Board Members 2019-20

The Commission’s Board governs the organisation and is responsible for the proper and efficient performance of its functions. The Board establishes the Commission’s strategic direction, including directing and approving its strategic plan and monitoring management’s implementation of the plan. The Board also oversees its operations and ensures that appropriate systems and processes are in place so that the Commission operates in a safe, responsible and ethical manner, consistent with its regulatory requirements.

Board membership

The Australian Government Minister for Health appoints the Commission’s Board, in consultation with all state and territory health ministers. The Board includes members who have extensive experience and knowledge in the fields of healthcare administration, provision of health services, law, management, primary health care, corporate governance and improvement of safety and quality.

The Board is established and governed by the provisions of the National Health Reform Act and the PGPA Act.

Professor Villis Marshall AC (Chair)

Professor Villis Marshall

Professor Villis Marshall brings to the Board experience in providing healthcare services, managing public hospitals, and improving safety and quality. Professor Marshall has had significant clinical experience as a urologist, and as Clinical Director (Surgical Specialties Service) for the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Adelaide.

Professor Marshall was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2006 for services to medicine, particularly urology and research into kidney disease, to the development of improved healthcare services in the Defence forces, and to the community through distinguished contributions to the development of pre-hospital first aid care provided by St John Ambulance Australia.

His previous appointments include General Manager at Royal Adelaide Hospital, Senior Specialist in Urology and Director of Surgery at Repatriation General Hospital, and Professor and Chair of Surgical and Specialty Services at Flinders Medical Centre.

Qualifications: MD, MBBS, FRACS.

Mr Martin Bowles AO PSM

Mr Martin Bowles is the National Chief Executive Officer at Calvary Health Care. Prior to this appointment, Mr Bowles was Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Health and Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Before this, he held the positions of Deputy Secretary in the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the Department of Defence. In 2012, he was awarded a Public Service Medal for delivering highly successful energy efficiency policies and remediation programs for the Home Insulation and Green Loans programs.

Before joining the Australian Government, Mr Bowles held senior executive positions in the education and health portfolios in the Queensland and New South Wales public sectors. He is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants.

Qualifications: BBus, GCPubSecMgmnt.

Dr David Filby PSM

Dr David Filby has worked extensively across the Australian healthcare landscape in a number of significant policy and executive roles. He has held senior national health policy roles and senior executive positions in Queensland and South Australia. In July 2016, he completed a term of six and a-half years as Executive Consultant for South Australia Health and the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council.

Dr Filby was a board member of the National Health Performance Authority until June 2016, a board member of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for 14 years and in August 2016 finished a nine-year term, including six as Chair, with Helping Hand Aged Care Inc. He is a member of the board of Pedare School and holds an Adjunct Professorship in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Flinders University. In 2008, he was awarded a Public Service Medal and in 2007 was awarded the Sidney Sax Medal by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. Previously, he was on the board of South Australia’s Child Health Research Institute Council.

Qualifications: PhD.

Adjunct Professor John Walsh AM

Professor John Walsh was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked for 20 years, and has expertise in the areas of social policy and funding across accident compensation, health and disability, with an Adjunct Professor appointment at the University of Sydney.

Professor Walsh is a board member of the National Disability Insurance Agency, having previously been a Productivity Commissioner and part of the reference group which recommended a National Disability Insurance Scheme in 2011.

Professor Walsh was also the Deputy Chair of the Board of the National Health Performance Authority until June 2016, chaired the independent panel overseeing Caring Together: A Health Action Plan for NSW and has held memberships on several boards including the NSW Motor Accidents Authority and the NSW Home Care Service.

Qualifications: BSc, FIAA, FRACP (Hons).

Ms Christine Gee

Ms Christine Gee brings to the board extensive experience in private hospital administration, having held executive management positions for over 25 years. She has been the CEO of Toowong Private Hospital since 1997 and is Chair of the Commission’s Private Hospital Sector Committee.

Ms Gee is also involved in numerous national boards and committees, including the Australian Private Hospitals Association, the Queensland Board of the Medical Board of Australia, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the Safety and Quality Partnership Standing Committee, the Private Hospitals Association of Queensland and the Government’s Second Tier Advisory Committee.

Qualifications: MBA.

Ms Wendy Harris QC

Ms Wendy Harris QC is a barrister who specialises in commercial law. She was admitted to the Victorian Bar in 1997 and was appointed Senior Counsel in 2010.

