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Management Team

Cabrini Health has a eight-member Executive Committee, offering a combination of experience, deep commitment, energy and enthusiasm.

Our management team

Cabrini Health has an eight member Executive Committee, including Chief Executive Dr Michael Walsh. The Executive Committee supports the Chief Executive in performing his duties, including leadership of our mission and implementation of our Cabrini Health Strategic Plan 2016-20.

Our well established team offer a combination of experience, deep commitment, energy and enthusiasm had created a dynamic leadership team that is well placed to lead the organisation forward.

Dr Michael Walsh – Chief Executive

Michael has more than 25 years’ experience in hospital and health administration in Victoria, Western Australia, the UK and the Middle East. He is a medical graduate of Monash University and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Michael is a Fellow and current Vice President of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. Also, he is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers. Michael is a member of the Catholic Health Australia Stewardship Board and he chairs the Health Policy Sub-Committee. In 2012, Michael was appointed by the Federal Government to Australia’s Independent Hospital Pricing Authority Board. Michael is appointed as Ministerial Delegate to the Board of Goulburn Valley Health, in order to provide support in improving the overall performance of the organisation. Michael is a member of the Cabrini Foundation Board; the Cabrini Institute Council; the Mission and People Committee; the Patient Experience and Clinical Governance Committee; the Board Executive and an invitee to the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Jason Aquilina – Chief Financial Officer

Jason Aquilina, who joined Cabrini in 2011 as Director of Finance, was appointed Chief Financial Officer in August 2017. In this role, he has executive responsibility for Cabrini’s patient accounts, payroll, accounts payable, management accounting, private health funds, and finance and treasury functions. Before Cabrini, Jason worked in transport and logistics, where he held multiple finance roles including leading the accounting teams for various large infrastructure and information technology projects. Jason is a certified practising accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business degree majoring in accounting and economics.

Professor Leanne Boyd – Executive Director, Nursing and the Cabrini Institute

Leanne joined the Executive Committee in August 2014 as Executive Director of Nursing and Cabrini Institute. She has a clinical background in critical care and began working at Cabrini in 2012 as Director of Education and Staff Development. Leanne has more than 20 years’ experience in health professional education. Previously, she worked at Monash University as Director of Academic Programs (Middle East) and Head of Department Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice. Leanne holds postgraduate qualifications in education and critical care from Monash University and a Master of Tertiary Education Management from the University of Melbourne.

Jessica Chia – Chief of Strategy and Business Development

Jessica Chia was appointed to her current role in April 2017. She is responsible for leading strategy, business development and marketing across Cabrini. As a career strategist, Jessica has 14 years’ experience in corporate, business and people strategy spanning industries that include financial services, professional services, fast-moving consumer goods, health and transport.

Geoff Fazakerley – Executive Director, Diagnostics, Major Projects and Infrastructure

Geoff began working for Cabrini in 1985 and in 1990 became Director of Support Services until 1997, when he was made Director of Building and Business Development. In 2009, Geoff was appointed to the position of Executive Director, Diagnostic Services and Infrastructure and to his current position in 2014. Geoff has played an integral part in overseeing the development and expansion of Cabrini Health, including our premises at Ashwood, Brighton, Elsternwick, Hawthorn, Malvern and Prahran.

Mary-Anne Gallagher – Executive Director, People and Culture

Mary-Anne has been with Cabrini since 2010 and has worked in the role of Principal Consultant, Organisation Development reporting to the Chief Executive. In 2014, she was appointed to the new role of Executive Director, People and Culture. Mary-Anne is a registered psychologist who has worked in human resources for more than 25 years in private and public sector organisations including finance, corporate rehabilitation, environmental management, public and private health and tertiary education. She has held roles as director of organisation development and human resources at a global level in complex, dispersed organisations. Mary-Anne holds a Bachelor of Science, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology and a Master of Science in Positive Organisation Development. She is a member of the Mission and People Committee.

Cath Garner – Executive Director, Mission and Charitable Services

Cath has worked at Cabrini for a total of 25 years. She has a background in nursing and education and in 2002, she was appointed as Mission Integration Officer, joining the Executive Committee in 2007. She has worked in Australian healthcare for almost three decades in a wide range of key clinical, staff development and management roles. She holds postgraduate degrees in education, information systems, innovation/service management and theology. She oversees Cabrini Health’s social outreach program.

Dr Peter Lowthian – Executive Director, Medical Services

Since 2002, Peter was Executive Director of the Cabrini Institute and in 2013 he also gained executive responsibility for clinical governance at Cabrini. In August 2014, he was appointed to his current position. Peter is a rheumatologist and a graduate of Monash University. Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, of the Australian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, of the Royal College of Physicians London and of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators. Peter believes that management systems, quality staff, education, research and patient involvement are the fundamental underpinnings of safe, high quality patient care.

John Papatheohari – Chief Information Officer

John joined in 2015. Previously, he was General Manager of Health Shared Services for five years, providing mission-critical information technology services across the Victorian public health sector. He made the transition to industry after 26 years working as a management consultant. During his career, John has led a diverse range of organisations, working at the intersection of business and technology, and has had extensive global exposure. Over his time at Cabrini, John has balanced establishing strategic direction with effecting operational improvement. He holds a Bachelor of Business and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Tim Staker – National General Manager, Cabrini Technology

Tim Staker joined Cabrini in 2002 and leads Cabrini Technology which has over 450 staff operating throughout Australia and New Zealand, comprising AWA Technology Services, Chemtronics Biomedical Engineering, Chemtronics Direct, Hospitech Facilities and Asset Management, In-a-Tick Compliance Testing Services, Assistive Living Technologies & Equipment Resources and Victorian Home Health Equipment, as well as Cabrini’s Centre for Innovation. He holds a Master of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Technology Management and a Diploma in Biomedical Engineering. Previously Tim held senior positions with a large multinational provider of non-clinical services and has more than a decade of management experience working in the public health sector. He serves as a Board member for Breastscreen Victoria, where he chairs the Information Technology & Communication Board Subcommittee.

Sue Williams – Chief of Health Operations

Sue has more than 25 years’ experience in the healthcare industry at senior management level in both the public and private sectors. She has held various roles including the Director of Nursing at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Chief Operating Officer of 44 hospitals at Healthscope and Chief Executive Officer at Peninsula Health. Sue originally trained as a nurse and has postgraduate qualifications in business management and a Master of Business Administration from Monash University. She has completed an Advanced Management Program at Harvard University and the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. She joined Cabrini in the new role of Chief of Health Operations in October 2017.

Dr Simon Woods – Executive Director, Malvern

Simon trained as a general surgeon specialising in upper-gastrointestinal surgery. He has worked in public and private hospitals in Australia, Scotland and Hong Kong. Simon was head of unit at the Alfred, Melbourne. From 2007-2014, he was Medical Director and subsequently Executive Director of Medical Services for Cabrini, ultimately ceasing his clinical practice. In 2014, Simon was appointed to the position of Executive Director of Cabrini Malvern, with overall operational responsibility for this acute tertiary hospital, as well as Cabrini Pharmacy. He has been closely involved with the development of Cabrini’s clinical services plan. Simon is a medical graduate of Melbourne University, a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong and has an MBA (Executive), with distinction from RMIT University.