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, PRISM (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.
Dr Tracey Tay - Clinical Executive Director, CATALYST (Care Across the Lifecycle and Society)
Dr Tracey Tay is a Staff Specialist Anaesthetist at John Hunter Hospital and a Clinical Executive Director at the ACI. Tracey has worked in a number of clinical and management roles throughout her career including Director, Perioperative Services at John Hunter Hospital and Clinical Lead at the ACI for four years until 2016.
Tracey is passionate about the need for greater leadership by clinicians in creating a sustainable system that improves both health outcomes for the community and the experience of care for patients and their carers. She has extensive experience supporting clinicians and managers to redesign their services to improve care for their patients and clients and developing practical partnerships across primary, community and acute sectors to develop explicit, locally agreed pathways of care.
Tracey has a Master of Health Policy and was awarded a 2011 Churchill Fellowship – studying clinician involvement in decision-making and leading change across the UK, Denmark, Sweden and the US. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Lea Kirkwood - Acting Executive Director, STEP (System Transformation Evaluation and Patient Experience)
Lea Kirkwood commenced her career as a nurse specialising in emergency care. She has held a number of education and practice change roles including Clinical Nurse Consultant in Emergency and Project Manager for several statewide projects at the NSW Ministry of Health. Lea has a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology), Masters of Nursing and Graduate Certificates in Clinical Education and Clinical Redesign.
Lea’s substantive role at the Agency for Clinical Innovation is Associate Director, Clinical Innovation, Redesign and Consumer Engagement. In this role, Lea partners with health services staff to provide professional development in project management, redesign, change management and co-design to deliver innovation and improvement in care delivery. Lea is a lead coach and facilitator in the Accelerating Implementation Methodology and has a particular interest in innovation and system change.
Karen Perini - Associate Director, SCOPE (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.