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.

Dr Susan Grimes, Acting Executive Director, Mental Health And Higher Education

Susan is a passionate and experienced educator within multiple contexts. Within Mental Health and Higher Education the major focus is the transformation of our postgraduate mental health programs to accommodate increased flexibility and relevance for health professionals. She is leading the academic and training teams in the re-imagining of the boundaries between education and training, to empower students through provision of stackable credentials for professional development, and development of learning pathways for formal qualification and professional development purposes.

Susan is engaged in a number of projects to identify and develop pathways for health professionals that support improved mental health practice.

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, Director, Professional Practice and Interprofessional Collaboration

Maggie has extensive experience within the broader health system in senior roles in strategic workforce planning, workforce development, educational design and development, research and evaluation. This has included working across rural health services as well as the Ministry of Health.

Maggie’s experience in the education industry includes managing teaching units for TAFE and private training consultancies, senior leadership roles in Australian National University, University of Sydney (Department of Rural Health), and skills training Councils. Maggie also established and managed her own Registered Training Organisation.

Maggie’s passion is for excellence in contemporary education and equity and access for rural health professionals to education opportunities.

Maggie holds a Master of Health Policy, postgraduate qualifications in Population Health Research Methods and a Bachelor of Business, as well as undergraduate qualifications in training and assessment.

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.