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SLHD Board Members

The Sydney Local Health District Board and the Chief Executive are responsible for:

  • Improving local patient outcomes and responding to issues that arise throughout our Local Health District.
  • Monitoring the performance of our Local Health District against performance measures in the LHD Service Agreement.
  • Delivering services and performance standards within an agreed budget, based on annual strategic and operating plans. This forms the basis of our Local Health District Service Agreement.
  • Ensuring services are provided efficiently and accountably. Production of Annual Reports that are subject to State financial accountability and audit frameworks.
  • Maintaining effective communication with local and State public health
The Board is chaired by the Hon. Ron Phillips and ten Board Members who bring a wealth of experience and local knowledge to the management of our LHD:

The Hon Ron Phillips

The Hon Ron Phillips AO

The Hon. Ron Phillips served as the Member for Miranda in the NSW Parliament Legislative Assembly from 1984 to 1999. Among other appointments, Mr Phillips served as Government Whip, Minister for Health and Deputy Leader of the NSW Opposition. After leaving politics, he developed a successful consulting business in the health and aged care industry, providing strategic and detailed advice to government and a broad range of business clients. Mr Phillips was formerly part owner and managing director of the Sydney Breast Clinic Pty Ltd, and chair of the Sydney Institutes for Health and Medical Research. He is currently a founding shareholder and managing director of BCAL Diagnostics Pty Limited and a director of Westmead IVF.

Dr Barry R Catchlove

Dr Barry R Catchlove AM
Deputy Chair

Dr Catchlove has more than 50 years' experience in clinical and health services management in the public and private sectors. He has wide experience as a board member and chair of a number of listed public companies, NGOs and health related organisations and has consulted to the World Bank and IMF on international health services.

He has served as president and chair of the Australian Hospital and Health Care Association and The Australian Council on Health Care Standards.
Since the formation of the Board, he has chaired its Clinical and Clinical Quality Councils.

He is currently a Pro Chancellor and Fellow of the Senate of the University of Sydney.

Dr Thomas Karplus

Dr Thomas Karplus

Dr Thomas Karplus is a Senior Staff Specialist in vascular medicine in Sydney Local Health District and also an honorary visiting medical practitioner in the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network. For 20 years, he has been in private practice as a vascular physician in Burwood. Dr Karplus is treasurer-general of the International Union of Angiology and is on its Executive and administrative boards. He is state secretary of the NSW branch of the Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation and is also a Federal Councillor of ASMOF. Previously, he was chair of the Medical Staff Council at Concord Hospital and chair of the Medical Staff Executive Council at Sydney South West Area Health Service.

David McLean

David McLean

David McLean has a 35-year career in healthcare communications and marketing in Australia, USA and South East Asia at Chief Executive level in a leading multi-national corporation. A co-founder and chairman of the University of Sydney Medical School's Cancer Communications Unit, Mr McLean served as a board member of the Faculty of Pharmacy Foundation. He has a passion for patient advocacy and effective professional patient communications. He continues to serve in other board and chair positions and mentors young, high-potential talent.

Frances O'Brien

Frances O'Brien

Frances O'Brien is currently appointed as the Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services at Canterbury Hospital. Mrs O'Brien has worked within the Sydney Local Health District area for over 20 years during which time she has occupied a number of senior nursing positions. Fran has extensive experience in health and in particular acute care services. She is committed to innovation and the delivery of safe and effective patient care.

Prof. Paul Torzillo

Prof. Paul Torzillo AM

Professor Paul Torzillo is an executive Clinical Director, Head of Respiratory Medicine and a senior Intensive Care physician at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. For more than 30 years, he has had a major involvement in Aboriginal health and is the medical director of the Nganampa Health Council in the north-west corner of South Australia.

Victoria Weekes

Victoria Weekes

Victoria Weekes is a professional non-executive director with more than 25 years' experience as a senior executive in the financial services sector. Currently, Victoria is the Independent Chair of OnePath Funds Management and a non-executive director of the online stockbroking business ANZ Share Investing. Victoria is a non-executive of SGCH Portfolio, one of NSW's largest community housing groups. Victoria is vice-president of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia), a member of the ASIC Markets Disciplinary Panel and chairman of the NSW State Library Audit and Risk Committee. Victoria was previously a director of the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, ANZ Trustees, the Livestock Health and Pest Authority and Comcover Advisory Council.

Associate Professor Christine Giles

Associate Professor Christine Giles

Christine Giles is the Executive Director at Cancer Australia, using evidence to inform policy and shape national cancer control.

From her previous positions, Associate Professor Giles has provided policy advice on health reform to national and international governments.

Her experience in the private sector includes providing strategy and policy advice to business and working on large international health developments. 
Associate Professor Giles is an experienced Board member, having served on government and not-for-profit Boards.

She holds the position of Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and is an Associate of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy.
Her interests are in public policy development and health reform that  delivers quality evidence-based and sustainable patient care

Joanna Khoo

Joanna Khoo

Joanna Khoo is a public health professional with experience in research management, information systems and health policy. Ms Khoo currently works at the Sax Institute, a national leader in promoting the use of research evidence in health policy and is completing a PhD in health policy. She has previously held positions in Australia focusing on drug and alcohol, and mental health service provision. She has also worked overseas on research to improve public governance, accountability and transparency in Vietnam. Ms Khoo has served as a member of the Physiotherapy Council of NSW.

Susan Anderson

Susan Anderson

Susan is an Aboriginal registered nurse, from the Gamilaroi lands (Werris Creek). Susan has a passion for Aboriginal Health and has been involved in Aboriginal health and workforce policy development (particularly in nursing, midwifery and Aboriginal Health Workers) over the last 18 years at a national and NSW State level.

Her passion is supporting Aboriginal people getting into careers of nursing and midwifery. She has had a number of major achievements including the development of guidelines for Aboriginal Health Workers in NSW Health, a NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery DVD called 'My Mob, Your Mob and Our Mob' and the NSW Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Cadetship Program. Last year she won a Premier's Award for her involvement in the development of the NSW Health Respecting the Difference – An Aboriginal Cultural Training Framework. Susan is currently working as an academic at the Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney and undertaking her Masters of Philosophy (Nursing).

Mary Haines

Associate Professor Mary Haines
BA Hons (Psych), PhD, GAICD


Associate Professor Mary Haines has worked in senior positions across the government, academic, corporate and independent sectors.  She is currently a senior adviser at the Sax Institute; Adjunct Associate Professor at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney; and director of Mary Haines Consulting. Her expertise lies in health research, translational initiatives, evaluation, strategic policy development and implementation.  

Ronwyn North

Ronwyn North


Ronwyn North is a professional practice consultant and educator with more than 20 years' experience providing independent advice in the public, private and not for profit sectors. She is known for her expertise and 'thought leadership' in organisational governance and development, professional practice management and professional risk and ethics exposure, particularly in the legal services sector. Ms North is an external member of University of Sydney Senate's Safety and Risk Management Committee.