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?”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Acting Executive Director Integrated Care & Community Health
Luke was appointed as acting executive director Integrated Care & Community Health in January 2019.
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.
Director Redevelopment and Infrastructure
Tony commenced as the Director of Redevelopment and Infrastructure in January 2019. He joins WSLHD with a wealth of experience and demonstrated history of working in the government and private sectors in the successful delivery of major property projects in Australia with Dexus and Barangaroo Delivery Authority.
Tony will provide executive leadership and management direction throughout all phases of redevelopment and commissioning as well as executive leadership and management for Asset Maintenance and Capital Works across all portfolios of the district.
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.
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.