The Commission's executive leadership team includes the chief executive and all positions that report directly to the chief executive.


Dr Janice Wilson, chief executive

Dr Janice Wilson is the Commission’s chief executive, a position she has held since 2011. Prior to this she was a deputy director-general at the Ministry of Health, initially for mental health, then population health.

A psychiatrist by training, she was also director of mental health at the Ministry and has worked clinically as a psychiatrist, as well as a manager of mental health services.

Janice enjoys living in Wellington with her family including her dog and cat, and the challenges of being an active gardener within the wonderful climatic variations this city experiences.


Karen Orsborn, deputy chief executive and director of health quality learning & improvement

Karen Orsborn is the Commission’s director of health quality improvement, and the deputy chief executive. Prior to joining the Commission, Karen worked for the Ministry of Health where she was responsible for district health board planning and accountability and also led the national elective services programme with a focus on elective surgery and outpatient service reform.

Before that she had a variety of roles including being self-employed in change management for hospital redevelopment projects, as a service manager for surgical and women’s health services, and as a quality and safety manager in Hawke’s Bay. Karen is a registered nurse and has a master in business studies.


Bevan Sloan, chief financial officer and business manager

Bevan Sloan is the Commission’s chief financial officer and business manager. His responsibilities include oversight of the Commission’s business support functions including managing financial systems, policies and internal controls, information and communications technology, facilities, procurement and human resources.


Dr Chris Walsh, director of consumer engagement (Partners in Care)

Dr Chris Walsh is the director for partners in care, the Commission’s programme for consumer engagement. Chris has experienced breast cancer and has extensive experience as a consumer representative on health and disability national and government groups.

Her background in nursing gives her a good understanding of the health sector. Chris was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the 2010 New Year's Honours list for services to women's health.


Gillian Bohm, chief advisor – quality and safety

Gillian Bohm is the chief advisor – quality and safety. She has extensive experience in quality improvement, patient safety and innovation.

Her previous work has included the development of the initial New Zealand improving quality strategy, the national credentialing framework, the national health and disability sector standards and the Quality Improvement Committee’s national quality improvement programmes.


Dr Iwona Stolarek, medical director

Iwona Stolarek joined the Commission in January 2015 as medical director. She was previously chief medical officer at Hutt Valley District Health Board. Iwona worked as a specialist general physician and geriatrician in Scotland, before coming to New Zealand in 1999.

Because of her strong interest in medical education, she became intern supervisor and helped set up a skills laboratory for doctor training which won a health innovation award.

An interest in service improvement led to the establishment of nurse-led clinics, also recognised by the health innovation awards. Ongoing interests in clinical governance and systems improvement led to the chief medical officer role, and subsequently to her role at the Commission.


Kiri Rikihana, group manager Mortality Review Committees' Secretariat and kaiwhakahaere Te Whai Oranga

Kiri Rikihana is of Ngati Raukawa, Te Ati Awa, and Ngati Toa descent. Kiri is the group manager of the mortality review committee secretariat and kaiwhakahaere Te Whai Oranga.

Kiri is a lawyer by training and has a background in health law, governance and policy. Outside the Commission, Kiri sits as a lay member on the New Zealand Chiropractic Board, she is a member of the Wellington District Licensing Committee. Deputy chair of Te Ati Awa ki Whakarongotai Trust and is the chair of the Kupe Charitable Trust.


Lizzie Price, director of communications

Lizzie Price is the communications director. Her responsibilities include managing the Commission’s communications strategy, working with the media and overseeing the Commission’s brand, website and publications.

She has more than 20 years’ experience in health communications, having worked for the Ministry of Health, the Quit Group and the Cancer Society.


Richard Hamblin, director of health quality intelligence

Richard Hamblin is director of health quality intelligence at the Commission, responsible for all aspects of the Commission’s measurement of the quality of New Zealand’s health care.

This includes the New Zealand Atlas of Healthcare Variation, measurement of the effects of national quality improvement programme, and design and implementation of national indicators of quality and value.

Prior to joining the Commission, Richard worked for 20 years in and around the NHS in England, including as director of intelligence at the Care Quality Commission. He has also worked for the King’s Fund in London, and is a 2006–07 Harkness Fellow.

Last updated 07/09/2018