Jill Watts joined the Nexus Hospitals board in December 2019, bringing with her over 40 years’ global healthcare experience achieved through both high profile operational roles, and executive and non-executive board roles in Australia, UK, France, South Africa and South-East Asia.
Jill is currently a non-executive director of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group and the listed IHH Healthcare Berhad group. She is also a Governor with Sidra Medicine in Qatar. Prior to establishing a non-executive board portfolio, Jill spent 10 years in the United Kingdom as Group CEO of two of the largest hospital groups, BMI Healthcare and Ramsay UK where she introduced innovative models of care and forged strong private and public partnerships. She has previously served on several high-profile boards including the Australian Chamber of Commerce in the UK, the Royal Flying Doctor Service Friends in the UK, Ramsay Santé in France and the Netcare Group in South Africa. Between 2008 and 2012 Jill was Chair of NHS Partners Network and in 2010 she was voted as the most influential leader in UK Private Health Care, and in 2013 as one of healthcare’s most inspirational women.
Jill has a strong business, leadership and financial acumen, honed through executive roles where she actively led a number of major business transformations. In combination with ten years as a Surveyor with the Australian College of Healthcare Standards, this has facilitated a unique knowledge base in managing corporate risk and establishing strong clinical governance frameworks.
Throughout her career Jill has been a passionate advocate for placing patients at the centre of the healthcare system and working collaboratively with the public sector to develop innovative private models of care. In the Nexus model, Jill has identified an exclusive opportunity to work with like-minded professionals to help forge new models of care within Australia which will help to create a strong and vibrant private health care sector going forward.
Jill’s global experience in navigating regulatory environments, as well as her strong strategic and operational skills, position her well to assist Nexus on its mission to create a sustainable private healthcare model for all Australians.