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Our Board

Our new organisational structure was adopted in December 2016 to align to our strategic plan and ensure we respond effectively to our purpose of understanding needs, engaging and working within the healthcare system and local communities to improve health and wellbeing.

Board of Directors

Brisbane South PHN is led by a highly qualified and accomplished team of leading skills-based experts with hands-on experience in our region. The Board is supported by Brisbane South PHN’s Executive Team and 24 member organisations, representing different primary care disciplines.

Dr Ian Williams

Dr Ian Williams

Chairperson, Member of Finance and Audit Committee, Member of Governance Committee, Member of Nominations Committee

Dr Ian Williams is the Principal of Camp Hill Healthcare, which is a group general practice. During his over 30 year tenure, the centre has
grown from a solo practice to one where 16 General Practitioners work in a multidisciplinary team with a wide range of allied health practitioners, nurses and non-dispensing pharmacists. The centre was named Practice of the Year in 2015. Ian sits on the steering committee of the Queensland Health statewide older persons health clinical network, and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine.

Prof. Cindy Shannon

Prof. Cindy Shannon

Deputy Chairperson, Member of Governance Committee

Professor Cindy Shannon is a descendent of the Ngugi people from Moreton Island. Until 2017, Cindy was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education) at The University of Queensland. Cindy was previously the Director of the Centre for Indigenous Health at The University of Queensland, and has an ongoing affiliation with the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health in South East Queensland. Cindy has been a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council and chaired its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Advisory Committee. Cindy has also chaired the national Indigenous Australians’ Sexual Health Committee for the period 2001 to 2008, and from 2008 to 2012 was chair of the Queensland Ministerial Advisory Committee on AIDS, Sexual Health and Hepatitis. Cindy participated in the 2020 Summit as a member of the group advising on a long-term national health strategy. Other key appointments include Member of the Health and Hospital Fund Advisory Board, Chair of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation and CSIRO Indigenous Engagement Strategic Advisory Committee. Cindy has recently been appointed Professor of Strategic Engagement (Indigenous) with the University of Melbourne, is a Board Member of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and is the Chairperson of the National Hearing Health Committee.

Joanne Jessop

Joanne Jessop

Chair of Community Advisory Council

Joanne Jessop joined Multicap, a high needs disability service provider, as Chief Executive Officer in 2006 and has significant leadership and senior management experience within the healthcare and human services sectors both internationally and within Australia. Ms Jessop has an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Queensland, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. She is an alumni of the Social Leadership Australia program, and was an inaugural member of the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal. Ms Jessop has been a member of the NDS Queensland State Committee since 2007 and has held the role of State Chair since 2015. She is a member of the National Disability Services Board and a member of the NDS National Governance Committee. She is a current member of the Queensland Transition Advisory Group advising the Minister on the Queensland transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Dr John Kastrissios

Dr John Kastrissios

Chair of Clinical Council

Dr John Kastrissios is a General Practitioner principal in a group general practice. John is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with skills and experience in effective governance, health policy development and clinical leadership. John is a Board Director of the Metro South Hospital and Health Service.

Nino Di Marco

Nino Di Marco

Chair of Finance and Audit Committee

Nino was the former CEO of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (QLD Section) (RFDS) and has over 20-years’ experience in leadership and management. As part of his former role within the RFDS, he sat on the National Executive of the RFDS National Organisation. Nino is now a Board Member of the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital Foundation. He holds an Economics degree from the University of New England, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chairman of an affordable housing company.

Eugene McAteer

Eugene McAteer

Member of Governance Committee

Eugene is a Director with Metro North Hospital and Health Service, after having recently been a Director within the Corporate Services Division of Metro South Hospital and Health Service. Previously Eugene held a range of director positions across Queensland Health in areas, which include primary health care and subacute services. Eugene is also a director at Inala Primary Care. Driven by systems change and innovation, and collaboration to improve health outcomes, Eugene has over 20 years’ health sector experience in Australia and the United Kingdom, working at a strategic and operational level.

Dr John O’Donnell AM

Dr John O’Donnell AM

Chair of Governance Committee

After working some years in general practice, Dr John O’Donnell embarked on a career in management of public and private hospitals and health services. He has held a variety of senior roles including public teaching hospital and private hospital Chief Executive Officer (CEO), regional hospitals CEO, and national responsibilities for clinical practice and governance in large hospital groups. John was CEO of Mater Health Services Brisbane from 2001 to 2015, and led this organisation through a period of rapid redevelopment and expansion of services. During this period John was Director of Mater Medical Research Institute, Mater Appeals (t/a Mater Foundation), Mater Education, Health Round Table, Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute, Catholic Health Australia and Chair CHA Health Policy Committee, and Assistant Commissioner of Qld’s HQCC. John is an Adjunct Professor of the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland, and Adjunct Professor at the School of Public Health in Queensland University of Technology. Current roles include Chair of Mercy Super, Chair of Mercy Community Services SEQ and director of Brisbane South PHN, in addition to a number of advisory roles for major national companies.

Patrice Cafferky

Patrice Cafferky

Chair of Nominations Committee, Member of Finance and Audit Committee

Patrice trained and worked as a General Nurse in the Queensland public hospital system and went on to train and work as a Midwife at the Mater Mothers’ Hospital Brisbane. In 1998 she established a partnership in a general practice with a strong focus on training, education and research. Patrice holds a Bachelor degree in Nursing, a Post Graduate Diploma of Practice Management and she is a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors. Patrice has served on the board of South East Primary HealthCare Network (SPHN) as a Director since 2006 and was Chair from 2009/10 to 2011/12. She continues to serve on the SPHN Board. Patrice was a founding director of Greater Metro South Brisbane Medicare Local and re-elected for a three-year term as a director in 2013. Patrice served as a director on GPQ (now CheckUp) from 2010 -2011. Patrice is an active member of Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2014. Patrice holds a qualification of Certified Practice Manager from the Australian Association of Practice Management.

Chris Townend

Chris Townend

Member of Finance and Audit Committee

Chris Townend is a chartered accountant currently working as a consultant focusing on governance and strategic financial management. Chris has had extensive work experience with a wide range of government, not for profit and private sector organisations throughout Australia, New Zealand and the UK. He has been the Chief Financial Officer in organisations covering health, higher education and a diverse not-for-profit. Chris currently holds board appointments with entities operating in professional services, health and community services. Previous board roles included superannuation, construction and education. Chris is a volunteer member of the Uniting Church’s Synod audit and risk committee and the Finance Committee of the Presentation Sisters in Queensland. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a fellow of the Institute of Directors and has a Master of Business Administration. Chris is married with five children, two of whom are pursuing health careers.

Corporate Governance Statement

While there is no single model of corporate governance, the Brisbane South PHN model is built around the following ASX Corporate Governance Principles 2010, underpinned by regular reviews for continual improvement:

  • strategic direction, planning and monitoring of vision and strategic objectives and clear corporate values.
  • lay solid foundations for management and oversight of the organisation.
  • clear roles and responsibilities of the Board and CEO, with effective Board and committee structures.
  • efficient planning and policy setting, particularly around risk, financial, information and people management.
  • clear lines of accountability to local communities, the Commonwealth and to the National Performance Authority.
  • quality of performance monitored against national and local standards in the delivery and contracting of services.
  • reporting arrangements that are simple, relevant and robust; with timely and balanced disclosure.
  • effective governance to ensure probity and value for money.
  • compliance with statutory obligations.
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