Our Team

Adjunct Professor Annette Solman, Chief Executive

Annette is one of NSW’s senior health leaders with significant experience in health management, nursing, inter-professional education, culture change, leadership development, facilitation, quality improvement and research. She commenced as Chief Executive in June 2015.

Initially trained as a registered nurse, Annette has had a rich and diverse career across many roles and functions in health. She is particularly interested in person-centered care and its application in educational program design to enhance workforce practices.

Annette is focused on strengthening relationships between HETI and our health and academic partners to lead innovative and contemporary education and training for improved health outcomes.

Annette has published in a range of journals and is a member of the International Practice Development Journal Editorial Board.

Annette has a number of qualifications that include a Masters in Research, Nursing; Bachelor of Health Science, Diploma Health Science Nursing and is Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney.

Kirstie Aggs, Executive Director, Leadership, Management Development And Educational Design

Kirstie is a highly experienced leader and educator with over 20 years working across the school and VET sector. Kirstie joined NSW Health in 2016 as the Executive Director for Leadership, Management Development and Educational Design at HETI.

With a diverse skillset, from curriculum design and delivery to marketing and banking, Kirstie is a passionate advocate for the empowering role of education, which stems from five years spent in senior roles at TAFE NSW, including Faculty Director Foundation Education at the Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE, which encompassed the Adult English Migrant program contract for NSW, languages, HSC, and the Aboriginal Education Unit.

Kirstie brings this valuable background to her current role at HETI as well as solid credentials including a Master of Business Administration (HR Management), Bachelor of Financial Administration, Graduate Diploma of Education and CIV Training and Assessment.

Rhonda Loftus, Executive Director, Mental Health And Higher Education

Rhonda has worked in health services for over 30 years including direct service roles in social work, service management and education. She is experienced in primary care and acute settings in NSW Health, with significant leadership and management experience across wide-ranging clinical and service delivery areas. Rhonda is also an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM).

Rhonda’s specialities include leading ongoing service improvement with solid experience in achieving service standards and supporting innovation in delivery. In addition, Rhonda is a surveyor for the Australian Council of Health Service Surveyors against the National Safety Quality Health Standards.

In late 2016 prior to the NSW Institute of Psychiatry (NSWIOP) transferring to HETI, Rhonda was appointed to the HETI role of Executive Director for the Mental Health portfolio with responsibility for Higher Education. During the transition of the NSWIOP Rhonda had also been the former organisation’s executive director.

Peter Walsh, Executive Director, Corporate Support And Business Partnerships

Peter joined HETI as Executive Director, Corporate Support and Business Partnerships (CSBP) in 2017. Peter brings a wealth of senior business leadership experience to the role and is passionate about professional development and use of ethical business practices to drive sustainable and resilient businesses.

His key strengths include team leadership, strategic management, risk management, health and safety management, contract drafting and negotiation, supply chain and procurement, human resource management and project management.

HETI’s CSBP portfolio includes Finance, Human Resources, Facilities Management, ICT, Communications and Marketing, administration of the NSW Health Registered Training Organisation, and Audit and Risk Management.

Peter previously worked for Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service in the role of Senior Director Governance and Risk. In this role and in his current role at HETI, Peter’s aim is to make a positive contribution to the organisation and hopefully to make a difference in the lives of others.

Peter holds Bachelor degrees in Engineering and Science, a Master of Business Administration and a Juris Doctor.  He is a Fellow and Chartered Professional Engineer with Engineers Australia and has significant commercial experience, admitted as a Solicitor in Queensland in 2003, NSW in 2004, England and Wales in 2008.  Peter holds a current NSW legal practising certificate.

Maggie Crowley, Executive Director, Rural And Remote

Maggie is a senior executive director with experience in strategic and operational workforce and organisational development in the health and education sectors. Maggie’s passion is for excellence in contemporary education and access for rural communities to education opportunities.

Maggie grew up in remote NSW and has worked in rural NSW health services and the NSW Ministry of Health in senior workforce and organisation development roles. She has also run her own Registered Training Organisation, managed teaching units for TAFE and private training consultancies, and was previously head of Organisation Development for the Australian National University.

Maggie has been the Director of the Rural and Remote portfolio at HETI since 2012. She holds post graduate qualifications in population health research and health policy.

Dr Claire Blizard, Medical Director

Dr Claire Blizard brings a wealth of both clinical and managerial experience to HETI and its Medical portfolio.

Claire has previously held positions as Director of Medical Services, Director of Acute Medical Service, Chief Executive and Director Clinical Practice and Innovation.

Claire has a passion for health education and a strong belief that it is every person’s responsibility to train the next generation.

Claire is registered with the Medical Board of Australia and has a Masters in Health Management and a Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators.