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BOARD CHAIR - 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 for 5 years as a Registered Nurse in community Maori Health, completing my Masters and Nurse Practitioner studies before starting Medical School. In December this year, I will have finished my undergraduate medical training and I have accepted an offer for employment as a house officer at Waitemata DHB.


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.



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.



I am passionate about the potential for data analysis and technology to improve the health of New Zealanders through prediction and early intervention. As General Manager of Precision Driven Health, a public-private research partnership, I connect the sectors of technology, health and academia to collaborate and develop digital tools that enable clinicians to deliver more precise healthcare.


I see the potential for New Zealand to lead the global movement towards precision health, through our world-class research capability, enabling us to build valuable tools that empower people to manage their health and their data. I am also Director of Research at Orion Health, a global healthcare platform managing data for over 100 million patients worldwide. 


As the Chair and founder of the New Zealand Analytics Forum, I am committed to driving debate across industries on best practice in data sharing and analytics to enable us to be leaders on the world stage. Boards I currently or have recently served on include Te Punaha Matatini, the Operations Research Society of New Zealand, and the University of Auckland Department of Engineering Science. I hold a PhD from Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering, and a BSc(Hons) from the University of Canterbury in Mathematics. Precision Driven Health won the 2017 KiwiNet Research and Business Partnership Award, and I was honoured to be a finalist in this year’s New Zealand Excellence in IT Awards for Digital Health.


I believe in consumer driven innovation and have a dream to ensure every New Zealander has better access to health through the use of technology and evidence based research leveraging accurate data.


My governance experience extends into the social sector where I am a board member serving Anglican Family Care where I provide governance advice relating to technology and cross sector interoperability.


I studied at Otago Polytechnic and am currently studying for my Master in Professional Practice. I currently lead a team of data analysts who are dedicated to revolutionising access to real-time data for clinicians, carers and more importantly the consumer across primary, secondary and community groups. I bring over 20 years of commercial and IT experience to the health and social sector and this experience provides the sector with a unique view when formulating strategies across all sector engagements.


I am also a member of the NZ Telehealth Forum, Telemonitoring Working Group of New Zealand and the NZ Health IT Forum. My experience across the social and health sector provides a balanced view when providing cross sector advice.


I am passionate about the future of our health system and believe in challenging the status quo in facilitating change that will bring real health outcomes for all New Zealanders especially our most vulnerable.

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 MEMBER- Rebecca George

As Clinical Lead for Allied Health Informatics at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury DHB, Becky is a member of the Australasian College of Health Informatics and a registered Occupational Therapist.  She has a passion to raise the profile for all Allied Health professions within the collective - using data, information and emerging technology to provide clarity and visibility of their impact value.


As chair of the Allied Health National Data Collaborative and co-author of the Allied Health National Data Set Standard she works towards connecting the Allied Health workforce with the value of informatics.  She is a member of the Ministry of Health’s Health Information Standards Group (HISO), an elected board member of HiNZ and contributes to the leadership of Allied Health Informatics both locally and regionally.  She is involved in the use and development of emerging technology, devices and digital solutions that support clinical staff.  As well as the integration, collection, analysis and presentation of clinical data. For this work she was honoured to be a finalist in the ITX, IT Awards for Excellence in Digital Health 2018.


Advocating for Allied Health Informatics through which the development of robust data and information systems, that provide key insights and reflect the value of our services, is a key driver for Becky.

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