RCH Board

  • Chairman: Hon Rob Knowles AO

    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.

    Hon Rob Knowles AO

    Christine Corbett

    Christine is an accomplished and highly versatile business leader and Non-Executive Director, with extensive experience in delivering strong financial and people outcomes in the retail, eCommerce, consumer services and logistics sectors.

    Christine is currently the Group Chief Customer Officer for Australia Post, accountable for all the key customer touch points including the largest retail network in the country and over 10 million customer interactions each day. She also is responsible for brand, marketing, customer experience, community and corporate social responsibility as well as the consumer and small business segments.

    She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and completed an executive education program at Stanford University. Christine holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Business (Communication) from the Queensland University of Technology.

    Christine Corbett

    Dr Christine Cunningham

    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.

    Dr Christine Cunningham 


    Petrina Dorrington

    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.

    Petrina Dorrington

    Sammy Kumar

    Mr Kumar is the Managing Partner for Firm Strategy at PwC. He also leads the firm's ASENZ (Australia, South East Asia, New Zealand) consulting business. He has over 26 years' experience across strategy, digital, financial effectiveness and operations. Mr Kumar served on the Board of the RCH from July 2012 to July 2015. Director since 19 October 2015 and Chair of Audit Committee since 15 June 2016.

    Mr David Lau

    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 David Lau

    Mr David Mandel

    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.

    Mr David Mandel

    Dr Linden Smibert

    MBBS FRACGP FAICD

    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.

    Dr Linden Smibert