Erin Lalor AM BSc (Hons) (Speech and Hearing), GAICD, PhD, GCCM

Deputy Chair Current Term: 3 December 2022 to 2 December 2027
Acting Chair from 14 December 2022, in accordance with section 11B of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987

Dr Lalor was appointed CEO of the Alcohol and Drug Foundation in November 2017. She has over 20 years of leadership experience in the health sector, working in clinical, academic and executive roles. She was previously the CEO of the National Stroke Foundation and a director of the World Stroke Organization.

Dr Lalor is the Chair of the AIHW’s Chronic Conditions Advisory Group. She is a former director of VincentCare Victoria, and a member of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs, the Victorian Liquor Control Advisory Council and the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol. She was twice recognised as a Victorian finalist in the Telstra Businesswoman of the Year awards and identified in the Financial Review’s Top 100 Women of Influence in 2013.

Dr Lalor was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in January 2019 for her services to health through the not-for-profit sector and to people with stroke.

Rob Heferen

AIHW CEO, Executive Director
Current Term: 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2026; ex-officio appointment

The head of the AIHW is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Rob Heferen was appointed as CEO on 1 July 2021. The CEO is responsible for the effective day-to-day administration of the institute and is the primary point of liaison between the Board and the Executive Committee.

Zoran Bolevich  DM, MBA, FRACMA

Non-executive Director
Current Term: 
3 March 2020 to 2 March 2023

Dr Bolevich is the Chief Executive of eHealth NSW and the Chief Information Officer for NSW Health. eHealth NSW is a specialised agency within NSW Health. It is responsible for planning, implementing and supporting a digitally enabled, integrated and patient-centric health information environment. During his prior 25‑year career, Dr Bolevich worked in a range of senior health management, information and communication technology (ICT) leadership roles in Australia and New Zealand.

Before joining eHealth NSW, Dr Bolevich worked at NSW Ministry of Health as executive director for health system information and performance reporting, and as acting deputy secretary for system purchasing and performance.

Marilyn Chilvers  BEc (Hons), MAppStat, GradDipTertEd

Non-executive Director
Current Term: 
3 March 2020 to 2 March 2023

Ms Chilvers is an Executive Director in the New South Wales Government, working in the Customer, Delivery and Transformation Division of the Department of Customer Service. She is responsible for driving data integration and insight development initiatives to improve outcomes for citizens, particularly those who are most vulnerable. She led the design, development and implementation of the NSW Human Services Outcomes Framework, and enabled data sharing, modelling and measurement of outcomes and benefits for New South Wales citizens, driving a reformed NSW Human Services data ecosystem to deliver better outcomes.

Ms Chilvers is currently shaping transformational design of complex integrated data initiatives, including the National Disability Data Asset and the NSW Stronger Communities Data Partnership.

Christine Gee MBA

Non-executive Director
Current Term: 
3 December 2018 to 2 December 2023

Ms Gee is the CEO of the Toowong Private Hospital. She is a past national president and current board member of the Australian Private Hospitals Association, a member of its Private Psychiatric Hospitals Data Reporting and Analysis Management Committee and Chair of its Policy and Advocacy Taskforce, Safety and Quality Taskforce and Psychiatry Committee. She is Treasurer of the Private Hospitals Association of Queensland and Chair of its Mental Health Facilities Network. Ms Gee is a member of the Board of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and Chair of the Commission’s Private Hospital Sector Committee. She is a member of the Queensland Board of the Medical Board of Australia and Chair of the Medical Board of Australia’s National Special Issues Committee. Ms Gee is the 2021 recipient of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards’ Gold Medal.

Romlie Mokak BSocSc, PGDipSpEd

Non-executive Director
Current Term:
3 December 2018 to 2 December 2023

Mr Mokak is a Djugun man, a member of the Yawuru people and a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission. He led key national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations as CEO of the Lowitja Institute and the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association.

Mr Mokak previously worked for the Australian Government where he had policy and program responsibility in areas such as substance use, male health and eye health, within the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. At the state level, he was the first Aboriginal policy officer appointed to the New South Wales Department of Ageing and Disability.

Mr Mokak was a past chair of the National Health Leadership Forum, the Canada–Australia Indigenous Health and Wellness Working Group and the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress CEOs’ Forum.

Christine Pascott  MBBS, FRACGP, GAICD

Non-executive Director
Current Term: 
3 December 2018 to 2 December 2023

Dr Pascott is an experienced general practitioner and for over 20 years was medical director at the University of Western Australia.

She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Medical Defence Association National Board and its audit and risk committees. Dr Pascott has experience in digital health and public health and is a clinical reference lead for the Australian Digital Health Agency. 

Michael Perusco  BBus (Acc)

Non-executive Director
Current Term:
23 December 2018 to 2 December 2023

Mr Perusco commenced as CEO of Berry Street in February 2018. Before that he was CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society (New South Wales) and Sacred Heart Mission. He has worked in the PM&C, leading the social inclusion agenda, not-for-profit reform agenda and social policy areas. He has also worked at KPMG and Arthur Andersen.

Mr Perusco is a member of the Victorian Government’s Roadmap Implementation for Reform Ministerial Advisory Group, the Aboriginal Children’s Forum and the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare. He was a finalist in the 2010 Victorian Australian of the Year awards.

Cathryn Ryan  RN, BEd, GDipHlthAdmin, GDipENT (UK), GCertCritCare(Emerg), GAICD

Acting Deputy Chair
Current Term: 
From 24 January 2023 to 24 March 2023
Acting Chair from 24 January 2023 to 6 February 2023 and 8 March 2023 to 20 March 2023, in accordance with section 11B of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987

Ms Ryan has worked for over 35 years in the public and private health sectors in both Australia and the United Kingdom. She has held a wide range of operational and senior managerial roles, focusing on care outcomes, efficiency, productivity and funding.

More recently, Ms Ryan held the national role as General Manager - Health Funding, Strategy and Performance at Australia's largest not-for-profit private/public hospital operator, St John of God Health Care, where she headed up an integrated team responsible for funding, health information, audit and related analytics for just over ten years. Ms Ryan is currently the Group Director for Health Funding and Patient Services with the prestigious and iconic Cabrini Health who provide acute, sub-acute and aged care services in Victoria. Ms Ryan also has over 10 years’ experience as a non-executive director of a not-for- profit organisation for children with special needs. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a current Grant Assessor for the Medical Research Future Fund (NHMRC) and a member of the Commonwealth’s Prostheses Listing Advisory Committee.

Peter White MBA

Non-executive Director
Current Term:
1 September 2021 to 31 August 2026

Mr White is the Deputy Secretary for Community Services, Infrastructure and Housing in the Department of Communities Tasmania, and has been responsible for management of homelessness and social housing programs since March 2012. With over 30 years of experience in senior executive state government housing roles, including over 15 years in Housing Tasmania, he has an extensive history in the development of new housing and facilitating the growth of community housing providers.

Mr White managed the delivery of 530 units under the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan, oversaw the transfer of 6000 homes to management by the community housing sector and recently delivered a range of initiatives under the Tasmanian Government’s Affordable Housing Strategy. Prior to working with Housing Tasmania – responsible for the management of over 11,400 public housing dwellings, with a further 1,600 dwellings under management by the not-for-profit sector – Mr White was the Project Manager for the Tasmanian Natural Gas Project.

He has a Bachelor of Business in Property from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Economics and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Tasmania, where he was awarded the McCarthy Medal for Most Outstanding Student in the MBA course. He is also an Associate of the Australian Property Institute.