Joan was appointed Chief Executive in December 2017, having spent the past 14 years in various senior operational and strategic roles at Council.
Joan led the review of prevocational medical training in 2011, which has since led the implementation of changes focused on improving the quality of education and training for interns. This work included developing the New Zealand Curriculum Framework, creating an electronic portfolio to record an intern’s learning and provide guidance for addressing their development needs, and training for clinical supervisors.
More recently, Joan’s work has been focused on promoting the competence of, and collegial support for, vocationally registered doctors. This includes strengthening recertification programmes to ensure that doctors maintain and continue to improve their standard of medical practice and ensuring that there is a key focus on cultural safety and health equity.
Joan sits on the Management Committee of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA).
Joan holds a Masters in Public Management through Victoria University of Wellington and a post-graduate qualification in Business Studies from Massey University.