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.




Ms Maryjane Crabtree (President)
BA, LLB
Non-executive member

 

Ms Crabtree was appointed to the Epworth board of management in 2012, and was appointed president in November 2017.


Ms Crabtree is a lawyer and was formerly the executive partner – practice, a national leadership role at Allens.  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. 




 

Mr Robert Macmillan (Deputy President)

LLB, B Com, F ​Fin, GAICD

Non-executive member

 

Mr Macmillan was appointed to the Epworth board of management in 2011, and was appointed deputy president in 2017.


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, Grill'd Pty Ltd and Australian Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. 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.



 



Ms Laura Anderson

FCIT
Non-executive member

Laura Anderson was appointed to the Epworth Board of Management in November 2014. 


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.


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Associate Professor Alex Cockram

MBBS, FRANZCP, GAICD

Non-executive member

 

Associate Professor Alex Cockram was appointed to the Epworth board of management in November 2017​.


Associate Professor Cockram is a non-executive director of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH) and is a former non-executive director of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC). 


From October 2012 to September 2017 Associate Professor Cockram was Chief Executive of Western Health. Prior to joining Western Health, Associate Professor Cockram was Executive Director, NorthWestern Mental Health with Melbourne Health for almost six years, and prior to that role was Executive Director, Mental Health for Southern Health Melbourne (now Monash Health)



 




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 since 2012. 


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

MBBS, MD, FRACP, FJFICM, FCICM, PGDipEcho, AFRACMA

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.





Dr Lachlan Henderson 

MB BS, FRACGP, MHSM, GAICD, Cert Sports Med

Group Chief Executive Epworth HealthCare

Dr Lachlan Henderson brings more than 25 years’ experience in the health care industry to his role at Epworth HealthCare.


Previous roles include CEO St John of God (SJG) Subiaco Hospital and Executive Director of SJG Perth Northern Region. In his role at SJG Health Care, Lachlan led the successful commissioning of the Midland Public and Private Hospitals – the first public/private partnership that SJG has built and operated in Western Australia. Prior to this role, Lachlan was CEO SJG Pathology from 2011 to 2013 and formerly the Group Director Medical Services and Strategy, SJG.


His past 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 affiliations include being appointed the inaugural Head of Notre Dame University (NDU) Medical School at SJG 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 roles as the former Chair WA President’s Medical Liaison Council for MDA National and a Board Member for Swan Care Group (Aged Care). From 2013 to 2015 he was a Director of the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) and was appointed Chairman in 2015; Lachlan relinquished this appointment in 2017 upon accepting his role at Epworth. In 2018, Lachlan was appointed to the Board of Cricket Australia.


In 2005, Lachlan completed a Master of Health Services Management (MHSM) at Monash University and, in 2006, a Fellow of Leadership WA.


 



Dr Lachlan Henderson

Ms Janet Matton 

Bach of Business, GAICD
Non-executive member


Ms Matton was appointed to the Epworth board of management in November 2013. 


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

BA, BD, MA, PhD

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.

 



 



 


 


 

Ms Wendy Thorpe

BA, BBus, Grad Dip Applied Finance & Investment, GAICD, FFin, Harvard AMP 172

Non-executive member

 

Ms Wendy Thorpe was appointed to the Epworth Board of Management in November 2018.


Ms Thorpe is Chair of Online Education Services, a Non-executive Director of Tower Ltd, AMP Bank Ltd and Very Special Kids, and is also a member of Chief Executive Women. She previously served as a member of Council at Swinburne University for 9 years and as a Director of AXA Business Services in India for 3 years.


Ms Thorpe had an extensive executive career leading technology and operations within large, listed financial services companies. This included senior executive roles at AXA (CIO and COO), ANZ (General Manager, Institutional Technology) and AMP (Group Executive, Operations).

 



 



 


 


Reverend Sue Withers

DipTeach, BTheol, GradDipPsych

Non-executive member

 

The Reverend Sue Withers was appointed to the Epworth board of management in November 2017. 


Rev. Sue Withers is an ordained minister of the Uniting Church of Australia and has been the Ministry Integration Co-ordinator and Field Education Co-ordinator for Pilgrim Theological College since 2012. Reverend Withers has held previous management roles associated with the Synod (Victoria & Tasmania) of the Uniting Church of Australia, including as Presbytery Minister Pastoral Care - Yarra Presbytery (North Eastern Melbourne) and Project Manager- Reorganisation of the Synod /Presbytery boundaries, finance and staffing. Reverend Withers was the Chaplain of Methodist Ladies College from 1997 to 2003 following an early career in secondary teaching. 


Reverend Withers has extensive governance experience across Uniting Church councils and institutions, gained in roles including as Moderator - Chair of Synod, Chairperson of the Synod Standing Committee and member and as acting chairperson of the Synod Property Board, as well as serving as a council member on the boards of educational institutions including Methodist Ladies College, Queens College Council and Wesley College Council.

 






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