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Hon Rob Knowles AO was Victorian Minister for Health from 1996 until 1999 and MLC for Ballarat from 1976-1999. He has also served as Chairman of Food Standards Australia and New Zealand; as a member of the National Health & Hospital Reform Commission and as a former Aged Care Complaints Commissioner. He is currently Chairman of the Mental Health Council of Australia, Chairman of Campus Council at The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, a Director of Silver Chain / RDNS South Australia; a member of the Deans External Advisory Council for the Faculty of Medicine, Health Sciences & Nursing at the University of Melbourne and a Director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence.
Dr Christine Cunningham is a statistician and researcher with a doctorate from the University of Melbourne and a Master's Degree in Science. Christine currently works as a consultant researcher particularly in the areas of service outcomes and governance.
Christine has held a variety of clinical, policy, analysis and research roles. Dr Cunningham has also served on the Board of Northeast Health Wangaratta, a sub-regional public health service from 2006 – 2014 and was Chairman from 2009 – 2014.
Ms de Witts is a Partner with the legal firm of Hive Legal and has over 15 years' private practice experience. Jacinda has extensive experience advising private sector and government clients on a broad range of commercial, corporate and regulatory matters, in particular in the health, energy and transport sectors. Jacinda has a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws (with first class honours) from the University of Sydney, and a Graduate Diploma in Corporations and Securities Law from the University of Melbourne.
Petrina Dorrington is an experienced executive in the not-for-profit sector. She was the executive director of Kids Under Cover from 1997 to 2007 and a director from 2007 to 2013. Petrina is a director of the Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre and has previously served on other boards including the Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre and Homes for Homes. She was awarded a study scholarship to Stanford University's Executive Program for Non Profit Leaders in 2006 and graduated as a fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program in 2007. Petrina currently provides project services to not-for-profits and private companies. She volunteers for the Anglicare Friends Program and is a mentor for the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation’s Youth In Philanthropy program.
Mr David Lau is Industry Lead for Health at Optus, responsible for the development and implementation of health sector strategies, business and product development, and thought leadership. David's background is as a clinician, hospital executive, and consultant.
Amongst various roles, he has been an Executive Director at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Director of Pharmacy at Eastern Health, President of the Pharmacy Board of Victoria, Chair of the Victorian Pharmacy Authority, and a board member of North Yarra Community Health.
Mr Mandel has a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from the University of Sussex England. He commenced his career as a marketing graduate with Unilever UK and held a number of senior management roles with Smorgon Consolidated Industries, Visy and Riverwood International Corp in both the USA and Australia, where he was Managing Director for three years from 1995 to 1997. Riverwood in Australia was a 600 employee, five plant, $125 million revenue folding carton businesses owned by the listed US multinational corporation. Mr Mandel is currently a non-executive director of Sirius Corporation Ltd and Narhex Life Sciences Ltd (a small listed biotech research company which has developed an anti HIV/AIDS protease inhibitor in trials), as well as a number of organisations in both the commercial and not for profit sectors.
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Dr Linden Smibert is a general practitioner with over 30 years of clinical experience. For many years she owned and operated her own practice in Hawthorn. The practice grew considerably under her direction and although she has sold it, she still works there part time.
About 15 years ago she became involved in the Divisions of General Practice and was instrumental in the amalgamation of two, becoming chair of the new organization, Melbourne East GP network. Then more recently this transformed to become Inner East Medicare Local of which she is currently the Chair.
Dr Smibert also chairs Networking Health Victoria, and is a director of Vincentcare. She has been a director on a number of other Boards in the Education and NFP sector.
Peter is Deputy Chairman of The Myer Family Investments Ltd and a Director of AIA Australia Limited. He is Chairman of the Royal Institution of Australia, the Australian Science Media Centre, the Faculty of Business and Economics at Melbourne University, the Royal Children’s Hospital
Foundation and the Shared Value Project and Deputy Chairman of Asialink.
Peter is a Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
From 2004-2007 Peter was Managing Director of Oceania Capital Partners and held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited from 2001-2004. Until 2001 he worked in the Investment Banking industry including 15 years with Macquarie Bank. He holds a Doctorate
of the University from Murdoch University, a Masters degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Commerce degree from Melbourne. He speaks Japanese, having studied at Keio University in Tokyo.
Peter has been a director of Publishing and Broadcasting, Crown Ltd, Foxtel Ltd, The Nine Network, Ninemsn, ticketek, Veda Ltd, Oceania Capital Partners Ltd, the National Portrait Gallery, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Centre for Independent Studies, MOKO.mobi and the
In the June 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Peter was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for service to education, to the financial services industry and to a range of arts, science and charitable organisations.