Our Leaders

The healthAlliance NZ Executive Leadership team is comprised of:

Myles Ward

CEO, healthAlliance NZ

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.

Susan Harkin
CFO & GM, Finance & Corporate Services

Susan has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and began her career as an auditor before developing her finance career in the telecommunications industry both here and in the UK.

She has worked for CLEAR Communications (5 years), Spark (12 years) as well as in the utility and manufacturing sectors. Most recently Susan has been working at the Department of Corrections and for Network for Learning.

She brings strong private and public sector knowledge and experience to healthAlliance. Susan is passionate about developing and mentoring teams and achieving great results for her stakeholders and customers.

Denise Doyle
GM HR & Payroll

Denise joined healthAlliance NZ in September 2017. She leads the HR & Payroll teams. Denise originally started her career as a primary school teacher in South Auckland and has extensive HR experience. She has held a number of executive leadership roles across different industries including manufacturing, FMCG, construction, professional services, communications and media, banking and financial services.

Wayne Pohe
SRO for ISSP

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.

James Allison
CIO, Technology Services

James is our Chief Information Officer. He has over 35 years’ working in information and technology roles in New Zealand and Australia. His experience has been in technology operations, systems development, and executive positions across finance, ICT, retail and telecommunications industries. His arrival at healthAlliance in 2016 came after an interim role at St John, following 10 years at Spark (formerly Telecom).

James’ background includes organisational transformations underpinned by technology solutions, and mergers resulting in large organisation change management. He has also negotiated enterprise outsourcing and insourcing contract agreements, as both a supplier and a customer.

Kevin Robinson
GM, Strategic Engagement & Enterprise Stabilisation

Kevin has a rich history in the health technology sector, having worked at healthAlliance for 10 years. He has held a variety of senior management positions in the IT team over this time, including infrastructure, strategy, projects and solutions delivery roles. He leads a large team of technology experts tasked with maintaining the Northern Region’s vast and highly complex IT systems, as well as implementing unique solutions that help our DHB customers deliver improved health outcomes to their populations. Prior to healthAlliance, Kevin worked at Wolters Kluwer Health.

Karl Cole
CCIO

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 NZ.