Our people

BHI is a board-governed organisation, led by Chief Executive Dr Diane Watson.

Our people are health services researchers, biostatisticians and data analysts, graphic designers, communication and data visualisation specialists, and corporate support staff.

BHI is divided into teams that collaborate to publish independent reports and data:

  • Patient surveys team
  • Performance reports team
  • Data analyses team
  • Communications team
  • Corporate team.

These teams are supported by BHI's management team.

BHI Management Team

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Dr Diane Watson, Chief Executive

Dr Diane Watson is the Chief Executive of the Bureau of Health Information. She has led the establishment of three reporting agencies in Australia that use big data to drive decisions on healthcare provision nationally and locally.

Prior to joining BHI, Dr Watson was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Agency for Health Information, established in 2016 to monitor and report on public and private services that stimulate quality and safety improvements, increase transparency and accountability, and inform the community. She was also the inaugural Chief Executive of the National Health Performance Authority, established by the Australian Government to monitor, and report on, the performance of 1000+ public and private hospitals and 300+ health regions.

Dr Watson was the inaugural Chief Executive of the Bureau of Health Information from 2009 to 2012. She has held senior management positions for almost 20 years measuring, monitoring and reporting on the performance of healthcare systems to drive improvements in health, care and productivity. During this time, she has set the future direction of high profile, board governed agencies and inspired a strong sense of purpose among a highly talented and specialised workforce.


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Jason Boyd - Director, Surveys

Jason Boyd was appointed to the role of Director, Surveys at the Bureau of Health Information in July 2014. He rejoins BHI after two years of working as Director of Hospital Performance Measurement and Improvement at the National Health Performance Authority.

Jason has published numerous public reports on hospital services in NSW and for Australia, including the first Bureau Hospital Quarterly reports, and managed the transition of the NSW Patient Survey Program from the NSW Ministry of Health to BHI. Prior to joining BHI, Jason was the senior researcher for the Picker Institute Europe, running the NHS Patient Survey Program for England.

Jason has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Otago Medical School in New Zealand and additional degrees in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology.


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Conor Cullen - Acting Director, Communications

Conor Cullen joined the Bureau of Health Information (BHI) as Senior Communications Officer in July 2017 and was subsequently promoted to Lead Communications Officer. He was appointed as Acting Director, Communications, in April 2018. Conor leads BHI’s communications function, which includes graphic design and web development.

Conor has extensive experience in journalism and communications, specialising in public health communications, with expertise in strategy and content development, public relations, media and issues management. Prior to joining BHI, Conor was Head of Communications and Advocacy with a public health NGO in Ireland.

Conor has a BA in Journalism and Media Communications from Griffith College, Dublin, and a Masters of Public Health from University College Dublin.


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Heather DawsonDirector, Performance Reports

Heather Dawson joined the Bureau of Health Information in September 2017 as Director, Performance Reports. Heather leads the development and reporting of BHI’s Spotlight on Measurement and The Insights Series reports, along with the annual Healthcare in Focus report, How does NSW compare?

Heather is a health services researcher with over 25 years of experience in performance measurement and reporting, policy evaluation and change management in the Canadian healthcare context. Heather has held leadership and management positions within hospitals and at the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the Health Council of Canada, and Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Heather has a Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and a Master of Health Administration Degree from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


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Behnoosh KhalajDirector, Data Management and Analyses

Behnoosh Khalaj joined the Bureau of Health Information as a Senior Analyst when the organisation was established in 2009 and was promoted to Lead Analyst in 2012. She was appointed as Director, Data Management and Analyses in 2016. Behnoosh provides leadership to BHI’s analytical team and is responsible for data management procedures, analytic methodology and overseeing analyses, interpretation of data, quality assurance and checking processes.

Behnoosh has extensive experience in analysing health administrative and patient experience survey data sets. She has expertise in developing, validating and reporting health system performance measures.

Behnoosh is a graduate of the NSW Ministry of Health’s Biostatistical Officer Training Program. She has a Bachelor of Statistics and a Master of Mathematical Statistics from Shaheed Beheshti University in Tehran-Iran, and Master of Biostatistics from the University of Sydney.


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Ros O'Sullivan - Director, Corporate Affairs and Chief Audit Executive

In 2010, Ros O'Sullivan was seconded to the Bureau of Health Information to set up the corporate and statutory compliance functions of the new statutory authority. Ros brings to BHI high level skills and extensive experience over more than twenty five years in senior management and health executive roles.

Ros was appointed Director, Corporate Affairs and Chief Audit Executive in 2012. The role includes corporate governance, finance, workforce, audit, risk management, project and contract management. Most recently her experience has included Clinical Group Manager of Medicine, Oncology and Emergency Services within a local health district, and Director of Corporate Services for numerous health services and public hospitals in NSW. Ros has a strong professional commitment and is focussed on promoting the improved performance, quality and safety of healthcare services. She is an experienced Accreditation Assessor of hospitals in both the National Standards and ACHS EQUIP program for hospitals throughout Australia.

Ros has a Bachelor of Science (Physiology and Pharmacology) from the University of Sydney, a Master of Health Administration, and a Master of Commerce from the University of NSW. Ros is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.


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Hilary Rowell - Director, Strategic Relations

Hilary Rowell joined the Bureau of Health Information in June 2017 to strengthen engagement with key stakeholders and partners so as to maximise the value and impact of our information. Hilary is also responsible for the BHI report series, Data Matters, which examines issues relevant to healthcare performance measurement and reporting.

She brings with her extensive experience of healthcare policy and strategy, principally in the United Kingdom. Improving healthcare through the effective use of information has been a recurrent theme in her work, particularly in terms of better measurement, greater transparency and clearer alignment between people’s needs for information and what is available to them.

Her career has included leadership roles in the UK healthcare regulator, Dr Foster Intelligence, ZPB and the NHS’ consumer-facing digital service. She has provided board level advice to organisations including Picker Institute Europe, Academic Health Science Networks and The Kings Fund. She has been responsible for a number of influential publications, including the Dr Foster Hospital Guide, the Intelligent Board report series and thought leadership on topics such as outcomes-based healthcare and the central role of effective staff engagement in the quality and safety of patient care. Hilary holds a Bachelor of Science in Politics and Economics from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.


Page updated: 4th Dec 2018