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Board membership 2019–20

The Australian Government Minister for Health appoints the Commission’s Board in consultation with all state and territory health ministers. The Board includes members who have extensive experience and knowledge in the fields of healthcare administration, provision of health services, law, management, primary health care, corporate governance, and improvement of safety and quality.

Professor Villis Marshall
AC (Chair)

Professor Villis Marshall brings to the Board experience in providing healthcare services, managing public hospitals, and improving safety and quality. Professor Marshall has significant clinical experience as a urologist, and as Clinical Director (Surgical Specialties Service) for the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Adelaide.

Professor Marshall was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2006 for services to medicine, particularly urology and research into kidney disease; to the development of improved healthcare services in the Defence forces; and to the community through distinguished contributions to the development of pre-hospital first aid care provided by St John Ambulance Australia.

His previous appointments include General Manager at Royal Adelaide Hospital, Senior Specialist in Urology and Director of Surgery at Repatriation General Hospital, and Professor and Chair of Surgical and Specialty Services at Flinders Medical Centre.

Qualifications: MD, MBBS, FRACS

Board membership: Appointed to Board on 1 April 2012; appointed as Chair on 1 April 2013; reappointed as Chair on 1 July 2017 and 8 April 2020.

Mr Martin Bowles

Mr Martin Bowles is the National CEO at Calvary Health Care. Before this appointment, Mr Bowles was Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Health and of the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Before this, he held the positions of Deputy Secretary in the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and the Australian Government Department of Defence. In 2012, he was awarded a Public Service Medal for delivering highly successful energy efficiency policies and remediation programs for the Home Insulation and Green Loans programs. In 2019, he was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to public administration at the senior level, and to policy development and program implementation.

Before joining the Australian Government, Mr Bowles held senior executive positions in the education and health portfolios in the Queensland and New South Wales public sectors. He is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants.

Qualifications: BBus, GCPubSecMgmnt

Board membership: Appointed on 14 May 2015; term concluded on 31 March 2020.

Dr David Filby

Dr David Filby has worked extensively across the Australian healthcare landscape in several significant policy and executive roles. He has held senior national health policy roles and senior executive positions in Queensland and South Australia. In July 2016, he completed a term of six and a half years as Executive Consultant for South Australia Health and the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council.

Dr Filby was a board member of the National Health Performance Authority until June 2016 and a board member of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for 14 years. In August 2016, he finished a nine-year term, including six as Chair, with Helping Hand Aged Care Inc. He is a member of the board of Pedare School and holds an Adjunct Professorship in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Flinders University. In 2008, he was awarded a Public Service Medal, and in 2007 was awarded the Sidney Sax Medal by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. Previously, he was on the board of South Australia’s Child Health Research Institute Council.

Qualifications: PhD

Board membership: Appointed on 29 July 2016.

Adjunct Professor John Walsh

Adjunct Professor John Walsh was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked for 20 years. He has expertise in the areas of social policy and funding across accident compensation, health and disability, and has an Adjunct Professor appointment at the University of Sydney.

Professor Walsh is a board member of the National Disability Insurance Agency, having previously been a Productivity Commissioner and part of the reference group that recommended a National Disability Insurance Scheme in 2011.

Professor Walsh was also the Deputy Chair of the Board of the National Health Performance Authority until June 2016. He chaired the independent panel overseeing Caring Together: A Health Action Plan for NSW. He has held memberships on several boards, including the NSW Motor Accidents Authority and the NSW Home Care Service.

Qualifications: BSc, FIAA, FRACP(Hon)

Board membership: Appointed on 29 July 2016; resigned from Board on 24 February 2020.

Ms Christine Gee

Ms Christine Gee brings to the Board extensive experience in private hospital administration, having held executive management positions for more than 30 years. She has been the CEO of Toowong Private Hospital, a mental health service, since 1997 and is Chair of the Commission’s Private Hospital Sector Committee.

Ms Gee is involved in a number of state and national boards and committees, including the Australian Private Hospitals Association, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the Safety and Quality Partnership Standing Committee of the Mental Health Principal Committee, the Queensland Board of the Medical Board of Australia, and the Private Hospitals Association of Queensland. She is the Chair of the Sexual Boundaries Notifications Committee of the Medical Board of Australia.

Qualifications: MBA

Board membership: Appointed as a Commission member in March 2006; appointed to the Board on 1 July 2011; reappointed on 1 July 2018.

Ms Wendy Harris

Ms Wendy Harris QC is a barrister who specialises in commercial law. She was admitted to the Victorian Bar in 1997 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2010.

