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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 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.

Executive 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 a Deputy Chair of a charitable trust.

Dr Kellie Wren
Executive Director, Medical Services and Clinical Governance


Dr Kellie Wren is a medical administrator and anaesthetist who joined the executive team in 2019 as Deputy Executive Director of Medical Services, Clinical Governance and Research. Kellie has worked in Queensland Health for over 20 years and brings extensive experience in operational management and patient safety. Kellie came to Gold Coast Health from Metro North Hospital and Health Service 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 Executive Director, Medical Services, Clinical Governance and Research she supports the organisation to deliver high-quality safe care that always has our patients at the forefront. Kellie holds a Master of Business Administration, a 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 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.

A/Prof Chris Raftery
A/Executive Director, Nursing, Midwifery and Patient Experience

BNur, MEmergN, MBA(HSM), MNSc(NP), PhD, MAICD, FACN, FACNP, FCHSM, CHE minor-latin">

Chris is a national healthcare leader and practising Nurse Practitioner, who has been at Gold Coast Health for more than 25 years spanning across various clinical, operational management and strategic roles. Chris is a former deputy chair of the Queensland Clinical Senate, is a current national Board Director and Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing, a Fellow of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, as well as a Fellow and Certified Health Executive of the Australian College of Health Service Management.

Recognised for his eminence, he also holds adjunct Professor of Nursing and Midwifery titles at Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and Monash University. Having broad clinical and systems leadership experience at the local, state and national levels, Chris is a leading identity in the nursing and midwifery workforce, advanced practice, as well as healthcare business and leadership. Chris has worked with various Chief Nurses and Midwives across Australia to inform policy, workforce strategy, practice innovation and health system reform. 

Mr Grant Brown
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
Executive Director, Strategy, Transformation and Major Capital

BBus, CA

Sandip Kumar commenced at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service in 2020 as the inaugural Executive Director for Transformation and Digital. Since then his portfolio has expanded to include Strategic Planning and Major Capital, with the division rebranded Strategy, Transformation and Major Capital. Sandip has previously held consulting and advisory roles at the Queensland Treasury Corporation and QSuper Group. He brings 12 years of experience in management consulting, corporate finance and strategy roles to the job.

Dr David Rosengren
A/Executive Director, Organisational Development


Dr Rosengren has recently commenced at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service as the Acting Executive Director of Organisational Development. He is a Senior Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine with more than 20 years of clinical and leadership experience in both public and private hospital sectors. While continuing to work as a clinician, he has in more recent times embraced opportunities with operational executive roles in the public hospital setting. As the previous Executive Director of Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Metro North Health Chief Operating Officer and most recently as the Queensland Health Chief Operating Officer, Dr Rosengren has had the responsibility of overseeing the delivery and performance of acute public hospital services at a large scale.

Mr Patrick Turner
Executive General Manager, Medicine

MBA, MCom, PgDip Diet, BSc Nutr, GAICD, Hon Adj Assoc Prof - Bond University

Patrick is an experienced health services executive who joined Gold Coast Health in 2017. He has an extensive background in clinical, senior leadership, and senior executive roles in Australia and the United Kingdom. Patrick's expertise spans across all major health service operations portfolios, showcasing his well-rounded knowledge in the field. Recently, Patrick successfully completed the Advanced Management Program at one of the world's top business schools, INSEAD University.

Ms Sandra Lenehan
Executive General Manager, Surgical and Critical Care

Sandra joined Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service in 2017 after many years of clinical and management experience in a variety of roles within acute healthcare settings both in Queensland and in New South Wales. These varied clinical, strategic and operational experiences have enabled Sandra to develop a broad level of understanding and knowledge of the drivers of health service performance and the importance to strive for continued service improvement to enhance patient safety, access to services and greater patient experience. Sandra is known for her strategic vision, strong relationships and inspirational leadership to the division of Surgical and Critical Care by achieving the organisation's goal of delivering world-class care.

Ms Alison Ewens
Executive General Manager, Emergency and Specialty Services

MSc, BSW, PGCert Disaster Mgt, PGDip Health Mgt

Alison is an executive leader with more than 20 years’ experience across local government, health care and social care industries in Australia, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Alison previously worked at Gold Coast City Council as the Director of Lifestyle and Community, where she managed a large portfolio of health, infrastructure and community services across the city. Prior to this role, Alison was part of Gold Coast Health’s executive team and held the role of General Manager, Cancer, Access and Support Services, managing a diverse clinical and non-clinical portfolio including oncology, haematology, patient flow and allied health.  Prior to relocating back to the Gold Coast in 2011, Alison spent 12 years working for St Thomas ‘Hospital and King College Hospital in London. During that time, she managed a variety of functions, including integrated care, discharge services, allied health, mental health services and legal services. Alison holds two Board Director roles for the Gold Coast Primary Health Network and Multiple Sclerosis Queensland.

Emergency and Specialty Services

Ms Sara Burrett
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.

Mr Malcolm McCann
Executive Director, Mental Health and Specialist Services

Malcolm McCann is the Executive Director for Gold Coast Health’s Mental Health and Specialist Services. Before moving to the Gold Coast, Malcolm worked in the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) for more than 30 years. He graduated from Manchester University (Bachelor of Nursing Honours Degree) in 1988 and followed a career in health leadership. This included acute, community and mental health services management; the latter two as an NHS Trust Board Executive member for more than 15 years. Malcolm also has extensive experience of primary care and was a Primary Care Trust Chief Executive for five years, gaining expertise in commissioning, integration and partnership working. Malcolm is passionate about Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs services, and is proud to be co-chair of the Gold Coast Regional Plan Steering Committee. He is a compassionate leader, committed to value in the public service and a believer in ‘stronger together’.

Ms Hazel Brittain
Executive Director, Women, Newborn and Children's Services

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