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The 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.

Board Membership 2017–2018


Professor Villis Marshall AC

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.


Glenys Beauchamp PSM

Glenys Beauchamp was appointed Secretary of the Department of Health on 18 September 2017. Glenys 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, Glenys was Secretary, 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).

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

Glenys was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2010 for coordinating Australian Government support during the 2009 Victorian bushfires. Glenys has an economics degree from the Australian National University and an MBA from the University of Canberra

Mr Martin Bowles PSM

Mr Martin Bowles is the National Chief Executive Officer at Calvary Health Care.

Prior to this appointment, Mr Bowles was Secretary of the 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.

Dr David Filby PSM

Dr David Filby has worked extensively across the Australian health care 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 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.

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 Private Hospitals Association of Queensland, the Queensland board of the Medical Board of Australia, and the Australian Government’s Second Tier Advisory Committee.

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 chairs the National Model Clinical Governance Framework Advisory Panel, and is a member of the Bar Council of the Victorian Bar Inc.

Professor Alison Kitson

Professor Alison Kitson is recognised internationally as a leading translational science researcher, nurse leader and champion of the fundamentals of nursing care. Professor Kitson spent several years in executive and academic leadership roles in the UK before moving to Australia to take up the role of Head of School of Nursing at the University of Adelaide in 2009. In 2017 she was appointed as the inaugural Vice President and Executive Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University. Professor Kitson has also been Executive Director of Nursing at Central Adelaide Local Health Network, where she was responsible for the nursing innovation and reform agenda.

Professor Kitson has been awarded a Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (2015), an honorary doctorate from Malmo University (2013) in Sweden and a Fellowship of the American Nurses Association (2011) for her work on standards of nursing care.

Dr Shaun Larkin

Professor Shaun Larkin joined the Menzies Centre for Health Policy and School of Public Health at the University of Sydney as Professor in Health Policy and Financing in February 2018.

Prior to taking up his current role Professor Larkin worked at HCF for 20 years. After serving as a General Manager in a number of executive roles (Strategic Development; Benefits Management; Corporate Ventures; and Operations) in December 2009 he was selected to be the Managing Director and for seven years led an organisation with health funding responsibilities for more than 1.5 million Australians, revenues in excess of $2.5 billion and over 1,300 staff.

Upon its establishment in 2000, Professor Larkin also guided the development of the HCF Research Foundation’s research funding program that saw over $16 million invested in more than 50 projects spread across Australia for the benefit of the wider Australian community.

Prior to joining HCF, Professor Larkin was based in Singapore for four years where he led the establishment of a chain of ambulatory medical centres throughout Asia and the CIS. Before this he worked for eight years as an executive for a large private hospital operator (Ramsay Health Care) in Australia and the United States.

Mrs Cheryle Royle

Mrs Cheryle Royle commenced her career as a nurse and midwife. She became the CEO of her first hospital in 1995. Following that time, she has managed a number of hospitals in both Victoria and Queensland, crossing a wide range of medical specialties.

In 1998, Mrs Royle was awarded the Telstra Business Woman of the Year (VIC) for the Private Sector and went on to be a National Finalist that year, highlighting her business acumen and achievements. Her most recent appointment was at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane until June 2017, following which time she returned to Victoria. She has served on a number of Boards in Victoria.

Mrs Royle’s passion for safety and quality in health care is known and recognised by those who have worked with or alongside her and she brings to the Board her extensive management skills and knowledge.

Adjunct Professor John Walsh AM

Professor John Walsh 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. During 2010, he was part of the reference group which recommended a national disability insurance scheme.

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.

Professor Walsh was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia, where he worked for 20 years. In 2011, Professor Walsh was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia and also received the Prime Minister’s Award for outstanding service to the disability sector.