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SVHA Board Group 2016

[front row from left] Prof Maryanne Confoy RSC, Mr Brendan Earle, Mr Paul McClintock AO, Ms Patricia Faulkner AO, Prof Suzanne Crowe AM. [back row from left] Mr Gary Humphrys, Dr Michael Coote, Mr Paul Robertson AM, Prof Peter Smith

  1. Mr Paul Robertson AM

    Paul was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2009 and was appointed as Chairman on 5 October 2012. Paul is a former Executive Director of Macquarie Bank with extensive experience in banking, finance and risk management. Paul is Chair of Social Ventures Australia, Chair of the Trustees of St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney and holds several private company directorships.
    Paul is chair of the People & Culture Committee.


  2. Ms Patricia Faulkner AO

    Patricia was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2010. Patricia was a previous National Partner-in-Charge, Health Sector at KPMG and a previous Secretary of the Victorian Department of Human Services.  She has held a number of roles with the Victorian Government over a period of almost 20 years in the Department of Labour and Department of Community Welfare Services.  Patricia is Chair of The CRC on Sleep & Alertness, Jesuit Social Services and the National Health Performance Authority.  She is a Member of the Commonwealth Grants Commission, and the Board of CEDA. Patricia is a Deputy Commissioner to the Victorian Government’s Royal Commission into Family Violence and was recently appointed to the Victorian State Advisory Committee on Health.
    Patricia is deputy chair of the Board, a member of the Quality & Safety Committee and a member of the Mission, Ethics & Advocacy Committee. 


  3. Prof Maryanne Confoy RSC

    Prof Maryanne was appointed to the Board on 6 February 2012. Prof. Maryanne is a Religious Sister of Charity and Professor of Pastoral Theology at Pilgrim College, Melbourne University of Divinity, and a member of the Jesuit Theological Consortium. She is a Fellow of the Melbourne University of Divinity. Her governance roles have included member of the Australian Catholic University Senate and Chair of MCD Board of Postgraduate Studies. She is a Council member of Edmund Rice Education Australia, a member of the St Vincent's Foundation Board, of the Board of LUCRF Community Partnership Trust, and of The Way Community for Homeless Men.
    Prof Maryanne is a member of the Mission, Ethics & Advocacy Committee and the People & Culture Committee.


  4. Prof Suzanne Crowe AM

    Suzanne was appointed to the Board on 1 January 2013. Suzanne is a consultant physician in infectious diseases and general medicine at The Alfred since 1994. She has authored over 200 published papers, five books and 68 book chapters in the field. She is also an 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.
    Suzanne is Head of the international Clinical Research Laboratory at the Burnet Institute and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Reference Laboratory for HIV Resistance Testing and an adviser and consultant to the WHO Global Program on AIDS. She was recently appointed as a director of Avita Medical Limited and also to the Maddie Riewoldt Scientific Advisory Board.  She has served as Deputy Chair of the Board of the Australian India Council (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), as a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council Asia Working Group and as President of the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine.  
    Suzanne is a member of the Quality & Safety Committee and a member of the Mission, Ethics & Advocacy Committee.


  5. Mr Brendan Earle

    Brendan was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2010. Brendan is a partner with the international law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills. He has over 25 years’ experience providing commercial legal advice across a range of industries and specialises in large or strategically important negotiated transactions including acquisitions, sales, joint ventures and corporate restructuring and acts as a relationship partner for several clients of the firm.  Brendan has a long-standing interest in the Australian healthcare industry and has advised the Commonwealth Government, private insurers, aged care providers, private consulting practices and pharmaceutical manufacturers on a diverse range of projects.
    Brendan is a member of the Finance & Investment Committee and the Audit & Risk Committee.


  6. Mr Gary Humphrys

    Gary was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2010. Gary has almost 40 years of experience in senior executive roles covering a number of disciplines including finance and accounting, treasury, taxation, IT, procurement and audit in the energy and mining industries in both the public and private sector. Gary is Deputy Chairman of Ergon Energy Corporation Limited, Director of The Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital Limited and HESTA superannuation. Gary has recently been appointed as Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee of Brisbane’s South Bank Corporation.
    Gary Humphrys retired on 30 June 2017.


  7. Mr Paul McClintock AO

    Paul was appointed to the Board on 1 January 2013. Paul was previously Chairman of Medibank Private Limited and is currently Chair of Myer Holdings Limited, I-MED Network, the Institute of Virology and NSW Ports. He is a Director of the George Institute for Global Health.
    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.
    His former positions include Chairman of the COAG Reform Council, Thales Australia, Symbion Health, Affinity Health and the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research and directorships with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.  He has also served as Commissioner of the Health Insurance Commission.
    Paul is Chair of the Finance & Investment Committee.


  8. Prof Peter Smith

    Peter was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2010.  Peter is Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales. Peter is a Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research (Chair, Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics Committee), Neuroscience Research Australia, The Sax Institute of Health Research (Chair, Research Governance Committee) and Ingham Health Research Institute. He is President, Medical Deans, Australia and New Zealand and a Group Captain, RAAF Specialist Reserve. 
    Peter Smith retired on 31 December 2016.


  9. Sr Mary Wright IBVM 

    Sr Mary was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2013.  Sr Mary has extensive experience in leadership in Catholic Church institutions including the positions of School Principal Loreto College Ballarat and Loreto College, Kirribilli, Australian Province Leader (Loreto Sisters), 8 years in Rome as International Leader (Loreto Sisters) and has recently been appointed as a director of Loreto Ministries Limited. She has practiced in the area of Church law in Australia (including lecturing at Yarra Theological Union) and most recently in the Vatican (in the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life). Her specialty is in the area of institutional governance. Sr Mary is also a Trustee of Catholic Healthcare. 
    Sr Mary is Chair of the Mission, Ethics & Advocacy Committee, a member of the Audit & Risk Committee and a member of the People & Culture Committee.


  10. Dr Michael Coote

    Michael was appointed to the Board of St Vincent’s Health Australia on 4 August 2016. Michael has recently been on the Board of Mercy Health for the past nine years and Chair of the Board Quality Committee for four years. During this time, Mercy Health has grown in four states and expanded significantly into aged care. Michael is a clinician with research commitments and recently retired from the Clinical Director of Ophthalmology role at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. 
    Michael is a Member of the Board Quality & Safety Committee.