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Board & Executive members


Organisation Chart July 2024

BOARD Members

Board CHAIR – DAMON STYNES – BCom (Melb), BA (Melb), FTIA – appointed 2021 (Board Chair July 2024)

Damon had a background in major Chartered Accounting firms, before being appointed CEO of a leading international relocation firm, during which time the firm was awarded best relocation firm in Asia Pacific.  These roles over 30 years entailed advising local and international clients on multi-national tax structures, human resources and employee relocations and policies.  The focus of this advice being in the areas of commercial, financial, audit and risk management, government regulation and marketing.  Additionally Chair and Board Positions on various corporate and community organizations required overseeing large capital works, executive recruitment, fee setting and issues such as volunteer risk management and community engagement.  Having owned a farm in South Gippsland for 18 years he appreciates the integral role the Hospital plays in the community.

Deputy Chair, Chair Planning Committee – JAMIE SUTHERLAND – BPD, BPC, GAICD, AAMC – appointed 2018

Jamie is a South Gippsland resident with over 20 years experience working in the public sector and commercial construction industry. He has spent the majority of this time working in executive and senior management roles leading the development and implementation of organisational policies and strategy. His main area of expertise is in asset management and the design and implementation of major capital work projects and programs.

Jamie has qualifications in construction management and project management, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and joined the board in 2018.

Deputy Chair, Chair Audit and Risk Management Committee – DR JUDITH BENNETT, PhD (Uni Mel), MBA (MBS), BA Hons/LLB (Uni Syd), GAICD, Admitted as Solicitor of Supreme Court of NSW and Victoria – appointed 2019

Passionate, innovative and results-oriented, Judith specialises in strategy and operations across professional services, service industries and all levels of government. Judith has over 20 years experience as a management consultant and business advisor complemented by over 15 years experience as lawyer, academic, manager, volunteer and director. With a South Gippsland farm for over 15 years, Judith understands the local community and the role of the hospital.


Associate Professor Noel Cranswick is the Director of Clinical Pharmacology and the Australian Paediatric Pharmacology Research Unit at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute & Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. He is also a General Paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital. He is fully trained in both paediatrics and clinical pharmacology as well as being a legal graduate.

Professor Cranswick has extensive trial experience in both adult and paediatric clinical trials. He has been an investigator on over 180 clinical drug trials and is familiar with early phase trial methodology and ICH GCP requirements. He has been an advisor to both Government and Industry and continues to evaluate new drug applications for the Australian Therapeutic Drugs Administration. He has also been a member of the Committee for the selection of Essential Medicines for the World Health Organisation. He has been an external evaluator for the European Union, initially on the FP7 programme and more recently for Horizon 2020.

Professor Cranswick has over 20 years’ experience in preforming and assessing pharmacokinetics in children and adults. He has analysed several PK studies for regulatory submission using standard analysis techniques. He has also experience using population methods for assessing the PK for a range of medicines in children including the use of NonMEM and Winnonmix.

Professor Cranswick’s other research interests include Adverse Drug Reactions, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Drug Usage and Disaster Management in Children.

Chair Clinical Governance and Quality Committee – Dr MICHELLE KERMODE –  BA MNS MPH PhD – appointed 2023

Michelle has had a long and varied professional life including senior positions in academia, industry, government and hospital settings. Immediately prior to retirement she was an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne working in the field of global and public health research with a focus on women’s health, mental health and infectious diseases. In this capacity she led and contributed to multiple projects in international settings involving partnerships with local community groups, religious organisations, research institutions, and government agencies. Previously she was employed in clinical and educational roles as a nurse in the fields of ICU, mental health and HIV/AIDS.

KATE MAXFIELD – MBBS(Hons)(Monash Uni), DipLibArts (Monash Uni), PGDipDAD (King’s College London) – appointed 2024

Dr Kate Maxfield is a medical practitioner working and teaching in Gippsland. She has over a decade of experience working across metropolitan and rural communities in public and private healthcare settings. She is passionate about improving health outcomes for Gippslanders. In addition to clinical work Kate has experience in health advocacy, sustainability, asset management & disaster response.

JAN FITZGERALD – BCom (Melb), PGDipEnvStud (Macq), CPA, GAICD – appointed July 2024

Jan has more than 16 years’ experience as a non-executive director across public, private and not for profit organisations, including in the health sector. Her experience on boards includes roles as Board Chair, as well as Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Committees. She is currently Chair of Destination Gippsland, the regional tourism organisation for all of Gippsland, where she engages with State and Local Government and industry.  She is also an Independent Member on the Audit and Risk Committee for the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action, is a member of the FIGHTMND Finance, Risk, Audit and People board committee, and is the Oceania representative on the International Table Tennis Federation Sustainability Committee.

Aside from her board roles, Jan is the CEO of Sports Environment Alliance, where she works with sporting communities across Australia and New Zealand to help deliver positive environmental outcomes. Her executive career has encompassed roles in retail, banking, government, operations, finance and sustainability. Jan is a graduate of the AICD and CPA Australia.

Jan has a lifelong connection to Gippsland and divides her time between Melbourne and Metung. She is delighted to have joined the South Gippsland Hospital Board, and to support it in its vision of ‘delivering the best and safest health care for our community’.

PAUL O’SULLIVAN – appointed July 2024


Chief Executive Officer – PAUL GREENHALGH (0427 093 058)

Paul Greenhalgh B. Nursing, Reg. Nurse, Dip. Business Mgmt, Grad. Cert. Health Promotion

Paul is a Registered Nurse with 30 years’ experience in public health. He has worked in emergency, acute, sub-acute, community, and aged care settings, as well as associations with primary health care organisations. He has held senior leadership and management positions in both rural and metropolitan hospitals and community health. Following several years as the Executive Director of Subacute and Community Care at Bass Coast Health, Paul joined the Senior Executive team at South Gippsland Hospital in September 2018, as the Director of Nursing. Paul was appointed CEO in December 2020, following an 8 month interim role commencing in April 2020.

Director of Nursing – CLAIRE KENT

Claire Kent Reg. NurseBa Nursing, Master. Int Health Mgmt Grad. Cert. Critical care

Claire is a Registered Nurse with over 35 years’ experience in health. She has held a senior leadership role at Latrobe Regional Hospital for over 15 years, in the broad clinical streams of Critical, Acute and Sub-Acute Care. The areas within her remit over this time include Emergency Care, General Medical Units, Health Service Coordination, Operating Suite (including Endoscopy), Critical Care, High Dependency Unit, Pre-Admission Clinic, Allied Health, Patient Services, and Mental Health.  She has also held Acting Director of Nursing roles, been the General Manager of Governance (Quality and Risk) and been involved with Community Advisory Committees for several years. Claire worked as the Gippsland Region COVID-19 Coordinator prior to joining the Senior Executive Team at South Gippsland Hospital in August 2020.

Director Community Care – SAMANTHA PARK

Samantha Park B. Science, Masters Prelim., Grad. Dip Adolescent Health and Welfare

Sam has had over 30 years’ experience working in health. Commencing her career as a Clinical Scientist at Prince Henry’s Hospital in Melbourne, Sam has also worked with clinical research teams in Neuroscience and Uterine Biology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Prince Henrys Institute of Medical Research respectively. Settling in South Gippsland Sam commenced working with South Gippsland Hospital as the Quality Coordinator in 2009 with a subsequent appointment to the Director of Community Health since 2012 where she has been an integral part of the Senior Executive team.

Chief Medical Officer – Dr Yohan Nathan