The Board

Melbourne Primary Care Network's Board of Directors is our governing body committed to working towards our company vision of ensuring that the health care needs of our communities are met, and every resident has a person-centred medical home.


Chairperson

Dr Ines Rio

MBBS (Hons), MPH, GDip Ven, DCOG, FRACGP, FAICD

Ines Rio is a local GP and senior clinician, Head of the GP Liaison Unit at the Royal Women’s Hospital and Medical Advisor for the City of Melbourne.

Dr Rio has extensive experience as an educator, service developer and manager and public health advisor. She has held board and senior committee positions for more than 12 years in federal, state and local governments and in the not-for-profit and profit sector including the Victorian and federal branches of the Australian Medical Association (AMA).

Current Appointments/Memberships:

  • Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria Board Member
  • Victorian AMA Chair of the GP section
  • Federal AMA Council of General Practice member


Chairperson
Dr Ines Rio

Deputy Chairperson

Nancy Hogan

MBA, Grad Dip Rehab Studies, BA (Political Science), Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, MAICD, Centenary Medal 2002

Nancy Hogan is currently a member of the MSC Sisters Financial Advisory Board.

In 2017, she completed 10 years at Peninsula Health, the last five as Chairperson. Her considerable board experience includes Chair of Aged and Community Care Australia, Victorian Aged and Healthcare Association, Melbourne GP Network and Catholic Healthcare Victoria.

Ms Hogan has also held board positions with Hazlewood Power Corporation, Superpartners, HESTA, Industry Funds Management, Victorian Healthcare Association, Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local, Private Hospitals Association, Church and Charitable Hospitals Association and Mayfield Education Centre.

She has been a Fellow of the Australian College of Health Services Management including Past President Victorian Branch and a Federal Councillor. In 2016/17, she was a member of the Victorian Mental Health Review Team, which completed a major review for Victoria police.

Current Appointments/Memberships:

  • MSC Sisters Finance Advisory Board
  • Galante Business Solutions Executive Director Health and Aged Care


Deputy Chairperson
Nancy Hogan

Director

Robert Gerrand

BA, FAMI, FAICD

Robert Gerrand is Principle of marketing and communications consultancy Gerrand & Associates, Chair of Healthy Parks Healthy People Global Ltd and a Director of the Dax Centre. He also chairs an Australian Institute of Company Directors Nexus group, a peer-to-peer professional development forum for company directors.

His extensive governance experience includes Chair of Parks Victoria and directorships of Alfred Health, the Financial Planning Association of Australia (serving on the Audit and Risk Management Committee of each and as Chair at the FPA), the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Melbourne City Marketing, Melbourne Convention and Marketing Bureau and the Koorie Heritage Trust.

He is a former General Manager of Group Public Affairs at ANZ and was previously Director of Turnbull Fox Phillips. He is a published author whose books include Rewrite Your Life! and Rewrite Your Relationships!, co-written with Eve Ash (Penguin), about how to entrench new behaviours.

Current Appointments/Memberships:

  • Gerrand & Associates Principle
  • Healthy Parks, Health People Global Chairperson
  • The Dax Centre Non-Executive Director


Director
Robert Gerrand

Director

Dr Catherine Hutton

MPH, DRCOG, MBBS, FRACGP, GAICD, FAMA

Catherine Hutton has worked as a local GP for more than 30 years, mainly in Melbourne’s north-west. Her extensive experience includes general family medicine, chronic disease management, preventative health and care of marginalised people.

Dr Hutton is an experienced board member specialising in clinical governance, strategy and GP-hospital integration. She has served as a director of North West Melbourne Division of General Practice, AMA Victoria and the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Dr Hutton was also on Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre’s board for five years, where she was the Chair of the Community Advisory and the Quality Committees. She has a Fellowship of the College of General Practitioners, a Masters of Public Health from Melbourne University and is a Graduate member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors.

Current Appointments/Memberships:

  • Western Health Board member


Director
Dr Catherine Hutton

Director

Paul Montgomery

LLB, BA, MAICD

Mr Montgomery has been involved in a number of organisations where his role has been to develop strategic growth.

He first did this at Freehills, Melbourne as managing partner taking that law firm to number one in the Melbourne market. Mr Montgomery had been a partner of Freehills for 28 years and developed a particular leadership style where individuals are encouraged to excel, and organisations attain exceptional business results.

Current Appointments/Memberships:

  • Royal District Nursing Service Limited Chairman and Non-Executive Director
  • Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria President; Chair of Carer and Consumer Committee
  • Deakin University Geelong Member, Clinical Leadership Advisory Board (Medical School)
  • Medisecure Chairman
  • Now Hiring Pty Ltd Chairman


Director
Paul Montgomery

Director

Genevieve Overell

BA LLB Dip. Fin. Mgt. FIPAA, FAICD

A lawyer by background, Genevieve has extensive and wide experience on boards. 

Previously a Deputy Secretary in the Victorian Government responsible for land-use planning, building, environment and heritage, Genevieve served as Head of Environment with the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority with broad management, coordination and delivery responsibilities across Federal, State and Local Governments. 

Before Government, Genevieve was a partner at KPMG, specialising in major public infrastructure projects including the development of Federation Square and Melbourne Docklands.  

