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Executive team

Our Chief Executive and leadership team implement our operational strategy, including responsibility for the day-to-day running of the service.

Chief Executive

Mr Ron Calvert

BSc (Hons), MBA

Ron commenced as Chief Executive of Gold Coast Health in 2012, bringing with him more than 20 years of health management skills and experience. He has held Chief Executive roles at England’s Doncaster and Bassetlaw National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust and Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust, where he introduced a quality regime that resulted in a significant reduction in mortality rates. Prior to this, he held Board-level roles at University College London Hospitals and University Hospitals Leicester.

Strategic Leadership Team

Dr Jeremy Wellwood
A/Chief Operations Officer

MBBS (Hons), FRACP, FRCPA

Jeremy returned to Gold Coast Health in 2005 as a Clinical and Laboratory Haematologist after having been a registrar in the service in the mid-1990s. He led the development of tertiary cancer services on the Gold Coast and draws on his 25 years of clinical experience to provide values-based leadership with a focus on improving staff and patient experience.

Dr Kellie Wren
A/Executive Director, Clinical Governance, Education Research

Dr Kellie Wren is an anaesthetist and medical administrator who joined our executive team in 2019 as deputy executive director of medical services. Kellie has worked in Queensland Health for over 20 years and brings extensive experience in operational management and patient safety. Kellie came to GCHHS from Metro North HHS where she held several roles including, Clinical Lead for the development of the Surgical Treatment and Rehabilitation Service and Director of the periprocedural support service. As the EDCGER she supports the organisation to deliver high-quality safe care that always has our patients at the forefront. Kellie holds a Masters of Business Administration, an Associate fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators, a Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

 

Mr Sandip Kumar
Executive Director, Transformation and Digital

Sandip Kumar commenced as the inaugural Executive Director of Transformation and Digital in 2020.  He brings extensive experience and a proven record in transformation, strategy and corporate finance in the private and public sector.  He has held senior positions in Queensland Treasury Corporation's client division, consulting to Queensland Health and various hospital and health services. Sandip has led or co-led multi-disciplinary teams who work with Boards, Executives, frontline and corporate staff with a focus on improving organisation-wide performance.  He brings 12 years of experience across management consulting, corporate finance and strategy roles, including four years consulting in Queensland Health transformation and change programs. 

He holds a Bachelor of Business and a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting. Qualifications complemented by extensive experience leading and driving programs, projects or initiatives of a broad nature, across multiple health service divisions.

Mr Ian Moody
Chief Finance Officer, Finance Services

BA (Hons), FCA, MAICD

Ian joined Gold Coast Health in December 2013 following an international career of 15 years in assurance and consulting in various commercial industries and government sectors. He is a Board Director of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Ms Toni Peggrem
Executive Director, Strategic Planning and Assets

BPThy, BSc, MSc (Ed), GAICD

Toni started at Gold Coast Health in 2006 and brought with her more than 15 years’ experience in health service delivery and health administration. Toni played an integral role in the development, planning and delivery of the Robina Hospital expansion, Robina Health Precinct and Gold Coast University Hospital building projects.

Ms Hannah Bloch
Executive Director, People and Corporate Services

BBus (HRM), LLB

Hannah joined the executive team in September 2016 following more than 10 years working across Queensland Health. Hannah’s role is critical to ensuring the Health Service has the right workforce with the right skills to meet future service delivery needs. She is focused on supporting the broader executive team to engage with staff and drive strategies to build a culture of success.

Ms Sarah Dixon
Executive Director, Strategic Communication and Engagement | Acting Executive Director, Governance, Risk & Commercial Services

B Bus (Comms), JP(Qual), GAICD, MPRIA

Sarah joined Gold Coast Health’s executive team in 2018, following a 15-year consulting career in corporate affairs, communication and marketing. She has worked across a wide variety of sectors, including health, and has advised Boards and executive management teams on a range of complex issues and situations in the national spotlight. She is also the Chair of an independent school board, a Trustee Director of a public offer superannuation fund, and Deputy Chair of a charitable trust.

Integrated and Ambulatory Care Services (IACS)

Ms Paula Duffy
Executive Director, Integrated and Ambulatory Care Services

Paula commenced at Gold Coast Health during the transition of St Vincent’s Hospital to the now Robina Hospital in 2002.

During her time at Gold Coast Health, Paula has enjoyed a variety of roles including A/Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery Services, A/Executive Director People and Culture, and Director of Nursing Division of Medicine. 

Paula has an active role on more than 20 internal committees including; Executive Coordination Group Operations, Nursing and Midwifery Credentialing, executive sponsor for Nurse Practitioner Network, Resuscitation, Infection Control, EMR Program Board and Unscheduled Care Steering Committee. 

