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The establishment of Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service (GCHHS) as a statutory body under the control of the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Board (GCHHB) occurred on July 1, 2012. This provides an opportunity to have enhanced local decision making about local health services to benefit the local community. The Board will strive to add genuine value to Gold Coast Health. The Board is committed to developing ways to involve the community in designing local health service delivery into the future.

The GCHHB will continue to focus on strategies to meet the growth in demand for health services. It will considers innovative ways to increase resources to the region, including the possibility of increased public / private partnerships. The Board looks to improve access to hospital services, including making sure the excellent facilities in the region are used to their capacity. The range of services provided locally will continue to be increased. This helps to reduce, and in some cases eliminate, the need for the public to travel to Brisbane for treatment.

The GCHHB are facilitating a review of all the current services that are provided across the spectrum of health care, including community services. This will allow informed decisions to be made on the direction of health services that the GCHHS will provide into the future.

Board Chair

Mr Ian Langdon
Ian Langdon

Mr Ian Langdon has extensive Board experience encompassing roles such as Board Chairman, Audit Committee Chairman and non-Executive Director with a wide range of companies. Ian has also held various academic positions with the last being Associate Professor and Dean of Business at Griffith University (Gold Coast campus).

Ian has a strong background in agribusiness, food production and marketing. Ian was appointed as Chairman of the Peanut Company of Australia in March 2008 after joining the Board in March 2005. He was Chairman of Australian Co-operative Foods Ltd (the Dairy Farmers Group) from 1989 until its sale in November 2008. Ian was also a director of Rabobank Australia Limited 1995-2004, Pivot Limited between 1993 and 2003 and Delta Electricity 2000- 2006.

He has held various positions in tertiary education including Associate Professor and Dean of Business Faculty at Griffith University (Gold Coast Campus), Dean of Business at The Darling Downs Institute of Technology (now University of Southern Queensland) and Senior Lecturer in finance at Deakin University.

Ian is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and Certified Practising Accountant (CPA). He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Diploma of Education.

Board Members

Ms Teresa Dyson
Teresa Dyson

Ms Teresa Dyson has leadership and governance experience across the private and public sectors. In her legal practice, Teresa has provided tax and structuring advice on infrastructure arrangements, merger and acquisition activity, and financing arrangements. Teresa specialises in asset finance and leasing, Public-Private Partnerships and private infrastructure arrangements, securitisation and transactions in the energy and resources sector and the aviation and transport industry.  

Teresa is also a member of the Boards of Energy Qld; Energy Super; Opera Qld; UN Women National Committee of Australia; and Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education.  Teresa also chairs the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.

Teresa was named Woman Lawyer of the Year in 2011 by the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland. She has also been Chair of the Board of Taxation and member on the Board of SEQ Water Grid Manager and the Audit and Risk Committee of Lifeline Australia.  She has been a partner of global professional services firms Ashurst and Deloitte.

Mr Robert Buker
Robert Buker

Mr Robert Buker has over 43 years of experience as a Chartered Accountant, with extensive experience delivering internal and external audit, accounting services, corporate governance, project management, as well as providing financial and management consulting.

His extensive experience includes both the public and private sectors in local, national and international markets. Robert was the former Managing and Audit Partner of Acumen Alliance in Canberra, Audit Partner of WHK Horwath (now Crowe Horwath), Director of Audit for Vincents Chartered Accountants and most recently was Chief Financial Officer of Careflight Group Queensland.

Robert has extensive direct experience working with all levels of government covering Commonwealth, State and Local over the past 25 years. Whilst Robert was a partner at WHK Group he was responsible for managing the external audit of the City of Gold Coast for approximately four years, on behalf of the Queensland Auditor General.

Prof Helen Chenery
Helen Chenery

Professor Helen Chenery is currently Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University. A leading language and rehabilitation researcher, Helen has pioneered significant advances in understanding and treating acquired language disorders resulting from neurological disease, particularly in the neurobiology of subcortical language impairment and the impact of deep brain stimulation on language and cognition. She has a particular interest in the application of digital technologies in health.    

Helen has extensive strategic and operational experience in executive leadership roles within the higher education and health sectors, and has led policy and practice reform in dementia care, health workforce and service design, and interprofessional education/practice. She is currently an Investigator on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence entitled The Dynamics of Language and holds other ARC and competitive grants.

Helen has held previous roles as Director of a translational clinical research centre in neuromodulation, as Deputy Executive Dean in Health Sciences at The University of Queensland and as a Director on the Board of the Cerebral Palsy League.

Prof Allan Cripps
Allan Crips

Professor Allan Cripps has extensive experience in both health service provision and in health academe. Allan is currently a research Professor in the School of Medicine at Griffith University and was previously the Foundation Pro Vice Chancellor of Health 2003 - 16. Allan has served as a member of a number of academic and health industry boards and advisory committees.

Since 1976 Allan has held academic positions at Flinders University, the University of Newcastle, the University of Canberra and Griffith University.

Allan is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, the Australasian Society for Immunology, and the American Association of Immunology. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Scientists, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists, a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science (UK), a Fellow of the Australian Society for Microbiology and an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

Allan worked in the health sector for over 20 years before taking a fulltime academic position in 1994 at the University of Canberra. He joined Griffith University in 2003 to commence the rollout of the Medical Program and in 2005 was given the task of forming the University’s Health Group.

