Board of management

Epworth Foundation is a body corporate established under the Epworth Foundation Act 1980 (Vic) (“Act”) that principally operates under the registered business name Epworth HealthCare.

Epworth Foundation consists of a board of management and has no shareholders. The objects and powers of Epworth Foundation are set out in the Act.

The board of management conducts itself in accordance with the powers and procedural requirements set out in the Act and the Board Charter. The Board Charter provides a clear statement of the roles, responsibilities, processes and operations of the board of management to ensure the practices of the board are consistent with, and reflect the board’s commitment to, best practice in corporate and clinical governance.


Led by Mr Rod Fitzroy, the board has focused on ensuring the group has the systems, structures and strategy to meet its objectives. 

Dr Lachlan Henderson 
Dr Lachlan Henderson


Group Chief Executive Epworth HealthCare
Commencing 23 January 2017

Lachlan joins Epworth HealthCare with over 25 years’ experience in the health care industry.

Previous roles include CEO St John of God (SJG) Subiaco Hospital (622 beds) and Executive Director of SJG Perth Northern Region, encompassing the new SJG Midland campus (367 beds), a public private partnership with the WA State Government.

Lachlan has held responsibility for four hospital sites, $600M revenue, 1200 beds and over 4,500 staff. More recently he has successfully commissioned and opened the Midland Public and Private Hospitals being the first public/private partnership that SJG has built and operated in WA. Prior to his this role, Lachlan was CEO St John of God Pathology from 2011 to 2013 and formerly the Group Director Medical Services and Strategy, SJG.

His last 15 executive roles include work within the private ‘not for profit’, ‘for profit’ and public sectors. Lachlan's broad experience encompasses working as a medical practitioner and GP with over a decade of full-time private practice. Critical to his success in these roles has been his focus on quality patient care and staff satisfaction while enhancing the business and financial outcomes for the organisation.

University appointments include being the inaugural Head of Notre Dame University (NDU) Medical School at St John of God Murdoch (2006) and a Member of NDU School of Medicine External Medical Advisory Board (2008-2014).

Lachlan is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and his Board appointments include: the former Chair WA President’s Medical Liaison Council for MDA National; Board Member Swan Care Group (Aged Care).

Since 2013, he has been a Director of the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) and became its Chairman in 2015. In 2005, Lachlan completed a Master of Health Services Management (MHSM) at Monash University and in 2006 a Fellow of Leadership WA.​




Mr Rod Fitzroy (President)

Non-executive member

Mr Fitzroy was appointed to the Epworth board of management in 2008 and the position of President in 2014. Mr Fitzroy also holds the positions of chairman of the Major Property Development and Procurement Committee, member of the Finance Committee, Patient Care Committee and Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

In 1973, Mr Fitzroy founded Fitzroys, which today is a property agency based in Collins Street, Melbourne. He is a fellow of the Real Estate Institute of Australia and an associate of the Australian Property Institute.

Mr Fitzroy is the immediate past chairman of the Victoria Racing Club, where he served as a director for 19 years.  In 2008, The Australian Institute of Export awarded Mr Fitzroy an Institute Export Hero Award.

For over 20 years, Mr Fitzroy has been a member of the Epworth Medical Foundation and currently holds the position of vice-chairman.




Ms Laura Anderson
Non-executive member

Laura Anderson was appointed to the Epworth Board of Management in November 2014 and serves on the Patient Care Committee.  

Ms Anderson is Chairman of SVI Global Pty Ltd, Chairman of the Melbourne Fashion Festival Pty Ltd, Chairman of the LKG Advisory Boards, Chairman of the CEO Circle and Chairman of the Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Technology in Schools.  Laura is on the Board of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Fed Square Pty Ltd, the Australian Defence College Advisory Board, and is a Board Member of the Defence Council Victoria. Laura is on the Board of the Fulbright Commission, American Australian Association, and the Defence Science Institute and is a director of several private investment companies. 

Laura’s international business career began in manufacturing, global trade and technology. She was a Non-Executive Director of the Just Group, chairing the Risk Committee.  Laura was a Director of Eastern Health, serving on the Audit and Risk Committee and the Quality Committee. Laura was founding Partner of KPMG Australia’s Risk and Advisory Services for Industry Practice and the National Partner in charge of Strategy and Development.

Ms Anderson is the past Chairman/President of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, Victoria and is a former Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce. Laura has been honoured as an Australia Day Ambassador since 2010 and was honoured as an Ambassador of International Women’s Day on its 100th anniversary in 2011.





Professor Peter Brooks


Non-executive member


Professor Brooks joined the Epworth board of management in 2008, and is a member of the Human Research and Ethics Committee, the Board Audit and Compliance Committee and is Chair of the Patient Care Committee.

Professor Brooks is a professorial fellow in the School of Population and Global Health and the School of Medicine at the University of Melbourne.  He is the executive director of research at Northern Health Epping where is heavily involved in the organisation of translational research. He was executive dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Queensland from 1997 to 2009 and has held previous posts as Professor of Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney (University of New South Wales) and was the foundation professor of Rheumatology at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. 

Professor Brooks completed his medical training at Monash University in Melbourne and then studied rheumatology under Professor Watson Buchanan in Glasgow. 

Professor Brooks has published and commentates in the area of treatment and outcomes in arthritis including psychological aspects and in the area of health workforce. He recently established the Australian Health Workforce Institute at the University of Melbourne to explore health workforce reform.







