Mater Health Services Board of Directors represents a dynamic blend of contemporary health care expertise and business acumen. Though diverse in their professional backgrounds and special community interests, each member has extensive leadership experience, guiding people in major organisations through critical phases of change. With this synergistic gathering of experience, knowledge and skills, Mater Health Services possesses the vibrant and cohesive leadership essential to negotiate challenges on the way to fulfilling its mission.
Sr Pauline Burke rsm
Sr Pauline Burke was appointed as a non-executive director on 27 September 2007. She has been involved in primary, secondary and tertiary education and counselling, police recruit education and chaplaincy, parish ministry and was Congregation Leader of the Brisbane Sisters of Mercy 1999-2003.
She is currently involved in a consulting capacity providing professional supervision, spiritual direction and in facilitating parish retreats.
She is a member of the People and Learning Committee, the Mission and Ethics Committee and the Research Support Committee.
Terry Crawford is an experienced large enterprise General Manager, company director and strategic advisor. He is currently Acting General Counsel to Yancoal Australia Limited, Director of Yancoal Resources Limited and Director of Opera Queensland Limited.
As Head of International Strategy, HSBC in London he gained extensive experience formulating and setting strategy for businesses domiciled domestically and internationally. From 1990 to 2004 he developed an excellent understanding of financial and commercial matters while working in banking, investment banking and corporate advisory roles including working in senior positions with three leading international banks.
Terry was General Manager of Queensland Stockland Development Limited from 2004 to 2005 where he was responsible for leading the highly profitable Queensland operation of Australia’s largest residential property developer. Terry has held many past directorships including Chairman of i lab incubator Pty Limited, Director of Yancoal Australia Limited, Director of Gladstone Ports Corporation and Director of Starlight Children’s Foundation.
He was appointed to the Mater Board in June 2012.
Brian Flannery - Chair
Chairman of the Board - Director
Brian is Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the Planning and Strategy Committee and the Research Support Committee.
He has 30 years experience in the construction and mining sectors and is currently the Managing Director of Felix Resources Ltd.
He has held the position of Director since July 2001.
Vince O'Rourke - Deputy Chair
Deputy Chair of the Board
Mr O’Rourke is Deputy Chair of the Board. He has enjoyed a distinguished career, primarily in the rail transport industry. In 1990 he was appointed Queensland Commissioner for Railways before taking the position of Chief Executive Officer at Queensland Rail (QR) from 1991 to 2000.
He has led many companies including the Queensland Treasury Corporation Capital Markets Board, the Australian National Training Authority and Linfox Holdings Pty Ltd, the Rail Cooperative Research Centre for Engineering and Technologies and its child-company, Rail Innovation Australia Pty Ltd.
He is currently Chairman of the Queensland Workplace Health and Safety Board, a non-executive director of Bradken Ltd and Felix Resources Ltd. He is a trustee of the Queensland Museum Foundation and a member of the Ipswich Rail Workshops Museum advisory committee.
He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2000 and awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 for services to the Rail Transport Industry and Queensland Rail.
Mr O’Rourke’s appointment to the Board commenced on 27 November 2008 for a four year term.
Mr Peter Pearce
Peter Pearce is the General Manager Direction with Spiritus, the care services arm of the Anglican Church in Brisbane. Peter is responsible for corporate planning; risk management, compliance assurance, quality and improvement, business development, research and policy and strategic asset management.
Prior to joining Spiritus, Peter held executive and senior management positions in the energy industry, state and local government, politics and the health industry. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the Australasian Institute of Risk Management.
He has held the position of Director since November 2003.
John is Chairperson of the Employment Relations Committee. He has in excess of 30 years experience with management at the CEO level in Top 100 companies both nationally and internationally. He is currently Chairman of Arrow Energy, Queensland Cotton and Sunnybank Paper as well as being a Director of the Bank of Queensland and Brisbane Powerhouse Pty Ltd.
John is an Adjunct Professor at Bond University, a visiting fellow at Queensland University of Technology and a strategic advisor to university of Southern Queensland. He is a corporate advisor to a number of companies and sits on the board of the Brisbane Institute and Queensland Private Enterprise Council.
He has held the position of Director since July 2004.
Sr Mary Tinney rsm
Sr Mary is a member of the Mission and Ethics Committee and the Planning and Strategy Committee.
From 1968 to 1985 she was involved in secondary school education as a teacher, deputy principal, principal and religious education co-ordinator.
Sr Mary has served as a member of the Congregation Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation and as the Vice President of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia. She is the instigator and director of a community based program Earth Link and its establishment at Four Winds, Ocean View.
She has held the position of Director since September 2005.
Professor Catherine Turner
Professor Turner is the Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery in the Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Queensland.