Her external interests include being a member of Advisory Board, Health Round Table, Australasian College of Health Service Management, and General Medicine Network.

Paula’s career highlights at Gold Coast Health include receiving the Amy Enderlin Excellence Award in 2007; opening Robina Hospital and Robina Hospital expansion; co-leading new models of care including Medical Assessment Unit and cardiac surgery; and is excited to be involved in leading the journey towards Magnet. 

Paula has post graduate qualifications in Health Management, Gerontology and Clinical Rehabilitation.

Dr Audra Gedmintas
Clinical Director, Integrated Ambulatory Care Services

BA (hons), MBBS, FACEM, CICM

Dr Audra Gedmintas has an extensive background working within the Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and the United Kingdom health systems. She has worked as an emergency medicine and intensive care specialist with her career emphasis focused on the deteriorating patient and its impact on patient flow. Audra received her undergraduate degree at Cambridge University in the UK and received her Medical degree from Imperial College London.

Audra is the Clinical Director of Integrated Care and Ambulatory services and a senior staff specialist in Intensive Care at the Gold Coast University Hospital in Queensland.

More recently Audra has worked as the Director of the After-Hours Care Unit and was the Clinical Lead for the After hours Improvement Project for Gold Coast Health. This project has improved efficiency and effectiveness of after hours service delivery to ensure improvements to patient safety and quality. The use of a clinical unit dedicated to patient deterioration after hours is innovative in Australia, especially with underpinning multidisciplinary team and technology initiatives to improve deterioration response, recognition and clinical communication.
Throughout Audra’s career, compassion during deterioration and end of life care is a recurring theme that drives her to better the outcomes for both patients and their carers; including those clinicians engaged in the patient’s journey.

Mr Matthew Lunn
Director of Nursing, Integrated and Ambulatory Care Services

Matthew has worked in a number of Queensland, United Kingdom and Ireland health services prior to commencing at Gold Coast Health in 2009 and has a diversity of experience in executive health leadership roles, as a health executive, nursing executive, project manager and clinician. 

Matthew led the Toowoomba and Darling Downs Maternity Service reform project and was the Local Hospital and Health Services Network (LHHN) lead for Children’s Health Queensland. 

Matthew has a Master’s in Business Administration, a Graduate Certificate in Health Economics, Certificate in Lean Thinking and a Bachelor in Nursing. Matthew has worked as an executive member in Cancer, Access and Support Services (now Diagnostic and Subspecialty Services) for the past two and a half years and has demonstrated a commitment to delivering results and contemporary health services across a variety of health settings. Matthew values the importance of clinician engagement and building strong collaborative relations to deliver the best possible services for patients and their families of the Gold Coast community.

Diagnostic and Subspecialty Services (DASS)

Ms Karlene Willcocks
Executive Director, Diagnostic and Sub-specialty Services

Karlene has had an extensive career in nursing and is an experienced strategic healthcare leader with a diverse background in senior management and leadership roles. Former positions include the Director, Operations for BreastScreen Victoria, and Monash Health and health services in both Australia and New Zealand. Karlene is a member of the Australian Institute Company Directors.

 

 

 

Dr Meng Tan
Clinical Director, Diagnostic and Subspecialty Services

MBBS, BSc, FRACP, Neurologist

Originally trained in Brisbane, Meng left Queensland in 2004 to work as a neurologist at Mayo Clinic (four years) and then The Royal Melbourne Hospital (eight years), developing clinical and research interests in epilepsy and autoimmune neurology. During this time, he published seminal papers on voltage-gated potassium channel autoimmunity and sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.
 
His passion for medical education and professional advocacy inspired him to take on key roles including Chair of the Written Examination Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the National Examining Panel of the RACP, the Council of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists and the Advisory Committee on Medicines of the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
 
Meng joined Gold Coast Health in 2017 as Medical Director of Neurology, overseeing a period of staff renewal and expansion of clinical services. Under his stewardship, Gold Coast developed into the single largest neurologist training centre in Queensland and among the largest programs nationwide.

He is a keen proponent of the Speaking Up For Safety and Promoting Professional Accountability programs.

Ms Janeen Freeman
A/Director of Nursing, Diagnostic and Subspecialty Services

Janeen has held a number of lead clinical, management, support and project roles within her Nursing Career including the interface of clinical care and health data; as well as clinical and service development.

Janeen transitioned into nursing management and leadership roles in 2008 bringing a wealth of operational and workforce knowledge and experience, working across operational management, senior leadership and executive roles.

