Our Leaders

Myles Ward

CEO, healthAlliance NZ

Myles Ward is the Chief Executive Officer of healthAlliance and has over 15 years of public and private sector senior 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, Myles was working 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.

Cherise Barrie

CFO &GM, Finance & Corporate Services

Cherise is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.  She is passionate about improving the performance of the business that she is involved with, together with supporting people to achieve more than they thought they could. Most recently she worked for Aotal Limited as Chief Financial Officer.  Prior to that she has held Chief Financial Officer roles at Sovereign and Westpac New Zealand Limited.  She has also held senior leadership roles with ANZ National Bank, PWC and KPMG.

Denise Doyle

GM HR & Payroll

Denise joined healthAlliance in September 2017. She leads the HR & Payroll teams and is the newest member of the ELT.

Denise originally started her career as a primary school teacher in South Auckland and has extensive HR experience under her belt. She has held a number of executive leadership roles across different industries including Manufacturing, FMCG, Construction, Professional Services, Communications and Media, and Banking & Financial Services.

James Allison

CIO & GM. Technology Services

James is our Chief Information Officer with 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.

Wayne Pohe


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 across 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. Some of these have included elements of delivery via large off-shore based delivery centres. 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.

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


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 EHR. Karl is married and has three children.

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