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.
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 principal 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?”
Director Office of the Chief Executive
Tiffany was appointed to the role of Director of the Office of the Chief Executive in August 2019. Tiffany commenced her career in community based mental health services and has since worked in population health screening and program management both here in Australia and overseas. She has a wealth of experience in state and commonwealth government environments in health system management including specialising in performance, planning and governance processes.
Tiffany has worked at the overall state level in recent years building relationships with a number of local health districts and specialty health networks in NSW, helping them to deliver on performance expectations and governance requirements.
Tiffany has joined WSLHD to provide direction on sound governance and health administration processes and support delivery of the organisation’s strategic and operational objectives.
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.
Director Nursing & Midwifery, and Clinical Governance
RN, Coronary Care Certificate, Bachelor of Health Science, Masters of Health Services Management, Executive Masters of Public Administration, Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors
Caroline (Carol) was appointed as Western Sydney Local Health District’s Director of Nursing & Midwifery and Clinical Governance in July 2019.
Carol joined us from the Ministry of Health where she was the Director, Patient Safety ensuring commitment to safety and quality across the system and through working collaboratively with the Clinical Excellence Commission, drives contemporary practises in strengthening monitoring and reporting, governance, and strategic direction.
Prior to becoming Director of Patient Safety First, Caroline was for approximately three years the General Manager of Primary Health Care which includes Remote Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs, Oral Health, Community and Prison Health in Central Australia, based in Alice Springs, following 8 years in Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services (DONMS) and General Manager positions in NSW Tertiary Referral Hospitals.
Caroline is an experienced health care professional having held senior management roles in the public health care sector and has particular interests in clinical governance, patient safety, leadership and management.
Executive Director Medical Services
Dr Emma McCahon
Emma was appointed as Western Sydney Local Health District’s Executive Director, Medical Services in March 2019.
She oversees the medical workforce and clinical services across Western Sydney Local Health District, ensuring high quality person centred care through the provision of clinical excellence and best practice.
Emma will play a key role in implementation of new and enhanced clinical services and models of care as part of redevelopment projects underway at Westmead and Blacktown hospitals.
Emma has been a practicing paediatrician for almost 15 years and has a Grad. Cert. in Change Management and executive MBA.
She has worked in both clinical and management roles. She was also the medical lead of the Patient Flow Unit at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead as well as the clinical director - critical care services for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network.
In addition, Emma held a role with the NSW Health Education and Training Institute as the clinical lead for leadership development programs for doctors.
General Manager Westmead and Auburn hospitals
B App SC (Occupational Therapy), MBA (Health Management)
Rebecca was appointed as General Manager, Westmead & Auburn Hospitals in May 2020. She joins us from South Eastern Sydney LHD where she has been Acting General Manager of St George Hospital.
Rebecca started her career in NSW Health as an Occupational Therapist over 20 years ago and has since worked in a variety of roles such as Director of Allied Health and Director Corporate Services in South Western Sydney LHD and Operations Director of Medicine, Aged & Extended Care and Cancer Services within South Eastern Sydney LHD.
Rebecca is a transformational leader whose approach is modern, ethical, progressive and focuses on humanity and building resilience to meet organisational challenges. She has a keen interest in governance and ensuring efficiency and effectiveness around models of care that will ensure long term sustainability of health services.
Acting General Manager Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals
Ned is passionate about ensuring there is a responsive, effective, and quality based approach to service delivery and has extensive management and operational experience in leading several hospitals across the acute, sub-acute and community health sectors.
Appointed in April 2019, he is responsible for the operational service delivery and performance of Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals.
Acting Executive Director Mental Health Services
Professor Vlasios (Bill) Brakoulias
MB,BS (Hons), MPsychiatry, FRANZCP, Cert. Psychotherapies, PhD
Prof Brakoulias has worked and trained in the Western Sydney area for over 20 years. He has extensive clinical and research experience in psychiatric service provision, education and training.
Prof Brakoulias is a Conjoint Professor with the School of Medicine of Western Sydney University and an Honorary Senior Lecturer with the University of Sydney. He is the current Editor in Chief of the Psychiatry journal Australasian Psychiatry.
He is an internationally recognized expert in the assessment and treatment of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders.
As Acting Executive Director of Mental Health for the Western Sydney Local Health district, Prof Brakoulias is responsible for the management of all mental health services across Cumberland hospital, Westmead hospital, Blacktown hospital, Mt Druitt Hospital, Auburn hospital and their associated outpatient and community mental health services.
Prof Brakoulias’s role is to ensure we deliver a world class, innovative and effective mental health service for people in the Western Sydney area.
Acting Chief Digital Health Officer
In his substantive role as eHealth NSW’s Associate Director, Customer Services, Jacob leads Service Delivery teams, including Service Management and the State Wide Service Desk, which support all NSW Health Districts and Agencies.
Jacob is currently, the Acting Chief Digital Health Officer for Western Sydney Local Health District where he leads the Digital Health Services team, supporting both day to day operations and the delivery of critical business enablement programs.
Acting General Manager Integrated Care & Community Health
Luke commenced working in western Sydney in 2001 as a physiotherapist. He has worked extensively in clinical capacity, health management and administration roles in both the public and private sector over the past two decades. He has held senior management and operational positions and is dedicated to working collaboratively with patients, clinical frontline staff and administrators.
