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)
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 Rugby Victoria 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

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 OneGlobalVenture Pty Ltd 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, the Defence Council Victoria, the Defence Science Institute and the National Basketball League 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 Paul Dougas

BE, M Eng Sc, FAICD, Professorial Fellow Melb Uni, Hon FIE Aust, FATSE, OPM24

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 a former 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.

Dr Lachlan Henderson 


Group Chief Executive Epworth HealthCare

Dr Lachlan Henderson is a medical practitioner who has 30 years’ experience in the health industry, joining Epworth in February 2017.  

Lachlan’s previous executive roles include CEO St John of God (SJG) Subiaco Hospital, Executive Director of SJG Perth Northern Region, CEO SJG Pathology and the Group Director Medical Services and Strategy, SJG. Prior to taking on these roles, he was a General Practitioner for more than a decade. Critical to his success has been his focus on quality patient care and staff satisfaction while enhancing the business and financial outcomes for the organisation.

In his career, Lachlan has held a variety of University and Board appointments.  He is currently Vice President of the Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA) and a Board Member of Cricket Australia.


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 also Chair of the Eastern Community Legal Centre and ACMI and on the board of Better Care Victoria. She is also 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.






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, Ausgrid, People's Choice Credit Union and Very Special Kids and a member of Chief Executive Women. She previously served as a Director of AMP Bank, a member of Council at Swinburne University and as a Director of AXA Business Services in India.

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.