Meet the Board

Western Sydney Local Health District

Meet the Board


The members of the WSLHD Board are appointed by the NSW Minister for Health for a term of up to four years.

Responsibilities of the board and chief executive include:

  • Improving local patient and population health outcomes, and responding to issues.
  • Delivering services and monitoring the performance of WSLHD against measures in the Local Health District Service Agreement including an agreed budget based on annual strategic and operating plans.
  • Ensuring services are provided efficiently and responsibly.
  • Production of annual reports that are subject to State financial accountability and audit frameworks.
  • Maintaining effective communication with local and State public health stakeholders.

WSLHD Board members

Mr Richard Alcock AO (Chair)

Richard AlcockBCom, LLB (UNSW)

Richard Alcock joined the Board of WSLHD in August 2016 after five years as deputy chairman and chairman of the Finance and Performance Committee of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN).

Prior to his appointment to the SCHN board, he was a director of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation.

In 2017 he was appointed Vice Chairman of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

He was previously the Managing Director and Co-Head of Transport, Infrastructure, Power & Utilities at Merrill Lynch Markets (Australia) Pty Limited from 2007.

Formerly a corporate lawyer for 25 years with Allens Arthur Robinson he worked in Sydney, Singapore and Jakarta, was made a senior partner, head of Governance, and chairman of the Ethics Committee.

Richard is a director of the UNSW Foundation Limited, and Art Exhibitions Australia Limited, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, established to bring major art exhibitions to Australia in partnership with State galleries and museums.

In 2017, Richard was awarded the Officer (AO) in the General Division, for distinguished service to the community, particularly through health management roles, and to the law, corporate governance, and higher education organisations.

Professor Jeremy Chapman AC (Deputy Chair)

Professor Jeremy ChapmanMB, BChir, MD, FRACP, FRCP

Jeremy is the Clinical Director of the Division of Medicine and Cancer at Westmead Hospital and Director of the Western Renal Service.

His work in transplantation has been recognised nationally and internationally.

He is Chairman of the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry and the Australian Cord Blood Bank Network; a member of the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority’s Advisory Council; past-president of The Transplantation Society; advisory member of the World Health Organisation’s Expert Advisory Panel on Human Cell Tissue and Organ Transplantation; secretary general and past president of the World Marrow Donor Association, and the inaugural co-chair of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group.

Jeremy has more than 400 peer-reviewed publications and is editor-in-chief of the Transplantation and Transplantation Direct journals.

Adjunct Professor Kathy Baker AM

WSLHD Board member Adjunct Professor Kathy BakerM EdA, BHA, RN, CC, CT, Dip NE, MAICD, ACN (DLF), Honorary Fellow UTS, Wharton Fellow

A registered nurse, Kathy is an adjunct professor with the University of Technology, Sydney, the University of Sydney, and Western Sydney University.

Kathy is a non-executive director on the boards of the Australian College of Nursing, RSL Care + Royal District Nursing Service and chair of its Clinical Governance, Client Safety & Well Being Committee.

Kathy is the nurse advisor at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and an advisor to Evercare Health Limited, Hong Kong.

Ms Narelle Bell

Narelle BelleBA LLB

Narelle is Australia's Aircraft Noise Ombudsman.

She is also the legal member of WSLHD’s Human Research Ethics Committee, a member of the Centre for Health Record Linkage Community Advisory Committee, and the former legal member of the NSW Medical Council.

She has worked as a lawyer in the private, public and community sectors including as a founding volunteer at Macquarie Legal Centre in Parramatta, principal solicitor at Redfern Legal Centre and as assistant director of Legislation and Policy in the NSW Attorney General’s Department.

From 1994 Narelle was a member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, the Equal Opportunity Tribunal, the NSW Administrative Decisions Tribunal, and from 2001 she served 13 years as a senior member of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Over the past decade she has taught reasoning, writing and hearing skills to courts, tribunals, agency decision makers and expert witnesses in Australia and overseas and continues as a consultant in these and other law and public administration related areas.

Mr Andrew Bernard

Andrew BernardBSc (Syd), MPH (Syd), Grad Cert BA (Exec) (Monash Mt Eliza), AFCHSM, MAICD

Andrew has been a resident of western Sydney since 1977.

He has worked in the NSW public health system since 1975.

