Our People

Board of Directors

The Board of Seymour Health is appointed by the Governor-in-Council, upon the recommendation of the Minister for Health.

The functions of the Board as determined by the Health Services Act 1988 are to:

Oversee and manage the organisation, and
Ensure the services provided comply with the requirements of the Act and the aims of the organisation

The Board is responsible for setting the strategic directions of the health service within the framework of Government policy. Board Directors monitor the performance of the organisation with a focus upon the provision of high-quality care, meeting the needs of the community and operating in accordance with financial and non-financial performance targets. The capacity of the Board is 12 directors.

The Board meets on the last Thursday of the month, in addition to attending other nominated sub-committee meetings, community meetings and training, development and business activities.

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Sue van Buuren

Appointment 2019 | Term expiry 30 June 2024
Board Chair |Nomination and Remuneration Committee |Nomination & Remuneration Committee Chair | Credentialing & Scope of Clinical Practice Committee
ANZIIF (snr Assoc) CIP

Sue is an experienced risk management and compliance specialist, with a background in general insurance and health insurance. Sue has strong skills in influencing, communication and stakeholder engagement. Sue holds a Diploma in Integrated Risk Management and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.

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Helen Hull

Appointment 2020 | Term expiry 30 June 2026
Board Deputy Chair | Nomination and Remuneration Committee | |Credentialing & Scope of Clinical Practice |Australian Institute of Company Directors
BBus
GAICD

Helen is a senior consultant that specialises in governance and information technology management. Helen is also a member of the Nomination and Remuneration and Credentialing & Scope of Clinical Practice subcommittees. Helen has extensive experience with state government in corporate roles including information technology, risk and audit, governance, and strategy. She utilises this expertise for the Seymour community through her Board participation. Helen is keen to ensure the hospital’s patients receive the highest possible service, and the staff are acknowledged for their dedicated service.

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Belinda Scott

Appointment 2018 | Term expiry 30 June 2024
Finance, Risk & Audit Committee | Clinical Governance Committee
RN, MN, Grad Dip Mgt, MACN, MAICD

With over 25 years’ experience in public health service provision, Belinda brings to the Board a wide range of experience on health service governance and operational committees.  Belinda is committed to rural health and improving the health outcomes of communities through partnerships with consumers.

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Russell Harrison

Appointment 2019 | Term expiry 30 June 2024
Clinical Governance Committee | Credentialing & Scope of Clinical Practice Committee
BVSc DipPracMgt, GradCertHSM, GAICD

Dr Russell Harrison is the Chief Outcome Officer of a large disability support organisation that operates across Victoria. Russell has a passion for improving systems and supporting staff to ensure that consumers are at the centre of everything we do. Before entering the community service sector, Russell was Head of Hospital Services at Lort Smith, Australia’s largest dog and cat hospital. Russell has held non-executive and committee positions in the aged care, disability and animal health sector. Russell has a passion for service.

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Julie Paul, OAM

Appointment 2020 | Term expiry 30 June 2026
Clinical Governance Committee Chair | Nomination & Remuneration Committee
RN, BaAppSc., MPHC, GradCertHlth, GradDipHlthSc.

Julie has a nursing background with extensive experience in clinical, education and management roles. She has worked in the public, private and not-for-profit health sectors. Julie is passionate about providing best practice health care which meets the needs of the local community and has a strong interest in communities partnering with services to achieve this.

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Laura Jeffery

Appointment 2021 | Term expiry 30 June 2024
Finance, Risk & Audit Committee Chair
CPA, BCom

Laura is a Certified Practicing Accountant who has used her 14+ years’ experience in the Mining Industry to build her company, Tundra Resource Analytics – providing asset management, financial modelling, project management and acquisition & divestment services to the Resources industry. Laura has held Non-Executive Director and committee positions for a number of organisations including the peak body of a federated organisation in the early childhood industry.

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Ewan McDonald

Appointment 2021 | Term expiry 30 June 2026
Community Reference Committee
BA (Crim.JusticeAdmin), M. Ed (Org. Leadership), M.Proj.Mgt (Property & Construction), Grad.Cert (Tertiary Teaching)

Ewan has a background in public safety and emergency management. His interests are centred upon the importance of building resilient communities and the relevance of social justice indicators in measuring performance of public sector agencies.

