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HETI Leadership Team

Director, Leadership, David Sweeney

David has extensive experience as a leader and director of strategic and business functions in Australia and internationally. His background in management, leadership development and clinical mental health work is underpinned by his experience as a capability facilitator in the government and public health sector. He has a particular interest in the mental health sector, the complexity of systems and the ways in which approaches to clinical care and leadership have evolved over time. His practice is shaped by the ideas of leadership as an organisation development intervention, Tavistock group relations and collective leadership action. David served as Head of the Centre for Strategic Leadership with the National School of Government UK Cabinet Office. He was Director of the Prime Minister’s Top Management Program and served as Clinical Leadership Lead at Barts and The London NHS Trust. In Australia he has been Director of Leadership and Talent Management with the Australian Public Service Commission and Director of Design Policy with the Commonwealth Department of Human Services. David is an alumni of the European Health Leadership program at INSEAD, studied with Marty Linsky at Harvard and has a BA and MA from the University of Cambridge.

Senior Program Manager, Leadership, Nicole Baker

Nicky is a Senior Program Manager in the Leadership Unit and has responsibility for implementing the Health Leadership Program and managing Leadership Quarter Events throughout NSW Health. Nicky has worked in similar roles throughout the fields Talent Development, Learning and Development and Internal Communication within the Public, Private and not-for-profit sectors. Nicky is also an experienced facilitator and executive coach. Outside of work, Nicky enjoys music, art, literature, travel and good food with family and friends.

Senior Program Manager, Leadership, Jacqui Blackshaw

Jacqui is a Senior Program Manager for Leadership and Management and is responsible for managing The Next Generation of Leaders and Managers within NSW Health Program. Jacqui has been working in the health care industry for more than 25 years and has worked in health education and senior management positions for more than 15 years. Jacqui has tertiary qualifications in Education (Higher and Further) along with a Masters in Nursing (Mental Health - Nurse Practitioner). In addition to experience in education within the health care sector she has worked as a lecturer in the tertiary education sector and as a trainer in the pharmaceutical industry.

Senior Program Manager, Leadership, Dr Gene Johnson

Gene has worked around the world in the government, academia, consultancy, and corporate sectors. He is an organisational psychologist by training. He started his career in the US government, then moved to the University of Auckland’s Business School to work as a lecturer in Organisational Psychology and HR. Moving to the UK, he entered consultancy, specialising in leadership assessment and development. His next career stage was as the Director for Dell’s EMEA Talent Management and Learning & Development function, followed by stints as International Director of Talent & Development for Rackspace Hosting and Global Leadership Director for Getinge Group. Gene’s consultancy work has included working with Ford Europe, the UK NHS Leadership Academy, the UK Civil Service, and several United Nations agencies. His interests lie in talent management, leadership development, and organisational development. He is a Registered Psychologist (Australia & New Zealand), Chartered Psychologist (UK), HCPC Registered Occupational Psychologist (UK), and Fellow of the Human Resources Institute New Zealand.

Senior Program Manager, Leadership, Aggie Lim

Aggie has worked across the health, education and non-profit sectors in leadership and organisational development. She has a strong interest in building leadership capabilities at the individual, group and organisational level and in creating a positive workplace culture. Aggie brings to HETI her experience in the higher education sector where she held various leadership and management roles in three major universities. She is a highly experienced facilitator, educator and qualified executive coach and managed several organisational wide strategic initiatives on employee engagement. Aggie has completed a Masters in Applied Science (Coaching Psychology) from the University of Sydney.