Our Board

NZHIT is a registered incorporated society established in 2002 (originally as the NZ Health IT Cluster). Our constitution provides for the NZHIT Board to be made up of six elected members who are representatives of our member organisations (elections are held annually in conjunction with the AGM).  In addition, the Chief Executive is also a member of the NZHIT Board and there is also provision to have up to four additional Board appointed individuals (co-opted or advisory) where it is considered necessary to provide specific knowledge and experience for the benefit of the NZHIT membership. The Board therefore is broadly representative of the New Zealand health IT industry in particular and the wider health sector in general; and acts to further advance the NZHIT Vision of “Enabling a Healthier New Zealand”.

  • Jodi Mitchell

    Chair

    Jodi is a CEO and Board Director. She was the Chief Executive of SimplHealth prior to its sale in September 2016. Jodi has over 24 years experience in the IT industry working in a variety of general management, software development, delivery and operational management roles.

    Jodi was first elected to the Board of NZHIT in 2008, was appointed Chair Delegate in 2011 and Chair in 2012.

     

    Kate Rhind

    Board Member

    Kate is the founder and Managing Director of Healthpoint Ltd (Since 2004). She is passionate about cloud technology; enabling patient engagement and optimising interactions and decision making. Kate has extensive experience in general management, human resources, sales, brand and operational management.

    Kate was first elected to the Board in 2010 and was appointed Chair Delegate in 2012.

     

    David Tse

    Board Member

    David has worked in the IT industry for over 26 years, with experience in leading technology companies providing solutions to New Zealand businesses and government agencies.

    His current role sees him responsible for NEC’s healthcare business in NZ, with particular focus on its’ digital future.

    David was elected to the Board in 2015

     

    Hamish Franklin

    Board Member

    Hamish currently heads up Innovation and Integrated Care across Green Cross Health’s Pharmacy, Medical and Home Health businesses. Prior to this, Hamish was a co-founder of Atlantis Healthcare, where he established the Australian (’03-’07), and UK & European (’07-’12) businesses, prior to working in the USA (’13-’15). During his tenure with Atlantis, Hamish worked to understand the primary care marketplaces in each of those countries, and establish programs of integrated care, specifically focused on improving self-management. Prior to that Hamish spent 10 years as a direct & loyalty marketer, establishing and growing 3 businesses that specialised in consumer engagement and behaviour change.
    “The highlight of my work at Atlantis was bringing together designers, writers, health psychologists, and primary care providers to create evidence based interventions that both improved health outcomes, and were engaging and valued by patients.”

    Hamish was elected to the Board in 2016.

     

    Diana Siew

    Board Member

    Diana Siew’s role in the NZ Innovation environment is to support and help develop NZ’s medical technology sector to grow the economy through partnerships and collaborations between firms, researchers, clinicians/end-users and government.

    Two complementary strategic networks in NZ that underpin her Sector Manager role at Callaghan Innovation are the Consortium of Medical Device Technologies and the MedTech Centre of Research Excellence. Diana co-chairs the CMDT and is an Associate Director of the MedTech CoRE, responsible for strategy and industry relationships.

    Diana was elected to the Board in 2015.

     

    Kate Reid

    Deputy Chair

    Kate is a global health-care business leader with over 20 years of experience in delivering transforming consumer behavioural change programmes, creative marketing and technology enabled healthcare solutions. She is passionate about improving the health of a population by providing optimal personalised care for each and every individual.

    Kate believes that effecting sustained behavioural change relies on holistically managing all aspects of a person’s world not just their physical health. To do this effectively requires cross sector collaboration and partnership and a longer term view of managing people’s overall health and wellbeing. This partnership focus interfaces well with Kate's appointment to Orion Health in Dec 2015 as Director of Strategy and Partnerships where she worked on establishing a growing partner community unifying New Zealand’s health information and technology capabilities (NZ Health Inc.). Now as GM for Orion Health, she continues to drive towards a more integrated and collaborative landscape for better health outcomes for New Zealanders.

    Kate was elected to the Board in 2014

     

    Sinclair Hughes

    Co-Opted Board Member

    Sinclair has worked in the health sector for 26 years as Director and Business Manager of Incisive Medical Systems based in Christchurch. He has extensive IT and business management experience selling to the private specialist and private surgical hospital sectors in New Zealand and abroad.

    Sinclair was elected to the Board in 2012 and co-opted in 2015

     

    Simon Martin

    Advisory Board Member

    Simon is a partner at specialist Technology Media and IP law firm Hudson Gavin Martin. Simon has worked advising Technology clients both here and overseas for over 25 years. His firm advises a number the NZHIT members.

    Simon’s firm is a member of the NZHIT and Simon is looking to support the work of NZHIT through working as an adviser to the board.

     

    Russell Craig

    National Technology Officer

    Russell Craig is Microsoft New Zealand’s National Technology Officer and a member of the Microsoft New Zealand leadership team. Based in Wellington, he works with regulators and policy-makers on a wide range of issues related to use of digital technologies across the public and private sectors.
    In his current role with Microsoft, Russell has been regularly engaged with the Ministry of Health – most recently in relation to the evolution of its policy regarding cloud services. In this work, he advocated for change on behalf of both Microsoft’s customers and the NZ health IT industry. Looking forward, Russell will continue to work with Microsoft’s global healthcare team to help enable digital transformation across the NZ health system, and support local health IT vendors to develop innovative products and services that are locally and globally relevant.

     

    Scott Arrol

    CEO

    Scott is a highly experienced leader and manager with a broad commercial, business development and governance background particularly in the New Zealand health sector. He has spent the past 16+ years at the forefront of significant growth and service delivery changes in both the home-based and aged residential care sectors along with other key areas of the primary health and early childhood education sectors. Scott has held management roles in significant organisations including Healthcare of New Zealand, Radius Health and Kindercare. A member of the NZ Institute of Directors, Scott sits on the NZHIT Board and is a Trustee for Harbour Sport (the regional sporting trust for the North Shore-Rodney Districts). From an academic perspective, Scott received a Master in Business Administration (with Distinction) from the University of Waikato, has lectured in strategic management at the Waikato Business School and has been a management mentor for a number of years.

     

    Talie Schmidt-Geen

    Membership & Operations Manager

    Talie has a strong business background, a broad skill base and a strong working knowledge of senior administrative and management roles within the following industries: NZ and Australian Government, Maori Health, finance, marketing, printing, fundraising and in the medical and pharmaceutical industries. Her skills and experience, developed over many years, provide a solid foundation for the delivery of sound business partnership outcomes.

    Prior to NZHIT she worked at Janssen-Cilag (Johnson & Johnson) for nearly 14 years, providing business support services to their New Business Development team, who operated in 13 countries within the Asia Pacific market.