RCH Executive

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    Executive Office
    The Royal Children's Hospital
    50 Flemington Road
    Parkville 3052 Australia

    John Stanway

    Chief Executive Officer

    BEc, Grad Dip IR, FAICD

    email: john.stanway@rch.org.au

    John Stanway

    Bernadette Twomey

    Chief Operating Officer

    MN(Hons), PgDipHSc(Mgmt), BHS(Ngs), ADN, RN, GAICD

    email: bernadette.twomey@rch.org.au

    Bernadette Twomey

    Rosemary Aisbett

    Executive Director Nursing and Allied Health

    email: rosemary.aisbett@rch.org.au

    Rosemary Aisbett

    Alison Errey

    Executive Director Communications

    GradDipPublicAdmin, MJour

    Alison was appointed to the role of Executive Director Communications in April 2017 with responsibility for Corporate Communications, the Australian Child Health Poll, Family and Volunteer Services, and the RCH Creative Studio, overseeing all facets of brand and reputation management, media relations, digital strategy and government and partner relationships.

    Over 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.

    email: alison.errey@rch.org.au

    Alison Errey

    Professor Peter McDougall

    Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director Medical Services and Clinical Governance


    Following his paediatric training at the RCH and St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol UK, he was appointed as Staff Neonatologist at The Royal North Shore Hospital of Sydney from 1982-84. In 1984 he was appointed as Neonatal Physician at RCH, Department of Neonatology. In 1998 he obtained an MBA (Distinction) from the University of Hull (UK) and was also appointed Director, Division of Medicine, RCH. He took up the position as Head, Department of Neonatology, RCH in 1999 and in 2005 was appointed as Chief of Medicine. He was the inaugural chair of the Patient Safety Committee which drove the formation of the hospital wide MET team in 2000. In addition to multiple committees of The Royal Children’s Hospital and the Department of Health Victoria, he 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 graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2010 he relinquished his position as Neonatologist and Head of Department to take up the position of CMO and EDMS at RCH. Peter has been a member of the Paediatric Leadership Group of the Victorian Paediatric Clinical Network since 2009 and was appointed Co-Clinical Lead in July 2014. With this appointment he has a firm commitment to working with the VCPN to achieve its vision to provide a system of excellence in paediatrics and child health in Victoria. He is a member of the executive management committee of the Melbourne Genomics Alliance.

    Apart from working Peter is married to Pam, a GP, and they have 3 adult children and one grandson. He has been walking along Elwood beach at 6am three days a week with 3 friends for 30 years, gets beaten up by his personal trainer, plays seriously bad golf on Saturdays and is a Hawthorn Football Club tragic.

    email: peter.mcdougall@rch.org.au

    Peter McDougall

    Jane Miller

    Executive Director Strategy and Organisational Improvement

    BAppSc (Speech Path), GradDipNeuro, MHlthMgmt, GAICD

    Jane Miller is the Executive Director of Strategy and Organisational Improvement at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne with responsibility for hospital systems for planning, enterprise risk management, quality improvement and information management as well as the Centre for Adolescent Health and 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 Children’s Hospital.

    Jane has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), Graduate Diploma in Neurosciences and 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.

    email: jane.miller@rch.org.au

    Jane Miller

    David Morton

    Executive Director Corporate Services

    BSc, Dip Ed

    David is the Executive Director Corporate Services with responsibility for Biomedical Engineering, the Equipment Distribution Centre, Facilities and Infrastructure, Food Services, Information Communication Technology, Procurement and Supply and Support Services.

    Prior to taking on his current executive responsibilities, David’s substantive role at the RCH was Chief Information Officer.

    David has worked in the public health and tertiary education sectors for more than 20 years. The common theme of these roles is successfully implementing information strategies, solutions and projects to innovate and transform clinical and educational services.

    In the dim past, David was a secondary teacher and a professional ‘greenie’.

    email: david.morton@rch.org.au

    David Morton

    Ed Oakley

    Chief of Critical Care


    Associate Professor Ed Oakley trained in emergency medicine in Melbourne at Austin Health and The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH). He gained fellowship of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) in 1998; and became a senior staff member in the emergency department of RCH that same year. Ed continued in this role until 2008 when he moved to Monash Health as the Director of Paediatric Emergency Medicine. Ed Returned to RCH in 2012 and was the Director of Emergency Medicine from 2013 to 2016, when he was appointed the Chief of Critical Care. Ed is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) sine 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 organization that funds emergency medicine research, and Chair of the ACEM Clinical Trials Group.

    email: ed.oakley@rch.org.au

    Jane Miller

    Mike O’Brien

    Chief of Surgery

    PhD, FRCSI(Paed), FRACS(Paed)

    email: mike.obrien@rch.org.au

    Mike Obrien

    Associate Professor Matt Sabin

    Chief of Medicine and Director of Endocrinology and Diabetes


    Associate Professor Matt Sabin trained at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London (UK). Following 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.

    In 2006, he moved to work at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne where he continued his specialist training and gained membership to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He commenced work as a Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist in 2010, became Director of Endocrinology and Diabetes in 2015, and Chief of Medicine in 2016. Matt is also an Honorary Principal Fellow of the University of Melbourne and a Senior Research Fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.

    Matt has significantly contributed to the Melbourne Children’s Campus in the three important areas of clinical service, research and education. He has established The RCH Weight Management Service, which is 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.

    email: matt.sabin@rch.org.au

    Matt Sabin

    Andrew Whittingham

    Chief Financial Officer

    B.Sc. (Hons), ACMA, CPA.

    Andrew Whittingham is the Chief Financial Officer at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne with executive responsibility for the Finance, Management Accounting and Senior Business Manager’s Portfolios.

    Andrew has over 20 years’ of financial experience from the National Health Service in the United Kingdom and other major hospitals in Melbourne.

    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 Chairmen’s Medical Award for the provision of financial training to the RCH. Andrew is a frequent presenter on HFMA courses on all aspects of Finance Health Services.

    email: andrew.whittingham@rch.org.au

    Andrew Whittingham

    Simone Zelencich

    Executive Director People & Culture

    GradDipAdmin, MEd, MBA, GAICD

    Simone Zelencich is the Executive Director of People & Culture at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne with responsibility for Workplace Health & Safety, 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 setting at The Royal Children’s Hospital.

    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 organizational wide impact and 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 and ensure the organization delivers on its promises and values.

    email: simone.zelencich@rch.org.au

    Zelencich Simone

    Executive support

    • Simone Williams, Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director People & Culture
    • Clarissa Guest, Executive Assistant to Executive Director Communications and Executive Director Strategy & Organisational Improvement
    • TBC, Executive Assistant to Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director Corporate Services, Chief Financial Officer
    • TBC, Executive Assistant to Executive Director Nursing and Allied Health and Chief of Critical Care
    • TBC, Executive Assistant to Executive Director Medical Services & Clinical Governance, Chief of Surgery and Chief of Medicine
    • Peter Bunworth, Board Secretary