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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

Ron commenced as Chief Executive of Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service in 2012 bringing with him more than 20 years of health management skills and experience.
 
Ron is an experienced Chief Executive, having previously led England’s Doncaster and Bassetlaw National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust, which was rated in the country’s top 20 per cent.
 
As Chief Executive of Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust, Ron introduced a quality regime that resulted in a significant reduction in mortality rates, resulting in Trafford being rated in the top 11 hospitals in England in the Dr Foster ratings.
 
Prior to Trafford Healthcare, Ron served as Chief Operating Officer at Liverpool University and has a successful record of improving service quality in complex organisations with staff based on many sites, including Board level roles at UCLH (a major London teaching hospital) and University Hospitals Leicester, one of the largest hospitals in England.
 
Ron holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science with Honours.

Executive Management Team

Ms Sarah Dixon
Executive Director, Strategic Communication and Engagement

Sarah Dixon joined the Gold Coast Health Executive Management team in August 2018. She is responsible for the Hospital and Health Service’s strategic communication and engagement function, which involves providing strategic leadership and management of public relations, media relations, reputational risk, stakeholder and brand management and community engagement. Her long career as a consultant with one of the country’s most respected communication, creative and digital agencies has ensured she has a breadth and depth of experience in all of these areas. As an expert communicator, she has been a trusted advisor to the leaders of some of the nation’s largest private and public sector companies.

Sarah is also an experienced Non-Executive Director and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). She is Chair of the Board of Redeemer College at Rochedale, and serves as Vice-Chair of Teen Rescue Foundation, a national charitable trust that provides financial support for Australian organisations at the front line of teen alcohol abuse. She is also a Trustee Director of Lutheran Super, chairing the superannuation fund’s Community Engagement Committee.

Sarah has a Bachelor of Business (Communication) with Distinction, and is a Justice of the Peace (Qualified).

Dr Nick Buckmaster
A/Clinical Director, Diagnostic, Emergency and Medical Services

Nick is a general and respiratory physician with 35 years’ experience as a medical practitioner. He is a pre-eminent staff physician in recognition of his extensive medical leadership. A practicing physician at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service since 2004, Nick has been Medical Director of General Medicine and clinical lead for installation of an electronic medical record. He has established and led statewide clinical networks as well as holding leadership, Board and office positions across numerous professional bodies including Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation, AMA Queensland, and  the Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand. He has been engaged in Quality and Safety committees and oversees the Gold Coast Health Clinical Handover Committee.

Nick has a passion for improving health service provision, through strengthening organisational culture, improving systems for care provision and enhancing clinical capability. He has a Graduate Certificate in Health Service Management, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, is an Associate Professor of Griffith Medical School, and has an MBBS from Monash University.

Mr Damian Green
Executive Director, Digital Transformation & Chief Information Officer

Damian Green joined the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service executive team in January 2013, after 16 years as a consultant working with leaders of public sector organisations to facilitate service transformation through the design and implementation of innovative human capital and information management and technology strategies.

As the Executive Director, Digital Transformation and Chief Information Officer, Damian leads Gold Coast Health's enterprise-wide strategy to transform service delivery through the innovative use of digital technologies and information services to demonstrably improve overall service performance. This organisation accountability recognises that ICT and information services are crucial enablers of workforce performance. Damian leads the organisation's investment in change management and clinician engagement to ensure Gold Coast Health's digital transformation agenda achieves measurable improvements in service performance and delivers increased value to the community we serve.

Damian has strengthened digital innovation and customer focus for his Directorate through the introduction of a Digital Engagement team. This team drives the digital innovation agenda, encouraging exploration and experimentation to solve complex business problems through simple digital solutions. It plays a key role in delivering digital health service improvement initiatives through agile practices, ensuring that ideas are explored and tested with clinical users and their consumers prior to implementation.

Damian is an Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Medicine at Griffith University, an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management, and holds a Bachelor of Economic (Hons), Bachelor of Arts and postgraduate qualifications in organisational change management. He is currently studying a Masters of Business Administration with a focus on public sector transformation.

Mr Ian Moody
Chief Finance Officer, Finance Services

Ian joined Gold Coast Health in 2013 and manages a portfolio encompassing financial and management accounting, commercial innovation, revenue generation, procurement, operational support services, asset management services, intellectual property commercialisation and business improvement and development. 

He has more than 15 years’ experience in assurance and consulting in various commercial industries and government sectors and an extensive finance background working locally and in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Prior to his current role, Ian was Chief Financial Officer at the Townsville Hospital and Health Service and also worked around the world for Australia’s leading professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers for 15 years.