Senior appointments have included general manager at Bowral and District, Fairfield, and Bankstown-Lidcombe hospitals; general manager of Clinical Services at the former Sydney South West Area Health Service; and director of operations at the Prince of Wales and Sydney hospitals from 2007 until his retirement in April 2013.

Andrew’s experience as a non-executive director since 1996 has included terms on the boards of Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS), Bankstown City Aged Care, The Health-Science Alliance, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation, and the Health Roundtable Limited.

Ms Elizabeth Crouch

Elizabeth CrouchBEc (MU), FAICD

Elizabeth is an experienced company director and business consultant.

She spent 16 years with the Federal government in health and disability services before moving into the private sector where she held various positions, including the role of Chief Executive of the Housing Industry Association.

Elizabeth is a highly respected executive coach and moderator for the Orijen Group and has mentored women in industry, health and higher education.

Elizabeth is the Deputy Chancellor of Macquarie University, a non-executive Director of McGrath Ltd, SGS Economics and Planning, and is a Trustee of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

Elizabeth chairs a number of audit committees including for the City of Sydney, Environment and Heritage and Railcorp and is a member of the Health Infrastructure and IPART audit committees.

Elizabeth is a Director of Optimize International, a strategic consultancy and advisory firm and continues to support a range of community and sporting bodies including as the air of the Women's university rugby 7s and Deputy Chair of the Sydney Rays rugby franchise.

Professor Michael Edye

Michael EdyeMBBS (Syd)

Michael is the director, Division of Surgery and Anaesthetics at Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals.

A pioneer in laparoscopic surgery, Michael was recruited to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York in 1993 where he practiced for 20 years establishing the new discipline.

He worked as a national advocate to the American Medical Association and US Medicare in the areas of surgical coding and reimbursement.

In 2013 he returned to Australia as Chair of Surgery at the Clinical School of Western Sydney University.

Professor Donald Nutbeam

Don NutbeamPhD, FFPH (UK)

Don Nutbeam shares his time as a professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney, and a Senior Advisor at the Sax Institute, and with Sydney Health Partners.

Don returned to Sydney in 2016 following a six-year-term as Vice-Chancellor (President) of the University of Southampton, UK.

His career has spanned senior positions in universities, government, health services and an independent health research institute.

He served as the head of Public Health in the UK Department of Health, responsible for leading policy development on a range of complex and large-scale public health challenges.

Don has worked as an advisor on public health issues for the World Health Organisation for more than 30 years, and as consultant and team leader in health system capacity development projects for the World Bank.

Professor Diana O'Halloran

WSLHD Board member Professor Diana OMBBS, MPHEd, FRACGP, FAICD

Di is a general practitioner with a longstanding involvement in primary healthcare reform and the development of new service and care models including HealthOne, Connecting Care and Integrated Care.

She chairs the Western Sydney Primary Health Network, WentWest Ltd, which works in partnership with the LHD to improve community needs assessment, planning, coordination and integration of care in the community and across the hospital-community interface.

A conjoint professor in the Department of General Practice, Western Sydney University, Di is the Chair of the NSW&ACT PHN Council and Co-Chair of the Agency for Clinical Innovation's General Practice Advisory Group. She is a board member of the NSW and ACT Faculty of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Di chaired the NSW General Practice Council advising the Minister between 2004 and 2011, and nationally, was a member of the RACGP Council, General Practice Education and Training Board and the Australian Medicare Local Alliance Board.

Dr Andrew Pesce

WSLHD Board member Dr Andrew PesceMBBS, FRANZCOG

Andrew is a leading obstetrician and gynaecologist at Westmead Hospital.

As federal president of the Australian Medical Association in 2009 he vigorously advocated for public hospitals and clinician engagement during the national health reforms.

Locally, he chaired the Westmead Medical Staff Council from 2008-2009.

His long association with Westmead Hospital began as an intern in 1984, eventually training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and became Clinical Superintendent in 1990.

In 1993 Andrew was appointed to a staff specialist position and in 2004 he became a visiting medical officer, and was clinical director of Women’s and Children’s Health from 2007 to 2011. He currently is the consultant heading the Breech Clinic at Westmead.

Ms Jane Spring

WSLHD Board Member Jane SpringBEc (Hons), LLB, MPA, FAICD, FCIS, FGIA

Jane is an Executive Director with the NSW Department of Industry.

