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Our People and Structure

Introducing our Chief Executive and Directors:

Chief Executive

Dr Jean-Frédéric Levesque

Dr Jean-Frédéric Levesque

Dr Jean-Frédéric Levesque joined the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) as Chief Executive in June 2017. He was the Chief Executive of the Bureau of Health Information (BHI) from 2013. Dr Levesque has previously held senior positions responsible for publicly reporting information about the Canadian health system. These included the role of Scientific Director, Analyses and Evaluation of Health Systems at the Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec and Deputy Commissioner, Performance Appraisal and Analysis, at the Commissaire a la santé et au bien-etre du Québec. He is currently a member of the Strategic Analytic Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institute of Health Information. Dr Levesque is a Conjoint Professor at the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity of the University of New South Wales. His research focuses on healthcare performance, particularly in terms of how different models of care impact on patient outcomes and experiences of care, and on the analysis of healthcare reform. In 2011-12, he was a Visiting Academic at the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Preventive Medicine and Public Health and has a Doctorate in Public Health, a Masters in Community Health and a medical degree from the Université de Montréal, Canada.

Our Directors

Dr Sarah Dalton

Dr Sarah Dalton - Acting Clinical Executive Director, Preserving and Restoring through Interventions in Surgery and Medicine

Dr Sarah Dalton is a Paediatric Emergency Physician at The Children's Hospital at Westmead and recently completed her role as President of the Paediatric and Child Health Division of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Sarah has worked in different clinical and managerial roles across NSW over the last 20 years, from regional centres to specialist tertiary units and from community care to acute care retrieval services.

Sarah has previously completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Clinical Leadership and her prior roles include Clinical Director at the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission. Sarah is committed to improving the quality of healthcare through working with clinicians who deeply understand how healthcare is delivered and recognise opportunities for change.

Chris Shipway

Chris Shipway - Acting Director, Care Across the Lifecycle and Society

Chris Shipway brings a wide range of expertise and more than 30 years experience in the health service setting including, primary health, community health, chronic disease management, aged care, palliative care, youth health, mental health, drug and alcohol services, acute hospital settings, workforce development and policy development. Over the past 11 years Chris has held management and leadership positions in the NSW Health system including Associate Director of Drug and Alcohol Clinical Policy, Associate Director of Mental Health Clinical Policy; and Acting Director of Primary Health, Community Partnerships and Chronic Disease. Originally trained as an enrolled nurse working in palliative care, rehabilitation, medical and surgical settings followed by community mental health services, Chris is also a qualified Social Worker and has a Master in Public Administration.

Raj Verma

Raj Verma - Executive Director, System Transformation Evaluation and Patient Experience

Raj Verma has been involved in working with clinicians, managers, executives and patients in improving health systems since 1995. Raj has delivered many large scale projects through structured project management, significant stakeholder engagement, and a focus on deliverables and results.

Raj has worked to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care services through new models of care at almost every point of the patient journey, including models of Emergency Care, redesigning Hospital in the Home services, implementation of Medical Assessment Units, safe clinical handover, Rehabilitation Redesign, Improving Patient and Staff Experience program and creating the NSW Patient Experience Survey.

He has been involved in running and sponsoring the NSW Centre for Healthcare Redesign Diploma Program (‘Redesign School’) since its inception in 2007.

Raj gained his initial clinical experience working as a hospital Medical Laboratory Scientist at Royal Darwin Hospital.

Karen Perini

Karen Perini - Associate Director, Strategy, Communication, People and Engagement

Karen Perini joined the Agency for Clinical Innovation in May 2018. She was previously the Director, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement at the Bureau of Health Information.

Karen has 18 years’ experience in corporate and internal communications, public relations, media and issues management. She has worked on community campaigns, high profile issues and has provided strategic communications advice to governments, Ministers and clients. Her experience spans across the business, health and environment sectors in Sydney and London. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from Charles Sturt University, Bathurst.

Nirav Bajoria

Nirav Bajoria - Associate Director, Finance and Corporate Affairs

Nirav joined the Agency for Clinical Innovation in 2015 as the Finance and Business Partner and was appointed Director, Finance and Corporate Affairs in 2018. Nirav leads ACI’s Finance function including audit and risk.

Nirav has more than 12 years’ experience in corporate finance and risk management. His experience spans across the business, education and health sectors in Sydney and London. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Finance & Management) from Middlesex University, UK and is a member of accounting body ACCA, UK.

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