Epworth executive

Dr Lachlan Henderson 
Dr Lachlan Henderson


Group Chief Executive Epworth HealthCare

Lachlan joined Epworth HealthCare in January 2017, 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 years in 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 Damian Armour

BCom (Deakin), MBA (Deakin), FAICD

CEO Epworth Geelong


Mr Damian Armour is an experience healthcare executive having worked in both the public and private not for profit sectors for over 17 years.

Damian joined Epworth HealthCare in June 2007 as the Executive Director Freemasons Hospital and was subsequently appointed as the CEO Epworth Geelong in April 2014. He joined Epworth after almost 10 years in the public sector at Barwon Health where he was the General Manager Surgical Services after initially commencing as their Chief Information Officer. Damian has a management background having worked with Arthur Andersen and KPMG in management consulting roles prior to joining Barwon Health.

Damian is also a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors. He was a Director and Chairman of the Geelong Supercats basketball club and is a currently a Director of the Wesley Mission Victoria.



Ms Carolyn Bell

RN, M Mngt, Grad Dip Bus Mngt, B Nsg, FACHSM

Executive Director, Epworth Rehabilitation and Mental Health


Carolyn Bell joined Epworth HealthCare in 2015 where she oversaw a significant development period for Epworth Richmond as the hospital’s Chief Operations Manager.

In May 2017, Carolyn was appointed to Executive Director of Epworth Rehabilitation and Mental Health, leading a team of more than 1000 across four locations.

Her career commenced in medical, surgical and coronary care nursing before a transition to clinical and senior leadership positions at the Royal Women’s Hospital and BreastScreen Victoria.

With widespread healthcare and leadership experience across the private and public sectors, Carolyn is passionate about supporting her team and encouraging development to deliver outstanding care, outcomes and experiences to patients.

Mr Scott Bulger

BA (Hons)

Executive Director, Epworth Medical Foundation and Brand


Scott Bulger joined Epworth as the Executive Director of the Epworth Medical Foundation in January 2012. He has extensive senior leadership experience in development, advancement and fundraising across both the private and not for profit sectors. Before joining Epworth he was pro vice chancellor (development and external relations) at Bond University, and for close to 10 years he led ChildFund International’s fundraising programs while based out of the USA.


He is a former board member and Trustee of the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation, executive committee member (Gold Coast) of the Fundraising Institute of Australia, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Institute of Management, and the Institute of Fundraising (UK).



Ms Liz Camilleri
Executive Director Finance & Commercial Services​

Liz Camilleri joined Epworth HealthCare in 1990 as a pay clerk and within 12 months she was promoted to payroll manager. Her story from pay clerk to Executive Director Finance over the past 24 years is  inspirational at Epworth and for women in general.

She secured an accounting degree with distinction in 2000 after six years part time study and went on to finish her CPA in 2004.

As acting group finance manager she successfully presented a business case to bring hospitality services in-house and was appointed as Epworth Richmond hospitality services manager a year later (2002-2004). In this role she oversaw the successful return to in-house provision of services which had previously been outsourced.

She was the inaugural employee of Epworth Eastern where she was business manager from 2004 to 2009 and was fundamental in establishing the 223 bed private hospital. She was the recipient of an Australian Private Hospitals Award for Community Involvement (2007). 

Liz was appointed as Executive Director, Finance in January 2009 and is a finalist in CEO Magazine’s Executive of the Year (Health and Pharmaceutical) Awards for 2014. 



Prof John Catford


Executive Director, Academic and Medical


Professor Emeritus John Catford has specialist medical qualifications in paediatrics and public health. He has been a Professor of Public Health for thirty years and has held senior academic and health service management positions in Australia and the UK, and with the World Health Organisation. He trained in medicine at Cambridge University, paediatrics at the London Hospital, public health medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Southampton.

From 1998 to 2002 he was the Chief Health/Medical Officer and Executive Director of Public Health for the State Government of Victoria, and served on the executive of the National Health and Medical Research Council. From 2002, as Dean of the Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences at Deakin University, he led the development of the Deakin Medical School which opened in Geelong in January 2008. During this time he was also Board Chair of the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria. In 2011 Professor Catford was appointed as Vice President and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) of Deakin University.

Professor Catford has held a number of board and director positions including with the National Heart Foundation, Diabetes Australia, Australia New Zealand Food Authority, and Windermere Foundation. He was appointed by the Victorian Government as a Board Member to lead the health components of the 2014 and 2015/6 Board of Inquiries into the Hazelwood Mine Fire in the Latrobe Valley. Other recent appointments have been as Board Chairs of VicHealth/Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and the Youth Support and Advocacy Service/FebFast. He is currently Chair of the Latrobe Health Assembly and is a Member of the Clinical Council of the Melbourne Primary Health Network.

Sharon-Donovan.jpgAdj. Prof. Sharon Donovan

RN, Mid Cert, MBA

Executive Director, Clinical Services

Sharon Donovan has over 30 years experience in the health care sector, both in the not-for-profit and public sectors, and 20 years in senior management and executive roles.  Sharon joined Epworth in August 2014.
Before Epworth, Sharon was the Executive Director and Chief Executive of Uniting AgeWell (previously known as Uniting Aged care) where she worked since 2011. Prior to this Sharon was the Executive Director, Nursing Ambulatory and Mental Health Services and Chief Nursing Officer for Alfred Health, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Latrobe/Alfred Clinical School. Sharon has also worked as the Executive Director Nursing Services at Ballarat Health Services, Group Nurse Manager Clinical Resource Unit at Geelong Hospital and in senior roles at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Monash IVF. Sharon has recently been appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health at Deakin University.
Sharon has significant experience in executive clinical leadership, implementing person centred frameworks, process redesign and change management,  and the development of strong relationships with academic partners.