She has been a Fellow of the Australian College of Health Services Management including Past President Victorian Branch and a Federal Councillor. In 2016/17, she was a member of the Victorian Mental Health Review Team, which completed a major review for Victoria police. 

Current Appointments/Memberships:

  • Victorian Opera Chair 
  • State Revenue Office Victoria Audit Committee Independent Chair 
  • Starlight Children’s Foundation Non-Executive Director and Audit & Risk Committee
  • Australian Institute of Architects Independent Non-Executive Director 
  • German Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Policy Advisory Committee


Director
Genevieve Overell

Director

Dr Kathy Alexander

BA, BA (Hons), GDip Public Health, PhD (Public Health Management), Graduate of the London School of Business Proteus Program, 2012

Dr Alexander is an experienced board member and chair in public, private and not for profit organisations with an international reputation for stakeholder management, community engagement and effective public relations in complex and politically sensitive environments.

She has held many board and chair roles in her previous roles as CEO of the Royal Children’s and Royal Women’s hospitals in Victoria and other health services in South Australia and as CEO of the City of Melbourne. Recent board roles include Chair of Administrators of the City of Greater Geelong, following the dismissal of the council, and Chair of Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network.

Current Appointments/Memberships:

  • Porter Davis Homes Independent Board Director 
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation Board Chair


Director
Dr Kathy Alexander

Director

Damian Ferrie

B. Theol, GDip Conflict Resolution, M. Applied Science (Social Ecology)

Damian is currently the CEO of the Star Health Group Ltd, a community health provider in the Bayside suburbs of Melbourne.  He is Chair of Mental Health Victoria and a Director of the Inner South East Metropolitan Partnership.  Recently has held positions of the Boards of the Victorian Healthcare Association and Port Philip Housing Association (now Housing First). 

As well as experience in the not for profit sector including the acute hospital sector, Damian has held a number of senior executive positions in the New South Wales and Victorian Governments in areas which included housing, community renewal and transport.


Director
Damian Ferrie

Executive Team


Chief Executive Officer

Adj/Assoc Prof Christopher Carter

MBL,GDipHlthProm, GMQ, BSW, FAIM, GIA(Cert), MAICD

Chris is a broadly skilled leader in health and primary healthcare with extensive experience in managing complexity, driving transformational change and delivering organisational outcomes.

His experience encompasses strategic planning of services, service and system redesign, organisational development, redesigning and implementing new models of care or service delivery and building organisational capacity through collaboration and partnerships with a variety of organisations. Chris’ career has included work as an allied heath practitioner, an educator and policy maker, an international development and evaluation consultant, and as an advocate for young people and marginalised populations in a variety of roles.

Chris’ qualifications include a Master of Business Leadership, Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion, Bachelor of Social Work, and an Executive Certificate in Leadership and Management.


Chief Executive Officer
Adj/Assoc Prof Christopher Carter

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Ms Julie Borninkhof

MAPS(Clin), BA(Hons), BA

Julie has worked nationally in the primary care area for the past 11 years as both a manager of General Practice Divisional programs and as a clinician in private practice.

She is passionate about delivering quality health services to the community in both a management and a therapeutic capacity, and has researched and is published in the area of health worker wellbeing. Her clinical interests include working with complex clients, clinical governance and access and equity for at risk clients.


Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Ms Julie Borninkhof

Executive Director, Health Systems Integration

Ms Janelle Devereux

BA(Hons), GCertPubPol, DipMan

Janelle has been a leader in developing policy and driving health system improvements in Australia, and internationally, for more than 10 years. This includes implementing the award winning acute stroke service redesign project in London, and building HealthPathways Melbourne to be a trusted and widely used source of best practice advice for GPs across Melbourne.

Janelle is passionate about improving access to high quality, person centred and integrated care for the population of North Western Melbourne, and in particular achieving this through strong whole of system partnerships. She believes that supporting and improving clinical leadership and engagement with health system consumers are both crucial to achieving these goals.


Executive Director, Health Systems Integration
Ms Janelle Devereux

Executive Director, Service Development and Reform

Mr Jagjit Dhaliwal


Jag is an outcomes-focused executive with more than 15 years experience in leadership and management roles.  

His experience spans a diverse range of settings in the United Kingdom and Australia, including corporate sector and not-for-profit organisations, rural health services, health and human services, early years education and care, and primary health commissioning. 

Before joining North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network, he was Executive Director, Community Services at IPC Health and Executive Director, Primary Health Services at Murray Primary Health Network. 

Jag is passionate about delivering high quality, sustainable care that is geared to meet the needs of consumers.


Executive Director, Service Development and Reform
Mr Jagjit Dhaliwal

Executive Director, Systems

Mr Craig Walker

Masters of Education

Craig is a Human Resources and Corporate Services professional with more than 20 years of experience working across a diverse range of local and global industries. His areas of expertise include improving business systems, developing and executing change management processes and enhancing staff capabilities and performance.

Before joining North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network, he was HR Services Manager for the University of Wollongong and Senior HR Manager for global information technology services firm Capgemini.

Craig is passionate about developing workplace cultures that encourage diversity, collaboration and harness the very best in people.


Executive Director, Systems
Mr Craig Walker