Ray Messom

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Ray has more than 20 years of professional experience in Australia and Canada, working across academia and the public and private sectors, including as a CEO.

He is a visionary leader with a track record of designing and executing upon strategies that are grounded in evidence yet collaborative and consultative in their approach. He is passionate about driving equitable healthcare access, system improvement and person-centred approaches.

Influential work

  • As the CEO of WentWest (Western Sydney’s Primary Health Network), led more than 60,000 medical staff, allied health, nurses and support staff across more than 700 private and not-for-profit (NFP) organisations to deliver A$1 billion of health service activity and to commission A$70 million into the community to fill service gaps and improve the equity, accessibility and integration of primary and acute care
  • Managed the New South Wales Ministry of Health’s System Information & Analytics Branch, leading the annual purchasing of $30 billion of health services across 228 public hospitals, supporting performance improvement and management of public healthcare and being accountable for data custodianship, analytics and digital innovation
  • Worked across health teams at PwC in Canada and Australia, leading primary care, aged care, disability care and social services reform projects and driving integrated care, digital and funding-model innovations.

Outside of Nous

Ray is passionate about health system reform and continuous improvement. He is on the board of the Healthicare, an NFP in Western Sydney he helped to create while the CEO of WentWest. Healthicare exemplifies ideal general practice and the valuable outcomes that can be achieved through a team-based approach, supported by contemporary approaches to digital, delivery and funding.

In 2022, Ray was a top-five finalist for Australian NFP CEO of the Year. He is fervent about building engaged, multidisciplinary teams to solve the health sector’s most pressing challenges.

Ray holds a Master of Business Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Bachelor of Science (Honours in economics) from Dalhousie University. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In his spare time...

Ray loves to travel and explore new cultures. His wife and children are dual citizens of Canada and Australia and love the sand, sun, ice and snow.