Frances is a well-known and respected healthcare leader in Victoria, having held senior leadership roles for more than 15 years. Having initially trained as a nurse and midwife, Frances has worked in a clinical setting in a number of metropolitan and regional hospitals across New Zealand and Australia. Her clinical background then led to roles in health promotion and education for BreastScreen, before moving to Monash Medical Centre where she worked on capital project development, and then as site manager for the Monash Medical Centre. Following this role, Ms Diver took on the position of Manager Patient Access with Bayside Health (The Alfred).
Frances then joined the Department of Health and Human Services as Manager of the State-wide Emergency Program, eventually rising to the position of Deputy Secretary, Hospital and Health Service Performance, charged with the responsibility for the overall performance of the Victorian public health services, including service, quality and financial outcomes. Before joining Barwon Health in April 2019, Frances was the CEO of the Country Fire Authority (CFA).
Chief Financial Officer
Following an extensive career in the private sector in South Africa, Cobus took the opportunity to redirect his career path into healthcare by accepting a position at the Lakes District Health Board in Rotorua, New Zealand in 2004, achieving operating results consistently better than budget for financial years from 2005 to June 2010. Cobus then accepted a role as regional Finance Director at Country Health South Australia Local Health Network where, within the next year he managed a financial turnaround that had been operating at a historic and projected annual negative variance to budget of $19 million to a $1.2million better than budget on a total expenditure budget of $750million.
In 2013 Cobus took on the role of Chief Financial Officer of the South Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHNM), which incorporates three metro hospitals and included responsibility and management of all non-clinical support functions, ensuring that SALHNM operated as the most cost-effective local health network in South Australia, delivering in excess of $60million in improvements over three years.
Cobus started as Chief Financial Officer at Barwon Health in September 2016 and developed a more focused approach to clinical and strategic decision making. He facilitated a capacity planning exercise and right-sized the organisation’s bed and resource requirements with improved governance, directorate performance management, enhanced contract negotiations and management, and improved procurement processes and risk management. These activities assisted in delivering a $3 million surplus result for the 2016/17 financial year, recovering from a reported deficit position of $13m in 2015/16. For the financial year 17/18, Barwon Health delivered a $4 million operating surplus.
Chief Operating Officer
Amanda has held an extensive executive career in health, with a number of senior positions held in the Gippsland region. Amanda previously held the position of Chief Operating Officer / Chief Nurse at Latrobe Regional Hospital (LRH) with responsibility for the budgets for medical, acute, sub acute and finance, comprising over $150M of a total budget of $200+M.
Previously Amanda was the Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Clinical Services at LRH, with 289 patient beds across acute, sub acute, ambulatory and mental health. Providing leadership for the nursing services, Amanda’s role also encompassed quality and risk in the health service and leadership to Gippsland BreastScreen and Gippsland Regional Integrated Cancer Service. Amanda achieved successful organisational wide accreditation for four years under the National Standards and held key accountability for DHHS targets and performance monitoring. Amanda collaborated with Monash University to accommodate the expansion of the clinical school in addition to engaging on research projects with Federation University and Monash University.
Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
Kate is is well-known across the Barwon South West region, having held leadership roles in both the private and public healthcare sectors. She is the former CEO of Lorne Community Hospital and Otway Health.
Prior to her recent role, Ms Gillan held various leadership roles at St John of God Health Care, including Director of Clinical Services and Director of Nursing.
Acting Chief Information Officer
Andrew is an experienced IT professional and has worked in the IT industry for over 30 years. His career has spanned a number of industry sectors, including retail, financial management, airlines, corporate analytics, environment services and now healthcare. In previous organisations, he has been responsible for software development, database administration, applications management, project and portfolio management, data analytics and eventually taking accountability for the delivery of all IT services to an organisation which included its IT infrastructure, software applications and IT security.
Andrew joined Barwon Health in July 2018 as the Director of Technology and Communications and is excited to work with the Barwon Health team and its partners.
He is passionate about innovation and using technology to contribute to positive healthcare outcomes to the community by providing data and 'fit for purpose' systems where and when they are needed in a safe way, ensuring they meet both the short term and strategic objectives.
Chief Medical Officer
Chief Workforce and Culture
Mr Perry Muncaster
Perry joined Barwon Health in 2001 as Chief Human Resources Officer; from New Zealand Perry was CEO of a regional health service facilitating the change to a district health board.
Perry’s career in the field of Human Resources spans 35 years, including extensive experience in change management associated with the electricity industry reform. In his time at Barwon Health, Perry has had varied responsibilities in addition to the Human Resources role including Safety & Quality, Corporate Hotel and Building Services and Capital Works.
His current responsibilities include Organisational Development, Employee Relations, Occupational Health and Safety, Payroll and Salary Packaging, Food Services and Environmental Services.
Acting Executive Director Strategy, Planning and Partnership
Keith has worked across many different industries and disciplines, having an extensive and varied career spanning over 20 years in both the UK and Australia. Keith spent several years working as a UK State Registered Paramedic in one of the UK's busiest ambulance services, in city centre Manchester, before moving to Australia in 2006.
Prior to becoming a paramedic, Keith started his career in the mining industry leading process improvements and large scale mining projects. With an honours degree in Engineering and several project and change management qualifications, he has worked on a number of innovative and cutting edge engineering projects for the aerospace and automotive industries.
Keith has had several public sector roles in both state and federal agencies, managing and leading projects, project management offices, and strategy development for the TAC, National Disability Insurance Agency NDIA, and Deakin University.
Keith joined Barwon Health in 2018, setting up the Project Management Office and leading an innovative approach to integrated projects and continuous improvement. The variety of industries, and exposure to many vastly different approaches has enabled Keith to bring a unique strategic perspective on planning, management, and project delivery.
As General Counsel, Bernadine McNamara heads up the Legal Services Department at Barwon Health. Bernadine has 30 years’ experience as a legal practitioner and has worked in health and other sectors and in both the public and private sectors.
Prior to joining Barwon Health Bernadine was General Counsel at Austin Health and before that General Counsel at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Previously she worked in various law firms and in-house legal roles. Bernadine has Law and Arts (Psychology) degrees with Honours, a graduate diploma in Labour Relations Law and a master’s degree in Accounting, and is admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Bernadine enjoys the wide range of work at Barwon Health and values efficiency and responsiveness.
Last Modified: Thursday, 15 August 2019