 

“He waka eke noa”- “A canoe which we are all in with no exception”: This whakatauki reminds us that we cannot achieve the goal of all New Zealanders living well, staying well and becoming well unless we all work together. The HiNZ Board is a vital part of our digital health community enabling us as a sector to collaborate, to share ideas and expertise, and to support the development of our informatics workforce.

As a founding member and Co-Chair of the Clinical Informatics Leadership Network (CiLN), I am able to hear the issues and challenges experienced by our clinicians working in data and digital, and can bring this perspective to the HiNZ Board. I have substantial governance experience, which includes being on the Board of Directors for HL7NZ, and I am the CIO representative on the Health Information Standards Committee (HISO) at the Ministry of Health.

My clinical experience includes 20 years working as a midwife in both NZ and Australia, and as a first responder working in the community as a volunteer operational Firefighter; the majority of our call outs are to medical emergencies and motor vehicle accidents, where I am grateful for many years of experience in managing cardiac arrests. I am completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Informatics, and passed the CHIA exam in 2017.




I am a health informatician with a dream. I was trained as a nurse and midwife, after which I did a BA in public health and health services management. My Masters was in managed care for people with long term health issues, and my PhD in Information Systems was about change management linked to health IT projects. I am now an academic, researching and teaching about health informatics. I am the Programme Director of postgraduate health informatics, and Pathway Champion for health informatics in the BHSc at The University of Auckland.


My governance experience extends from the 1980s when I served on a number of accessibility groups and committees (as a disability rights activist), to membership of various steering committees for information systems implementations over the last 15 years. I was the change manager of a large health IT project that formed the basis of my PhD. My role at the university includes several governance memberships, such as Boards of Studies, and the university Education Committee. For five years I served on the HiNZ Executive Committee (2007 – 2012).


My dream began when I was a disability rights activist in South Africa in the 1980s and 90s, when we began to change the world. My dream is now about giving a health informatics voice to people living with long term health issues. To achieve this dream, we need to build a health informatics competent workforce, turn the doctors' and nurses' computers to face their patients, and leverage technologies to deliver care where it counts – in our patients’ space, where amazing healthy things can happen.


BOARD MEMBER - Kevin Ross 

Kevin Ross is CEO of Precision Driven Health, an award-winning research partnership applying data science to enable precision health. PDH establishes collaborations between clinicians, data scientists and technology companies, applying the latest advances in data analytics to generate health benefits through software tools. He is also Director of Research for Orion Health, a New Zealand-owned global healthcare platform managing over 100 million patients worldwide.
Kevin is passionate about data science and analytics, especially the safe use of data and machine learning technology for good. He is founder and chair of the New Zealand Data Science & Analytics Forum, a community of over 2,500 professionals. He was previously Chief Scientist of Optimisation Modelling at Fonterra, Associate Professor of Technology and Information Management at the University of California Santa Cruz, and a Principal Consultant for PA Consulting Group. Kevin has worked for NASA, Bell Labs, Eli Lilly and London Councils. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, and a BSc(Hons) from the University of Canterbury.


I am passionate about assisting the collaboration of healthcare with electronic systems toward sustainable health systems and policies for equitable healthcare outcomes. As an experienced, registered Occupational Therapist I worked clinically for public health organisations across Victoria, Australia.

Poor user experience, inefficient systems and interoperability issues provided the inspiration for me to help drive change toward more effective healthcare system design.

Previously in roles with Orion Health developing their Hospital based products and with Precision Driven Health leading a research project, I am currently working on the New Zealand Healthcare and Disability System Review in the Digital and Data workstream.

I believe in enabling people and teams through building relationships and developing workforce capabilities and skills.

Currently leading an initiative on localising the CHIA for NZ and co-chairing the AIDH Clinical Informatics Community of Practice in Australia, I’m energised by empowering others who want to develop their potential in applying digital technologies to improve the system that supports people.

My interests lie in effective, sustainable health policies and digital technologies facilitated by clinically lead co-design and data-driven decision making. These approaches can enable improved healthcare research, clinical workflows, patient experience and healthcare outcomes. I am driven to face healthcare challenges as opportunities for us to collaboratively explore new and alternative approaches with consumers and clinical users.

I look forward to when healthcare delivery and peoples experiences of managing their own health is enabled by digital technology in a way that becomes invisible.


BOARD MEMBER - Michael Sheehan 

I have a broad background in technology, business and health. Originally a technologist, I completed a Masters in Business, and have been working with a range of health not-for-profits and start-ups. Additionally, I have sat on the board of a cardiovascular medical device company, as an independent director, improving its prospects and overseeing its international sale. I have worked with the Ministry of Health and Douglas Pharmaceuticals along with Hawke’s Bay DHB on their Regional Health Informatics Programme. I currently sit on the board of Hospice West Auckland and am the Programme Manager for Waitemata DHB’s i3 Leapfrog Programme of work.

BOARD CHAIR - Rebecca George

I am passionate about advocating for Allied Health Professions across the health and disability system, particularly within digital health and innovations.  As models of care evolve we need to ensure that we maintain a consumer focus to our work and situate our staff in preventative service opportunities.

I am a Doctoral candidate, undertaking a DHSc in Allied Health leadership. I also work regionally and nationally consulting on a number of digital health projects.  I am a registered Occupational Therapist and an Associate Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health.  I am the elected chair of the Health Informatics New Zealand board of directors and chair the Allied Health National Informatics Group; am co author of the Allied Health National Data Set Standard; and am on the Advisory Panel for the Clinical Informatics Leadership Network

As a member of HISO, the MoH’s Health Informations Standards group and of the Sector Advisory Panel for the National Health Information Platform, I am committed to ensuring good governance is in place.  I was honoured to be a finalist in the ITx, IT Awards for Excellence in Digital Health 2018, and last year was awarded the inaugural Clinical Informatics Leadership Award 2019 recognising achievements of a clinician working Digital health in New Zealand.


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