Board of Directors

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The role of the Board is to exercise good governance in the achievement of Northern Health’s stated objectives. Key aspects of this governance role include:

  • setting the organisation’s strategic direction
  • establishing a policy framework (primary policy)
  • appointing the Chief Executive Officer and monitoring their performance 
  • evaluating organisational performance
  • ensuring organisational accountability and compliance with legislative requirements
  • evaluating the Board’s own effectiveness in governance.

The Directors contribute to the governance of Northern Health collectively as a board by attending to business through meetings and a range of informal processes over the year. In addition to the minimum number of Board meetings required to be attended, individuals contribute through participation or chairing the various committees of the Board. Between committee meetings they are often involved in assisting management in the performance of Northern Health functions. Directors also attend significant functions and ministerial events across Northern Health.

Ms Jennifer Williams AM

Ms Jennifer Williams AM

Board Chair

Jennifer Williams was appointed as Northern Health Board Chair on 1 July 2015.

She has previously worked as a Chief Executive to several large health care organisations including AOnfoXchangeustin Health (five years), Alfred Health (seven years) and most recently, as Chief Executive of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service (seven years). Jennifer is now a non-executive director and in addition to her Northern role is also Chair of Yooralla and on the board of the Australia Medical Research Advisory Board and on the board of InfoXchange. She has recently completed 8 years on the board of La Trobe University.

Jennifer has extensive experience in the health sector and has held many board positions.
 


 

Mr Jim Bailey

Mr Jim Bailey

A Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Jim Bailey joined the Board in November 2014. He has provided strategic business advice, coaching and consulting services to key executives in many companies and across a number of sectors.

Jim’s core profession is Human Resources. In 1992 he led the formation of a new, national organisation, the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), having worked in a number of honorary positions at State and National levels for several years in the predecessor organisation, the Institute of Personnel Management Australia (IPMA).

Jim is an active member of four Boards. Both of the professional bodies to which he belongs, AHRI and the Recruitment Consulting Services Association (RCSA), have awarded him their highest honours, namely Life Fellowship.

In addition, his involvement with Bailey-Shaw’s executive recruitment clients has given him a wealth of exposure to a broad cross section of some of Australia's best companies.
 

Ms Juliann Byron

Ms Juliann Byron

Juliann Byron was appointed to the Northern Health Board on 8 December 2015.

Juliann has extensive experience as Chief Financial Officer of both public and private companies, in addition to strong governance and strategic planning skills. She holds board positions on a number of public, private and, not for profit boards.

She is a fellow of CPA Australia, Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors, and a Member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Dr Alison Lilley

Dr Alison Lilley

Alison Lilley is a currently practicing Specialist Anaesthetist who was appointed to the Northern Health Board in 2014.

Dr Lilley brings with her a wealth of experience from both the world of clinical medicine as well as senior level management in the public health system. Her past appointments include 10 years as Director of Anaesthesia and six years as Director of Perioperative Services at the Royal Women’s Hospital. She has also been Chair of the Senior Medical Staff at the Royal Women's Hospital, and a member of the Industrial Relations sub-committee of the Board of the AMA (Vic). In addition she is an Examiner for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, and is a member of the Anaesthetic Advisory Committee, and of the Obstetric Medical Advisory Committee at Epworth HealthCare.

She has received a number of Research grants, including a NH&MRC grant of $225,000 for an investigation into the role of cytokines in pelvic pain in women.

Alison has a Masters in Public Policy and Management, and a Graduate Certificate in Health Economics from Monash University, and is a passionate supporter of women’s health in the public sector and a firm believer in the right of every member of the Australian public to have equity of access to the highest quality health care. She is involved in a number of Safety and Quality and Risk Management committees at various hospitals, and most recently consulted on the development of Quality Audit processes for the development of four new public health programs at a large Community Health provider in Massachusetts, USA.
 

Ms Melba Marginson

Ms Melba Marginson

Melba Marginson was appointed as Northern Health Board Director (non-executive) in July 2016. She has previously worked as Executive Director of the Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition, Diversity Planner of the Maribyrnong City Council, Manager of AMES Community, and Settlement Planner of the Western Region Migrant Resource Centre. She was a Director of the Victorian Women’s Trust, and is currently a member of the FECCA Women’s Committee. She is currently self-employed as Director of Melba Marginson & Associates.

Melba has a Masters in Public Policy and Management, and extensive experience in community development and training, particularly in the multicultural and women sectors. Her leadership in the community sector was recognised by a number of awards, including Victorian Women’s Honour Role Inaugural Inductee, and recipient of the 2014 AFR & Westpac award for "Australia’s 100 Women of Influence”.

 

Mr Peter McDonald

Mr Peter McDonald

Peter McDonald was appointed to the Northern Health Board in December 2016.

He is an executive with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and previously worked as CFO at Austin Health and Alfred Health for 12 years. Prior to that he had a number of senior management roles in Victorian Government departments.

Peter is a Council Member and Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee at La Trobe University and is a Fellow of CPA Australia. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds Bachelor of Arts and  Master of Professional Accounting qualifications.
 

Mr Peter McWilliam

Mr Peter McWilliam

Peter brings with him extensive skills in business and management derived from 37 years of experience working at RBM and Paramount Plastic Extrusions, one of Australia’s largest privately owned plastic manufacturing companies. Peter served as a General Manager and Company Director within in the organisation and its subsidiary Paramount Plastics (Aust.) for 30 years, providing leadership based on inspiring effective teamwork, strong planning and organisational skills .

Peter understands the importance and value of staff in an organisation’s success and has many years of experience in implementing training and mentoring programs to maintain organisational viability. Peter sat on the Australian Standards subcommittee on Building Facades and Glazings in the late 1980’s and initiated and implemented Australian and International Standards ISO9001 and 9002 at Paramount Plastics (Aust.) from the mid 1990’s , successfully being audited and retaining accreditation for Paramount Plastics (Aust.) from then until his retirement.

As a resident of the northern suburbs, Peter is familiar with its rapid growth and development and the evolving needs the local community requires. Since retiring in 2010, Peter is now focused on sharing his business acumen and skills to benefit health services in the northern Melbourne area.
 

Ms Paula Shelton

Ms Paula Shelton

Paula was appointed to the Northern Health Board 1 July, 2016.
Paula is a senior legal professional with over two decades of experience in litigation. She has worked in a number of roles for Slater & Gordon, Medical Panels Victoria, Shine Lawyers and presently Waller Legal. Her experience as a personal injury lawyer across a breadth of areas including product liability, public liability, class actions and medical negligence has given her a passion for high quality public health care and a keen interest in medico-legal issues.

A member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Paula has also been active on a number of committees such as the Western Health Institutional Ethics Committee and Human Research & Ethics Committee (2002-2014) where she advised on legal and governance requirements of the health service, as well as participating in the consideration of projects.
 

Mr John Watson

Mr John Watson

John Watson has had a long career in State and Local Government over more than four decades. He has held a number of leadership roles in Local Government including as Chief Executive Officer of the former Shire of Bulla, Moonee Valley City Council and Hume City Council. John’s Victorian Government roles include periods as a Director, and then as Executive Director, of Local Government Victoria.

John has been Chair of the Victoria Grants Commission since 2012 and was Chair of the Panel of Administrators of the Brimbank City Council from 2012 to 2016. He Chairs the Audit and Risk Management Committee of the Maroondah City Council and sits as an independent member on a number of other local government Audit and Risk Committees. He also sits as the Independent Member of the Emergency Management Victoria Program Board. 

Together with the Hon Frank Vincent AO QC, John is the co-author of the 2015 Sunbury Hume Transition Local Government Panel Report.