our governance

[Front row from left] Prof Suzanne Crowe AM, Ms Patricia Faulkner AO, Mr Paul Robertson AM and Prof Maryanne Confoy RSC.

[Back row left to right] Mr Brendan Earle, Ms Anne McDonald, Mr Paul McClintock AO, Sr Mary Wright IBVM and Dr Michael Coote.

our board

The St Vincent’s Health Australia Board closely monitors the organisation’s performance against our enVision2025 strategic plan. The Board ensures we strengthen and grow our Mission to bring God’s love to those in need through the healing ministry of Jesus.

Mr Paul Robertson AM

  • 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 Partnership 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.

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.

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.

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, ad hoc 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.

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.

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 was previously Chairman of Medibank Private Limited and is currently Chair of Myer Holdings Limited, I-MED Network and NSW Ports. He is also Chair of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia. 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 the COAG Reform Council, Thales Australia, Symbion Health, Affinity Health and the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and directorships with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. He has also served as Commissioner of the Health Insurance Commission.

Sr Mary Wright IBVM

  • First appointed in October 2013
  • 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.

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.

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.

Recently Retired

We thank Peter and Gary for their valuable contributions as directors and dedicated service to our Mission.

Prof Peter Smith

Retired 31 December 2016

Gary Humphrys

Retired 30 June 2017

our management

The SVHA Executive Leadership Team provides management and leadership of our Public Hospitals, Private Hospitals and Aged Care Divisions. The Executive shape and implement the Board-approved strategy and execute the day-to-day operations of the organisation with the highest possible levels of safety, effectiveness, efficiency and concordance with our Mission. The Executive team meet monthly to consider and approve operational decisions delegated to them on matters of strategy, risk and Mission.

[Seated from left] Ms Ruth Martin, Mr Toby Hall, Ms Lisa McDonald, Mr Rob Beetson and A/Prof Patricia O’Rourke.

[Standing from left] Ms Abbie Clark, Mr John Leahy, Mr David Bryant, Mr David Swan and Dr Victoria Atkinson.

Mr Toby Hall

Group Chief Executive Officer

Toby commenced as Group CEO of St Vincent’s Health Australia in April 2014. Prior to joining SVHA, Toby was CEO of Mission Australia – Australia’s largest national community welfare services organisation. Toby has an extensive background working as a senior executive in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Toby’s commitment to the poor and vulnerable, both in Australia and internationally, has seen him in leadership roles at World Vision and governance roles with two regional hospitals and health care services provider, Sterihealth.

A/Prof Patricia O’Rourke

CEO St Vincent’s Public Hospitals Division

Patricia was appointed to the role of CEO of SVHA’s Public Hospitals Division in September 2013. Prior to this, Patricia was the CEO of St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. Patricia has more than 20 years’ experience in the health care industry including senior nursing and executive management roles. She is a Board member of Garvan Institute of Medical Research, St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research and the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery.

Mr John Leahy

CEO St Vincent’s Aged Care Division

John was appointed CEO of SVHA’s Aged Care Division in September 2013. Prior to this, John was the CEO of St Vincent’s Health and Aged Care in Queensland and SVHA’s Group General Manager Aged Care. In this role, John was responsible for SVHA’s three private hospitals in Queensland, seven aged and retirement facilities as well as an extensive community care service.

Mr Rob Beetson

Group General Manager Corporate Governance

Rob was appointed to the role of SVHA’s Group Manager Legal and Governance in August 2010. In October 2013, Rob became Group General Manager Corporate Governance with 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 seven subsidiary companies.

Dr Victoria Atkinson

Group General Manager
Clinical Governance/Chief Medical Officer

Victoria joined SVHA in June 2015. Building on a strong clinical background as a cardiothoracic surgeon, Victoria works to integrate the clinical, operational and governance aspects of health care to enhance patient care. As Executive sponsor of the St Vincent’s Ethos program, she also recognises the deep connection between professional behaviours and patient safety. With carriage of the SVHA Clinical Information Systems portfolio, Victoria is working to integrate intuitive technology into the lives of SVHA’s staff, patients and residents. She is a member of the Alfred Health Board and Deputy Chair of the Board for Better Care Victoria.

Mr David Bryant

Group General Manager People & Culture

David started with SVHA in April 2013 with responsibility for providing strategic leadership and direction to the human resources functions across the group. David’s extensive experience covers the full scope of human resource management, working with senior teams and boards in several major organisations including Qantas and Insurance Australia Group.

Ms Lisa McDonald

Group Leader Mission

Lisa started in the role of Group Mission Leader in October 2016. She has special responsibility for leading St Vincent’s growth and development in Mission, particularly in the areas of formation and developing services to meet the needs of vulnerable people. Prior to this, Lisa held the role of Director of Mission, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. She has had extensive experience leading Catholic church ministries working within dioceses, parishes and healthcare. Lisa has qualifications in Communications, Theology and is currently completing a Doctorate in Ministry, Transformational Leadership through Boston University.

Ms Ruth Martin

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 was a Principal with Ernst & Young prior to her corporate roles.

Ms Abbie Clark

Group General Manager Public Affairs

Abbie joined SVHA in 2015 and has responsibility for developing and promoting our advocacy agenda, strengthening our engagement with governments and enhancing our presence in the media on issues of importance to the people we serve, particularly the poor and vulnerable. Abbie has extensive experience in public policy and government having held various roles in the Federal Government and consulting.

Mr David Swan

CEO St Vincent’s Private Hospitals Division

David commenced as CEO, St Vincent’s Private Hospitals Division in October 2016. David has held a number of executive level roles in the health industry having worked in the public, not for profit and private health sectors in South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales for the past 32 years. In his most recent role as Chief Executive at the Department of Health, South Australia, David was directly responsible for South Australia’s health system, incorporating metropolitan and country hospitals, aged care beds and services, the mental health system, the State’s Ambulance service and diagnostic services.