Our Executive Team

Working with the Board of Directors, and led by President and Chief Executive Officer Kathy MacNeil, the Executive Leadership Team is responsible for meeting the health needs of the people living in the Island Health region in an effective and sustainable way.

In collaboration with the BC Ministry of Health, the executive leadership team establishes performance objectives regarding the delivery of health care, and works to ensure those goals are met or exceeded.

How we are organized

Executive Team Org Chart

More Organizational Information

Kathy MacNeil

President and Chief Executive Officer

Kathy MacNeil is driven by her passion to improve the health and care of all residents and communities in the Island Health region.  Strongly grounded in Island Health’s vision for the future, and in alignment with the Ministry of Health’s plans, Kathy focuses on accountability and fosters a culture of quality, safety and patient-centered care.

Full Biography

Dr. Ben Williams

Vice President – Medicine, Quality, Research and Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Williams is responsible for the leadership and governance of Island Health’s medical staff. He is also accountable for medicine and quality-related processes governing the delivery of health care provided to patients throughout Island Health. 

Full biography

Catherine Claiter-Larsen

Vice President – Strategy and Chief Information Officer

As Vice President of Strategy and Chief Information Officer, Catherine is responsible for translating the organization’s vision and strategic framework into action; and advancing key enablers to support the organization in achieving its commitment to Excellence.. 

Full Biography 

Dawn Thomas

Vice President – Indigenous Health and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Dawn Thomas is a member of the Snuneymuxw First Nation on Vancouver Island, and her traditional Nuu-chah-nulth name is Aa ap waa iik, which loosely translates to “The one who says the right words about chiefly business.”

As Vice President of Indigenous Health and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dawn is helping to advance our work in creating a more integrated, culturally safe and responsive health system free from racism and discrimination. She is also responsible for enabling and facilitating system transformation and service delivery improvements that improve the wellness, health, and care needs of all Indigenous peoples across the Island Health service area including First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and non-status Indigenous peoples – both on- and off-reserve.

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Jamie Braman

Vice President – Communications and Partnerships

As Vice President of Communications and Partnerships, Jamie serves as a key strategist working closely with senior Island Health leadership and partners to identify communications and engagement opportunities and risks, and provide strategic direction on all matters which impact organizational reputation within the health sector and in the public sphere. He also advises the executive team and Board of Directors on the advancement of strategic partnerships at the organization-level and with communities and community organizations to promote health and wellness.

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James Hanson

Vice President – Clinical Services, Acute Care North Island and Community Services

As Vice President of Clinical Services, Acute Care North Island and Community Services, James oversees all aspects of community-based and clinical operations and is responsible for establishing, developing and operationalizing an effective integrated care delivery model north of the Cowichan Valley Regional District to the Regional District of Mount Waddington. He also has oversight of hospitals in the North Island, West Coast and Salt Spring Island.

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Kim Kerrone

Vice President – Support Services and Chief Financial Officer

As Vice President of Support Services and Chief Financial Officer, Kim is responsible for strategic and operational management in the areas of Care Sustainability, Financial Planning and Business Support, Legal Services and Privacy, Contract Management, Capital Finance and Planning, Facilities Management and General Support Services such as Food Services, Housekeeping and Patient Transport.

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Krista Allan

Vice President – Quality, Research and Chief Nursing and Allied Health Officer

As Vice President of Quality, Research and Chief Nursing and Allied Health Officer, Krista Allan is the co-lead responsible for Clinical Governance, including quality-related structures and processes governing the delivery of health and care services. This includes quality improvement, patient safety, patient engagement and experience, accreditation, ethics, and research. She works closely with the executive team to enhance the integration, transparency and accountability of Island Health’s performance and organizational governance structure.

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Marko Peljhan

Vice President – Clinical Services Central/South Island and Provincial Programs

As Vice President, Clinical Services Central/South Island and Provincial Programs, Marko oversees all aspects of clinical operations and is responsible for developing and operationalizing an effective, integrated care delivery model in the Central/South Island, including Emergency; Medicine; Rehab; Surgery; Patient Flow; and Intensive Care.  He is also responsible for Provincial Programs including Cancer Care, Renal, and Heart Health.

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Dr. Réka Gustafson


As Vice President of Population and Public Health and Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Gustafson leads programs that aim to improve and reduce inequities in health for residents of Island Health through prevention, promotion and protection programming and advancing health public policies. She leads Island Health programs in population health assessment, communicable disease control, immunization, maternal and child health programs, health protection and environmental health, community care facilities licensing, population health promotion and harm reduction. She works closely with senior leaders to drive quality improvements and ground strategies and initiatives throughout the organization.

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Sharon Torgerson

Vice President – People

As Vice President People, Sharon provides strategic leadership to support the employees of Island Health in order to achieve excellence in health and care. Under her leadership, the People Portfolio strives to provide leaders and employees with quality, effective services and supports that enables them to achieve superior clinical quality and service excellence for the patients, clients, residents and their families.

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