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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

Ms Sarah Dixon
Executive Director, Corporate Affairs

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.

Mr Ian Moody
Chief Finance Officer, Finance Services


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.

Dr Jeremy Wellwood
Executive Director, Medical Services, Clinical Governance and Research


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.

Ms Paula Duffy
Executive Director, Nursing, Midwifery and Patient Experience

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.

Mr Grant Brown
A/Executive Director, People and Operations

BCrim, BCom, CAHRI

Joining Gold Coast Health in 2017, as Senior Director, Human Resource Services, Grant has more than 14 years’ experience in senior Human Resources and Industrial Relation roles within Queensland Health, Queensland Government agencies, Metro South Health and SEQ water. 

He started his career in complex commercial fraud investigations and transitioned into the business sector where he held various management, leadership and sales roles in manufacturing, mining, processing, chemicals and bulk handling industries. 

With over 20 years’ experience in senior leadership and management roles, Grant has led numerous enterprise bargaining negotiations on behalf of Queensland Health and has developed an extensive understanding of factors impacting operational and strategic direction of health services. This includes recognising the value of appropriate and collaborative organisational change to improve employee performance and productivity to build a culture of success.

Mr Sandip Kumar
A/Executive Director, Strategy, Transformational and Major Capital

BBus, CA

Sandip joined Gold Coast Health in 2020 following a 12-year career in management consulting, corporate finance, strategy, transformation, and financial services roles; including four years consulting in and across Queensland Health transformation and change programs.

Mr Patrick Turner
General Manager, Medicine

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.

Ms Sandra Lenehan
General Manager, Surgical and Critical Care

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.


Emergency and Speciality Services

Ms Hannah Bloch
A/General Manager


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 Sara Burrett
A/Executive Director, Allied Health and Rehabilitation 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.

Ms Karlene Willcocks
A/Executive Director, Emergency 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.




Ms Hazel Brittain
A/Executive Director, Women's Newborn and Children's Health

Hazel has worked in many diverse roles, mainly related to her primary area of interest – service for women and children. She was also the Midwifery Advisor for the Chief Nurse and the Director for the Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies. Hazel has also been the Midwifery/Nursing Director for Women and Children’s Services at both Logan and Gold Coast Hospitals where she coordinated the setting up of continuity models of care for disadvantaged women.

Hazel coordinated the re-opening birthing services at Beaudesert Hospital. The birthing service has been up and running since March 2014. This reopening has been an enormous event for the Beaudesert community who have been campaigning for over a decade for the return of their birthing service.

She also works closely with the nursing and midwifery team at Griffith University and is an adjunct Professor there.

Hazel was awarded a Churchill scholarship in 2015 which enabled her to travel extensively and look at innovative ways of implementing the maternity care reform agenda.

In addition, she is a recipient of the Australian College of Midwives leadership award; the NAIDOC partnership award and a Golden Gala award for staff empowerment - from Gold Coast Health.

Last updated 13 Jan 2017