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
Board Chair

Jennifer Williams

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

Jennifer is a non-executive director with a number of Board appointments in addition to her Northern Health role.  She is Chair of Yooralla and Deputy Chair of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority and on the boards of the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board, Barwon Health as well as on the Advisory Board of the Victorian Health Building Authority. She has previously completed 8 years on the board of La Trobe University.

Jennifer has extensive experience in the health sector and has previously worked as a Chief Executive to several large health care organisations including Austin Health (five years), Alfred Health (seven years) and as Chief Executive of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service (seven years).

Mr Phillip Bain

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 Your Community Health. He has a long history in the community, vocational education and health sectors.

Phillip is a member of the DJPR Northern Metropolitan Partnerships and is a longstanding Director of QIP, the national quality provider in primary care. Phillip was chair of the State Government task force into Community Health in 2018-19.

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, and was a Victorian Multicultural Commissioner.

Dr Andrea Kattula

Andrea Kattula was appointed to the Northern Health Board in July 2019.

Andrea originally trained as an anaesthetist, working in hospitals in Australia and the United States. Her subsequent career has focused on Safety & Quality in healthcare. She has extensive experience establishing clinical governance systems and processes, leading change, engaging clinicians and supporting clinical leadership development.

From 2017 to 2019 Andrea chaired the Victorian Consultative Council on Anaesthetic Mortality and Morbidity. She is now the Deputy Chair of the Victorian Perioperative Consultative Council and chairs its Anaesthesia Subcommittee. She has concurrent roles including as a Teaching Associate with Monash University, and as a member of the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM) Management Committee, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) Victorian Regional Committee, and the ANZCA Mortality Subcommittee.

Mr Peter McDonald

Mr Peter McDonald

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

He is an executive with Australian Red Cross Lifeblood 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, Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee and a member of the Corporate Governance & Audit Committee at La Trobe University, as well as a Fellow of CPA Australia.


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.

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 and quality. As a resident of the northern suburbs, Peter is familiar with its rapid growth and development and the evolving needs of the local community. Peter has been a Board Member of NorthLink for the past eight years, as well as the Northern Health Foundation for the same period and served on Nillumbik Councils Economic Advisory Committee for the past four years.


Ms Anna MacLeod

Anna MacLeod was appointed to the Northern Health Board in July 2020.

Anna is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) and has extensive experience in Health, Insurance, Risk, Governance and Regulation working within both the public and private sectors.  She is a health lawyer, accredited mediator and registered nurse.

Anna has held many clinical governance and medico-legal roles in major public hospitals as well as senior management roles for key medical indemnity insurers; Victorian Managed Insurance Authority and Avant.  She has an interest in people management and development and delivering results through building relationships and the application of strategic influencing skills. She is passionate about patient safety and reducing risks in healthcare.

Anna is also a recipient of a Victorian Government Women’s Board Leadership Scholarship.


Ms Linda Rubinstein

Linda Rubinstein was appointed to the Northern Health Board on 1 July 2019.

Linda is a former trade union official and lawyer with over 30 years board experience, largely related to industry superannuation funds.  She has worked in a senior role at the ACTU and as the Pro Bono Manager at a national law firm.

Linda is currently chair of the Industry Fund Services group of companies and a director of Industry Fund Services Insurance Solutions and Industry Fund Holdings, as well as a volunteer Community Visitor appointed under the Disability Act 2006.


Mr John Watson

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 several 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 or sits as an independent member on the Audit and Risk Committees for a number of Victorian local governments, the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Maryborough District Health Service. 


Dr Sherene Devanesen

Sherene Devanesen was appointed to the Northern Health Board on 1 July 2021.

She is a medical practitioner with experience in Health Administration and Corporate and Clinical Governance.

Sherene is currently Chair of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Board and is a member of the Northern Territory Health Governance and Assurance Committee.

Sherene held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Yooralla from January 2014 to February 2021. Prior to that, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Peninsula Health. With over 30 years’ experience in the management of health services and medical administration in Victoria, her experience has provided her with a strong reputation in consumer consultation and engagement and in achieving quality outcomes for human and community services.

Sherene is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management,  a Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Other former appointments include Member of the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority Advisory Board, Chair of the Wesley Mission Victoria Board, Chair of the Victorian Quality Council and President of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.