Our board


[Back row, L to R] Mr Brendan Earle, Ms Anne McDonald, Mr Paul McClintock AO, Sr Mary Wright IBVM, Dr Michael Coote. [Front row, L to R] Prof Suzanne Crowe AM, Ms Patricia Faulkner AO, Mr Paul Robertson AO, Prof Maryanne Confoy RSC

  1. Mr Paul Robertson AO

    Mr Paul Robertson AO
    First appointed in October 2009
    Appointed Chair in October 2012
    Chair St Vincent’s Health Australia Group of Companies
    Chair, People and Culture Committee
    Chair, ad hoc Health Infrastructure Health Committee
    Paul is a former Executive Director of Macquarie Bank with extensive experience in banking, finance and risk management. Paul is Chair of Social Ventures Australia, Chair of the Trustees of St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney and holds several private company directorships. In 2016 Paul was appointed as chair of Alzheimer’s Australia.

  2. Ms Patricia Faulkner AO

    First appointed in October 2010
    Deputy Chair, St Vincent’s Health Australia Group of Companies
    Member, Clinical Governance and Safety Committee
    Member, Mission, Ethics and Advocacy Committee
    Patricia was a previous global Partner-in-Charge, Health Sector at KPMG and a previous Secretary of the Victorian Government Department of Human Services. She has held a number of roles with the Victorian Government over a period of almost 30 years in the Department of Labour and Department of Community Welfare Services. Patricia is Chair of Jesuit Social Services and the Telecommunication Industry Ombudsman. She is a Member of the Boards of CEDA and VicSuper. Patricia was a Deputy Commissioner to the Victorian Government’s Royal Commission into Family Violence and served on the Victoria Government Service and Infrastructure Planning Ministerial Advisory Committee. Patricia is member of the newly established Catholic Professional Standards Board.

  3. Prof Maryanne Confoy RSC

    First appointed in February 2012
    Member, Mission, Ethics and Advocacy Committee
    Member, People and Culture Committee
    Prof Maryanne is a Religious Sister of Charity and Professor of Pastoral Theology at Pilgrim College, Melbourne University of Divinity, and a member of the Jesuit Theological Consortium. She is also a Fellow of the Melbourne University of Divinity. Her governance roles have included member of the Australian Catholic University Senate and Chair of MCD Board of Postgraduate Studies. She is a Council member of Edmund Rice Education Australia, a member of the St Vincent’s Foundation Board and a member of the Board of LUCRF Community Partnership Trust and of The Way Community for Homeless Men.

  4. Prof Suzanne Crowe AM

    First appointed in January 2013
    Member, Clinical Governance & Safety Committee
    Member, Mission, Ethics and Advocacy Committee
    Member, Research & Education Committee
    Member, adhoc Health Infrastructure Partnership Committee Suzanne has been a consultant physician in infectious diseases and general medicine at The Alfred since 1994. She has authored over 200 published papers, five books and 68 book chapters in the field. She is also an Associate Director of the Burnet Institute, Principal Research Fellow with the National Health Medical Research Council, Principal Specialist in Infectious Diseases at The Alfred Hospital and Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Monash University, Melbourne.
    Suzanne is Head of the International Clinical Research Laboratory at the Burnet Institute and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Reference Laboratory for HIV Resistance Testing. She is also an adviser and consultant to the WHO Global Program on AIDS. Suzanne was recently appointed as a director of Avita Medical Limited and also to the Maddie Riewoldt Scientific Advisory Board. She has served as Deputy Chair of the Board of the Australian India Council (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), as a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council Asia Working Group and as President of the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine.

  5. Mr Brendan Earle

    First appointed in October 2010
    Member, Finance and Investment Committee
    Member Clinical Governance and Safety Committee
    Member, Audit and Risk Committee
    Member, the ad hoc Health Infrastructure Partnership Committee
    Brendan is a partner with the international law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills. He has over 25 years’ experience providing commercial legal advice across a range of industries and specialises in large or strategically important negotiated transactions including acquisitions, sales, joint ventures and corporate restructuring. He also acts as a relationship partner for several clients of the firm. Brendan has a long-standing interest in the Australian healthcare industry and has advised the Commonwealth Government, private insurers, aged care providers, private consulting practices and pharmaceutical manufacturers on a diverse range of projects.

  6. Mr Paul McClintock AO

    First appointed in January 2013
    Chair, Finance and Investment Committee
    Member, Research and Education Committee
    Member, the ad hoc Health Infrastructure Partnership Committee.
    Paul is Chairman of I-MED Network, Laser Clinics Australia, Broadspectrum and NSW Ports. He is also Chairman of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia and Sydney Health Partners. Paul served as the Secretary to Cabinet and Head of the Cabinet Policy Unit reporting directly to the Prime Minister as Chairman of Cabinet. In this role, Paul held responsibility for supervising Cabinet processes and acting as the Prime Minister's most senior personal adviser on strategic directions in policy formulation. His former positions include Chairman of Medibank Private, Myer Holdings, COAG Reform Council, Thales Australia, Symbion Health, Affinity Health and the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research. He has also served as Commissioner of the Health Insurance Commission.

  7. Sr Mary Wright IBVM

    First appointed in October 2013
    Member, Audit and Risk Committee
    Chair, Mission, Ethics and Advocacy Committee
    Member, Audit and Risk Committee
    Member, People & Culture Committee
    Sr Mary has extensive experience in leadership in Catholic Church institutions including the positions of School Principal Loreto College Ballarat and Loreto College, Kirribilli, Australian Province Leader (Loreto Sisters), 8 years in Rome as International Leader (Loreto Sisters) and has recently been appointed as a director of Loreto Ministries Limited. She has practiced in the area of Church law in Australia (including lecturing at Yarra Theological Union) and most recently in the Vatican (in the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life). Her specialty is in the area of institutional governance. Sr Mary was also a Trustee of Catholic Healthcare.

  8. Dr Michael Coote

    First appointed in August 2016
    Chair, Research and Education Committee
    Member, Clinical Governance and Safety Committee
    Michael was previously on the Board of Mercy Health for nine years where he was Chair of the Board Quality Committee for four years. During this time, Mercy Health grew in four states and expanded significantly into aged care. Michael is a clinician with research commitments and is recently retired from the Clinical Director of Ophthalmology role at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

  9. Ms Anne McDonald

    First appointed in June 2017
    Member Audit and Risk Committee
    Anne previously served on the boards of a number of St Vincent's entities prior to 2010. Anne is an experienced non-executive director with a solid understanding of corporate governance. She has pursued a full-time career as a non-executive director since 2006. She is currently a director of three ASX listed entities - Spark Infrastructure, Link Administration Group, Speciality Fashion Group – as well as Chair of a State-Owned Corporation - Water NSW.

  10. Ms Sandra McPhee AM

    First appointed in October 2017
    Member People and Culture Committee
    Sandra has a long history with SVHA having served on the Sydney regional Boards prior to 2010. She is currently serving as Chair of the Sydney Regional Advisory Committee. Sandra is also on the Boards of Kathmandu Ltd and Fairfax Media Ltd and is a Board member of the NSW Public Service Commission. She has previously served as a Non‐Executive Director on diverse Boards such as Coles Group Ltd, Starlight Foundation, Tourism Australia and AGL Energy Ltd. In 2013 Sandra was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to business and to the community through leadership and advisory roles. Sandra has many years of experience in Executive roles in the airline industry and brings knowledge and experience to SVHA particularly in the People & Culture sphere.