Our Leaders

The healthAlliance NZ Executive Leadership team is comprised of:

Myles Ward

Myles Ward is the Chief Executive Officer of healthAlliance NZ and has over 15 years' public and private sector ICT-related leadership experience. He has a background in operating large-scale and complex ICT environments with a record of successfully delivering substantial technology-related change and transformations. Myles was the former Chief Technology Officer at Inland Revenue and was primarily focused on its strategic direction and the technology aspects of the company’s business transformation.

Prior to this, he worked in the financial sector with Westpac Banking Corporation. He has a Business Degree from Massey and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration through Monash and Victoria University.

Myles also has previous experience as the international co-chair of the ISO working group for the investigation and development of global standards for IT governance.

Catherine Simanu
Acting GM HR

Catherine is our Acting GM HR. She has been working at healthAlliance for over 3 years, initially as the Head of People & Culture and more recently promoted to the GM HR role. Catherine continues to lead the Executive team and the business through the People agenda for our business.

Catherine has over 25 years' HR experience, spanning Banking, Education, Technology, and Primary Industry and throughout all her different roles has maintained a passion for building sustainable workforces and People strategies that are meaningful, relevant, and achievable.

In her downtime, Catherine loves spending time with her immediate (husband and 2 adult children) and large extended family in Auckland and the Bay of Plenty. She also loves the ocean, a good book, and riding her e-bike with family and friends.

Simon Jones

Simon is our Chief Financial Officer. He has many years’ financial services leadership experience working predominantly in the primary sector. He was most recently CFO at Moana New Zealand, a leading seafood and fishing company owned by all of the 58 New Zealand Iwi.

Simon has also held financial leadership roles in the US where he managed a finance and IT team that operated in the Pacific Northwest, Russia, Chile, Japan and Canada.

He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with an MBA and Master of Commerce (Honours) degrees.

Fiona Colgan
GM Digital Health Services

Fiona is a highly experienced technology leader with a strong track record of delivering digital strategies and building capability that support digital transformations, including implementing and maturing agile ways of working. She also has considerable experience in dealing with complex governance and stakeholder models.

Fiona previously worked for ASB in Auckland where she held the role of General Manager Digital leading ASB's digital bank, websites and mobile apps.

Her role at healthAlliance supports our strategic objective of Enabling Digital Healthcare and will be pivotal in helping our DHB customers develop new ways of working and to support new models of care that will improve health outcomes for communities in our region.

Wayne Pohe
Executive Lead, Transition

Wayne’s career spans over 22 years working in New Zealand, USA, India, and Australia. He has worked in high-profile national and international consulting and IT services organisations across a range of industries including government, local government, financial services, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retail, mining, and agribusiness.

His roles have spanned the continuum from business owner to consultant and large programme governance. He has delivered and been part of the governance team for many transformational programmes and large projects. Wayne is also a member of IRD’s ICT Reference Group, assisting the IRD with their large multi-year tax transformation programme. 

Wayne’s role is to help the region build and transform its ICT capability and enable one plan; delivering the health priorities for the region and NZ.

Karl Cole

Karl is our Chief Clinical Information Officer. He has worked in various clinical, informatics, strategic and operational roles, as well as in the clinical practice at Papatoetoe Family Doctors for the last 8 years.

Karl serves as a board member on several regional and commercial clinical advisory boards. He has extensive experience within ICT-enabled change, including his most recent role as Clinical Lead for ICT Integration at Counties Manukau Health.

Karl served in the NZ Defence Force as a Medical Officer for 15 years, involving deployments to UN missions. He was Clinical Director for the NZDF implementation of a fully integrated single electronic health record (EHR). 

His role is to help drive clinical engagement with our DHB and PHO customers, as well as providing clinical leadership for healthAlliance.