He is passionate about provision of best practice service delivery to improve health outcomes and patient experiences with a strong understanding of efficient resource utilisation, business analytics and performance improvement frameworks. He has a particular interest in timely access to appropriate health care, chronic and complex disease management and improving health system literacy to deliver patient centred models of care.
As Acting General Manager for Integrated & Community Health, Luke is responsible for the strategic and operational management of community based health services across WSLHD. Luke’s role is to ensure we deliver high quality and safe services within our resources that meet the requirements of service delivery as defined in the Service Agreement with NSW Health.
Director Allied Health
BAppSC (Occupational Therapy), Cert IV (Education and Training), MHM
Jacqueline is responsible for the LHD wide leadership and professional governance of the allied health workforce. She supports the strategic and operational effectiveness of WSLHD by working with the LHD Executive to build workforce capacity and deliver safe and sustainable clinical allied health services through the implementation of contemporary, evidenced based and multidisciplinary models of care.
Joining WSLHD in September 2018, Jacqueline comes to the WSLHD Director Allied Health role with significant experience in state wide policy, workforce development, education and training specific to the 23 allied health professions employed by NSW Health. Jacqueline previously held the role of Principal Allied Health Advisor at the NSW Ministry of Health and established the now Allied Health Portfolio of the Health Education and Training Institute.
Jacqueline is passionate about the delivery of value based health care by allied health professionals and is committed to improving the health of people living in WSLHD through integrated research, education and clinical practice.
Acting Director Redevelopment and Infrastructure
Matt has over 25 years experience working in various operational and infrastructure roles in both public and private health sectors of NSW.
Matt joined WSLHD in March 2019 as Director Capital Works and Asset Management and has held the executive role of acting Director Redevelopment and Infrastructure since August 2019.
Matt’s health experience includes operational management of clinical and non-clinical services with a focus for the past 12 years on new and repurposed infrastructure delivery whilst striving for more efficient sustainable systems of management throughout the asset life cycle. Matt is outcome focused, process driven and supports a collaborative and consultative governance framework.
As acting Director Redevelopment and Infrastructure Matt is responsible for delivery of the WSLHD strategic capital program in accordance with WSLHD and NSW Health requirements.
Matt’s role is committed to the development, delivery and sustainability of quality assets and infrastructure to support contemporary models of care and innovative clinical practice that enable improved patient experience and quality health outcomes.
Director People and Culture
With more than 28 years working in health, Luci has worked across clinical, operational management and People and Culture roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Appointed in March 2019, Luci leads the development and implementation of strategic human resources objectives, and directs workforce service functions to ensure they enable and facilitate the achievement of LHD business and service requirements. She also provides counsel and advice on all workforce matters.
Luci has extensive knowledge of the way in which values-based health organisations operate and the significance that a well-developed, customer-focused people and culture service brings to the organisation, staff and patients.
Luci is committed to providing people and culture services that add value and support the strategic direction of the organisation. She has particular interest and expertise in quality and system improvement, development of positive workplace cultures, governance and strategy.
With a practical and solutions-focused approach, Luci subscribes to the sentiments expressed by Richard Branson: “If you look after your staff, they'll look after your customers. It's that simple.”
Director Aboriginal Health Strategy
Braiden has extensive experience in public policy, particularly in the fields of health, workforce development and child protection.
Within Australia, Braiden worked in strategic policy development for the Northern Territory Department of Health for well over a decade. He also worked in the Commonwealth, managing a project for a national reform agenda to improve safety and quality standards of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health consumers. These standards are now embedded into the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, and represent a great opportunity for health services to partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and help to bridge the gap in health inequities.
Internationally, Braiden worked for CARE Cambodia and the Australian Red Cross to research and provide strategic advice for improving health service delivery to vulnerable populations.
Joining WSLHD as the Director for Aboriginal Health Strategy in May 2019, Braiden will work collaboratively with public health colleagues, commercial entities and the Aboriginal Community Controlled Sector to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health consumers receive safe and quality services that are holistic and responsive to the needs of local communities.
Acting Director Corporate Communications
BComn (Public Relations)
Sia Anthopoulos has 13 years’ experience working in government communications. She holds a Bachelor of Communication from the University of Western Sydney.
Sia has experience working on large-scale campaigns and communications projects for national and global brands and government agencies.
Some of the brands Sia has represented include Parramatta City Council, Fairfield City Council, Screen Australia, Commercial Radio Australia, Michael Hill International, Nickelodeon Australia and MTV Networks Australia. Sia has supported three NSW Government ministers as a media advisor. One of Sia’s notable achievements is establishing and overseeing Western Sydney Local Health District’s social media presence, which achieved a record reach of more than 1 million people in 2019.
As Acting Director Corporate Communications, Sia Anthopoulos is leading a team of communications professionals specialising in internal communications, multimedia, social media, media relations, website, graphic design and printing.
Sia is responsible for leading a team that provides effective, timely and proactive communications to more than 1 million people residing in Western Sydney Local Health District and beyond, as well as its 14,000 staff members.