Between 2011 and 2015, she was Board Chair of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia’s only public hospital dedicated to cancer treatment, research and education. Other past directorships include 10 years on the Board of Barristers’ Chambers Limited, which is the repository of the substantial property assets of the Victorian Bar, and provider of chambers accommodation and ancillary services to its members.

Ms Harris is also President of the Victorian Bar Inc.

Qualifications: LLB (Hons)

Board membership: Appointed on 1 July 2015; reappointed on 8 April 2020.

Dr Helena Williams

Dr Helena Williams brings to the Board active clinical expertise as a general practitioner and leadership experience as a previous Clinical Director of the Southern Adelaide–Fleurieu–Kangaroo Island Medicare Local Ltd. She is also currently the Medical Director SA for the Royal District Nursing Service South Australia and a General Practice Adviser for Return to Work South Australia.

Dr Williams’s governance experience includes six years as the Presiding Member of the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Governing Council. Past directorships include the Southern Adelaide Health Service, the Cancer Council South Australia, Noarlunga Health Services, the South Australian Divisions of General Practice, and the Australian General Practice Network.

Qualifications: MBBS, FRACGP

Board membership: Appointed as a Commission member in April 2008; appointed to the Board on 1 July 2011 (term concluded 30 June 2018); reappointed on 1 April 2019.

Adjunct Professor Veronica Casey

Adjunct Professor Veronica Casey has held nursing and midwifery executive leadership positions in Queensland Health since 1997. She worked in nursing and midwifery director roles at The Prince Charles Hospital, the Royal Brisbane Hospital and the Royal Women’s Hospital before her appointment as Executive Director, Nursing Services, Princess Alexandra Hospital; and Executive Director, Nursing and Midwifery Services, Metro South Health. At Princess Alexandra Hospital, she has been instrumental in helping the hospital achieve redesignation under the Magnet® credentialing program, and in introducing the Nurse Sensitive Indicator performance monitoring system. All nurses and midwives in Metro South Health have achieved Pathways to Excellence. Professor Casey’s experience and expertise in the nursing profession extend to national and international platforms: she is a member of the National Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, and served as an inaugural International Magnet Commissioner for the American Nurses Credentialing Center from 2010 to December 2017. She has been recognised for her contribution to the nursing and midwifery profession by being awarded the American Nursing Credentialing Center HRH Princess Muna Al-Hussein Award for international contribution to nursing in 2011; the Queensland University of Technology Outstanding Alumni Award, Faculty of Health, 2018, for contribution to nursing and health care; and appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (General Division) in 2019.

Professor Casey’s special interests are workforce planning and development; change management – changing cultures within work environments that enhance a positive practice environment; providing mentorship to nurses and other disciplines; participating in the educational development of undergraduate and post-graduate students on an academic and practical level; governance structures that are inclusive for all levels of staff; establishing credentialing requirements within nursing; and quality and safety systems that support professional and clinical standards.

Qualifications: RN, RM, BN, MN-Leadership, GradDipNursing – Geriatrics, GradDip – Management (Dist), FCNA

Board membership: Appointed on 1 April 2019.

Ms Glenys Beauchamp

Ms Glenys Beauchamp was Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Health from 18 September 2017 to 28 February 2020. She has had an extensive career in the Australian Public Service at senior levels, with responsibility for significant government programs in economic and social policy areas. She began her career as a graduate in the Industry Commission and has more than 25 years of experience in the public sector.

Ms Beauchamp was Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (2013–2017), and Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport (2010–2013). She has served as Deputy Secretary in the Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2009–2010), and the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2002–2009).

Ms Beauchamp has held a number of executive positions in the ACT Government, including Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services; and Deputy CEO, Department of Health. She has also held senior positions in housing, energy and utilities functions with the ACT Government.

Ms Beauchamp was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2010 for coordinating Australian Government support during the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

Qualifications: BEcon, MBA

Board membership: Appointed on 1 July 2018.

Adjunct Professor Janet Weir-Phyland

Adjunct Professor Janet Weir-Phyland is the Executive Director Nursing Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Alfred Health. Professor Weir-Phyland is responsible for the professional leadership of nurses, allied health services, non-clinical support services, patient experience, community participation, population health and environmental sustainability. With more than 25 years of experience in health, she has worked in a number of management and senior management positions in both Canada and Australia in the areas of education; clinical governance; and acute, subacute and residential care services. Her particular interest is improving quality and safety, and enhancing patient experience.

Professor Weir-Phyland is an Adjunct Professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin University.

Qualifications: DipNrsg, BScN, MBA

Board membership: Appointed on 1 July 2019.