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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
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 Austin 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. In addition to her Northern Health role she is Chair of Yooralla, and on the boards of the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board, InfoXchange, the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority and Barwon Health. She has previously 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 Phillip Bain
Phillip Bain was appointed to the Northern Health Board in July 2017.
He is the former Chief Executive of Plenty Valley Community Health and has a long history in the community, vocational education and health sectors.
Phillip is a member of the DELWP Northern Metropolitan Partnerships and has been a longstanding Director of QIP, the national quality provider in primary care.
Phillip is Chair of the State Government task force into Community Health.
Phillip’s professional career includes a lengthy period working with GPs in the north of Melbourne and managing the Goulburn Valley Medicare Local in central Victoria. He has served as a local Councilor and Mayor, was a Victorian Multicultural Commissioner, and early in his career was an adviser to a Federal Health Minister.
Phillip is a member of the AICD and ACHSM and has a Masters in Business.
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, and 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 Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Member of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Dr Alison Lilley
Alison Lilley is a practicing Specialist Anaesthetist who was appointed to the Northern Health Board in 2014.
Alison brings with her a wealth of experience from both the world of clinical medicine and 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). She is an Examiner for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, and is a member of the Anaesthetic Advisory Committee and the Obstetric Medical Advisory Committee at Epworth HealthCare.
Ms Melba Marginson
Melba Marginson was appointed to the Northern Health Board 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 served as a Director of the Victorian Women’s Trust between 2004 and2010 and Commissioner of the Victorian Multicultural Commission between 2000 and 2005.
Melba has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management, and extensive experience in community development and cultural diversity training design and delivery. Her community leadership 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”. In 2017, Melba was featured in the first exhibition of the Australian Women’s Museum.
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 a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Professional Accounting qualifications.
Mr Peter McWilliam
Peter McWilliam was appointed to the Northern Health Board in October 2013. 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 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. As a resident of the northern suburbs, Peter is familiar with its rapid growth and development and the evolving needs of the local community. Since retiring in 2010, Peter has focused on sharing his business acumen and skills to benefit health services in the northern Melbourne area.
Ms Paula Shelton
Paula Shelton was appointed to the Northern Health Board in 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, Waller Legal and presently serves as Special Counsel at Adviceline Injury Lawyers. 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.
Mr John Watson
John Watson was appointed to the Northern Health Board in August 2016. John 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 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 Committees of the Maroondah City Council, Moreland City Council, Central Goldfields Shire Council and Municipal Association of Victoria. He also sits as an independent member on the Audit and Risk Committees for the Greater City of Geelong, Wyndham City Council and Nillumbik Shire Council. He is 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 and in 2018 sat as the Independent Inquiry into governance concerns at the Goulburn Ovens TAFE (GOTAFE).