Ms Maree Feery

M Bus Leadership, Grad Dip Bus Mgmt, Grad Dip Health Sc & Admin, B Allied Health Sc

Executive Director, People & Culture


Maree Feery was appointed as Executive Director People & Culture in April 2012, having been the human resources manager at Epworth Richmond.


Prior to joining Epworth, her roles included national human resources manager at Healthscope, and director of organisational development at Melbourne Health, where she had broad experience as acting executive director human resources and as the human resources manager for the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Ms Karen Kinmo​nt

Chief Information Officer

Karen joined Epworth in January 2013 as the Chief Information Officer. During that time she has made great inroads into modernising the IT environments at Epworth and has helped the organisation to commence their digital transformation journey. Karen has worked in private healthcare in Australia for over 25 years in a variety of roles including the IT Manager for Health at Mayne Health , CIO at Healthscope and Group Manager of the Program Management Office at St John of God Healthcare. 

Karen’s comes from a hospital operational background and worked her way through various roles in financial management, health fund contract negotiating and audit functions. Karen is also an accomplished Program Manager acknowledged for her capacity to supervise and monitor multiple programs of work simultaneously while exercising balanced judgement when confronted with conflicting objectives. She is considered a solid communicator and a first point of contact for problem solving with an inherent understanding of her customers focus. 

Karen’s appointment to Epworth as the CIO was made because of her differing skillset and operational knowledge. In addition Karen has experience with large scale hospital redevelopments and commissioning of both greenfield and brownfield site developments. 

Karen is a strong leader who has a passion for leadership and developing both teams and individuals. 

Mr David Nowell

Executive Director, Epworth Freemasons


David Nowell joined Epworth as the Executive Director of Epworth Freemasons in July 2014. David has more than 25 years experience in the health care sector both private and public including six years in the USA and 15 years in senior management and executive roles.

David was previously at Cabrini Brighton with the dual role of general manager for Cabrini Brighton and health contracts for Cabrini Health. During this period he led Cabrini Brighton through a major redevelopment (2007-09) including associated business development and service growth. He also served as general manager of Cabrini Rehabilitation (Hopetoun Street campus) until 2010.

In previous executive and senior leadership roles David was executive director, health contracts at Epworth and a senior hospital manager at Medibank Private. He also has a strong clinical and leadership background from earlier in his career.



Ms Louise O’Connor

RN, Grad Dip Nursing Management, MHA

Executive Director, Epworth Eastern 

Louise O’Connor has worked in clinical services management for the past 11 years, including five years at Epworth Eastern as director of clinical services, and as deputy director of nursing and business manager at Box Hill Public Hospital.


Her passion is for clinical safety, patient outcomes and leading clinical services in the provision of excellence. She has presented to the What’s Right in HealthCare conference in the USA in October 2010 on evidenced based leadership in health. She has also contributed to nursing publications and policy.



Luis PradoA/Prof Dr Luis Prado


Group Director Medical Services

Associate Professor Luis Prado FRACMA FRACGP was the Director of Medical Services at Wesley Hospital, Brisbane since 2004 as well as the Chief Medical Officer for Uniting Care Health. His previous positions include Manager of Junior Medical Staff at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Deputy Director of Medical Services at Greenslopes Private Hospital and Director of Clinical Training at both The Prince Charles Hospital and Greenslopes Private Hospital. He has also served as a medical officer with the Australian Regular Army, including deployments to the Western Sahara and Solomon Islands and commanded the 11th Medical Company at Gallipoli Barracks, Brisbane. 

Luis has been actively involved in leading medical education and clinical teaching programs, regularly teaching medical students at the Uniting Care Health Clinical School and as an Associate Professor for Bond University. Luis is passionate about the opportunities and future directions for medical services and supports his vision at a more practical level by continuing to work actively as a General Practitioner in the community. Luis has been a General Practitioner since 1993 and has a particular interest in Sports Medicine, including Diving Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Paediatrics.

Luis is the inaugural Group Director of Medical Services for Epworth HealthCare. He has primary leadership for Specialist Appointments, Doctors in Training, Medical Rosters and oversight of the Medical Appointments Team and the Medical Workforce Team. Luis assists the Divisions, Corporate units and Clinical Institutes in clinical governance, medicolegal matters, clinical service planning, medical workforce matters, including needs assessment, strategic planning, education and training, and health fund contracts.

NicoleWaldronHR.jpgMrs Nicole Waldron

Executive Director, Epworth Richmond


Nicole Waldron joined Epworth February 2011 and was appointed as Executive Director Epworth Richmond in March 2014. Prior to her commencement in this role,  Nicole was executive director operational projects following two years as chief operations manager at Epworth Richmond.


Nicole has an extensive background in healthcare management across the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Epworth in 2011, Nicole worked for Healthscope for 10 years. During this time she held roles with state and national responsibilities, including hospital state manager, general manager John Fawkner Private Hospital and national workforce planning manager.