Our People and Structure
Introducing our Chief Executive and Directors:
Dr Jean-Frédéric Levesque
Dr Jean-Frédéric Levesque joined the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation as Chief Executive in June 2017. He was previously Chief Executive of the Bureau of Health Information for four years.
Dr Levesque brings to the ACI leadership in healthcare system analysis and improvement, combining experience in clinical practice in refugee health and tropical medicine, in clinical governance and in academic research. He is a member of the Strategic Analytic Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institute of Health Information and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He has held senior positions responsible for publicly reporting information about the Canadian health system at the Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec and the Commissaire a la santé et au bien-etre du Québec.
Dr Levesque has a Doctorate in Public Health, a Masters in Community Health and a medical degree from the Université de Montréal, Canada. He is a Conjoint Professor at the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity of the University of New South Wales. His research focuses on how different models of care impact on patient outcomes and experiences of care. In 2011-12, he was a Visiting Academic at the University of Melbourne.
Dr Sarah Dalton - 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.
Linda Soars – Acting Clinical Executive Director, Care Across the Life Cycle and Society
Linda brings 30 years of clinically based leadership experience to the ACI. She is currently seconded from Western Sydney Local Health District where she is Director of Integration, Partnerships and Enablers. Linda recently completed her term as Co-Chair of the ACI’s Chronic Care Network and has an Executive Network position with the Aboriginal Chronic Conditions Network.
Linda brings expertise at developing capacity in a range of health environments to deliver quality services to people with chronic and long term conditions across NSW . She has published in the areas of adult learning in health settings, advanced care planning options in long term conditions and innovations in integrated care settings.
Linda began her health career as a Registered Nurse before moving into science and nursing education at the University of Technology, Sydney. She has worked in clinical nurse consultant roles within cardiology, and integrated aged and chronic care. Linda has a post basic Intensive Care certificate, Bachelor of Science (Psychology), Master of Arts (Education) and is a graduate of the QI Hiker MOOC. She was awarded a Chief Executive Women (CEW) scholarship to the UNSW AGSM Women in Leadership course in 2017.
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 - 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 - 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.