Gippsland PHN Board Directors govern the organisation in order to achieve its mission and strategic corporate plans.

Board members have the overall responsibility for:

  • Corporate governance
  • Setting the strategic company direction and the management goals
  • Reviewing all management plans and monitoring management performance against those plans in achieving the established goals
  • Ensuring compliance with all statutory responsibilities

Gippsland PHN Board Directors

Sinead DeGooyer

Dr Sinead De Gooyer (Chair)

Committees: CEO Performance and Remuneration Committee (Chair); Director Independent Selection and Remuneration Committee

Sinead is a general practitioner based in Inverloch where she has an interest in adolescent, women’s and mental health.

During her career Sinead has worked in rural and regional communities developing a strong commitment to improving access to primary health services within these communities.

Sinead is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a board member of the Piano Project. Sinead brings her leadership, knowledge of the primary health sector and governance experience to her role as Chair.

Duncan Malcolm

Mr Duncan Malcolm (Deputy Chair)

Committees: Audit, Risk and Finance Committee (Chair); Community Advisory Committee

Duncan is a life-long resident of Gippsland and has served on many boards over the past 33 years, including the Gippsland Coastal Board, Gippsland Water, East Gippsland Shire Council (Commissioner), Lakes and Wilderness Tourism, the Monash University Gippsland Campus Advisory Council, and the Victorian Coastal Council.

Duncan has been the chair of many organisations including the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council, the Rural Water Corporation of Victoria, the Irrigation Association of Australia, the Australian Irrigation Science Network, and he also holds current roles in the not-for-profit sector. Duncan is a strong consumer advocate and believes Gippsland people should have ready access to high standards of primary healthcare and associated services.

Mark Biggs

Mr Mark Biggs

Committees: Audit, Risk and Finance Committee

Mark is the Principal at MBK Consulting and was a psychologist for more than 20 years in Gippsland. He has extensive senior management experience in the health and community services sector including disability, child protection, youth protection, vocational rehabilitation, and project and business management. He has expertise in strategic planning, policy, risk and business management. Mark is the Chair of Latrobe Community Health Service Ltd and previously served for nine years on the Board of Latrobe Regional Hospital, including as Deputy Chair and Audit and Credentialling Chair. Mark is skilled in the areas of clinical and corporate governance, quality assurance and compliance. Mark is committed to better health outcomes for people living and working in Gippsland.

Murray Bruce

Mr Murray Bruce

Committees: Director Independent Selection and Remuneration Committee (Chair)

Murray is a strong leader and an experienced commercial lawyer specialising in strategic planning, project management, risk management and governance. Murray has worked as a senior executive at the Department of Health and Human Services and also served as the Director of Australia’s largest-ever charitable appeal fund, the 2009 Australian Red Cross Bushfire Appeal Fund. He has successfully worked across all levels of government, many private and not-for-profit organisations and local community groups to deliver effective and efficient health services to communities. Murray is committed to helping improve the lives of people in Gippsland and their access to high-quality and efficient health services.

Nola Maxfield

Dr Nola Maxfield

Committees: Clinical Governance and Performance Committee (Chair); Clinical Advisory Council (Chair); Bass Coast and South Gippsland Clinical Council

Nola is a procedural general practitioner in a large teaching practice and has more than 20 years’ experience in a wide range of health-related organisations from local to national level. Based in Wonthaggi, Bass Coast, her involvement spans local, state and national bodies. Working closely with rural nursing, allied health and consumer groups, Nola continues to share her extensive and valuable knowledge of the issues facing a diverse region such as Gippsland within her various roles on the Board.

Kellie OCallaghan

Ms Kellie O’Callaghan

Committees: Latrobe and Baw Baw Clinical Council; Clinical Advisory Council; Clinical Governance and Performance Committee

Kellie is recognised for her strong leadership in health, community services and governance. She is a well-respected community leader and influencer in Gippsland.

Kellie served for many years as the Chair of the Latrobe Regional Hospital Board and is a long—serving Latrobe City Councillor and former Mayor. She has served on a range of state boards and committees, including Better Care Victoria, where she is the Chair of the health innovation and service improvement focused state-wide Consumer Advisory Committee.

As the lead of O’Callaghan + Co, Kellie applies her significant experience as a board, strategy and governance consultant to assist organisations and individuals to harness the great depth of opportunity that exists when you develop trusted, connected and genuinely engaged relationships with stakeholders and networks. She gets straight to the heart of real and very practical ways individuals, organisations and communities can overcome challenges and develop robust governance approaches while embedding strength-led co- design into their planning, service delivery and innovation programs.

Anne Peek

Ms Anne Peek

Committees: CEO Performance and Remuneration Committee; Community Advisory Committee (Chair).

Anne has served as a CEO and non-executive director in both the public and private healthcare sectors for more than 30 years. Anne is experienced in driving change and has a proven track record in building strong stakeholder relationships and developing partnerships through meaningful collaboration with the community. She has strong connections in the healthcare sector and at government levels. With a health science degree, Anne developed a passion and expertise in quality assurance in healthcare. This led to a successful consultancy in quality improvement/clinical review during the 1980s and 1990s. Anne also lectured in management and health sciences at La Trobe University. She continues her strong interest in clinical governance and has assisted with the implementation of clinical governance frameworks within a number of organisations.

Julie Rogalsky

Ms Julie Rogalsky

Committees: Audit, Risk and Finance Committee; CEO Performance and Remuneration Committee

As a Gippslander (born and educated in Latrobe Valley), Julie fully supports strong local primary healthcare, especially important to more marginalised populations and individuals experiencing disadvantage. Julie has more than 20 years’ experience in the Gippsland health sector having worked in the general practice, hospital, community health, government and GP training sectors. She has a Master of Health Services Management (Monash), Graduate Diploma in Rural Health (Monash) and a Bachelor of Applied Science – Health Promotion (Deakin). Julie is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a graduate of Gippsland Community Leadership.

Therese Tierney

Ms Therese Tierney

Committees: Wellington and East Gippsland Clinical Council; Clinical Advisory Committee; Clinical Governance and Performance Committee

Therese has had more than 40 years’ experience in the health sector in CEO and senior management roles since 1994. She has been a CEO in metro Melbourne and regional Victoria and in both the private and public health sectors. Her most recent role was Chief Executive Officer of Bairnsdale Regional Health Service. In that role she was appointed to both the Health Innovation Reform Council and the Victorian Expert Panel on Aboriginal Health. Her board roles include the Continence Foundation of Australia, East Gippsland Water Corporation and the East Gippsland Marketing Board.

While Therese has primarily worked in the health sector, she has also had significant involvement in local government as both a Councillor and General Manager and also worked as a consultant providing strategic and innovative solutions to challenges with business, change management, health planning and design, people and systems thinking.

The Gippsland PHN Board appointed McLean Delmo Bentleys (MCDB) as External Auditor on 21 December 2016. 

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