Louise MarkusMrs Louise Markus – BSocWk

Chair
Non-executive Director

Term: 14 December 2016 – 13 December 2019

Mrs Markus was elected to the House of Representatives in 2004 and 2007 for the seat of Greenway and in 2010 for the seat of Macquarie.

During her time in the Parliament of Australia, Mrs Markus held the positions of shadow parliamentary secretary for immigration and citizenship and shadow minister for veterans’ affairs. Mrs Markus left the House of Representatives on 2 July 2016.

Mrs Markus holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of New South Wales. During her career as a social worker, she worked at the Department of Social Security, Wesley Mission and as a TAFE teacher. Mrs Markus is passionate about developing and delivering programs that provide opportunities for our young people and being a strong voice for those in her community.

Dr Erin Lalor

Present position: CEO, Alcohol and Drug Foundation

Board Position: Deputy Chair, Non-executive Director

Term: 20 November 2012 – 2 December 2021

Dr. Erin Lalor was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Alcohol and Drug Foundation in November 2017. 

Erin has over 20 years of leadership experience in the health sector, working in clinical, academic and executive roles, and was most recently the CEO of the National Stroke Foundation and a Director of the World Stroke Organisation. 

Erin sits on a number of advisory committees in relation to public health, clinical improvements and evidence-based approaches to healthcare delivery.  She is currently Chair of the AIHW’s National Vascular Disease Monitoring Advisory Group and a member of its Primary Health Care Advisory Committee. Erin is a Board member of VincentCare Victoria, and a member of the Victorian Liquor Control Advisory Council, VicHealth Alcohol Taskforce and the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol.

Erin was a Victorian finalist in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards 2007 & 2013 and recognised as one of the Financial Review/Westpac Top 100 Women of Influence in 2013. She 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.

Barry SandisonMr Barry Sandison – BBusMgt, FANZSG

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Executive Director

Term: 5 May 2016 – 4 May 2021

Mr Sandison has extensive public sector experience, with previous roles in both policy and service delivery and has maintained a particular interest in the use of data and evidence in government. Most recently, he was the deputy secretary, health and information, in the Australian Government Department of Human Services where he was responsible for the administration and delivery of a range of programs in the health, government and business areas. Before that, Mr Sandison was a deputy chief executive at Centrelink and held senior executive roles in the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. Mr Sandison is a board member of L’Arche Genesaret, an Australian Capital Territory community organisation for people with intellectual disabilities.

Dr Zoran Bolevich

Present position: Chief Executive of eHealth NSW

Board position: Non-executive Director

Term: 11 February 2016 – 2 December 2019

During his 25-year career in health, Dr Bolevich has worked in a range of senior health management and ICT leadership roles in Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to joining eHealth NSW, Zoran worked at the NSW Ministry of Health as Executive Director for Health System Information and Performance Reporting and, most recently, as Acting Deputy Secretary for System Purchasing and Performance.

Ms Christine Castley – LLB BA MA MPA

Present position: Deputy Director-General, Criminal Justice System Reform Project Management Office, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Queensland

Board position: Non-executive Director

Term: 3 December 2018 – 2 December 2019

Ms Castley has served in multiple senior leadership roles across the Queensland Government, with significant experience in strategic policy, governance and service delivery.

She is currently Deputy Director-General in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Prior to this, Christine was Deputy Director-General, Housing, Homelessness and Sport in the Department of Housing and Public Works. In this role, Ms Castley led major reform (including development of the Queensland Housing Strategy 2017–2027) and transformation of housing and homelessness services delivered by 1,500 staff, managing a $1.4 billion business and a $15 billion asset portfolio.

During 2014-2015, she led the Secretariat to the Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence, working closely with the Chair of the Taskforce, the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, Government, Opposition and Independent Members of Parliament, as well as community sector representatives. She has previously worked in a variety of agencies including Natural Resources and Mines, State Development and the Queensland Performing Arts Trust, and has had primary responsibility for developing significant public sector reform, right to information and privacy legislation.

Ms Marilyn Chilvers – MAppStat BEcon(Hons)

Present position: Executive Director NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), and Data Analytics Centre, NSW Treasury (dual role)

Board position: Non-executive Director

Term: 18 January 2016 – 2 December 2019

Ms Chilvers leads data integration and analysis activities to improve outcomes for vulnerable and at-risk citizens in NSW. She has led the design, development and implementation of the NSW Human Services Outcomes Framework to guide government investment and service design through data and evidence. Ms Chilvers is a partner investigator in a range of linkage research projects including the FACS Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study of children and young people in out-of-home care and the UNSW Child Development Study.

Ms Chilvers’ previous roles include senior statistical and economic roles in NSW human services agencies including FACS, the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, and at Macquarie University.

Ms Christine Gee

Present position: CEO Toowong Private Hospital

Board position: Non-executive Director

Term: 3 December 2018 – 2 December 2023

Ms Gee is the CEO of the Toowong Private Hospital, which is an authorised mental health service in Brisbane, Queensland.

She holds a number of board positions across local, state and national arenas. She is a member of the Toowong Private Hospital Board, the Treasurer of the Private Hospitals Association of Queensland as well as Chair of its Psychiatric Sub-committee. She is a past National President and current member of the Board of the Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA), a member of its Private Psychiatric Hospitals Data Reporting and Analysis Management Committee as well as Chair of its Policy and Advocacy Taskforce and Psychiatric Committee.

Ms Gee is a longstanding member of the Board of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and chairs its Private Hospitals Sector Committee, Mental Health Advisory Group, Open Disclosure Advisory Group as well as co-chairing its National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards Steering Committee and Patient Safety Reporting Steering Committee.

