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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 John Ajaka with a number of other Board Members who bring a wealth of experience and local knowledge to the management of our District:

The Hon. John Ajaka - Chair The Hon. John Ajaka - Chair

The Hon John Ajaka is a lawyer and politician, known for his commitment to community. He has had a distinguished career in public office, most recently as the 21st President of the NSW Legislative Council. 

He is a former Minister for Ageing, Disability Services and Multiculturalism and Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads and Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition. He served as a Councillor for Rockdale Council.

He is a Director and life member of the Australian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce, and was the first Liberal Party Lebanese Australian member of an Australian Parliament. He is a Director and Patron of the Biaggio Signorelli Foundation for Asbestos Cancer Research, Chair of the NSW Rugby League Foundation and Patron of the NSW Wheelchair Rugby League

Mr John McGee
B.Ec., LlB

Mr McGee has extensive and wide ranging experience as a non-executive director in Australia. His executive career spanned 30 years in the financial markets culminating as Managing Director of BNY Mellon Australia Pty Ltd for nine years, heading up the Bank of New York's corporate trust operation in Australia. He is also a qualified solicitor having practised for a few years in Sydney and London.

He is a current director of the federal government’s Climate Change Authority and recently served on the board of AirServices Australia for four years. Mr McGee has also served on other boards as a non-executive director. He was Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee of the Private Health Insurance Administrative Council (PHIAC), the regulator of all private health insurers. He served on that board for nine years. Other non-executive board roles have included Westpac Funds Management (where he was Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee), Delhi Petroleum, and companies in the mortgage and pharmaceutical industries. In his executive roles, Mr McGee has also been a director of many subsidiaries and held responsible manager status on various ASIC and APRA licences. He was also Head of Funds Management, and later Chief Financial Officer, of a listed life insurer.

Adjunct Associate Professor Mary Haines Adjunct Associate Professor Mary Haines

A/Professor Mary Haines has more than 20 years of senior experience in health across the government, corporate, academic and not-for-profit sectors. Mary has expertise in governance, audit and risk management, strategy, policy, evaluation and research. Mary has been in the Senior Executive Service and currently holds governance roles across NSW Government. Mary is prequalified as a member to serve on NSW Government Audit and Risk Committees by the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the NSW Public Service Commission, and serves on the Research and Education sub-committee to the Board of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation and Clinical Excellence Commission.
Mary has PhD in Public Health from University College London and was a Fulbright Scholar. Mary’s current roles include 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 Pty Ltd.

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 was an external member of University of Sydney Senate's Safety and Risk Management Committee for more than five years and former chair of the Continuing Legal Education Association of Australasia (CLEAA).

Adjunct Associate Professor Christine Giles Adjunct Associate Professor Christine Giles

A/Professor Christine Giles is a non-executive director with more than 20 years experience as a senior executive in national and international health sectors. This experience encompasses governance, policy, health system and health service planning, research and national cancer control. Christine is recognised for her expertise in public policy and has led significant health policy initiatives enhancing health system governance and priorities, value-based health care and patient care. Christine previously held the position of Executive Director and Head of Policy and Strategy at Cancer Australia, a Commonwealth Government Agency, for more than 10 years. Christine holds the position of Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, School of Public health, Sydney University, is an Associate Investigator for the CRE Value Based Cancer Care, UTS, an Independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee, Cancer Australia, and Co-convenor of the Health Expert Working Group on E-health, reporting to the Australian Broadband Advisory Council.


Mr Richard AchesonMr Richard Acheson

Mr Richard Acheson has senior management experience with Australian national, state and local governments, and in the not-for-profit sector, with an emphasis on engaging and collaborating with Aboriginal, ethnic and religious communities, and diverse stakeholders at all levels to develop policy, plan and implement projects, manage issues, and resolve disputes. He has represented NSW and advised NSW Ministers at national councils on immigration and multicultural affairs. He was a member of the executive of Multicultural NSW, conducted public inquiries into matters affecting communities in NSW, and has participated on national and state wide boards and committees. He currently mentors individuals and provides advice to small community organisations.

Kerry-Anne Hartman Kerry-Anne Hartman

Kerry-Anne Hartman is a lawyer with extensive experience in administrative law, migration law and refugee law. Kerry-Anne has served as a member of numerous Commonwealth bodies including the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Refugee Review Tribunal, the Migration Review Tribunal and the Immigration Review Tribunal. She has more than 20 years experience conducting independent merits based reviews of administrative decisions. Kerry-Anne is currently on a panel of Conduct Reviewers for a local Council in NSW, and has also worked in private practice.