Ms Maryjane Crabtree (Deputy President)
Non-executive member


Ms Crabtree was appointed to the Epworth board of management in 2012, and chairs the Board Audit and Compliance Committee. Ms Crabtree was a member of the Epworth Human Research and Ethics Committee for fifteen years.

Ms Crabtree is currently a partner at Allens, where she is the executive partner – practice, a national leadership role.  When in practice, she specialised in occupational health and safety, product and environmental liability, class actions and risk management.

Ms Crabtree is also on the council of Ormond College and is a member of Chief Executive Women.


Professor Paul Dougas

BE, M Eng Sc, FAICD, Professorial Fellow Melb Uni, Hon FIE Aust, FATSE

Non-executive member


Professor Dougas has been a member of the board of management and Finance Committee since 2012. He was a member of the Major Property Development and Procurement Committee from 2012 to 2013 and has been a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee since 2013. 

Professor Dougas has had an extensive career in business and consulting engineering with 15 years as CEO of Sinclair Knight Merz, having spent over 30 years with this employee owned business that has grown to be a global leader in consulting engineering.

Professor Dougas is chairman of the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute as well as a non executive director of Mount Gibson Iron and the Beacon Foundation.  He has had an extensive career in charting the direction of a rapidly growing business and has championed diversity, human resources safety and sustainability issues.

Prof Dougas was appointed to the Melbourne University School of Engineering to connect with Industry and lead the efforts to introduce leadership and management into the Engineering programs.

Associate Professor Nerina Harley


Non-executive member


Associate Professor Nerina Harley is the Chair of the Group Medical Advisory Council at Epworth HealthCare, a Director of the Intensive Care Council at Epworth HealthCare, the Director of the Epworth Freemasons Intensive Care Unit and the Deputy Chair of the DHHS Victorian Clinical Critical Care Network.

Associate Professor Harley was the foundation Director of the Critical Care Institute at Epworth HealthCare and was the Director of the Royal Melbourne Hospital Intensive Care Unit for nine years. She has had a major role in an advisory capacity in health care in public, private and government activities, and is a longstanding member of Epworth HealthCare’s Medical Advisory Committee and Teaching Hospital Steering Committee. Associate Professor Harley obtained her medical degree from the University of Melbourne in 1984, trained as a physician specialising in nephrology and intensive care, and in 1992 obtained a Doctorate of Medicine.


Associate Professor Harley joined the Board of Management in January 2016 following her appointment as Chair of the Group Medical Advisory Council. Assoc. Prof. Harley is also a director of Epworth Research Institute Ltd.



Mr Robert Macmillan

LLB, B Com, F Fin, GAICD

Non-executive member


Mr Macmillan was appointed to the Epworth board of management in 2011, and is the chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Board Audit and Compliance Committee.

Mr Macmillan began his career as a lawyer at Freehills, before moving into senior roles at Foster’s Group Limited, Pacific Brands Limited, BlueScope Steel Limited and Grill'd Pty Ltd during a key growth phase. He has extensive strategic, financial, commercial, business development and legal experience at the executive and Board level across diverse and complex businesses in Australia and overseas.

Mr Macmillan is currently general manager of strategy and planning at Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, a leading pharmaceutical distributor and retailer within Australia.


Ms Janet Matton
Bach of Business, GAICD
Non-executive member

Ms Matton was appointed to the Epworth board of management in November 2013 and is a member of the Finance Committee and Patient Care Committee. 

Ms Matton held the role of vice president of operations for IBM Australia / New Zealand until October 2013. In that role she acted as the 2IC to the managing director of IBM. 

Ms Matton has had extensive experience in the IT industry and in business management.  During her 34 year international career with IBM, she held a variety of positions in the areas of general management, sales, marketing, technical management, and services.  She spent 12 years working for IBM outside of Australia holding key roles in Southeast Asia, the United States, Japan, China and Europe. 

In recognition of her experience in the field of IT and her passion for women in business, she was honoured to be named as the 2010 Victorian Telstra Business Woman of the Year in October 2010.

In October 2012, she was named as one of the 100 women of influence in Australia today, in the inaugural Westpac/AFR Women of Influence Awards. She is invited to speak regularly to business groups on the transformational capabilities of IT, leadership, women’s issues and the importance of Asia to Australia’s future.

Ms Matton is engaged by Behind Closed Doors as a mentor to executive women and is on the board of the Eastern Community Legal Centre and is a member of Chief Executive Women.




Emeritus Professor Christiaan Mostert


Non-executive member


Professor Mostert joined the Epworth Board of Management in November 2011 and is the chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee. An Emeritus Professor of the University of Divinity, he was a minister of the Uniting Church in Australia for 39 years, exercising his vocation through congregational ministry, missionary service overseas and theological and ministerial education in various places.

Now officially retired, Professor Mostert was Professor of Systematic Theology in the Uniting Church Theological College, Melbourne for 17 years (teaching in the United Faculty of Theology), and before that in the United Theological College, Sydney. Professor Mostert continues to teach systematic theology at the Yarra Theological Union in Box Hill.

Professor Mostert has worked in inter-church dialogue at national level for many years and is a past President of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools and of the Melbourne College of Divinity (now the University of Divinity). He was chair of the association that published the Australian theological journal, Pacifica. He was at different times a member of the Councils of Queen's and Ormond Colleges. He has edited and written several books and continues to publish essays as book chapters and in theological journals.