Mr Siva Sivarajah

Chief Executive

Chief Executive

Siva Sivarajah brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and health care leadership through almost 30 years within the Victorian public health sector.

Previously Siva was the Chief Operating Officer of Monash Health, where he led the delivery of acute, sub-acute, mental health and community based services across the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. He also has a strong track record in the delivery of major capital projects and engineering infrastructure services.

Siva is leading transformational change at Northern Health, improving access to services, enhancing a safety culture, and fostering partnerships to link hospital and community care – partnerships that will help support patients in their own environment, ensuring they remain safe and well.


Ms Jane Poxon

Chief Operating Officer

Ms Jane Poxon

Jane commenced at Northern Health in 2016 as General Manager, Access and Performance & Chief Nursing Informatics Officer. With an extensive history working in Victoria’s public health sector, Jane is a highly experienced senior healthcare leader with a range of capabilities.

As General Manager at Northern Health, Jane maintains a consistent record of performance and service delivery and strives for operational excellence at all levels.

Jane held various positions while working at Monash Health for over a decade; initially as Director of Perioperative Services, Jane oversaw roles such as Operations Director, General Manager South East Sector, and finally as Acting Chief Operating Officer.



Dr John Ferguson, FRACMA, MHSM, MBBS

Chief Medical Officer

John has held extensive senior medical administrative positions and has been responsible for both professional and operational for medical workforce, clinical governance, clinical standards and medical education.

Most recently, John was the Chief Medical Officer at Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar – a Women’s and Children’s Hospital providing care for up to 9,000 deliveries per year and over 10,000 paediatric surgical procedures.

His previous senior medical administration appointments include Chief Medical Officer, Austin Health and Executive Director, Acute Health; Group Medical Administrator at Bendigo Health Care Group.


Ms Michelle Fenwick

Executive Director, People and Culture

Michelle Fenwick

Michelle is an experienced Human Resources Practitioner, who has delivered progressive, responsive and relevant services to Northern Health to support staff, whilst they deliver healthcare needs to the community.

She leads Northern Health, People & Culture directorate services, which include strategic employment, attraction and retention strategies, health/safety and wellbeing, learning and development, human resources and staff innovation system services. Her background is well suited in delivering sustainable workforce solutions, especially with the expected population growth of 59% by 2031.

Michelle has a Masters in Administration in Human Resource Management/Industrial Relations and has received Candidature for her Doctorate – Research Topic ‘Impact of nurse casualisation’.

Mr Basil Ireland

Chief Financial Officer

Mr Basil Ireland

Basil is a highly motivated and results driven CFO, with a proven track record of success in large and complex, private and public organisations. With over ten years’ experience working at a senior financial capacity in health, he possesses a powerful suite of finance, leadership and senior executive capabilities in the areas of financial management, health information services, business support and environmental support services.

Basil has a strong capability to lead and develop high performance teams and build productive and effective relationships based on the delivery of results and strong financial advice. He is committed to providing transparency to stakeholders, demonstrating that decisions are made equitably and working in a collaborative manner.


Mr Andrew Williamson

Executive Director, Public Affairs and Foundation

Andrew is a strategic communications professional with wealth of experience in public affairs, communications and fundraising, mainly in the health sector, including roles at Western Health, Monash Health and Austin Health.

Andrew also worked as Chief of Staff in the Victorian Health and Education Ministries. Prior to working in health he was a producer and station manager at ABC Radio Melbourne.

Andrew holds a Masters in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts, is a Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and the Fundraising Institute of Australia.

Dr Bill Shearer 

Executive Director, Quality Safety and Transformation 

Dr Bill Shearer is a consultant anaesthetist and fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthesia.

Bill is the Executive Director of Quality Safety and Transformation at Northern Health and is leading the High Reliability Organisation Transformation Strategy across Northern Health. He has over 30 years of clinical and managerial experience and has been both a director of large anaesthetic departments and medical director for critical care programs including anaesthesia, intensive care and emergency services.

Bill has pursued interests in education (with a master’s degree in educational studies) and in quality and safety in both critical care and the wider health services environment and has made significant contributions to various state and national activities in these areas.

Ms Briana Baass

Executive Director, Chief Allied Health Officer and Partnerships

Briana has over 17 years of experience in the health sector across Australia. With a background in clinical prosthetics and orthotics, her experience spans health service operations, various roles in a government department and seven years of health and human services consulting in a global firm.

Briana is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) and a graduate of the College’s Management Residency Program. She is a National Board Director and the current Victorian President for the College.

Briana is passionate about developing the health system and supporting emerging health managers to enable healthy communities across the country.

Ms Debra Bourne

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer

Debra commenced her nursing career in metro health services within intensive care departments. Later on, she moved to rural health and held a variety of nursing roles, from renal dialysis unit, operating suite, emergency nursing and then midwifery where she worked for 20 years.

Over time, she transitioned to the Nurse Unit Manager role, after which she was endorsed as one of the first rural and remote Nurse Practitioner’s (NP) in Victoria.
For more than eight years, Debra worked in a variety of  rural and remote settings which included the mining industry. Her career then progressed further and led to health service management roles in operations, quality and service development.

Debra joined Northern Health in 2016.