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The Royal Children's Hospital
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Parkville 3052 Australia
BEc, Grad Dip IR, FAICD
John Stanway was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
at The Royal Children’s Hospital in April 2017. Prior to commencing in this
role, John was the Chief Operating Officer at The Royal Children’s Hospital for
more than ten years, overseeing clinical operations. From 2012, John also held
the position of Deputy CEO.
Before joining The Royal Children’s Hospital, John managed Monash
Medical Centre, was Chief Executive of the Transport Accident Commission and
held various senior management roles at General Motors Holden.
John has a double major in Economics and a Graduate Diploma in
Industrial Relations and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company
Directors. John was also President of the Victorian Hospitals Industrial
Association and Chairman for 10 years.
RN, ADN, BHS(Ngs), PgDipHSc(Mgmt), MN(Hons), GAICD
Bernadette Twomey is Chief
Operating Officer (COO) at the Royal Children’s Hospital, with overall
responsibility for clinical operations, and the Hospital Incident
Commander during emergency codes.
Bernadette has more than 19
years’ experience working in senior leadership and management roles in
Australia and New Zealand. In 2010, Bernadette was appointed to the role
of Executive Director Nursing and Allied Health at The Royal Children’s
Bernadette has been a member
of the Board of Children’s Healthcare Australasia and was the first non-medical
Chairperson of the Board. Bernadette is a registered nurse, an authorised Nurse
Immuniser, YSAS Board Member and Graduate of the Australian Institute of
Company Directors. She has published on advanced practice nursing in
Australia and her professional interests include emergency management,
informatics, and workforce and clinical governance.
BHSc (Nursing), PeriOperative Cert, Dip Man, RN
Rosemary Aisbett is the Executive Director Nursing and Allied Health at
the Royal Children’s Hospital. In this role, Rosemary is responsible for promoting
the professional standards and practice that deliver safe and great patient
care, as well as supporting a culture that enhances the recruitment and
retention of a competent and clinically excellent workforce.
Prior to commencing in this role, Rosemary held as the position of
Director of Clinical Operations for the Division of Surgery at The Royal
Children's Hospital for more than six years, with responsibility for all perioperative
areas, Paediatric Intensive Care, Neonatal Intensive Care and PIPER
(Paediatric, Neonatal Perinatal Emergency Transport Services). In this
role, Rosemary worked across nursing, medical and allied health craft groups
within both the Division of Surgery and Critical Care to deliver great care to
children and their families in a timely, efficient and coordinated way.
Prior to joining The Royal Children’s Hospital in 2001, Rosemary worked
in several different public and private hospitals across Tasmania and Victoria.
Most of her early career was spent in the operating theatre, where she worked
across a number of clinical and managerial roles.
Alison Errey was appointed to the role of Executive Director
Communications at the Royal Children’s Hospital in April 2017, with responsibility
for Corporate Communications, the Australian Child Health Poll, Family and
Volunteer Services, and the RCH Creative Studio. In this role Alison oversees all facets of
brand and reputation management, media relations, digital strategy, and
government and partner relationships,
For more than 25 years Alison has led communications, corporate affairs
and business transformation programs for some of the country's largest and most
complex organisations. She led the creation of a $20m community foundation and
negotiated a national-first partnership with the Australian Human Rights
Commission to champion workforce reform for mature Australians.
With a background in news journalism, Alison has had an extensive career
in media and issues management in the NSW public sector across the police,
education and health portfolios, and led the change communications strategy for
a multi-million dollar IT platform integration in the financial services
sector. Acknowledged with industry awards for journalism and workforce
engagement, Alison has complemented her career with a number of Board
appointments in children's welfare and sports administration.
MB BS, MBA, FRACP, GAICD
Professor Peter McDougall is the Chief Medical Officer and Executive
Director Medical Services and Clinical Governance at the Royal Children’s
Hospital. Peter’s history with the Royal
Children’s Hospital spans five decades, beginning in 1976 when he spent four
years as a member of the junior medical staff.
He returned for good in 1984, serving first as a Neonatal Physician, then
Head of Neonatology and Chief of Medicine, before taking up his current role in
2010. Peter was the inaugural chair of the Patient Safety Committee, which
drove the formation of the MET team in 2000, and received the Royal Children’s
Hospital Chairman’s Medal in 2009.
Peter trained at The Royal Children’s Hospital and St Michael’s Hospital
in Bristol, before commencing his career at The Royal North Shore Hospital,
Sydney. He has an MBA (Distinction) from the University of Hull (UK) and is a
graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Peter has served on
The Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity
(Victoria) since 1991 and is Chair of its Neonatal Subcommittee. He is a member
of the Paediatric Leadership Group of the Victorian Paediatric Clinical Network
and was appointed Co-Clinical Lead in 2014. Peter is a member of the executive
management committee of the Melbourne Genomics Alliance.
Peter is married to Pam, a GP, and they have three adult children and
one grandson. He has been walking along Elwood beach at 6am three days a week
with three friends for 30 years, gets beaten up by his personal trainer, plays
seriously bad golf and is a Hawthorn Football Club tragic.
BAppSc (Speech Path), GradDipNeuro, MHlthMgmt, GAICD
Jane Miller is the Executive Director Strategy and Organisational
Improvement at The Royal Children’s Hospital, with responsibility for hospital
systems for planning, enterprise risk management, quality improvement and
information management, as well as the Centre for Adolescent Health and the
Centre for Community Child Health.