Allan has chaired the Griffith University/Queensland Health Medical Liaison Committee, the Hospital Relationship Management Committee, and the John Flynn Hospital Human Ethics Committee. He was a member of the Queensland Health Education and Research Council.

Allan has an extensive research track record with over 300 published works mostly in the field of immunology and clinical research. He has presented his research at numerous national and international meetings. He has received nearly $17 million in research grants from nationally competitive and industry sources.

In 2015 Allan received the Australia Day Award from the Australasian College of Health Service Management for his contributions to the public health sector and health education. Also in 2015 Allan was awarded an Order of Australia for distinguished service to tertiary education and to public health as a leading immunologist, academic and researcher in the area of mucosal immunisation.

Dr Cherrell Hirst
Cherrell Hirst

Dr Cherrell Hirst graduated from the University of Queensland in medicine and practised for 30 years, predominantly as Director of the Wesley Breast Clinic (1982-2001) where she achieved a national reputation in the field of breast cancer screening and diagnosis.

Her interest in the value of education, both in the practice of medicine and more broadly, led to her appointment on the Council of Queensland University of Technology in 1990 and she was elected Chancellor in 1994, serving until 2004.

In addition, Cherrell served on the Board of Trustees at Brisbane Girls Grammar School from 1990 to 2006 and was Chair from 1996.

She has pursued a career as a professional non-executive director since 2001 and served as a Director on a wide variety of corporate entities across the finance, insurance, biotechnology, arts and education sectors.

Cherrell is currently Chair of ASX listed companies ImpediMed Ltd and Factor Therapeutics (previously Tissue Therapies) and is a non-executive director of Medibank Private Ltd.  In addition she is a director of RSL Care RDNS.  

In addition, she Chairs an advisory board at the University of Queensland and was part-time Chief Executive Officer of QIC BioVentures from 2007 to 2014.  In addition she serves on different Queensland government committees. 

In recognition of her work in the fields of breast cancer and education, Cherrell has been awarded three honorary doctorates (from QU, GU and SCU), a Centenary Medal (2003) and the title of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) (1998).

She was named Queenslander of the Year in 1995 and is an elected member of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Ms Colette McCool
Colette McCool

Ms Colette McCool has more than 25 years’ experience as a senior executive in large and complex public sector organisations. She has held senior leadership positions across economic and social portfolios in State, Territory and Local Governments, in diverse functional areas such as community services and health, waste management and transport.  Colette has outstanding leadership, management and business skills.  Her strengths include highly developed skills and extensive experience in community consultation, engagement and capacity building, coupled with a deep knowledge of the diverse Gold Coast community and its needs.  She is an exceptional communicator, presenter and negotiator who has proven ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders.  Colette has been a member of many government boards.  Recent experience includes Director Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service.  She is Chair of the Safety Quality and Clinician Engagement Committee, a member of the Executive Committee, and Audit and Risk Committees, Deputy Chair and acting Chair Regional Development Authority (Gold Coast), Director Gold Coast Hospital Foundation and  Director Qld Events Gold Coast.  Colette is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Her qualifications include Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Australian Institute of Company Directors, and Master of International Management. Additionally she holds postgraduate qualifications in education, applied linguistics and librarianship.  Colette was awarded the 2007 Telstra Business Woman of the Year (QLD) in the Government and Community category.

Prof Judy Searle
Judy Searle

Professor Searle’s resume demonstrates a diverse range of skills and experiences. She started her career as a medical specialist before moving primarily into leadership and management positions in academe both in Australia and the UK. She then took up the opportunity to expand her experiences more broadly as she moved to senior advisory positions within Government both Federal and Territory. More recently she had the opportunity to manage the day to day activities of a not-for-profit national and cross-Tasman professional body as their CEO.

The highlight of her career to date has been the appointment as Senior Adviser to the then Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Nicola Roxon MP. She describes it as the most complex, intense, frantic and demanding job she has ever done. 

She also had the privilege of setting up two new medical schools, one in the UK as Associate Dean and then returning to Australia as the Foundation Dean for the School of Medicine at Griffith University.

Currently she continues to contribute to the health and education sectors as a non-Executive board member and as an academic consultant.

She has therefore had the opportunity to work across most sectors particularly in health including clinical service provision, academia, policy development, regulation and accreditation, board directorship and medico-politics.

As a constant she has been a champion for the public sector and is motivated by values and quality.

Dr Andrew Weissenberger
Andrew Weissenberger

Dr Andrew Weissenberger is the Practice Principal at Hope Island Medical Centre and has been in the medical profession for more than two decades. His special interests include aged care and chronic disease management.

Andrew graduated with first class honours in medicine from the University of Queensland in 1988, where he was awarded the William Nathaniel Robertson Medal and the J.R.L. Lahz Memorial Prize.

He began his career in hospitals, working at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane, before moving into community general practice in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.

Andrew also has a keen interest in the training and education of both medical students and registrars, and is a Senior Lecturer with Griffith University. He is also actively involved as a surveyor for accreditation in general practice.

In 2013 Hope Island Medical Centre was recognised for its efforts in quality improvements and was awarded Australian General Practice of the Year.

Andrew has previous Board experience for Hopewell Services Inc (which incorporates Hopewell Hospice and Paradise Kids) and the Gold Coast Division of General Practice. He has also completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course (GAICD).


Last updated 21 Jul 2017