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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 joined Gold Coast Health as Chief Executive in 2012, bringing more than 20 years of health management skills and experience to the role. He has held Chief Executive roles at England’s Doncaster and Bassetlaw National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust and Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust, where his quality regime resulted in a significant reduction in mortality rates. Before 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 Kellie Wren
A/Executive Director, Medical Services, Clinical Governance and 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.


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


Paula commenced at Gold Coast Health in 2002 and has performed a variety of roles including operational Executive Director roles and Nursing and Midwifery Executive Director roles. 

Paula was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2022 for her leadership during Gold Coast Health’s COVID-19 pandemic and her leadership in nursing. She is an Adjunct Professor with Griffith University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery (Gold Coast) and an Associate Fellow and Certified Health Manager of the Australasian College of Health Service Management.

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, 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

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

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 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'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