RCH Executive

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

    Professor Christine Kilpatrick

    Chief Executive Officer


    Christine Kilpatrick was appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Royal Children’s Hospital in July 2008. Previous appointments include Executive Director Medical Services, Melbourne Health and Executive Director Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne Health. Prior to these appointments she was a neurologist, specialising in epilepsy. She was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science in 2015.

    Christine has held several external appointments including Chair Victorian Quality Council in Healthcare and Member of the Women’s and Children’s Health Board. She was awarded a Centenary medal in 2003 and in 2014 was included in the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

    email: christine.kilpatrick@rch.org.au


    John Stanway

    Chief Operating Officer

    BEc, Grad Dip IR, FAICD

    John Stanway is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) with overall responsibility for the clinical operations of the hospital, working with the Chief of Surgery, Chief of Medicine, Chief of Critical Care and the Executive Director Nursing and Allied Health.

    Previously John managed Monash Medical Centre, was Chief Executive of the Transport Accident Commission and held various senior management roles at General Motors Holden. John was President of the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association and Chairman for 10 years.

    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.

    email: john.stanway@rch.org.au

    John Stanway

    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

    Bernadette Twomey

    Executive Director Nursing & Allied Health, Chief Nursing Officer

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

    Bernadette Twomey was appointed to the Executive Director Nursing & Allied Health, Chief Nursing Officer in January 2010. Previously Bernadette was the Nurse Leader for Women’s and Children’s Health at Auckland District Health Board. She has held senior management roles in Medical, Surgical, Mental Health and Community Services.

    Bernadette is the professional leader of nursing and allied health in RCH. She currently has operational responsibility for Wards, Allied Health, Emergency Management & Planning, Nursing Education & Research, Infection Prevention & Control, and Interpreting Services.

    Bernadette is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an authorised Nurse Immuniser. Bernadette is Chair Metropolitan Executive Directors of Nursing and Midwifery and Chair Children’s Healthcare Australasia Executives of Nursing.

    email: bernadette.twomey@rch.org.au

    Bernadette Twomey

    Jennifer Gale

    Executive Director Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer

    FCPA, BBus (Acc), MAICD

    Jennifer Gale is the Executive Director of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne, with executive responsibility for Finance, Management Accounting, Information Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Facilities, Procurement, Material Resources & Distribution, Equipment Distribution Centre, Food Services and Support Services.

    Jennifer has extensive experience as Executive and Chief Finance Officer (CFO), she has had the opportunity to work in both the private and public sector encompassing a range of portfolios including; information technology, communications, broadcasting, sport, arts, health, ageing, aviation, town planning, education and central government agency where she has coordinate and consolidate government budget papers / statements and documentation across the public service departments, including providing strategic advice to CEOs & Boards, Departmental Secretaries and Portfolio Ministers.

    Jennifer has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is a Fellow Certified Practicing Accountant.

    Jennifer is a Board Member – Healthcare financial management Association (HFMA) and has completed terms as Board Member – Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. and Chair Board Finance & Audit Committee - Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc.

    email: jennifer.gale@rch.org.au

    Jennifer Gale

    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

    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

    Mike O’Brien

    Chief of Surgery

    PhD, FRCSI(Paed), FRACS(Paed)

    email: mike.obrien@rch.org.au

    Mike Obrien

    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

    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

    Executive support

    • Cindy Kocovic, Senior Executive Assistant to CEO
    • Simone Williams, Executive Assistant to Chief Operating Officer, Chief of Surgery and Chief of Medicine
    • Clarissa Guest, Executive Assistant to ED Corporate Services and CFO
    • Denise Marassionis Executive Assistant to ED Nursing and Allied Health and ED People & Culture
    • Heven Iskender, Executive Assistant to ED Medical Services & Clinical Governance and ED Strategy & Organisational Improvement
    • Peter Bunworth, Board Secretary