With an increase in demand for local health services, Ian is looking forward to the challenge of managing a growing health budget over the coming years to provide value to patients. 

Ian is a Board member of the Australian Health Service Financial Management Association and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant.

Ms Hannah Bloch
Executive Director, People and Corporate Services

Hannah Bloch joined the Executive team in September 2016 to oversee the human resources, communication and engagement functions within Gold Coast Health.

Hannah has worked in various roles across Queensland Health for over 10 years, in both health facility and corporate based positions. She brings a wealth of experience in industrial and employee relations and has partnered with other health services to lead transformational change.

As the Executive Director, People and Engagement, she supports the Executive team to engage with staff and drive strategies for cultural change. A critical aspect of her role is ensuring Gold Coast Health has the right workforce with the right skills to meet future service delivery needs.  Hannah is also responsible for implementing the organisation’s communication and engagement strategy in order to enhance and protect the reputation of Gold Coast Health as a world-class provider of health services and a leading employer on the Gold Coast.

Ms Toni Peggrem
Executive Director, Strategic Planning and Assets

Toni commenced at Gold Coast Health in 2006 and has more than 25 years’ experience in health administration and capital works. 

She provides a clinical, analytical and educational background to successfully develop health services for the future and lead organisational change.

Toni has played an integral role in the expansion of Gold Coast Health Services in the last eight years in her previous role as Director of Clinical Service Planning during the development planning and delivery of Robina Hospital expansion, Robina Health Precinct and Gold Coast University Hospital projects. The GCUH Project Team were finalists in the 2015 Premiers Awards for Excellence.

Her highlights at Gold Coast Health include working with current and new staff to deliver a 10 year plan for the development of the health service including the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct. 

Toni is a contributing subject matter expert and guest lecturer in the development of Queensland University of Technology’s new Health Planning and Evaluation unit for Master of Health Management and Professional Development students. 

Toni’s qualifications include: Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Physiotherapy; Master of Science (Education); and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Rebecca Freath
Executive Director, Governance, Risk and Commercial Services

While on secondment to Gold Coast Health in 2013 as a Senior Lawyer, Rebecca played a crucial role in transitioning Gold Coast Health to succeed in becoming its own Statutory Agency through the introduction of best practice governance systems. Rebecca then joined the Executive Management Team in her current role in 2014 to continue this program.  

With a strong background in the commercial energy and resources sector, moving into public health care has been a challenge Rebecca has relished. She has applied her skills and passion for leading edge practice to design Gold Coast Health’s corporate governance systems to deliver on the Board’s expectation of transparency and confidence in risk management, high quality management information and improved accountability.

Named one of Australia’s Top 20 in-house Energy and Resources Lawyers in the Doyle’s Guide to Australian Lawyers in 2012, Rebecca’s strengths include building teams through creation of shared meaning and vision, mentoring young professionals and working closely with executives to commercially assess and manage opportunities and risks and to develop strategies which achieve objectives.

Rebecca is a current member of the Clinical Governance Committee, ICT Governance Committee, Executive Coordination Group - Operations, Emergency Planning Committee and Clinical Incident Review Committee. Rebecca also provides support and advice to the Board and its various committees, including Audit and Risk, Finance and Performance, Research and Safety, Quality and Clinical Engagement.

One of her career highlights is the role Rebecca played in providing legal and governance advice to the Board of Queensland Kids. This led to the commitment from Wesley Mission Brisbane to build Hummingbird House - Queensland’s first hospice for children with life-limiting conditions. Rebecca has recently been invited to join the Board, now the Hummingbird House Foundation, to deliver on the next stage of its strategy for developing children’s hospices and respite services.

Rebecca’s qualifications include: Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Business (International Business), Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance, and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Kimberley Pierce
Chief Operations Officer

Kimberley joined Gold Coast Health in 2014 as Executive Director for Diagnostic, Emergency and Medical Services; she is now Chief Operations Officer. 

Prior to commencing at Gold Coast Health, Kimberley worked in South Africa as a clinical director of 22 private hospitals and was Chief Executive of private hospitals in London and Manchester. 

Her career highlight was working in third world health and being part of a team to undertake paediatric cardiac surgery and working in townships in South Africa teaching tribal communities how to care for children.

