Our Executive Team

Jan Childs Circle

Chief Executive Officer | Jan Child

Reg. Nurse, Grad. Dip. Behavioural Science, Master Public Health, GAICD

Jan is a Registered Nurse with post graduate qualifications in behavioural sciences, health administration and a Masters in Public Health.  She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a surveyor with the Australian Council of Healthcare Services.  She has more than 30 years' experience in public health, having trained in rural western Victoria and then worked across metropolitan Melbourne including at Peninsula Health, Alfred Health, the Department of Health and Human Services, alcohol and drug agencies and the community health sector.  Jan was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in September 2016 following a six month interim role commencing in March 2016.

Louise Sparkes

Deputy Chief Executive Officer / Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer | Louise Sparkes

Reg Nurse, Grad Cert Emergency Nursing, Master of Nursing 

Louise has been part of the Executive team at Bass Coast Health since 2016, initially as Executive Director of Access and Emergency before being appointed Executive Director for Acute Services. In 2018 Louise commenced in the role of Chief Operating Officer providing Executive leadership to all clinical services across the health service. Louise has an extensive background as a Registered Nurse with a number of post graduate qualifications in Emergency Nursing and Nursing Education. Louise brings more than 30 years’ experience in health care service provision in tertiary, metropolitan and rural health settings across diverse acute and community services, as well as experience and publications in tertiary nursing education, research and academia. 
Louise moved into the role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer in January 2021 and has been on a secondment with Latrobe Regional Hospital as the Interim Executive Director Gippsland Health Services Partnerships from March 2022-July 2022.

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Executive Director Clinical Services | Christine Henderson

Reg Nurse, Grad Dip Renal Nursing, Grad Cert Infection Prevention & Control

Chris is a Registered Nurse with post graduate qualifications in infection control and renal nursing. Chris has more than 25 years’ experience in the health care sector.  She has served in various leadership roles within BCH. She was appointed to the role of Executive Director of Clinical Services in January 2021.

Emilia Pezzie

Executive Director | Emilia Pezzi

Bachelor of Health Information Management

Emilia holds a Bachelor of Health Information Management with over 20 years’ experience in providing strategic leadership and governance in public and private health services including Peninsula Health, Eastern Health and St Vincent’s and Mercy Private Hospital. 

She is a member of the Health Information Management Association of Australia and has been the Convenor of the Victorian Senior HIM Community of Practice for the past 7 years. 

She has had extensive management and collaboration experience with all levels of health service staff, consumers, vendors, and government.  Emilia was appointed to the role of Director Information, Data Integrity and Systems Governance in January 2020 before taking on the role of Acting Executive Director Corporate Services in August 2021.


Chief Financial Officer Shaun Brooks.

Chief Financial Officer | Shaun Brooks

B. Commerce, Grad. Dip. Chartered Accounting 

Shaun has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting and has been a member of the BCH Executive team since 2017. Shaun held previous leadership positions in the financial professional services industry and has worked in the Victorian Public Health Sector for close to a decade with a previous appointment as Deputy Director of Finance at Peninsula Health.  Shaun is BCH’s Chief Procurement Officer and has responsibility for Supply, Contracts, Payroll, Asset Management, Radiology, Pathology and Finance.

Renee Kelsall

Chief Medical Officer | Dr Renee Kelsall

MBBS (Hons), FRACP, RACMA Candidate

Renee Kelsall graduated from Monash University with honours in 2007 and obtained her Fellowship in Geriatrics in 2015.
Renee worked at Monash Health as a Geriatrician, with roles including Deputy Clinical Lead of InReach, Geriatrician in the Falls and Balance Clinic, falls education across Monash Health, and providing assessments for rehabilitation and aged care.
Renee also returned to South Gippsland in 2015, where she was raised, to provide a private Geriatric outpatient service.
Renee has now commenced a fellowship in medical administration and has been appointed as the Chief Medical Officer at Bass Coast Health. Renee is also completing a Masters in Health Administration at Monash University.

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Executive Director | Mark Brady

Bach. of Business, Grad Dip of Business, is a Member of the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership, and is a Grad of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mark is an extremely experienced and highly regarded leader in the public sector, with over 20 years at the senior executive level in local government across a diverse range of portfolios and organisations. Prior to his current Director role at Mornington Peninsula Shire, Mark was General Manager Corporate & Communities with Bass Coast Shire and has an excellent understanding and affinity with our local community.

Mark has a Bachelor of Business, a Graduate Diploma of Business, is a Member of the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  His biggest passion though, is building organisational culture, developing leaders and helping leaders establish high performing teams.  He has personally led the development of leaders and organisational cultures at a number of Councils including Port Phillip, Bass Coast and Mornington Peninsula.  Mark is an accredited executive coach, Human Synergistics and MBTI practitioner, which compliment his extensive practical experience, enabling him to have a positive influence on organisational culture.