The members of the Executive Leadership Team, individually and as a committee, support the chief executive to lead, direct, coordinate and control the operations and performance of WSLHD.
Their role as strategic leaders is to formulate and execute business strategies to produce desired results critical to the organisation.
The WSLHD Executive Leadership Team is headed by the chief executive and comprises 12 individuals.
Acting Chief Executive
Over the last 12 years Graeme has held a number of executive roles, including Chief Executive for NSLHD. His knowledge of both clinical and corporate services includes a strong focus on system performance through healthy relationships.
Graeme has accumulated significant experience in all aspects of leadership in both the public and private sectors. He takes great pride being able to deliver highly complex clinical services through high performing teams.
His breadth of knowledge spans facility, district and statewide environments and enables him to couple strategic direction with the broader improvement and research goals, including ensuring optimal provision of safe, high quality and timely clinical services in concert with the needs of the community and the health system.
With patients as his principle focus Graeme strives to support NSW Health to deliver high quality care and brings a simple motto to each discussion – “What if it was your mum?”
Acting Executive Director Finance
B Comm (Econ), Dip. Acc, MBA, CPA
Appointed in July 2018, Barry brings strong governance and rigour to WSLHD’s financial, strategy and operational management. Barry’s tertiary education was completed at the University of Wollongong and he holds a Master in Business Administration. He is also a qualified CPA.
Barry has more than 35 years’ experience in finance oversight including 30 years with NSW Health, predominantly with Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD. He has worked with all levels of NSW Health and understanding the ‘needs of the business’ is the basis of his strategic and operational approach.
Barry is driven to ensure WSLHD is financially sustainable to deliver the best available healthcare to the people of western Sydney.
Executive Director Operations
Adjunct Associate Professor Robynne Cooke
RN, BN, Grad Dip Gerontology, MHSM, GAICD
Robynne commenced with WSLHD in January 2018 and is broadly accountable for the operations of WSLHD.
Previously the General Manager of Liverpool Hospital from 2014-2017, Robynne has a distinguished 20-year record of service in healthcare dealing with corporate and clinical sectors.
Her experience has equipped her with an extensive understanding of the healthcare challenges in Sydney’s west, and executive level health service management.
She has a deep commitment to innovation. Under her stewardship, the robotic surgery program was implemented and the Australian Pacific Minimal Invasive and Robotic Surgery Training Centre developed at Liverpool Hospital.
Robynne is an ex-officio member of the WSLHD Board.
Executive Director Nursing & Midwifery, and Clinical Governance
Adjunct Associate Professor Joanne Edwards
RN MN Grad Cert (Operating Theatres)
Joanne is accountable for the development, monitoring and reporting of all aspects of professional activities to optimise health outcomes provided by nurses and midwives in WSLHD.
Additionally, she is responsible for the WSLHD Clinical Governance Unit and the WSLHD Research & Education Network. Joanne is the Health Services Functional Area Coordinator (HSFAC) for emergency management for the LHD.
Joining WSLHD in August 2013, Joanne’s extensive clinical and operational experience delivers a strong focus on systems that promote patient safety and practice improvement.
Joanne is an ex-officio member of the WSLHD Board.
General Manager Westmead and Auburn hospitals
BSc (Nutrition), Grad Dip (Dietetics), MBA
Brett has assumed the role of senior operational manager accountable for the management and performance of Westmead and Auburn hospitals.
He is co-leading a major multimillion dollar capital works program to rebuild Westmead Hospital working closely with staff, precinct partners and the community to ensure the redevelopment transforms the delivery of healthcare in western Sydney.
Brett has more than 30 years experience in health service delivery, strategic and operational leadership across clinical and corporate services, and capital development and implementation.
He is committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential and deliver the best possible health care for the community.
General Manager Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals
RN, GradCert (Oncology), GradCert (Pall Care), BHlthSc (Nurs), Grad Dip HSM, GAICD (Australian Institute of Company Directors)
Sue-Anne is responsible for the operational service delivery and performance of Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals, Population Health, Aboriginal Health and Multicultural Health.
Her entire career has been devoted to healthcare, working in the public and private sectors with Mayne Health, the Allity group, WSLHD, and in far west NSW in a variety of senior roles including chief executive and director of clinical governance.
Executive Director Mental Health Services
Associate Professor Beth Kotze
MBBS, FRANZCP, FRACMA, Cert Child Psych, MMed (psychotherapy), MHA (UNSW)
Appointed in April 2016, Beth is accountable for the management and performance of mental health services spanning child, adolescent to adults across a diverse range of settings from the community to inpatient.
Beth is a psychiatrist and medical administrator who has worked in a variety of public and private settings spanning 25 years including senior leadership and management positions. She is passionately committed to the delivery of quality and modern mental healthcare.
Director Corporate Governance
Doug commenced as the director Corporate Governance in July 2017. His portfolio responsibilities include overseeing policy and legislative compliance systems, risk management and corporate legal services.
He is responsible for the oversight and management of People & Culture services across the local health district.
Doug believes strongly in ensuring sound governance policies and practices are embedded across the LHD and the various levels of management to support the delivery of quality healthcare to the people of western Sydney.
Doug joined WSLHD in June 2015 and has previously served as the WSLHD deputy director of Finance.
Prior to joining the LHD, he spent 10 years as a senior finance leader in a large multinational media organisation where he successfully steered a number of change programs.
Chief Digital Health Officer
Barry is responsible for information communications technology strategy, planning, IT service delivery and working in partnership with clinical and business areas across the district to deliver new technology solutions and assure technology reliability. He is passionate about the role technology plays in enabling safe, efficient and effective healthcare.
For three years Barry worked as the CIO at the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services where he was responsible for IT strategy, IT operational services & clinical information services (medical records) along with IT Projects leading the technology design and implementation at the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital.
Prior to this, Barry worked in national technical roles for Ramsay Health Care including two years as the Chief Technology Officer, responsible for technology solutions in facility re-developments and new facility builds.
Executive Director Integrated & Community Health
DipArts RCAE, GradDip Ed
Victoria was appointed as director for Integrated Care to oversee the implementation of the Western Sydney Integrated Care Demonstrator, one of three demonstrators under the NSW Integrated Care Strategy.
Mid 2016 she became executive director Integrated & Community Health.
She has more than 25 years’ experience working in the NSW public health system and has held senior management and executive positions with NSW Health and at three local health districts.
Director Corporate Communications
BA Comm (Journalism), Dip Law LPAB
Mat oversees WSLHD’s internal and external communications, branding and marketing, media relations, and digital platforms.
He is a former journalist who entered corporate communications with Queensland Health.
Mat has a specific interest in the growth and application of social media within government.
He is admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of NSW.