Janeen is an active member in a number of professional and clinical committees including Nursing Workforce which is a current interest and focus.

Janeen has previously been an active member of state-wide Patient Flow Network in 2007/08, bringing back crucial knowledge and playing an instrumental role in developing and implementing district wide patient flow initiatives and supported the transition to and opening of the Gold Coast University Hospital in 2013.

Janeen’s qualifications include BHSc(Nurs), GradDip (MgmtLead), GradCert (PubHlth BusMgmt), and GradCert (CancerChemo).

Mental Health and Specialist Services (MHSS)

Dr Kathryn Turner
Clinical Director, Mental Health and Specialist Services

Kathryn is a Psychiatrist and currently Clinical Director of Mental Health and Specialist Services in the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service. 

Kathryn has been working within the service for many years, having first come to the Gold Coast Hospital as a Junior House Officer in 1991. She returned to Brisbane for some of her training, and has been continuously back on the Gold Coast since 1998 when she completed her Senior Registrar year, with a focus on Old Age Psychiatry. 

Kathryn’s clinical work has included a focus on community psychiatry, and she has also maintained an active involvement in Medical Education, holding positions within the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, including member of the Queensland Branch Training Committee, Member of the national STP Committee, and Accredited Examiner Panel. 

Kathryn has an interest in service development and continuous improvement in safety and quality in the public health system. She was involved in leading the development of the Early Psychosis Service on the Gold Coast, and was part of the team that won a state-wide award for involvement of consumers in that service development process. 

In 2015, Kathryn was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary, in recognition of her collaborative work with Rotary in providing an annual forum on Youth Mental Health on the Gold Coast.

Kathryn’s qualifications include; Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP).

Ms Diana Grice
Director of Nursing, Mental Health and Specialist Services

Diana has been employed at Gold Coast Health for close to seven years and has a specialty focus on forensic psychiatric care.

Her move into management roles began in the early 1990s and held the position of Operations Manager for Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Services for Canterbury District Health Board in New Zealand.
Moving to the Gold Coast in 2008, Diana worked for a non-government mental health service provider and General Practice Gold Coast prior to commencing at Gold Coast Health.

She plays an active role on a number of internal committees including; Executive Coordination Group Operations, Nursing and Midwifery Consultative Forum, Magnet Steering Committee, Infection Control Committee, Registered Nurse and Midwives Professional Recognition Program, MH ACT 2016 Implementation Committee and ICE Response Project Steering Committee.

Her highlights at Gold Coast Health to date include seeing the growth in the service and commitment to continuous improvement and professionalism; the introduction of a mental health specific nursing award; and introduction of the Safewards initiative in inpatient units.

Diana’s qualifications include; Credentialed Registered Mental Health Nurse, Certificate Forensic Psychiatry, Certificate Quality Assurance and she is currently completing a Masters in Healthcare Leadership.

Surgical, Anaesthetics and Procedural Services (SAPS)

Ms Sandra Lenehan
Executive Director, Surgical, Anaesthetics and Procedural Services

Sandra’s most recent experience was Nursing Director, Surgical Services, at Logan Bayside Health Network at Metro South. With a background in nursing, Sandra has demonstrated her leadership qualities in a variety of roles and committees in both Queensland and New South Wales hospitals. Sandra is a current member of the Queensland Clinical Senate, a group focused on providing clinical leadership by developing strategies to safeguard and promote the delivery of high quality, safe and sustainable patient care.

 

Mr Paul Nieuwenhoven
Director of Nursing, Surgical, Anaesthetics and Procedural Services and Women, Newborn and Children's Services

Paul joined Gold Coast Health in 2009 bringing with him a range of nursing and project management skills and experience.

Paul has previously held a number of key roles including; Federal Vice President of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation; Executive Director of Nursing Alice Springs Hospital; and Advisor to the Northern Territory Minister for Health.

In his role as Secretary of the Australian Nursing Federation (NT branch), Paul worked with nurses and the Department of Health to construct and implement a new nursing career structure. This was the first time the structure had been extensively reviewed in 15 years resulting in a revolutionary new model being used to establish new structures throughout Australia.

Paul’s career highlight at Gold Coast Health was successfully moving 219 patients to the Gold Coast University Hospital in 2013 with no clinical incidents.

Women’s, Newborn and Children’s Services

Mr Patrick Turner
Executive Director, Women, Newborn and Children's Services

Patrick has worked in a number of health services across Australia and the UK prior to commencing at Gold Coast Health in 2017. He has diverse experience in health leadership roles; across executive, operations, programme/ project and clinical portfolios. Most recently, Patrick held the role of divisional director of operations for medicine, emergency care and rehabilitation at a Foundation Trust in London.