Jane has worked in clinical and hospital management roles for more than
25 years at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Monash Health and The Royal
Jane has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), a Graduate
Diploma in Neurosciences, and a Master of Health Management, and is a Graduate
of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Jane is a Non-Executive
Director of YSAS, a not-for-profit agency that enables young people
experiencing serious disadvantage to access the resources and support they
require to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
BSc, Dip Ed
David Morton is the Executive Director Corporate Services at the Royal
Children’s Hospital with responsibility for Biomedical Engineering, the
Equipment Distribution Centre, Facilities and Infrastructure, Food Services,
Information Communication Technology, Procurement and Supply, and Support
David has more than 20 years’ experience working in the public health
and tertiary education sectors in a variety of roles. During his career, David
has successfully implemented information strategies, solutions and projects
that have had an innovative and transformational impact on clinical and
Prior to taking on this role in March 2017, David was the Chief
Information Officer at The Royal Children’s Hospital and, in the dim past,
David was a secondary teacher and a professional ‘greenie’.
Associate Professor Ed Oakley was appointed Chief of Critical Care at
the Royal Children’s Hospital in 2016, after working as the Director of
Emergency Medicine for three years.
Ed trained in emergency medicine in Melbourne at Austin Health and The
Royal Children’s Hospital. He gained fellowship of the Australasian College for
Emergency Medicine (ACEM) in 1998 and became a senior staff member in the
Emergency Department of The Royal Children’s Hospital that same year. Ed continued
in this role until 2008 when he moved to Monash Health as the Director of
Paediatric Emergency Medicine, before returning to The Royal Children’s
Hospital in 2012
Ed has been an Honorary Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s
Research Institute (MCRI) since 2002. Ed is an active researcher in clinical
emergency medicine and is the lead researcher for the Paediatric Emergency
Medicine Centre of Research Excellence housed at the MCRI. He is a
Non-Executive Director of the Emergency Medicine Foundation, a not-for-profit
organisation that funds emergency medicine research, and Chair of the ACEM
Clinical Trials Group.
PhD, FRCSI(Paed), FRACS(Paed)
Mike O’Brien was appointed Chief of Surgery at the Royal Children’s
Hospital in 2013.
Born and raised in West Cork in Ireland, Mike went to medical school at
University College Cork, graduating in 1989. He completed his adult
general surgical training in Cork before undertaking PhD research.
Moving to the UK to train in Paediatric Surgery, Mike worked at Great
Ormond Street and Hammersmith Hospitals in London, University Hospital of Wales
in Cardiff, Bristol Children’s Hospital and Birmingham Children’s
Hospital. Mike also spent a year in Melbourne at The Royal Children’s
Hospital (RCH), before returning to the UK where he worked as a Consultant
Paediatric Urologist in Birmingham.
Mike returned to the Royal Children’s Hospital as a Consultant
Paediatric Urologist in 2005 and has been Head of Department of Urology since 2009,
and Chief of Surgery since 2013.
As well as his clinical role with a specific interest in genital
anomalies and functional bladder issues, Mike has sat on the hospital research
ethics committee for more than 10 years. He is also an active educator and the
Medical Ambassador to the Clown Doctors.
MRCPCH (UK), FRACP, PhD
Associate Professor Matt Sabin was appointed Chief of Medicine in 2016.
Matt trained at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital in London. After gaining
membership to the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, he began
specialist training in paediatric endocrinology and diabetes and undertook a
PhD in the area of childhood obesity and diabetes.
Matt continued his specialist training at The Royal Children’s Hospital
and gained membership to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Before
commencing in his current role, Matt worked at The Royal Children’s Hospital as
a Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist and Director of Endocrinology and
Matt is also an Honorary Principal Fellow of the University of Melbourne
and a Senior Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. He
has made significant contributions to the Melbourne Children’s Campus in the
areas of clinical service, research and education. Matt also established The
RCH Weight Management Service, the largest specialist service for obese
children in Australasia.
Matt is a Council member of the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group,
Deputy Editor of ‘Clinical Obesity’, and is an examiner for undergraduate and
postgraduate students, as well as an examiner for the clinical examinations of
the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Matt has published over 80
research papers - many in leading international journals.
B.Sc. (Hons), ACMA, CPA
Andrew Whittingham is the Chief Financial Officer at The Royal
Children’s Hospital with responsibility for the Finance, Management Accounting
and Senior Business Managers’ portfolios.
Andrew has more than 20 years’ financial experience with the National
Health Service in the United Kingdom and other major hospitals in Melbourne.
Prior to commencing in his current role, Andrew worked as Director, Management
Accounting at The Royal Children’s Hospital.
Andrew has a Bachelor of Science (Accounting), and is a Chartered
Management Accountant (UK) and Certified Practicing Accountant. Andrew is a
Board Member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).
Andrew was the recipient of the 2013 Chairman’s Medical Award for the
provision of financial training to The Royal Children’s Hospital. Andrew is a
frequent presenter on HFMA courses on all aspects of Finance Health Services.
GradDipAdmin, MEd, MBA, GAICD
Simone Zelencich is the Executive Director People and Culture at The
Royal Children’s Hospital, with responsibility for Workplace Health and Safety,
and Human Resources, including oversight of the Medical Workforce Unit,
Workforce Development, Payroll, Library Services and the Early Learning Centre.
Simone has worked in management roles for more than 25 years spanning
both private and public sectors including manufacturing, private education,
universities, emergency services and the public health.
Simone has a Graduate Diploma in Administration, a Master of Education
(Research), a Master of Business Administration which included an academic
award for excellence, is a certified PROSCI change practitioner, and is a
Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Simone was the recipient of the 2011 ‘New RCH award’ for her leadership
and management of key change initiatives having an organisational wide impact
and she continues to lead employee engagement, culture and workforce
development programs and initiatives. Simone is passionate about improving
processes and systems that support a strong employment brand and experience, ensuring
that the organisation can deliver on its promises and values.