Kimberley has a strong nursing background specialising in cardiac and was Director of Nursing in Canberra for five years before moving into management roles.
Kimberley is Chair of the state-wide Occupational Violence Environmental Working Group, Chair of the Gold Coast Integrated Care EMT and is a member of the Primary Care Partnership Council as well as a variety of internal committees that cover finance, quality, and clinical projects. 

Kimberley’s highlights at Gold Coast Health include reforming the medical imaging department, cardiology services, aged care and rehabilitation and introducing a 24/7 paediatric emergency department. She thoroughly enjoys working with great clinicians who have a vision to reform patient care and achieve world class clinical outcomes. 

Kimberley has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Nursing, Critical Care Certificate and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Prof Sharon Mickan
Professor of Allied Health

Sharon joined Gold Coast Health in 2015 as the inaugural Professor of Allied Health in a joint appointment with Griffith University and is promoting significant cultural change across allied health professionals in the areas of clinical governance and professional practice, research engagement with and between clinical and academic staff and the education and professional support of staff and students. 

Previously Director of Studies for the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care at the University of Oxford, Sharon championed a paperless approach to making module learning materials available for students receiving a Teaching and Learning enhanced with Technology award for her work. 

She is an Honorary Tutor for the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at University of Oxford; Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford; Deputy Leader, Healthy Work Place Research Group, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University; and Research Advisory Committee Member for the Children’s Hospital Foundation. 

Her career highlight at Gold Coast Health to date was developing an international collaboration with St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada to deliver a three-day Practicing Knowledge Translation Program for 24 clinical and academic colleagues.

Sharon’s qualifications include: Bachelor of Occupational Therapy; Postgraduate Certificate, Teaching in Higher Education; Masters of Arts (Education) with distinction; Doctor of Philosophy; and Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching.

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.

Ms Sandra Lenehan
Executive Director, Specialty 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.

Prof Deborah Bailey
Clinical Director, Specialty and Procedural Services

Deborah is a general paediatric surgeon and completed her surgical training in Brisbane, Melbourne and Bristol

She is an Associate Professor at both Griffith and Bond Medical Schools and is an active member in a number of organisations including; Fellowship Examiner Paediatric Surgery Royal Australasian College of Surgeons; Executive Council Australian and New Zealand Association of Paediatric Surgery; Deputy Board Chair of Paediatric Surgery Board of Paediatric Surgery; Chair Advisory Group Clinical Prioritisation Criteria Paediatric Surgery; Executive Committee Pacific Association of Paediatric Surgeons; Executive Committee Section Surgical Directors Royal Australasian College of Surgeons; Executive Council QLD State Committee Royal Australasian College of Surgeons; 
Professional Standards and Development Board Member Royal Australasian College of Surgeons   

In 2009, Deborah Chaired Queensland Health’s Clinical Services Capability Framework (CSCF) Children's Surgical Services Advisory Group producing the service framework for surgical services for children in Queensland. This was the first time that a module of CSCF had been developed to define level of service with related workforce requirements, safety and quality guidelines and benchmarks specifically for children undergoing procedures and surgery.

Her highlights working at Gold Coast Health include performing the first neonatal surgery in the Neonatal Intensive Unit and starting paediatric surgery services on the Gold Coast. 

Deborah’s qualifications include; Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS -Paediatric Surgery) and Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).

Mr Paul Nieuwenhoven
Director of Nursing, Specialty 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.

Ms Paula Duffy
Executive Director, Diagnostic Emergency and Medical 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 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
A/ Executive Director, 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.

Ms Karlene Willcocks
Executive Director, Cancer, Access and Support 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 Jeremy Wellwood
A/ Executive Director, Clinical Governance, Education and Research

Dr Jeremy Wellwood is a Clinical and Laboratory Haematologist who first worked on the Gold Coast as a Registrar in 1997 returning as a consultant in 2005 after completing his advanced training in Brisbane.

As Director of Cancer and Blood Disorders he oversaw significant growth and change in cancer services which now includes access to radiation therapy and autologous stem cell transplant. At the end of 2013 he was appointed as Clinical Director of the new Directorate, Cancer Access and Support Services (CASS). 

Jeremy continues a 50 per cent clinical and laboratory load and is heavily involved in many operational and clinical governance forums both within CASS and across the health service. He chairs the Medicines Advisory Committee and is involved in state-wide cancer forums. 

Jeremy is most proud of the development of sustainable clinical services in CASS as well as the development of multidisciplinary models of care and clinical research capability.

Mr Matthew Lunn
Director of Nursing, Diagnostic Emergency and Medical 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 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.

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.


Last updated 13 Jan 2017