Professor Turner began her career at Mater, graduating in 1984 with the Mother Alban Memorial Award for excellence in Nursing. She has won a number of local and national awards for teaching and has been the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship.
Her research career has included a research fellowship at Harvard Medical School and being the recipient of a National Health and Medical Research Council fellowship.
Professor Turner is currently the Assistant Commissioner (Nursing) at the Health Quality and Complaints Commission Queensland.
She has held the position of Director since August 2008.
Laurence Rogencamp - Company Secretary
Laurence is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, having been admitted in 1987.
He has practised principally in the corporate and commercial areas of law. He is a Board Member of Mater Misericordiae Hospital Townsville Ltd and Chairman of Villa Maria Aged Care Services Advisory Board. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He has held the position of Company Secretary since July 2001.
Mater’s Executive team is made up of 10 leaders who bring innovation, experience and foresight to the workings of our exceptional hospital group. They each play a key role in navigating this unique health care provider’s path to excellence in everything it does.
Cheryl Clayton - Director of Nursing and Midwifery MPHB
After four years as Director of Clinical Services at Mater Private Hospital Redland, Cheryl Clayton commenced her role as Director of Nursing at Mater Private Hospital Brisbane on 12 July 2010.
Since joining Mater in 1999, Ms Clayton has held senior roles at Mater Mothers’ Hospital as the Nursing Director—Acute Services (Women’s and Children’s) and as Nursing Director at Mater Children’s Hospital.
From 2006, Ms Clayton worked as Director of Clinical Services for Mater Private Hospital Redland which was the highest ranked private hospital in Australia for patient satisfaction twice in the past two years, surpassing the other 148 private hospitals which survey through the Press Ganey organisation.
Ms Clayton’s clinical background has been mainly in the areas of acute and intensive care for adults, children and midwifery practice.
She is also the current Chair of the Mater Nursing and Midwifery Alumni.
Dr John Gilmour - Executive Director—Clinical Support Services
Dr John Gilmour became Executive Director of Facilities in February 2008. He has worked with Mater for over 20 years in a variety of roles.
John trained and worked as a physiotherapist, completing his doctorate in 2002. He has been involved in a range of Mission-related projects, including outreach projects such as working with disabled children in Russia on four occasions between 1995 and 2002.
John has worked on key capital works projects at Mater over the last 10 years, including:
- the delivery of Mater Children's Hospital building project between 1998 and 2001
- Mater’s Redevelopment Project (which included the new Mater Mothers’ Hospitals) between 2004 and 2008
- the Queensland Paediatric Cardiac Services Project (QPCS) between 2006 and 2008
- early planning of the Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH) between 2006 and 2008.
The Facilities Division was established in 2008 and includes the following key departments and functions:
- Property and Ancillary Services
- Capital Works Projects
- Engineering and Environmental Services
The Facilities Division also manages key issues of environmental sustainability, infrastructure and facilities planning, heritage conservation of buildings, way finding and artworks curation.
Mish Hill - Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Mater Adult, Women's and Children's Health Services
Mish Hill commenced her role as Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Mater Adult, Women's and Children's Health Services on 30 March 2010.
Ms Hill has extensive experience in both public and private health care settings having worked in remote indigenous communities, regional and tertiary services as a clinician and manager. Ms Hill previously worked at the Royal Hospital for Women in New South Wales and as a Policy Advisor for the Office of the Chief Nursing Officer, NSW Health.
Ms Hill joined Mater Health Service in 2003 as the Staffing and Flow Manager for Women's and Children's Services.
In 2004, she worked as a service planner for the new Mater Mothers’ Hospital and refurbishment of the Mater Adult Hospital and has also served as Midwifery Director and Director of Women's Health.
Caroline Hudson - Executive Director People and Learning
Stepping into a newly-created role at Mater in 2005, Caroline is instrumental in the effective management of Mater’s 7000 plus staff members.
Caroline is passionate about building sustainable businesses by focusing on people, a field she has significant experience in. Since joining, she has been looking at how to meet the challenges Mater faces as a complex employer in a fast changing, highly competitive global market.
Ieuan Hyde - Chief Marketing Officer
Ieuan was appointed as the Chief Marketing Officer in 2006 and he believes that the strength of Mater's brand and the organisation’s commitment to its values is a crucial part of its differentiation in the marketplace.
He recognises the necessity to delineate between insured and non-insured health care markets while maximising brand value. His team’s efforts in this area were recognised nationally. Mater's Marketing Department was awarded an Australian Marketing Institute National Award for Excellence in October 2006 and the Australian Business Award for Marketing Excellence in September 2008.
Madonna McGahan - Executive Director Mission Leadership
Madonna commenced as Executive Director Mission Leadership at Mater on 30 June 2008. She looks forward to building on Mater’s demonstrated commitment to integrate the mission and values throughout the organisation. Delivering compassionate care to people within a dynamic, challenging health care environment demands creative and innovative approaches and Mater's community continues to demonstrate its readiness and ability to do so.