Between 2011 and 2015 she was Board Chair of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia’s only public hospital dedicated to cancer treatment, research and education. Other past directorships include 10 years on the Board of Barristers’ Chambers Limited, which is the repository of the substantial property assets of the Victorian Bar, and provider of chambers accommodation and ancillary services to its members.

Ms Harris is also Senior Vice President of the Victorian Bar Inc.

Qualifications: LLB (Hons).

Dr Helena Williams

Dr Helena Williams brings to the Board active clinical expertise as a general practitioner and leadership experience as a previous Clinical Director of the Southern Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Island Medicare Local Ltd. She is also currently the Medical Adviser for the Royal District Nursing Service SA and a General Practice Adviser for Return to Work South Australia.

Dr Williams’ governance experience includes six years as the Presiding Member of the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Governing Council and past directorships include the Southern Adelaide Health Service, the Cancer Council South Australia, Noarlunga Health Services, the South Australian Divisions of General Practice, and the Australian General Practice Network.

Qualifications: MBBS, FRACGP.

Adjunct Professor Veronica Casey AM

Adjunct Professor Veronica Casey has held nursing and midwifery executive leadership positions in Queensland Health since 1997. She worked in nursing and midwifery director roles at The Princess Charles Hospital District, the Royal Brisbane Hospital and the Royal Women’s Hospital prior to her appointment as Executive Director, Nursing Services Princess Alexandra Hospital and Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery Services, Metro South Health. During her time at Princess Alexandra Hospital, she has been instrumental in helping the hospital achieve re-designation under the Magnet® credentialing program, and the introduction of the Nurse Sensitive Indicator performance monitoring system. All Nurses and Midwives within Metro South Health Service have achieved Pathways to Excellence. Professor Casey’s experience and expertise in the nursing profession extends to national and international platforms, holding membership on the National Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, and she has served as an inaugural International Magnet Commissioner for the American Nurses Credentialing Centre (ANCC) from 2010–December 2017. She has also been recognised for her contribution to the nursing and midwifery profession by being awarded the ANCC HRH Princess Muna Al-Hussein Award for international contribution to nursing in 2011, the QUT Outstanding Alumni Award, Faculty of Health, 2018 for contribution to nursing and healthcare, and appointment as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) in 2019.

Professor Casey’s special interests are workforce planning and development; change management – changing cultures within work environments that enhance a positive practice environment; providing mentorship to nurses and other disciplines; participating in the educational development of undergraduate and post-graduate students on an academic and practical level; governance structures that are inclusive for all levels of staff, establishing credentialing requirements within nursing and quality and safety systems that support professional and clinical standards.

Qualifications: RN, RM, BN, MN-Leadership, Grad. Dip. Nursing – Geriatrics, Grad Dip – Management (Dist), FCNA

Ms Glenys Beauchamp PSM

Glenys Beauchamp was appointed Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Health on 18 September 2017. Ms Beauchamp has had an extensive career in the Australian Public Service at senior levels with responsibility for a number of significant government programs covering economic and social policy areas. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the public sector and began her career as a graduate in the Industry Commission.

Prior to her current role, Ms Beauchamp was Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (2013-2017) and Secretary of the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport (2010-2013). She has served as Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (2009-2010) and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (2002-2009).

Ms Beauchamp has held a number of executive positions in the ACT Government including Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Department of Health. She has also held senior positions in housing, energy and utilities functions with the ACT Government.

Ms Beauchamp was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2010 for coordinating Australian Government support during the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

Qualifications: Qualifications: BEcon, MBA.

Ms Janet Weir-Phyland

Janet Weir-Phyland is the Executive Director Nursing Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Alfred Health. She is responsible for the professional leadership of nurses, Allied Health Services, Non-Clinical Support Services, Patient Experience, Community Participation, Population Health and Environmental Sustainability. With over twenty five years experience in health, she has worked in a number of management and senior management positions in both Canada and Australia in the areas of education, clinical governance, acute, subacute and residential care services. Her particular interest is improving quality, safety and enhancing patient experience.

Adjunct Professor Weir-Phyland is also an Adjunct Professor with the School of Nursing and Midwifery in the Faculty of Health at Deakin University.

Qualifications: Dip Nrsg, BScN, MBA.