87 Station Road Foster, Victoria, 3960 sghosp@sghs.com.au

Board & Executive members

Board Chair announcement Appointment of SGH Chief Executive Officer January 2021

Announcement by Board Chair, Sue Pilkington


Organisation Chart (December 2021)

BOARD Members


Sue is a local resident who is the owner and principal consultant of a business specialising in workplace safety and business risk. She has more than 40 years experience in strategic and operational risk management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sue joined the Board in 2014 and is the current Chair of South Gippsland Hospital and several sub-regional health service Governance Committees.  She also chairs the Industry Advisory Group on post-graduate health and safety education at Federation University and is a former Chair and Director of the peak body for workplace safety in Australia.

DAWN ALLAN, BCom – appointed 2017

Dawn has over 20 years’ experience advising organisations on their business direction and operational practices. This has included helping businesses respond to market and regulatory changes and directly working with them to improve their operating performance and efficiency through large scale change programs. Working in Europe, the US and New Zealand, Dawn directed and consulted on large business transformation and IT programs, predominantly in the financial services and communications industries. Having been a retired resident in the Foster community for over 10 years, Dawn understands the important role the South Gippsland Hospital plays in the local community.

GRAEME BAXTER, B.Ed, Dip.Bus – appointed 2016

Graeme Baxter has extensive operational and executive experience with a multi-disciplinary statewide agency. With a background in natural resource and environmental management, tourism, health and education sectors. He has managed large change and culture projects as well as highly sensitive political issues. Graeme has worked with community groups, in regional and country across Victoria in a number of different interest areas, assisting them to achieve shared goals. He is currently Chair of the South Gippsland Hospital Community Foundation.

JUDITH BENNETT, MComm (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 advising and managing professional services, private companies and government. Judith has over 20 years’ experience as a management consultant in strategy and operations, business performance and financial improvement, people and change across industries working for Deloitte, the federal government and private companies. This adds to over 15 years’ experience as a lawyer, academic, manager, CLC volunteer and board director. With a South Gippsland farm for over 14 years, Judith understands the local community and the role of the hospital.

JAN BULL – appointed 2014

From 2006-2016 Jan was partner and manager in a bookshop in Foster. She has been a Board Member of SGH since 2014 and is now also a Board Member of Bendigo Community Bank. Jan currently volunteers with 3mFM Community Radio writing copy for advertisements and is a contributor to local newspapers and newsletters. From 1989-2003 Jan provided services to private and government organisations developing, designing and presenting training programs in management and interpersonal skills. Jan has a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Development, is an accredited practitioner of Spiral Dynamics, is NLP trained to Practitioner Level and is a Qualified and Accredited Administrator for Myers Briggs Typology Indicator.

PROFESSOR JIM BUTTERY, MBBS(Hons), FRACP, MSc Evidence Based Health Care, MD – appointed 2017

Jim is an infectious diseases paediatrician and vaccine safety researcher. He is the Professor of Child Health Informatics at the University of Melbourne, based at the new Centre for Health Analytics, Melbourne’s Children’s campus, Australia. He is the Head of Epidemiology and Signal Detection of SAEFVIC, the Victorian Immunisation Safety Service.  He is a member of the Global Vaccine Data Network executive. He is an enthusiastic cook and a terrible baker.

DR PETER LONGMORE, MBBS, MRACOG, FRANZCOG (retired), Grad. Dip Health Econ. (USyd), Master Health Serv. Management (Monash), Aust. Cert. Aviation Med., DAME, AFRACMA, Cert H.P.Educ. (USQ), RANR (retired) – appointed 2017

Peter was a Melbourne based Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist for many years who became interested in issues relating to International Health. This interest led him to Fiji, where he provided health services to the outer Yasawa islands. Subsequently, Peter’s interest was directed to clinical risk management, quality issues in health care and the strategic design of health services.

In addition to his medical qualifications, Peter has a degree in Health Economics and a Masters in Health Service Management.

He has been Chairman of several Medical Advisory Boards, the Director of Medical Services at Werribee Mercy Hospital, and the Group Chief Medical Officer at Mercy Health & Aged Services where he was responsible for medical services across the organisation, including the Mercy Hospital for Women. He has also been the Chief Medical Officer in the Emirate of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Peter was appointed as an Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame Clinical School, Sydney in 2006, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sharjah, UAE in 2008, and Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Melbourne Rural Campus in 2011.

Since 2013, Peter has been involved in SCOPE, the Cerebral Palsy Association and he has been involved in care for the disabled in the homes and community centres. More recently, Peter joined the Board of South Gippsland Hospital.

DR DAVID POLLARD, B.Econ(Hons), Dip.Ed, B.D., MA., PhD (Syd) – appointed 2018

David was previously the Chief Executive Officer of both VicForests and the State Revenue Office. He is the author of a number of books on public policy and is currently writing a non-fiction historical literary work about the Second World War.


Originally trained in clinical and community nursing and maternal and child health, Priscilla set out to become a public health epidemiologist some 30 years ago, specialising in communicable diseases and international health. She has run a Master of Public Health course and designed and evaluated many health science subjects. Although technically retired from a day job she still supervises research students, and teaches and researches a number of public health topics in resource-poor settings. She is an editor for Australia’s public health journal and an editorial board member for the Journal of Peace and Security, and also on the Board of Concern Australia, an NGO which serves a number of Victorian underprivileged young adults. She joined the South Gippsland Hospital Board in 2014 serving on various Board sub-committees, and contributes to the South Gippsland Sub-Regional Clinical Partnership.

DAMON STYNES – BCom, BA, FTIA – appointed 2021

Damon had a background in major Chartered Accounting firms, before being appointed CEO of a leading international relocation firm.  These roles entailed advising local and international clients on their international structures, employee relocations, human resources and relocation policies.  This experience over a 30 year period involved advising on commercial, financial, audit and risk management, government regulation and marketing.  Additionally Board positions on various private 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 15 years he appreciates the integral role the Hospital plays in the community.


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.

ALI WASTIE – BA, GradDipEd (Sec), MDip & Trade, GAICD – appointed 2021

With degrees in Arts, Education and holding a Masters of Diplomacy and Trade, Ali has held executive positions within the Victorian Public Service and Local Government. She is also an accomplished Board Director across the not-for-for profit, community, tourism and health sectors. She is also an accredited executive coach, mediator and alumnus of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

An authentic leader and outstanding communicator, Ali has achieved great outcomes for the boards, communities and organisations she has served. Ali is passionate about developing high performing teams and creating a workplace culture that is innovative, empowered, strategic, trusting and fun.

Before joining Bass Coast Shire Council,  Ali’s prior roles within the Local Government sector include Director City Communities at Melbourne City Council and Director of Social and Economic Development at Yarra Ranges Council. Ali is also an IECL Coach (Level Two Accreditation) and Accredited Mediator



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 Health – 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 Umesh Gapta