A solicitor with extensive corporate governance experience, she has had a range of roles working for NSW government.

Her involvement on diverse boards including the University of Sydney Senate, Venues NSW, and Wheelchair Sports Australia has equipped Jane with a strong understanding of the strategies required for effective performance in complex organisations.

Her personal experience as a paraplegic for more than 20 years has given her an appreciation of the care provided to her by health professionals. It has made her a strong advocate for patients and the public hospital system.

Mr Bruce Turner AM


As a lifelong resident of greater western Sydney, Bruce’s background spans commercial, merchant and central banking, and public administration.

He sits on the Boards of Wentworth Healthcare Limited and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Australia. He is chairman of the audit and risk committees (ARC) for the IIA, Western Sydney Parklands Trust, and an independent member of the ARCs for NSW Premier and Cabinet, WSLHD, the Auditor General of NSW and the Department of Finance Services and Innovation.

He retired as chief internal auditor at the Australian Taxation Office and previously held senior executive roles at StateRail and Integral Energy with responsibilities including corporate governance, compliance, risk management, probity, and auditing.

Professor Christopher Liddle

WSLHD Board member Professor Christopher LiddleBSc(Med), MB.BS, PhD, FRACP

Chris is an academic Hepatologist and Clinical Pharmacologist at Westmead Hospital and the Western Clinical School, University of Sydney. Chris is head of the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, Westmead Hospital. In addition to managing patients with liver disease, poisoning and overdose, Chris has key governance roles across the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD), including chairing the Westmead Hospital Medical Staff Council and the WSLHD Drug and Therapeutics Committee.

Chris is a senior university representative for the Westmead Redevelopment, especially in the area of information technology. At a State level, Chris was the lead clinician for the eHealth NSW $170M electronic medication prescribing and management (eMeds) project and chairs the NSW Therapeutic Advisory Group.

Chris’ main area of research has been the functional genomics of liver metabolism and liver diseases, utilising recent technological developments in DNA sequencing and bioinformatics in order to elucidate new drug targets in areas of high therapeutic need. Much of this work has been performed in collaboration with the prestigious Salk Institute, San Diego, where Chris was appointed an adjunct professor in 2010. Chris’ research has led to many high impact publications as well as several patent families, two of which have been successfully commercialised.

Vacancies: One


The following ex-officio Board members participate in agenda items relating to their areas of expertise:

Mr Danny O'Connor

WSLHD Chief Executive

BSOCSTD (Hons) MSW (Social Policy)

Danny ODanny was appointed chief executive of the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) in January 2011. He believes the primary purpose of healthcare is to improve people’s lives. Central to success is a strong partnership with consumers in continually improving the services we provide. Likewise, strong partnership is required between science and practice to ensure the continuous evolution of best practice in clinical care and population health programs.

Danny currently serves on the Boards of the Western Sydney Local Health District Board (ex-officio), Westmead Millennium Institute, NSW HealthShare, Westmead Medical Research Foundation, WentWest Primary Health Network.

Ms Joanne Edwards

WSLHD Nursing & Midwifery, and Clinical Governance Executive Director

Adjunct Associate Professor Sydney Nursing School Sydney University


Joanne Edwards - Executive Director Nursing & Midwifery & Clinical GovernanceJoanne 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 Clinical Governance Unit, and the Research & Education Network. Joanne's responsibilities also include the Health Services Functional Area Coordinator (HSFAC) role for emergency management for the Western Sydney Local Health District.

Joanne was formally appointed as Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery & Clinical Governance in January 2017, after acting in the role for over 12 months. She brings extensive clinical, operational and executive experience to the role and has a strong focus on supporting systems that promote patient safety and practice improvement.

Mr Andrew Newton

Westmead Hospital and Auburn Hospital General Manager

RGN, MHM, GDPA, BHlthSc (Nurs), DipAcc, GradCert (CritCare), GradCert (NursEd)

WSLHD Board member Andrew NewtonGeneral Manager Westmead Hospital and Auburn Hospital Andrew is the senior operational manager accountable for the management and performance of Westmead and Auburn hospitals and responsible for clinical operations across WSLHD.

He has significant experience in health service delivery, strategic and operational leadership and capital development and implementation.

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.

Andrew is a rotating ex-officio member of the WSLHD Board.

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