Meet the Board

Western Sydney Local Health District

Meet the Board

WSLHD 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 (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 Global Banking & Markets 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.

Professor Jeremy Chapman AC (Deputy Chair)

WSLHD Board member 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 350 peer-reviewed publications and is editor-in-chief of the Transplantation Journal.

Adjunct Professor Kathy Baker AM

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

Kathy chairs the WSLHD Health Care Quality Committee of the Board.

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

She was appointed as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to the nursing profession through contributions to education and the promotion of clinical excellence.

Kathy is the nurse advisor at the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

Ms Narelle Bell

Narelle BelleBA LLB

Narelle is the legal member of the NSW Medical Council, the Western Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee, and a member of the Centre for Health Record Linkage Community Advisory Committee.

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-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 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 Executive Women’s Business Female Talent program 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.

She was previously on the Board of Chandler Macleod Group prior to its sale to Recruit Holdings.

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 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 and chair of Surgery, Western Sydney University (WSU), Blacktown Hospital Campus.

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.

Michael graduated in medicine from the University of Sydney in 1977 and completed his surgical training at Royal North Shore Hospital and Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children.

He undertook fellowship training in minimally invasive abdominal surgery in Bordeaux, France in 1991 from where he was recruited to The Mount Sinai.

In 2013 he returned to Australia as chair of Surgery at the Clinical School of WSU.

Michael has refereed rugby union at all levels for 35 years eventually rising to the Australian International Rugby Referees Panel.

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.

He is currently interim executive director of 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 positions in universities, government, health services and an independent health research institute.

Don was academic provost at the University of Sydney from 2006 to 2009, and from 2003 was the pro-vice-chancellor and head of the College of Health Sciences comprising the faculties of Medicine, Health Sciences, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy.

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, and Connecting Care.

She chairs the Western Sydney Primary Health Network, WentWest, which works collaboratively with the LHD to improve 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 co-chair of the Agency for Clinical Innovation's General Practice Advisory Group. She is a past board member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and NSW faculty chair; and the past chair of the NSW General Practice Advisory Council.

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.

In 1993 he was appointed to a staff specialist position in obstetrics and gynaecology and in 2004 he became a visiting medical officer, and was clinical director of Women’s and Children’s Health from 2007 to 2011.

Ms Jane Spring

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

Jane is the director of Regional Development with the NSW Department of Industry.

A solicitor with extensive corporate governance experience, she was director of the NSW Centenary of Anzac program.

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 Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Australia Board, and is immediate past international chairman of the IIA Global Public Sector Committee. He is chairman of the audit and risk committees (ARC) for the IIA, Office of Environment and Heritage, Western Sydney Parklands Trust, and independent member of the ARCs for NSW Premier and Cabinet, WSLHD, and 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.

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 WSLHD in January 2011. Accountable to the WSLHD Board, he is responsible for providing safe, equitable, quality healthcare to the people of western Sydney through strategic leadership and sound governance.

Under his management WSLHD is implementing multimillion dollar rebuilding and development projects, enhanced operations, performance, innovation and skills to deliver world-class health services. Danny is an ex-officio member of the WSLHD Board.

He commenced his health career as a community health clinician. He held several positions with the NSW Ministry of Health before assuming the role of director of Drug Health Services with Central Sydney Area Health Service followed by general manager of the Sydney Dental Hospital, and general manager of Concord Repatriation General Hospital. Danny was chief executive of the regional Greater Western Area Health Service in NSW prior to his current appointment.

Ms Joanne Edwards

WSLHD Nursing & Midwifery, and Clinical Governance Executive Director

RN MN Operating Theatre Nursing Certificate

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 Clinical Governance, and the WSLHD Research & Education Network. Joanne is the Health Services Functional Area Coordinator (HSFAC) for emergency management for the Local Health District.

Joining WSLHD in August 2013, she has been acting in the Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery role since September 2015 and was appointed as Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery & Clinical Governance commencing 16 January 2017.

Joanne brings extensive clinical and operational experience to the role and has a strong focus on supporting systems that promote patient safety and practice improvement.

Ms Natalie McDonald

WSLHD Finance Executive Director


Natalie McDonald - Executive Director Finance at WSLHDAppointed in March 2015, Natalie is responsible for the leadership and management of financial services and performance reporting. She is accountable for ensuring policies and controls are in place to safeguard WSLHD assets and finances.

Natalie began her career with BHP in 1995 and worked across the organisation in Australia and overseas in commercial and finance roles. In 2012 Natalie joined Alfred Health in Melbourne as the financial controller.

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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