Board of Directors
Let Us Introduce You To Our Board Of Directors
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Ian Thompson | Chair
B. Bus (Accounting), Grad. Dip. (Corp. Finance), C.P.A, GAICD.
Ian is a risk professional with more than 30 years' experience in financial markets, having worked in various credit, economic, quality risk management and governance roles here in Australia and in the UK. Ian spent the bulk of his career with leading global credit rating agency, Standard & Poor's Rating Services, most recently as a Senior Managing Director and Global Chief Credit Officer. Ian has been a director or independent member of FAR committees of a number of 'for purpose' organisations and is currently a board member of Snowdome Foundation, a charity funding research into blood cancers. Ian joined the BCH Board in July 2016 and chaired the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee until October 2022. Ian was the Deputy Board Chair until October 2022 and commenced as Board Chair in November 2022, and is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, Quality and Clinical Governance Committee and Remuneration Committee.
Nicky Chung | Deputy Chair
MBA, BA (Psychology), CPHR
Nicky Chung is the CEO for the Australian Vietnamese Women's Association. She has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and MBA from Melbourne Business School, and is a Certified Practitioner in Human Resources. She is an active community and inclusion advocate. Nicky joined th board in July 2022 and is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, Quality and Clinical Governance Committee and the Community Advisory Committee. She was appointed Deputy Chair from October 2023.
B. App Sc (Physiotherapy), Grad Dip Man Therapy, Cert App Ergonomics for Injury Mgt, Cert IV Workplace Training.
Mary Whelan is a former clinical physiotherapist with 38 years' experience in public health and private pracice. She founded a company to design and develop mobility aides to address the needs of patients and the occupational health and safety of staff in hospitals and aged care facilities. Mary joined the BCH Board in August 2015 and is a member of the Quality and Clinical Governance Committee and the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
LLB, B.Com (Accounting), Grad Dip (Intellectual Property Law), Advanced Diploma (Mechanical Engineering)
Kate is an experienced legal practitioner who was appointed to the Bass Coast Health Board in July 2017. Kate has significant expertise in the health, aged care and disability sectors having acted as legal counsel for at Victorian public health services, non-for-profit disablity service providers and an aged care service provider. Kate also has experience advising on commercial contracting, tendering and procurement. legistlative and regulatory compliance, business acquisistions, sale of assets, intellectual property, privacy and freedom of information matters. Kate is currently Senior Legal Counsel at Scope and is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, Quality and Clinical Governance Committee, and the Community Advisory Committee.
BHSc; Grad Cert Mgt; Dip Proj Mgt; MAICD
Simon has more than 30 years in health, initially working in the public and private hospital systems before moving to Ambulance Victoria. Simon has an intensive care paramedic background and substantial experience across both the metropolitan and rural health sectors in clinical and operational management, education, audit and clinical governance. Simon was the Regional Director Gippsland for Ambulance Victoria for four years, led some of Ambulance Victoria’s transformative IT projects and was formerly on the Governance Committee for the Emergency Care Clinical Network. Simon joined the BCH Board in July 2017, is the Chair of the Quality and Clinical Governance Committee and is also a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Bach Bldg (QS) (Hons), Grad Dip Comp Sc, MBA, GAICD
Ian has over 45 years in the building, health and consulting industries, having worked in both government and private sectors. Initially, Ian has significant experience as a property/building consultant, but more recently has managed his own general consultancy firm, providing advice to private and government clients. Ian has been a senior executive at a number of major metropolitan health services, with responsibilities for capital redevelopment, future strategy/health service delivery, patient experience and commercial/support services. Ian joined the BCH Board in August 2018 and is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and the Community Advisory Committee.
Angelo is an experienced executive having held executive roles over the past ten years in Local and State Government, public transport and utilities industries. Angelo brings contemporary skills in technology driven business transformation and innovation, having led organisational transformation programs and sector-wide reform programs across different industries and sectors. Angelo has significant governance experience both as an executive supporting board governance functions but also as a former member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Mine Rehabilitation. He is highly involved in the Gippsland innovation ecosystem having founded startups and provided mentoring support to startup founders throughout Gippsland. He lives locally and has a real passion for the Gippsland region. Angelo is the Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Prof Harvey Newnham
MBBS, FRACP, PhD, GAICD, AICGG
Harvey is an Endocrinologist and General Physician with extensive clinical leadership and board experience in the acute health sector. Harvey is on the board of the Western Health service and also chairs the board of Health Education Australia Limited (HEAL) which encompasses the Australasian Institute of Clinical Governance (AICG). Harvey was previously a board member of the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Better Care Victoria. Harvey continues to work clinically at Alfred Health, where he previously held senior clinical leadership positions.
Harvey is experienced in organisational and unit review at Health Department, Hospital and Clinical Unit level. Harvey’s main interests are to improve the safety, quality and value proposition of acute care with particular emphasis on internal audit of clinical services, consumer engagement and interdisciplinary teamwork. Harvey is an Adjunct Clinical Professor with Monash University and a senior member of the National Examining Panel of the RACP. Harvey is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and the Quality and Clinical Governance Committee.
Bachelor of Business (Accountancy), Fellow CPA, GAICD
Liz is a seasoned finance professional with over 30 years of experience in healthcare. Liz joined the Board of Bass Coast Health in July 2022. She is also a Board Director for Uniting AgeWell and an independent member Court Services Victoria Audit and Risk Committee. Liz enjoyed a number is roles during her 30 year + career at Epworth HealthCare, from managing Payroll, Hospitality Services and the Greenfield start-up of the Epworth Eastern hospital, to her last Executive role as Executive Director Finance and Commercial Services (CFO). Her portfolio accountabilities included Finance, Payroll, Procurement and Supply, Facilities and Redevelopment, ITC, Internal Audit, Business Analytics, Corporate Governance and Risk, Health Contracts, Billing and Meduical Records. Co-sponsoring Epworth's Diversity and Inclusion strategy was another highlight of her career. Liz has been a part-time resident of Phillip Island for over 20 years. Liz is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
John Nevins | Independent Member
Bach; Economic, Grad; Dip; Public Policy, MAICD
John is an Independent Member of the BCH Finance Audit and Risk Committee.
John has worked in Local Government, Public Transport and the Victorian Public Service. His previous roles include being a long term Chief Executive Officer, General Manager Corporate Services, Chief Financial Officer, Internal Auditor and Economist.