For the past 17 years she worked in Canberra in leadership roles with Little Company of Mary Health Care, Catholic Health Australia and the Commonwealth Department of Health.
Prior to completing a business administration degree, Madonna trained as a general nurse and midwife at Mater, and worked as a registered nurse in a rural hospital, a disability service and a residential aged care service in Queensland. She has a masters degree in arts (theology).
Don Murray - Executive Director MPHB and MPHR
Since 2002, Don has developed and grown Mater Private’s services significantly. His effective management style instils a culture of patient-focussed, outcome-driven service delivery while promoting an ethos of holistic health care.
This year has been one of particular note for Mater Private Hospital, with the official opening of the new Mater CardioVascular Unit, expanded Endoscopy Unit and new Conference Centre.
Dr. John O'Donnell - Chief Executive Officer - Mater Health Services
John has been Chief Executive Officer of Mater Health Services since November 2001.
A medical graduate of the University of Adelaide, John has been managing public and private hospitals since 1984. As part of Fellowship training for the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, John completed a Masters in Health Planning at The University of New South Wales. John is also an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives. More recently, he has obtained a Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Management, and a Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
John is an Honorary Professor in Department of Management of the Griffith University Business School, and an Adjunct Professor of the School of Medicine, University of Queensland.
Other roles include Directorships of Mater Medical Research Institute, Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute, The Health Round Table, Mater Appeals Ltd (Mater Foundation) and Chair of Mercy Super.
Since becoming CEO of Mater Health Services, John has led Mater through a time of rapid growth, whilst ensuring the Mater Mission of providing compassionate care to the sick and needy is alive and well.
Under his leadership, Mater has opened the new Mater Mothers’ Hospitals, the premier maternity facilities in the Southern Hemisphere, witnessed the transition of the Queensland Paediatric Cardiac Service from The Prince Charles Hospital, and continued on a course of innovative evidence based health care, while upholding the values of the founders of the organisation, the Sisters of Mercy.
Chris Perkins - Chief Financial Officer
Chris Perkins was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Mater Health Services in July 2009.
He is responsible for the financial activities of Mater Health Services and plays an integral role in the financial stewardship of the organisation. He provides a strategic, commercial approach to the future development of Mater.
Mr Perkins' technical, financial and commercial acumen combined with tactical management and leadership skills have been built over many years in the financial services industry. They make him the ideal candidate for the role of Chief Financial Officer.
He believes that effective financial stewardship is crucial to ensuring the sustainability of Mater Health Services and the continuation of the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy.
Mr Perkins joined Mater in February 2006 as the Director of Decision Support. During this time he provided strategic and financial advice to the organisation and was pivotal in the development and implementation of improved budgeting and reporting systems.
Prior to joining Mater, Mr Perkins held a variety of corporate accounting and support roles including Business Manager (Queensland Regional Service) and Commercial Development Manager with national telecommunications provider, Telstra.
Mr Perkins holds an undergraduate degree in business majoring in accounting and marketing, a Master of Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants.
Mal Thatcher - Chief Information Officer - Executive Director Information and Infrastructure
Mal has 30 year career in Computing and Information Technology (IT) including 8 years in the public sector and 14 years consulting in the private sector prior to joining Mater in 2004. His career as a consultant has included roles throughout Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Mal has both an Honours’ and a Masters’ degree in Computer Science, has studied at Harvard University and is currently undertaking research into IT Governance in Healthcare as he works towards his PhD. Mal is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the Queensland University of Technology.
Mal joined Mater’s team as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) in 2004 and more recently his portfolio now includes responsibility for Mater’s built environment. As Executive Director for the Information and Infrastructure Division, Mal’s role involves the strategic stewardship of Mater’s physical and virtual infrastructure assets. Mal’s Division is responsible for:
- Information and Records Management
- Information System Solutions
- Technology and Communications Services
- Engineering & Maintenance Services
- Asset Management Services
- Infrastructure Planning and Design Services
- Capital Works Projects
- Property Services
- Fire Safety & Security Services
- Ancillary Services (such as the Mater Child Care, Florist, Car Parks, Café’s and Accommodation)
The Division also manages key issues of environmental sustainability, infrastructure and facilities planning, heritage conservation of buildings and artworks curation.
The canonical responsibility of Mater Health Services Brisbane Limited including its associated entities: Mater Foundation and Mater Research, was officially transferred to Mercy Partners on 23 April 2013—which means that Mater is no longer owned by the Sisters of Mercy.
While significant, this change in ownership and governance does not alter the day to day operations of Mater or its mission and values. Mater continues to value and hold its historical ties and strong links with the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation.