St Vincent’s Health Australia Board

Paul Robertson AM was appointed Chair of the St Vincent’s Health Australia Board on 5 October 2012. Paul’s fellow appointed Board Directors are Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO, Prof Maryanne Confoy RSC, Brendan Earle, Patricia Faulkner AO (Deputy Chair), Gary Humphrys, Prof Peter Smith, Sr Mary Wright IBVM, Melissa Babbage, Professor Suzanne Crowe AM and Paul McClintock AO.

Our Board members

Paul Robertson AM, Chair

Paul has extensive experience in banking, finance and risk management. He has previously been a Director of Austraclear Ltd and Sydney Futures Exchange Clearing House. He is currently Chair of Social Ventures Australia, Chair of St Ignatius College Riverview, a Trustee of St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney and Director of the Financial Markets Foundation for Children. Paul has a long association with the St Vincent’s group having previously been Chair of St Vincents & Mater Health Sydney Ltd.

Dr Maryanne Confoy RSC

A Sister of Charity, Sr Maryanne is Professor of Spirituality and Practical Theology at the Jesuit Theological College and United Faculty of Theology, past President of the United Faculty of Theology, Melbourne, and a Fellow of the MCD University of Divinity. Sr Maryanne has previously served as Associate Dean of Postgraduate Studies Melbourne College of Divinity, and Visiting Professor at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, USA. Publications include articles on spirituality and ministry, a biography of Morris West, books on spirituality and the contemplative life, priesthood, religious life and Christian ministry, and “Communities Visible and Invisible in Oceania: Women and HIV/AIDS”, in Calling for Justice throughout the World: Catholic Women Theologians on the HIV/AIDS Pandemic. Sr Maryanne currently serves as a Director of Kilbride Spirituality Centre, Council member of Edmund Rice Education Australia, Board member of St Columba’s College, Essendon, and of The Way.

Brendan Earle

Brendan is a partner with the national law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills. He is the national leader of its Healthcare practice. Brendan has over 15 years’ experience providing commercial legal advice across a range of industries and he 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 longstanding interest in the Australian health care industry and has advised the Commonwealth Government, private insurers, aged care providers, private consulting practices and pharmaceutical manufacturers on a diverse range of projects.

Patricia Faulkner AO

Patricia is Deputy Chair of the St Vincent’s Health Australia Board. She is also Chair of the National Health Performance Authority as well as Chair of the Boards of Jesuit Social Services and Superpartners. Patricia is a Member of the Council of Australian Governments’ Reform Council and a Member of the Commonwealth Grant Commission as well as the chair of the Health and Hospitals Infrastructure Fund. Patricia was previously the Global Leader for Healthcare at KPMG and Secretary of the Victorian Department of Human Services. Patricia has undertaken a number of roles with the Victorian Government over a period of almost 20 years. Patricia is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia, Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration (Victoria) and Fellow of the College of Health Service Executives.

Gary Humphrys

Gary has over 35 years’ experience in the energy and mining industries, undertaking senior executive roles in a number of disciplines including finance, accounting, treasury, taxation, IT, procurement and audit. Gary is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In July 2005 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Stanwell Corporation, a position he held until he retired in March 2007. Gary also currently serves as a Director of Ergon Energy, The Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital Limited and Electricity Supply Industry Superannuation (Qld) Ltd. Gary is an alternate director of Guilford Coal Ltd.

Prof Peter Smith

Peter is Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at The University of New South Wales. He specialised in paediatric clinical oncology and research following study in Australia, USA and Germany. He has held senior hospital management posts in Brisbane and Melbourne and senior academic appointments at the universities of Queensland, Melbourne and Auckland. Peter is a Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Neuroscience Research Australia, The Sax Institute of Health Research, Arts and Health Research, Arts and Health Foundation, Black Dog Institute, Ingham Health Research Institute and New South Wales Innovations. Peter is a Group Captain RAAFSR with the Reserve Forces Decoration and Director Air Force Health Reserves (NSW/ACT) Directorate of Health Reserves, Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force.

Paul McClintock AO

Paul is previous Chairman of Medibank Private Limited and is Chair of Thales Australia, Myer Holdings Limited, I-MED Network and the Institute of Virology. From July 2000 to March 2003, Paul served as the Secretary to Cabinet and Head of the Cabinet Policy Unit reporting directly to the Prime Minister as Chairman of Cabinet with responsibility for supervising Cabinet processes and acting as the Prime Minister’s most senior personal adviser on strategic directions in policy formulation. Paul’s former positions include Chairman of the COAG Reform Council, the Expert Panel of the Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund, Intoll Management Limited, Symbion Health, Affinity Health, Ashton Mining, Plutonic Resources and the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research. Paul was also a Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and Perpetual Limited, a Commissioner of the Health Insurance Commission and a member of the Australia-Malaysia Institute Executive Committee. Paul graduated in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney and is an honorary fellow of the Faculty of Medicine of that University, and a Life Governor of the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research.

Professor Suzanne Crowe AM

Suzanne is 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. At the Burnet Institute, Suzanne is head of the International Clinical Research Laboratory and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Reference Laboratory for HIV Resistance Testing. Suzanne is an adviser and consultant to the WHO Global Program on AIDS, has served as Deputy Chair of the Board of the Australian India Council (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), and as President of the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine.

Sister Mary Wright IBVM

Sr Mary Wright is a former Superior General of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or Loreto Sisters, worldwide. Sr Mary has a doctorate in Canon Law from St Paul University, Ottawa, as well as degrees in Science, Education and Theology from Melbourne and Monash Universities and the Melbourne College of Divinity. In 2008, Sr Mary accepted a request by the Vatican to join the team of canon lawyers in the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life where her role was to assist religious congregations in their interactions with the Vatican concerning constitutions and related matters.

Melissa Babbage

Melissa Babbage is a highly experienced financial services professional with a 19 years banking career spanning both international and domestic financial markets. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Sydney and a Master of Commerce from the University of New South Wales. Melissa was formerly a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and her current roles include a non-executive Director of Swiss Re Life and Health Australia, Athletics Australia and a member of the New South Wales Treasurer’s Business Advisory Board Panel.