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Our Executive Leadership Team

Ms Ruth Martin

Acting Group Chief Executive Officer, Group Chief Financial Officer
Ruth started at SVHA in July 2015 with responsibility for leading the financial strategy of the organisation. Ruth is a highly qualified CFO with more than 20 years’ experience in senior finance roles across a diverse range of industries including Ruralco Holdings Ltd, Microsoft Australia, Stockland and Sydney Airport Corporation Limited. Ruth is a Chartered Accountant and spent the first part of her career with Ernst & Young. 

Mr Rob Beetson

Group General Manager Legal, Governance & Risk
Rob commenced as Group Manager Legal and Governance for SVHA in August 2010. In October 2013, Rob became SVHA's Group General Manager Corporate Governance. Rob has responsibility for all aspects of corporate governance including the monitoring of strategy and group operational planning. Rob has an extensive background in the health sector in clinical, education, executive, and risk management and governance areas. Rob is the Company Secretary for St Vincent's Health Australia Limited and its eight subsidiary companies. 

Ms Lisa McDonald

Group Leader Mission 
Lisa started in her new role with SVHA in October 2016 with responsibility for leading St Vincent’s growth and development in Mission. Prior to this, Lisa held the role of Director of Mission, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne since 2011 where she was pivotal in the establishment of the hospital’s Aboriginal Health Unit and increasing staff capacity to respond to the needs of vulnerable patients experiencing poverty through the Good Samaritan Fund.

Adj Professor Patricia O’Rourke

Chief Executive Officer, St Vincent's Hospitals Division 
Patricia O’Rourke is the Chief Executive Officer of St Vincent’s Health Australia Public Hospitals Division. Prior to this she was the CEO of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. Patricia has more than 20 years’ experience in the health care industry, including senior management and executive roles. Patricia currently serves as a Director on the Boards of St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research, the Garvan Institute, the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery and holds key advisory committee roles in NSW and Victoria. Patricia is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a graduate of the Harvard leadership program.   

Lincoln Hopper

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) St Vincent’s Care Services
Lincoln commenced as CEO of all St Vincent’s Care Services at St Vincent’s Health Australia in 2018. Lincoln’s impressive 28 years in health and community services are well aligned to the objectives of Care Services, coming to St Vincent’s from the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Queensland where he served as CEO and Company Secretary for over six years. His diverse experience includes frontline social work, program management, policy and advocacy, fundraising, property development, and leadership. After moving into the community services sector in the 1990’s, Lincoln became a youth worker for Mission Australia in Sydney’s red-light district of Kings Cross. He remained with Mission Australia for 21 years, serving people in need in a variety of roles, but particularly making significant inroads as national community services executive leader. Lincoln’s recent success includes more than doubling the size, turnover and geographical reach of MS Queensland and receipt of the inaugural Westpac Community Leaders Award.

Mr David Brajkovic

Chief Executive Officer, St Vincent's @ Home 
David commenced as CEO St Vincent’s @ Home in March 2022. David is recognised for his strong background in process improvement, project management and leadership in health insurance and healthcare services. David led the establishment and growth of Remedy Healthcare, a national organisation delivering care co-ordination, telehealth, mental health and healthcare in the community at scale. Most recently, prior to joining St Vincent’s Health, David was the CEO of Australian Unity health insurance.

Professor Erwin Loh

Group General Manager (GGM) of Clinical Governance/ Chief Medical Officer
Erwin commenced as GGM of Clinical Governance at St Vincent’s Health Australia in 2018. Erwin comes to St Vincent’s from Monash Health, Victoria’s largest public health service, where he held the position of Chief Medical Officer, and prior to that he was Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He is qualified in medicine, law and management. Erwin has executive accountability for clinical governance, patient experience, clinical informatics and research strategy, and is an adjunct Clinical Professor at Monash University, where he leads the Clinical Leadership and Management Unit at the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation.

Ms Michelle Fitzgerald

Group Chief Digital Officer

Michelle began with SVHA in early 2022 joining the organisation from the City of Melbourne where she was Chief Digital Officer and General Manager of Customer and Digital. Prior to that, Michelle was a partner of PwC's digital consulting practice, leading teams to deliver across the media and telecommunications, technology, resources, health, and financial sectors. In 2020 Michelle was recognised in the Top 50 Public Sector Women by the Institute of Public Administration Australia for Victoria. 

Ms Annie Schmidt

Group Chief People and Culture Officer
Annie commenced with SVHA in June 2020 with responsibility for providing strategic leadership to the human resources, communications and safety functions across the group. Annie joined us from Qantas where she worked for 14 years across a range of leadership roles in HR, finance and operations. Prior to that, Annie led HR teams in both the health and construction industries. Much of Annie's career has been spent making a difference with teams who are passionate about excellence and dedicated to compassionate service.

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