Our Chief Executive and leadership team implement our operational strategy, including responsibility for the day-to-day running of the service.
Mr Ron Calvert
BSc (Hons), MBA
Ron Calvert was appointed as Chief Executive of Gold Coast Hospitals and Health Service in 2012. Gold Coast Health serves a population of 660,000, as well as providing specialist tertiary services for the circa 240,000 residents of Northern New South Wales and the millions of visitors to the Gold Coast each year. Gold Coast Health runs Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH), Robina Hospital, Varsity Lakes Day Hospital, and numerous other health precincts and community health centres. Gold Coast Health is the largest employer on the Gold Coast, with a turnover of over $2 billion per year and employing well over 9,000 FTE staff. Since 2012, Gold Coast Health has gone from strength to strength in terms of scale and reputation. The “state of the art” GCUH hospital was opened in September 2013, and is now ranked 224 in Newsweek magazine’s “World’s Best Hospitals” list, with more than 2,300 hospitals ranked. Gold Coast Health is one of three hospitals in Australia holding Magnet recognition, the highest international honour for nursing and midwifery excellence, and is the only entire health service in Australia to be designated. Gold Coast Health is at the forefront of the digital revolution sweeping health across the globe, and prides itself on being a learning organisation. Ron is particularly proud of the culture established over the last decade: in a biannual staff survey with a 66% response rate, over 69% of the staff agreed with the statement “Gold Coast Health is a truly great place to work.”
Ron is now an Australian citizen, having emigrated from the UK after working for more than 20 years in the British National Health Service (NHS). In the UK he held Chief Executive posts at Doncaster & Bassetlaw NHS Foundation trust, and Trafford NHS Trust, after holding Board level roles at University Hospitals Leicester and University College London Hospitals (UCLH).
He is passionate in his support of Newcastle United (his home town football club) and is an avid golfer.