RCH Executive

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    John Stanway

    Chief Executive Officer

    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.

    email: john.stanway@rch.org.au

    John Stanway

    Bernadette Twomey

    Chief Operating Officer

    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 Hospital.

    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.

    email: bernadette.twomey@rch.org.au

    Bernadette Twomey

    Rosemary Aisbett

    Executive Director Nursing and Allied Health

    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.

    email: rosemary.aisbett@rch.org.au

    Rosemary Aisbett

    Alison Errey

    Executive Director Communications

    GradDipPublicAdmin, MJour

    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.

    email: alison.errey@rch.org.au

    Alison Errey

    Professor Peter McDougall

    Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director Medical Services and Clinical Governance

    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.

    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 Strategy and Organisational Improvement at The Royal Children’s Hospital, overseeing hospital systems for planning, enterprise risk management, quality improvement and information management. In this role, Jane also has responsibility for the Centre for Adolescent Health, the Centre for Community Child Health, Pharmacy, Electronic Medical Record (EMR) team and the Education Institute.

    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), 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.

    email: jane.miller@rch.org.au

    Jane Miller

    David Morton

    Executive Director Corporate Services

    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 Services.

    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 educational services.

    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’.

    email: david.morton@rch.org.au

    David Morton

    Ed Oakley

    Chief of Critical Care

    MBBS FACEM

    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.

    email: ed.oakley@rch.org.au

    Jane Miller

    Mike O’Brien

    Chief of Surgery

    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.

    email: mike.obrien@rch.org.au

    Mike Obrien

    Associate Professor Matt Sabin

    Chief of Medicine and Director of Endocrinology and Diabetes

    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 Diabetes.

    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.

    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 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.

    email: andrew.whittingham@rch.org.au

    Andrew Whittingham

    Simone Zelencich

    Executive Director People & Culture

    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 sector.

    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.

    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
    • Luisa Miziewicz, Executive Assistant to Executive Director Medical Services & Clinical Governance, Chief of Surgery and Chief of Medicine
    • Peter Bunworth, Board Secretary