Our Team

Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward RN, MMgt, FACN, FCHSM (HON), Wharton Fellow, FAICD

Chair HESA Board

From humble beginnings, Kylie has gone on to become one of the most influential professional health leaders in the country and a formidable, passionate advocate for the advancement of the nursing profession, including the delivery of excellence in education.

Kylie’s strengths lie in breaking down the walls, reframing the issue for fresh thinking, and bringing people together to create long-lasting solutions.

Kylie currently serves as CEO of the Australian College of Nursing and CEO of the Australian College of Nursing Foundation. She has led a program of transformation, including raising awareness of the profession and building a legacy of nursing leadership, policy, advocacy, and social impact, as well as creating hundreds of leadership and representation positions for nurses Australia-wide. As such, ACN is now Australia’s beacon for Nurse Leadership.

Adjunct Professor Ward is inspired to ensure nurses from all backgrounds have access to world-class education at all stages of their career. She believes ongoing education is key to nurses working to their full scope of practice, contributing to the design of health systems and providing consumers with optimal care every time.

Adjunct Professor Ward holds honorary professorships with seven leading Australian universities and has been awarded several fellowships, including a Wharton Fellowship, USA.

In 2023, Kylie was awarded a Commendation from the Chief of the Defence Force for her exceptional devotion to military nurses and for raising the statue of Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel at the Australian War Memorial.

Kylie is a multi-award winner. In 2022, Kylie was named National Winner of Executive / Team Leader of the Year and Overall National Winner at the Outstanding Leadership Awards. The same year, Kylie was named the ACT Winner of the Excellence in Women’s Leadership Awards by Women and Leadership Australia. She has been named Telstra ACT Businesswoman of the Year for Purpose and Social Enterprise.

Mr Ian Frank AM

Director, HESA

Ian Frank is an experienced chief executive with expertise in strategic analysis, operational planning, implementation and management in health education and regulatory environments nationally and internationally. Formerly Chief Executive Officer Australian Medical Council (1991-2017) Ian has 30 years’ experience in the design and delivery of high stakes screening examinations for International Medical Graduates seeking registration in Australia. He has been involved in the development and implementation of major innovations in medical assessment, including computer-adaptive examinations, the application of advanced technology to high fidelity clinical assessment and the development of performance assessment tools, including work-place based assessment.

In relation to educational standards, Ian led the team at the AMC to produce the first accreditation program for basic (university) medical education in Australia and New Zealand and the development accreditation processes for specialist education and a national accreditation system for intern training in Australia. Innovations in medical education have included the establishment of 11 new medical courses in Australia, the development of multiple pathways leading to registration, including graduate entry and MD programs and the provision of Australian medical courses in the USA, Malaysia and India.

Professor Roianne West

Director, HESA

Roianne West is a descendent of the Kalkadunga and Djkunde Peoples. A strategy and leadership consultant with over 25 years’ experience in Aboriginal Health Nursing and Midwifery 15 years of which have been in Executive leadership positions at local, state and national levels. Roianne West is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of First Nations Nursing and Midwifery Consulting.

Roianne West has a PhD which developed a model of excellence to increase Aboriginal Nurses Nationally and is a Principle Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in recognition of her distinguishable contribution and achievement of significant influence and enhancement of learning and teaching in higher education through the promotion of professional standards.

Mary-Grace Bingham

Professional Officer

Mary-Grace is a Registered Nurse and Midwife, having worked as a clinician and manager within the acute, community and aged care sectors, mainly based within the rural and remote areas of Australia.

This has provided opportunities to work with, and provide, services to Aboriginals within their own communities and homes on the West Coast of South Australia and in Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory.

As a regional quality manager and later, as a director of nursing and midwifery and executive officer, working within the rural sector, the accreditation of community, acute and aged care services were strongly supported through leadership, planning and resourcing.

More recently, these roles have been expanded to include working within regulation as a Professional Nursing and Midwifery Officer for the Australian Health Professional Regulation Agency (Aphra) and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) in Adelaide and then Canberra.

To compliment these roles, post graduate studies have included Master programs in Quality Improvement, Primary Health and Maternity Care and Public Administration.

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