Epworth executive

Dr Lachlan Henderson 
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.

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 an Adjunct Associate Professor within the Deakin University School of Business and a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors. He is a former Director of the Wesley Mission Victoria a current Director of the G21 Regional Alliance and a member of Basketball Australia’s Finance, Audit and Risk committee. 


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.

Liz 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 Liz 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.

Liz was the inaugural employee of Epworth Eastern where she was business manager from 2004 to 2009 and was fundamental in establishing the greenfield 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. 

In July 2017 Liz's role was broadened to Executive Director Finance and Commercial Services when the functions of Procurement, Facilities, Legal and Risk came into the portfolio.

In May 2018 Liz joined the Audit and Risk Portfolio Committee at Courts Victoria as an independent member.

In 2020 Epworth will celebrate its centenary and Liz hopes to celebrate her 30 year anniversary at Epworth.



Ms Maree Feery

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

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 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

Chief Medical Officer

Executive Director Academic and Medical Services


Associate Professor Luis Prado joined Epworth HealthCare in 2016 as the Group Director Medical Services.  Previously he was the Director of the Medical Services at the Wesley Hospital, and Medical Officer for Uniting Care Health in Brisbane.  For over twenty years he has held a number of senior medical administrator roles across both Queensland Health and the private healthcare sector.  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, as a Major in Royal Australian Army Medical Corps.

Luis is an Associate Professor for Deakin University and has been actively involved in leading medical education and clinical teaching programs, regularly teaching medical students at the Epworth Clinical School.  Luis is passionate about the opportunities and future directions for medical practice 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, Geriatric Medicine and Paediatrics.

As Executive Director Academic and Medical Services, Luis is responsible for the medical education, research and medical workforce portfolios. In his role as Chief Medical Officer, he is the professional lead for medical practitioners across Epworth and work closely with all clinicians in strengthening the Epworth clinical governance framework to deliver safe high quality patient care. ​ 

PaulaMs Paula Stephenson

RN, CCRN, Grad Dip Adv Nsg (Crit Care), M Nsg Studies, AFACHSM
Executive Director, Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer​


Paula was appointed as Executive Director Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer in June 2018. With over 30 years experience in health, she has a wealth of clinical, education, leadership and management experience. Paula has held senior leadership positions including Operations Director, Director of Nursing and Program Director roles in major metropolitan public health services including Monash, Eastern, Melbourne and Southern Health. As an Associate Director with KMPG, she has provided consultancy and advisory services to government, private, not for profit and public health organisations. Paula also previously held the position of General Manager for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. Earlier in her career, she held the Director Nursing & Midwifery Education and Quality and Workforce Planning leadership roles at Southern Health.


Paula has led large scale safety and quality improvements, implemented new models of care and driven significant clinical redesign projects across a number of health services.  As the Executive Director Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Paula’s role is to provide strong nursing, midwifery and clinical leadership with a focus on clinical excellence, governance and education across all Epworth sites. This includes working closely with our large allied health workforce and its leaders to deliver high quality care. Paula will continue to build on Epworth's commitment to education and research in nursing, midwifery and allied health, with a focus on optimising patient outcomes and experience through safe, high quality care.

Paula’s post graduate qualifications include a Master of Nursing, Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing (Critical Care) and Melbourne Business School Senior Managers Program.  Paula is also a practitioner member on the Victorian Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and a Director of the Nurses Board of Victoria Legacy Limited. ​​​​​​​​​​

NicoleWaldronHR.jpgMrs Nicole Waldron
RN, B.Nursing, Grad. Dip Health Services Management, GAICD

Executive Dir​ector, Epworth Freemasons and Richmond​


Hailing from a clinical background with a Bachelor of Nursing and Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management, Nicole Waldron joined Epworth in February 2011 and was appointed as Executive Director Epworth Richmond in March 2014. Nicole stepped into a dual leadership role when she was subsequently also appointed as Executive Director Epworth Freemasons in May 2018; taking her leadership across sites to manage Richmond, in addition to the three Freemasons sites (Victoria Parade, Clarendon Street and Cliveden). Prior to her appointment as Executive Director, Nicole held Executive Director responsibilities for Epworth Medical Imaging and Group Strategy.


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.

In addition to her role as Director of the Epworth Medical Imaging Board, Nicole sits on the Board of Directors for non-profit organisation Berry Street and is also a member of the State Trauma Committee (Department Health & Human Services). Nicole is an avid Essendon supporter with a keen interest in family, health, travel and fitness and a passion for healthcare management.​