Board CHAIR – DR DAVID POLLARD, B.Econ(Hons), Dip.Ed, B.D., MA., PhD (Syd) – appointed 2018
David comes to the position of Board Chair with extensive experience in organisational management, strategic leadership, social justice and public policy. He has held a number of leadership positions including CEO VicForests and Commissioner of State Revenue. He has published a number of texts on public policy. He lives in Foster.
Deputy Board Chair and Chair of Finance Committee – 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.
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 – appointed 2023
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.
CEINWEN MCCANN – BCom (HRMgt)/ BAppSc (HealthProm) – appointed 2023
Ceinwen is an innovation and improvement specialist with a background in public health (health promotion) and human resource management. She has a breadth of experience in project and change management in public, private, metropolitan and regional health services. She is a seasoned change coach and advisor and is passionate about organisational culture and collaboration to better serve communities.
With significant health service consumer experience, Ceinwen is a consumer representative with Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation and Safer Care Victoria informing state level improvement of maternity and newborn care. She lives in Baw Baw and enjoys spending time at Venus Bay and exploring the Southern Gippsland region with her family.
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.
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.
EXECUTIVE TEAM Members
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