Stella is responsible implementing the Digital Strategy and leading the Information Services Group. She provides strategic leadership to ensure current and future technology contributes to an integrated health system. She is also the executive lead for Via Innovations, a Canterbury DHB initiative to help innovators develop health technology, and holds the Christchurch Health Precinct executive portfolio. Stella trained as a speech language therapist, and has worked in Allied Health leadership roles including Canterbury DHB Executive Director of Allied Health and President of the New Zealand Speech Language Therapists Association. She has held executive management positions in several DHBs, and has worked in the public health system, private practice, education and welfare.