Patrick is a passionate and engaging health service leader with an interest and diverse experience in clinically led, patient centred service improvement and service redesign. His experience extends across portfolios such as women and children services, emergency care, medical specialties, post-acute care, specialist outpatient services, community services and allied health. Patrick places great value on a collaborative approach to delivering the best possible care that is accessible and responsive to patients and their families.

Patrick holds Master’s degrees in Business Administration and in Commerce, Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics and Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Science.  He also holds qualifications in project management.

Dr Doug Shelton
Clinical Director, Women, Newborn and Children's Services

Doug is a paediatrician who has sub-specialised in community paediatrics and child development.  Doug’s special interest areas are Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) for which he achieved a Churchill Fellowship 2013-14 to investigate how to build a comprehensive assessment and intervention service for children with FASD; Indigenous child health; child development and learning problems; obesity; and leadership versus management and how to do both better.

 

Allied Health Services (AHS)

Ms Sara Burrett
Executive Director, Allied Health Services

Sara Burrett commenced at the GCHHS in 2019, relocating from NSW where she held senior operational and strategic roles in the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network. Her passion for patient-centred care saw her sponsor several successful redesign projects within the Network and with external stakeholders. Sara championed change in the allied health services to increase quality and safety and establish clearer governance. Sara trained as a social worker and has post graduate qualifications in Human Services Management.

Centre for Health Innovation

Dr Mark Forbes
Clinical Director, Centre of Health Innovation

Having trained initially in South Africa prior to moving to the UK where he was trained in Endocrinology, Mark has worked at Gold Coast Health for eight years. 

During this time, he has been actively involved in the commissioning of the new Robina and Gold Coast University Hospitals, both as a clinician within the General Medicine and Endocrine Departments and more recently as the Clinical Director of the division.

Also a Staff Specialist in General Medicine and Endocrinology, Mark is passionate about improving diabetes care through education of a wide range of clinicians with an interest in diabetes management. This includes lecturing medical students, clinical teaching of postgraduate doctors at the hospital, training nurse specialists and sharing knowledge of diabetes with GPs.

Mark’s current clinical interests include the clinical management Young Adult Diabetes, Complex Type 2 Diabetes Management, the use of Insulin Pumps and Technology in the treatment of diabetes, General Endocrinology and Acute General Medicine Admissions. Clinical research interests include cardiovascular risk reduction in Type 2 Diabetes, the use of technology within clinical care and the clinical application of new therapeutic agents.

Mark is actively involved in clinical model redesign, with a particular interest in improving the way all staff work together to improve clinical outcomes. His career highlights at Gold Coast Health include successfully opening Medical Assessment Units at Robina and Gold Coast University Hospitals and being involved in patient transfers to GCUH in 2013. 

Mark plays integral roles on the Executive Coordination Group Operations, EMR Project Board, state-wide Clinical Prioritisation Criteria committee, state-wide Diabetes Network and State-wide General Medicine network.

Professors

Dr Anita Bamford-Wade
Professor of Nursing and Midwifery

Anita commenced at Gold Coast Health in a joint appointment with Griffith University in 2014 as Professor of Nursing and Midwifery.  

Anita has extensive experience in nursing leadership and governance roles in both healthcare and education serving as Executive Director of Nursing: Mercy Hospital and Health Services Auckland; Capital and Coast, Wellington District Health Board; and as Joint Head of Nursing at Auckland University of Technology. She has held governance roles in health with Lakes District Health Board (Rotorua) and education with Carmel College Board of Trustees and Proprietors Board. 

Anita is an active member on a number of internal committees including; Executive Management Team, Executive Coordination Group Operations, Chair Nursing and Midwifery Executive, Clinical Governance, Education and Research, Integrated Care Research Committee, Research Advisory Committee, Private Practice Trust Fund, Chair Nurse Practitioner Steering Committee, Registered Nurse Professional Recognition Steering Committee, Medical Credentialing Committee, Chair GCHHS Magnet Governance Group,  Chair Food and Nutrition GCHHS Committee, IMT Business Reference Group, Disclosure and Criminal Records Committee, Education and Workforce Development Committee.

Anita is involved in a number of state-wide committees including: Queensland Nursing and Midwifery Executive Council, Queensland Health Journey towards Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Advisory Council, Queensland Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Committee, OCNMO Advanced Nursing Committee, a full member of Menzies Health Institute, and the Royal College of Nursing Australia.  

Anita has research interests in nursing leadership and organisational change and her qualifications include: Doctor of Nursing, Master of Arts, Diploma of Business, and is a Registered Nurse.


Last updated 13 Jan 2017