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The Commission’s Board is appointed by the Australian Government Minister for Health, in consultation with all state and territory health ministers. The Board comprises a chair and nine members who among them have extensive experience and knowledge in the fields of healthcare administration, health service provision, law, management, primary health care, consumer advocacy, corporate governance and safety and quality.

Board appointees as at 1 July 2017


Professor Villis Marshall AC

Professor Marshall is recognised internationally as an eminent urology consultant, educator and researcher. His experience spans the provision of clinical services, general management of public hospitals, and improvement in safety and quality in healthcare settings.

Professor Marshall held faculty appointments at the London Hospital Medical College, St Peters Hospital and Royal Adelaide Hospital before serving as Chair of Flinders Medical Centre, Department of Urology for 25 years. Professor Marshall was also the General Manager and Clinical Director of Surgical Specialities Service at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and Clinical Professor of Surgery at Adelaide University.

In 2006 Professor Marshall was awarded Companion of the Order of Australia for service to medicine in urology and kidney disease research. In 1999 he received the highest award of the Order of St John for more than 20 years’ service in supporting the training of volunteer ambulance personnel throughout Australia. Professor Marshall is also a distinguished fellow and past president of the Urological Society of Australia.


Mr Martin Bowles PSM

Mr Martin Bowles was the Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Health from 13 October 2014 – 1 September 2017.

Prior to this role, Mr Bowles had been the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Previously, he held the positions of Deputy Secretary in the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the Department of Defence respectively. In 2012, he was awarded a Public Service Medal (PSM) 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 SA 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 9 year term, 6 as Chair, of Helping Hand Aged Care Inc. He holds an Adjunct Professorship in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Flinders University of South Australia. In 2008 he was awarded a Public Service Medal and in 2007 was awarded the Sydney Sax Medal by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association. Previously, he was on the board of SA’s Child Health Research Institute Council.

Ms Christine Gee

Ms Gee has been the Chief Executive Officer of Toowong Private Hospital since 1997. She is currently a member of the Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) Board and Chair of the APHA Council, as well as Chair of its Psychiatric Committee. She is Treasurer of the Private Hospitals Association of Queensland and a member of the Australian Government’s Second Tier Advisory Committee. Ms Gee also chairs the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre Implementation Advisory Group and is a member of the Reference Group for the beyondblue National Perinatal Mental Health Program. Ms Gee is Chair of the Commission’s Private Hospital Sector Committee, its Open Disclosure Advisory Group and the steering committee responsible for the revision of the National Standards.

Ms Wendy Harris QC

Ms Wendy Harris 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 Chair: Board of Directors of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia’s only public hospital dedicated to cancer treatment, research and education.  In addition to her membership of the Board of the Commission, she chairs the National Model Clinical Governance Framework Advisory Panel.

Other previous directorships include 10 years on the Board of Barristers’ Chambers Limited. She is currently 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 in South Australia. Professor Kitson has also had two years’ invaluable experience in the role of Executive Director of Nursing at Central Adelaide Local Health Network, where she was responsible for the nursing innovation and reform agenda.

Professor Kitson’s honours include 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

Dr Shaun Larkin worked for The Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia (HCF), Australia’s largest not-for-profit health fund, from 1997 to 2017.

After serving as General Manager in a number of executive roles, including in strategic development, benefits management, corporate ventures and operations, he was selected as HCF’s Managing Director in 2009.

Before joining HCF, Dr Larkin was based in Singapore for four years, where he led the establishment of a chain of ambulatory medical centres throughout Asia.

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

Starting her career as a nurse, Mrs Cheryle Royle has had a long career in health service management in both Victoria and Queensland. Mrs Royle was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Brisbane. She is a passionate advocate for quality care in hospitals and has been on a number of boards in Victoria.

In 1998, Mrs Royle was awarded the Victorian Telstra Business Woman of the Year for the private sector.

Adjunct Professor John Walsh AM

Professor 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.

Dr Helena Williams

Dr Williams is a well-respected and highly experienced General Practitioner based in Adelaide. Dr Williams is a Presiding Member of the Governing Council of the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network and a Member of the SA Public Health Council. Dr Williams is the former Clinical Director of the Southern Adelaide‑Fleurieu‑Kangaroo Island Medicare Local, and has been a member of the Boards of Cancer Council SA, the Noarlunga Health Service, South Australian Divisions of General Practice, the Australian General Practice Network, and the Southern Adelaide Health Service.