We are thrilled to welcome Ryl Jensen as Chief Executive Officer of the DHA. Ryl comes with a background in IT having previously worked for the likes of IBM, EDS, and Merrill Lynch HSBC in London. She worked in Customer Relationship Management and Disaster Recovery, responsible for Service Level Agreements and Service Delivery Management. She has a strong customer focus and is passionate about health policy, research, and helping people. Ryl’s goal would be to see New Zealand’s Health and Disability System in a stronger, more resilient and connected position, driving better and more equitable health outcomes for all.
Ryl has been active in the Health and Disability Sector for a number of years, firstly being an advocate for women’s health and then later for digital interoperability. At a Government level she has written and contributed to health policy. She has a strong passion for the health sector, in particular digital health, and how it can be a key enabler to improve health outcomes and healthcare delivery.
Ryl is currently completing her final year of her Masters of Health at Victoria University, with a focus on health policy, planning, and systems structures. This year she will be writing a thesis on digital health governance and looking at overseas models to inform her research.
Ryl was one of three main contributors to the DHA’s Health Opportunities Report Hauora, Mauri Ora: Enabling a Healthier Aotearoa New Zealand, released last year by Health Minister Andrew Little.
Ryl is married with two children and lives in the Kapiti Coast on a small lifestyle block with her family. She is an avid reader, and loves cycling and walking along the river near her house with her dog Benji.