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Andrew Jaworski

Appointment 2022 | Term expiry 30 June 2025
Finance, Risk & Audit Committee
LLB(Hons) BScOptom GradDipLaw(Comm) GradCert TMLP AFCHSM CHM MAICD CIPT CIPM FGIA

Andrew is a solicitor with almost 20 years’ experience in corporate and commercial law and a focus on health and technology. Admitted in Australia and England and Wales, Andrew has worked in top tier private practice, consulting firms and in senior in-house roles in the UK, throughout APAC and ASEAN. He holds non-executive and committee positions on several Boards in the NFP/health sectors. Andrew has a strong interest in public health, with a clinical and research background prior to studying law.

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Katherine Reeves

Appointment 2023 | Term expiry 30 June 2026
BSc, CA, GAICD

Katherine is a chartered accountant with over 25 years of strategic and leadership experience across three countries (UK, New Zealand and Australia). Initially working for KPMG (one of the big four global accountancy practices) in transaction services for over 14 years focusing on due diligence and capital raising processes, she has subsequently focused on education and health. Katherine has significant experience in public sector governance, audit processes and risk management frameworks and has first-hand experience with rural and remote organisations. Katherine has a strong focus on maximising services to the community whilst ensuring long term financial viability of the entity.

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Maree Feery

Appointment 2023 | Term expiry 30 June 2026
BHlthSci, GradDipHlthAdmin, GradDipBusMgt, MBusL’ship, MAICD

Maree has over 25 year’s extensive senior executive experience in public, private and not for profit healthcare. She brings to the Board her broad expertise in culture, strategy, governance, leadership and workforce development, people experience, diversity and inclusion and health, safety and wellbeing across various strategic horizons. Maree’s passion lies with continually improving the consumer healthcare experience and the employee experience and overall performance and outcomes for the community.

Executive Team

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Chief Executive Officer

Ward Steet

App Sc (Physiotherapy)
Grad. Dip (Bus. Admin)
MBA (Strategic Operations)
GAICD
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible to the Board for the efficient and effective management of Seymour Health.

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Director Business Services

Colin James

Financial Administration, CA Member Aus & NZ
CFA Member

The Director Business Services oversees and integrates business, financial and service activity reporting. The position provides business analysis that supports senior management in effectively leading, monitoring and evaluating organisational performance. In addition, the Director is required to provide financial and performance reporting to the Board and its sub-committees.

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Director Clinical Services

Anne Daley

RN, Grad. Dip. App. Science (Critical Care Nursing)

The Director Clinical Services has professional responsibility for all clinical staff and operational responsibility for all clinical services across the organisation. The role involves community engagement.

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Director Medical Services

Dr. Dean Pritchard

MBBS (Hons) FACEM CCPU CEDE
Chair – Senior Medical Staff Association
Clinical Advisor – Safer Care Victoria
Emergency Physician Northern Health

The Director Medical Services has professional responsibility for credentialing and managing Visiting Medical Officers and oversight of clinical governance.

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Director Quality, Risk & Safety

Vickie Callaghan

B. Nursing, B. App. Science, Cert. Critical Care

The Director Quality, Risk and Safety is responsible for quality activities, accreditation processes, safety and quality of patient care, organisational improvement, risk management, consumer feedback, legislative compliance and policy development and review.

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Director People and Culture

Jason King

Director People and Culture is responsible for overseeing the human resource services, including; staff recruitment, employment, orientation and induction, performance management, employment relations, industrial relations, equal opportunity, WorkCover and promoting a  healthy workplace culture by supporting all staff and their wellbeing.

Leadership and Management

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Nurse Unit Manager, Acute Services

Tricia Knight

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Nurse Unit Manager, Urgent Care Centre

Cindy Newman

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Nurse Unit Manager, Operating Suite Services

Georgina Lowerson

Nurse Unit Manager, Barrabill House

Jatinda Kaur

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Nurse Unit Manager, District Nursing & Palliative Care

Paula Sutherland

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Health Independence Program & Oral Health Service Manager

Julie Crook

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Hotel & Food Services Manager

Annette Kennedy

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Facilities Manager

Steven O’Brien

Organisational Structure