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 Venereology, DRCOG, FRACGP, FAICD

Responsibilities

  • Clinical Council Chair
  • Nominations and Remuneration Committee Chair

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 sectors, including the Victorian and federal branches of the Australian Medical Association (AMA).

Other 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

Ms Nancy Hogan

MBA, GDip Rehab Studies, BA (Magna cum Laude), MAICD, FACHSM, Centenary Medal 2002

Responsibilities

  • Community Council Chair

Nancy Hogan’s extensive health management experience includes CEO positions in public, private and not-for-profit hospitals and aged and community care. Her board positions include 10 years at Peninsula Health, the last five as chairperson, 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, serving as president of its Victorian branch and a federal councillor. She was a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors for almost 25 years, until 2020. In 2016/17, she was a member of the Victorian Mental Health Review Team, which completed a major review for Victoria Police.

Other appointments/memberships:

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


Deputy Chairperson
Ms Nancy Hogan

Director

Mr Robert Gerrand

BA, FAMI, FAICD

Responsibilities

  • Finance, Audit and Systems Committee Chair

Robert Gerrand’s extensive governance experience includes serving as chair of Parks Victoria and of Healthy Parks Healthy People Global. He has been a director of Alfred Health, the Mental Health Research Institute, the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) (serving on the Audit and Risk Management Committees of all of these), the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Melbourne City Marketing, Melbourne Convention and Marketing Bureau and the Koorie Heritage Trust.

He has won awards for his professional work in marketing and communications, and is a former general manager of group public affairs at ANZ and director of the Australian marketing and communications agency Turnbull Fox Phillips. He is also a published author whose books include Rewrite Your Life! and Rewrite Your Relationships! co-authored with Eve Ash that show how to entrench new behaviours.

Other appointments/memberships:

  • Gerrand & Associates Principal
  • SANE Australia Non-Executive Director
  • The Dax Centre Non-Executive Director
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors: Nexus group Chair


Director
Mr Robert Gerrand

Director

Dr Catherine Hutton

MPH, DRCOG, MBBS, FRACGP, GAICD, FAMA

Responsibilities

  • Commissioning, Quality and Performance Committee Chair

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, women’s health and antenatal care, 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 chair of the Community Advisory Committee and the Quality Committee.

Other appointments/memberships:

  • Western Health Board member
  • Victorian Clinical Council Member
  • Medicare Professional Services Review Member


Director
Dr Catherine Hutton

Director

Mr Paul Montgomery

LLB, BA, MAICD

Responsibilities

  • Commissioning, Quality and Performance Committee Member

Paul Montgomery has helped a number of organisations grow strategically. He was a partner at Freehills, Melbourne for 28 years. Appointed managing partner, he led the firm to prime position in the Melbourne market.

Mr Montgomery was also president of Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria (now Wellways) and chair of its Carer and Consumer Committee, Chair of the Royal District Nursing Service (now Bolton Clarke), and a member of Deakin University Geelong’s Clinical Leadership Advisory Board (Medical School).

Other appointments/memberships:

  • Wellways Board member, Consumer and Carer Committee member
  • Medisecure Ltd Chair
  • Now Hiring Pty Ltd Chair


Director
Mr Paul Montgomery

Director

Ms Genevieve Overell AM

BA, LLB, Dip Financial Management, FIPAA, FAICD

Responsibilities

  • Finance, Audit and Systems Committee Member

Genevieve Overell has a legal background and extensive corporate, government and community experience.

She was a Victorian Government deputy secretary, responsible for land-use planning, building, environment and heritage. She was also Head of Environment with the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority, with broad management, coordination and delivery responsibilities across federal, state and local governments.

Recent board roles include non-executive director for Starlight Children’s Foundation and director, government advisory for Deutsche Bank Australia. Prior to this, she was a partner at KPMG, specialising in major public infrastructure projects.

Other appointments/memberships:

  • Victorian Opera Chair
  • Australian British Chamber of Commerce Non-Executive Director National Board and Co-Chair Victorian Council
  • State Revenue Office Victoria Audit Committee Independent Chair
  • Australian Institute of Architects Independent Non-Executive Director
  • German–Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Policy Advisory Committee Member


Director
Ms Genevieve Overell AM

Director

Dr Kathy Alexander

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

Responsibilities

  • Finance, Audit and Systems Committee Member

Dr Alexander is an experienced board member and chair who has served public, private and not-for-profit organisations. She has a strong reputation for stakeholder management, community engagement and effective public relations in complex and politically sensitive environments.

Dr Alexander has held many board positions in her previous roles as CEO of the City of Melbourne, as CEO of the Women’s and Children’s Health Service (incorporating the Royal Children’s and the Royal Women’s Hospitals in Melbourne) and as CEO of several health services in South Australia. Recent board roles include Chair of Administrators of the City of Greater Geelong, Chair of Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network and member of the Advisory Board of Porter Davis Homes.

Dr Alexander has chaired numerous governance and management reviews for government across health and local government in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

Other appointments/memberships:

  • City of Wyndham Chair, Audit and Risk Management Committee
  • Victorian Local Government Rating System Review Chair
  • Porter Davis Homes Independent Board Member
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation Chair


Director
Dr Kathy Alexander

Director

Mr Damian Ferrie

B. Theol, GDip Conflict Resolution, MAppSc (Social Ecology), ANZSOG Executive Fellows Program, Judge Business School Cambridge Advanced Leadership Program

Responsibilities

  • Commissioning, Quality and Performance Committee Member

Damian has had leadership roles in the health, housing, community development in New South Wales and Victoria. His work has been focused on tackling social, economic, health inequity.

Damian has developed and implemented many programs to narrow the gap between disadvantaged communities and the rest of the state, including as the first Director of Neighbourhood Renewal with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. He has initiated many place-based interventions to build community capacity through partnerships with community, business and the philanthropic sectors.

Current appointments/memberships:

  • Star Health Group Ltd CEO
  • Mental Health Victoria Chair
  • Victorian Council of Social Services Director
  • Community Mental Health Australia Director


Director
Mr Damian Ferrie

Executive Team


Chief Executive Officer

Adj/Assoc Prof Christopher Carter

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

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

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

Executive Director, Insight, Performance and Digital Services

Ms Emma McKeown

B. Health Science (Health Information Management), B. Information Science (Information Systems)

Emma is a results-oriented leader with more than 17 years’ experience in health and analytics. She has diverse experience across leadership roles in private hospitals, private health insurance and the medical technology industry. Before joining North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network, Emma was a Senior Director within PwC’s National Health Practice where she led specialist data and analytics teams to work with public and private health clients to build analytics-driven organisations. 

Emma is passionate about using data and analytics to better understand the precise needs of an individual or community and to transform the services around them to deliver high quality outcomes at a sustainable cost. She specialises in developing analytics capability to obtain insights from diverse data sources through the design and implementation of solid data analytics foundations and frameworks, and the development of user-friendly applications and tools.  


Executive Director, Insight, Performance and Digital Services
Ms Emma McKeown