Ms Gee is a member of the Queensland Medical Board, its Immediate Action Committee and Medical Registrations Committee. She is Chair of the Medical Board of Australia’s Sexual Boundaries Notifications Committee and a member of its Notifications Committee: Assessment.

During her 30-year career in public and private acute healthcare, she has received many accolades including a Centenary Medal for Distinguished Service to the Health Industry, an APHA Individual Achievement Award for her contribution to the viability, growth, quality and achievements of the private hospital sector. She was the recipient of a special 20th-year joint Baxter Healthcare and the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Award for Longstanding Service to Quality in Australian Healthcare.

Mr Romlie Mokak – BSocSc PGDipSpEd

Present position: CEO Lowitja Institute

Board position: Non-executive Director

Term: 3 December 2018 – 2 December 2023

Mr Mokak is a Djugun man and a member of the Yawuru people. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Lowitja Institute, Australia’s national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research since 2014. Under his leadership, the Institute is transforming into a leading research and policy impact organisation in Australia, while extending its global networks and partnerships.

Prior to joining the Lowitja Institute, Romlie was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association for almost a decade. Earlier roles included Director, Substance Use, and Manager of the National Eye Health Program, for the Australian Government’s Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. He was the first Aboriginal policy officer in the New South Wales government Ageing and Disability Department.

Mr Mokak has chaired and has been a member for a range of policy, research and evaluation bodies at the national and state government levels. He is also a past chair of the National Health Leadership Forum, the collective of national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing organisations. He holds a Bachelor of Social Science and Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education.

Dr Christine Pascott – MBBS, FRACGP, GAICD, AFACHSM

Present position: Director, University Medical Centre, The University of Western Australia

Board position: Non-executive Director

Term: 3 December 2018 – 2 December 2023

Dr Pascott is a practising clinician with a focus on holistic health care of young adults, encompassing both physical and mental health aspects. For over 20 years she has led a team of GPs, registered and mental health nurses, visiting specialist and health promotion officers. She has been the Infection Control Officer for the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences since 2015. 

Dr Pascott is a member of Medical Defence Association (MDA) National’s board and of its Audit and Risk Committee and is a Clinical Reference Lead for the Australian Digital Health Agency. 

Mr Michael Perusco

Present position: CEO, Berry Street, Victoria

Board position: Non-executive Director

Term: 20 November 2012 – 2 December 2023

Mr Perusco commenced as CEO of Berry Street in February 2018 – the 28TH CEO since Berry Street’s establishment in 1877. Berry Street is one of Victoria’s leading independent child and family services organisation in Victoria.  Established in 1877, Berry Street provides an extensive range of support services to over 18,000 of Victoria’s most vulnerable children, young people, women and families.

Mr Perusco has had extensive experience working in senior leadership roles.  Prior to Berry Street, he was CEO of a number of organisations in the housing and homelessness sector: Unison (2015-2018), St Vincent de Paul Society (NSW) (2012-2015), and Sacred Heart Mission (2002-2011).  Michael also worked at the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet leading the social inclusion agenda, not for profit reform agenda and other social policy areas and has experience in the commercial sector, including KPMG and Arthur Andersen.

Mr Perusco’s career to date in the community sector has largely focussed on working with people who are chronically homeless. Through this work, he has seen the devastating impact a traumatic and dysfunctional childhood can have on people’s lives. Mr Perusco feels his role at Berry Street will allow him to focus his skills and experience on those crucial early years and assist vulnerable children and young people to live life to their full potential.

Mr Perusco is currently a member of the Victorian Government’s Roadmap for Reform Ministerial Advisory Group and the Aboriginal Children’s Forum and the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare.

In recognition of Mr Perusco’s commitment and determination to address homelessness in Victoria, he was a finalist in the 2010 Victorian Australian of the Year awards.

Ms Cathryn Ryan

Present position: Group General Manager – Health Funding, Strategy & Performance

Board position: Non-executive Director

Term: 3 December 2018 – 2 December 2023

Ms Ryan has worked for over 35 years in the public and private health sectors in both Australia and the UK.  As a registered nurse, she specialised in adult and paediatric critical care, working predominantly in emergency departments and trauma units.  Ms Ryan has held a wide range of operational and senior managerial roles, focusing upon care outcomes, efficiency, productivity and funding. In addition to her clinical qualifications, Ms Ryan has postgraduate qualifications in Health Administration, a Bachelor of Education and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

With a national role as General Manager - Health Funding, Strategy & Performance at Australia’s largest not-for-profit private/public hospital operator, St John of God Health Care, Ms Ryan heads up an integrated team responsible for funding, health information, audit and related analytics.  Ms Ryan also has over 10 years’ experience as a non-executive director of a not-for-profit organisation for children with special needs.  Ms Ryan is a member of Catholic Health Australia’s Senior Executive Forum and a current member of the Commonwealth Prostheses Listing Advisory Committee.

Dr Simone Ryan

Present position: CEO - One Life, Live It Specialist Occupational & Environmental Physician

Board position: Non-executive Director

Term: 1 September 2016 – 2 December 2021

Dr Ryan is a medical specialist and pioneer in her field; well-known for her passion and dedication to ensuring optimum health for every Australian worker. With her main professional objective to educate corporate Australia around realising the health benefits of work and how this boosts the bottom line, One Life Live It was born.

Dr Ryan is the Founder and CEO of One Life. Live It. In addition she is the founder of Hang Loose Foundation, Fellow: Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), Former Board and Risk Director (RACP), Consultant to ASX companies re: OHS / Health, Member, Women on Boards.