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About Us

The Executive

Chief Executive Officer

Sue Shilbury

Sue Shilbury joined Austin Health as CEO in early 2017, following a three-decade career in the New South Wales (NSW) public health sector. Sue's roles have included General Manager of North Shore Ryde Health Service, in which she oversaw the delivery of New South Wales Health's largest capital works program, the $1.3 billion redevelopment of Royal North Shore Hospital. Sue has also held roles as General Manager of the Central Hospital Network (South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Health District); Director of the Division of Critical Care and Surgery at St George Hospital; and Director of Clinical Services at the Royal Hospital for Women.

Chief Operating Officer

Shelley Castree-Croad

Shelley is a senior executive with a passion for lifting the performance of highly complex health services through engaging staff, creating a shared vision, drive and creative thinking.

Shelley has extensive healthcare experience having worked as a clinician within Intensive Care in the UK and Australia and in senior leadership positions for the last thirty years. Shelley's leadership roles include Chief Executive Officer at Calvary Health Care; General Manager Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Health Service; Operations Manager for Surgery and Anaesthetics at Royal North Shore Hospital and on the Board of the Health Services Association of NSW.

Shelley was appointed as the Chief Operating Offer at Austin Health in January 2018.

Chief Medical Officer

Dr Fergus Kerr

Fergus was appointed as an emergency physician and toxicologist at Austin Health in 1997. In 2007 he became Director of Emergency Medicine and in 2011 was appointed Medical Director of the Medical and Emergency Clinical Service Unit. Fergus completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College for Medical Administrators after which he became the Executive Director Of Medical Services at Peninsula Health. In 2016, Fergus returned to Austin Health as the Chief Medical Officer. He has had many roles at the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) and continues to practice clinically and examine for ACEM.

Chief Nursing Officer

Bernadette Twomey 

Bernadette has worked in Executive roles in Australia and New Zealand and joined Austin Health in November 2017. She has successfully lead large transformational change in the health sector and promotes standardisation of practice to deliver quality, improve safety and minimise risk. Her research interests focus on the role of nursing in improving health outcomes and she has published on advanced nursing practice. Bernadette is an authorised Victorian Nurse Immuniser, a member of the Australian College of Nursing, Victorian Metropolitan EDONs and a Board Member of YSAS.

Chief Financial Officer

Natalie McDonald

Natalie McDonald joined Austin Health in November 2017. Natalie's career has predominantly been in corporate finance roles with multi-nationals including BHP Billiton and George Weston Foods. These included a number of international postings and signifianct commercial and financial systems and process improvement experience.

Natalie moved into Health six years ago joining Alfred Health in Melbourne as Financial Controller and then moved to Sydney to take up the Western Sydney Local Health District Executive Director Finance role.

Natalie looks to bring a patient-centred view of how Finance supports the business with strong financial governance and a business partner approach.

Chief People and Culture Officer

Anna Phillips

Anna was appointed Executive Director Human Resources in 2017. She is an experienced executive with extensive strategic and operational expertise in professional services, global technology and consulting services, financial services and education.

Prior to joining Austin Health, Anna was Director Capability, University of Melbourne. She has held senior HR roles both locally and internationally with IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers and ANZ Bank.

Passionate about helping organisations and individuals build capability and perform at their best, Anna is responsible for leading Austin Health's HR Directorate and the development of its People Strategy. Her portfolio also includes Corporate Communications, the Child Care Centre and Veteran Liaison.

Chief Information and Services Officer

Ray Van Kuyk

Ray joined Austin Health in June 2017 bringing more than 25 years of industry leadership in program and service delivery in a range of sectors.

Ray is responsible for leading Austin Health's direction and approach in the areas of technology, program delivery, capital works and related support services including commercial, security and facilities management. He is also responsible for developing longer term strategic approaches to our infrastructure and business support needs.

Previously, Ray has held Deputy Secretary roles in both Queensland and Victoria where he was responsible for transport and technology program and service delivery. With a focus on customers, innovation, improved operational efficiency and program execution, Ray has delivered significant operational improvements and iconic infrastructure projects across both states. Ray has also had senior executive roles at Serco, Swinburne University and Fujitsu leading operations, service and program delivery and strengthening the alignment of business with technology to drive growth and derive enhanced productivity and efficiency.

Executive Director Operations

Jason Payne

Jason has a clinical background in nursing and has worked in Victoria's public health sector for more than two decades. He has experience across a broad range of roles at Austin Health, including as the inaugural Director of Cancer and Neurosciences for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre. Jason is passionate about the need for strong consumer engagement to improve patient care and he is proud to be Chair of the Organisational Partnering with Consumers Committee. Jason's qualifications include a Bachelor of Nursing and a Masters of Enterprise (Executive).

Director Allied Health

Brit Gordon
Brit Gordon

Director of Research

Professor Paul Johnson
Professor Paul Johnson