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Western Sydney Local Health District

Meet WSLHD's Executive Leadership Team

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 11 individuals.

Chief Executive

Danny ODanny O’Connor

BSOCSTD (Hons) MSW (Social Policy)

Danny 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.

Executive Director Finance

Executive Director Nursing & Midwifery, and Clinical Governance

Joanne Edwards - Executive Director Nursing & Midwifery & Clinical GovernanceJoanne Edwards

RN MN Grad Cert (Perioperative)

Appointed in January 2017, 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 clinical governance, and the WSLHD Research & Education Network. Joanne is the Health Services Functional Area Coordinator (HSFAC) of emergency management for the Local Health District.

Joining WSLHD in August 2013, she has been acting in the executive director role since September 2015. Joanne brings extensive clinical and operational experience to the position and has a strong focus on supporting systems that promote patient safety and practice improvement.

Joanne is an ex-officio member of the WSLHD Board.

Acting General Manager Westmead Hospital and Auburn Hospital

Sue-Anne Redmond - General Manager Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitalsSue-Anne Redmond

RN, GradCert (Oncology), GradCert (Pall Care), BHlthSc (Nurs), Grad Dip HSM, GAICD (Australian Institute of Company Directors)

Sue-Anne is the senior operations manager accountable for the management and performance of Westmead and Auburn Hospitals.

She 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.

Her entire career has been devoted to healthcare, working in the public and private sectors across rural, remote and metropolitan NSW in a variety of senior roles.

Sue-Anne is a rotating ex-officio member of the Western Sydney Local Health District Board.

Acting General Manager Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals

Acting General Manager Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals Jude ConstableJude Constable

BN, RN, PGCert (AdvMH), MBA

Jude is a senior operational manager within WSLHD and is accountable for clinical service delivery and performance for Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals.

She is responsible for the successful management of a large capital expansion project involving complex change management challenges including the review and improvement of current models of care, workforce productivity, and implementation of the clinical services plan.

Jude has over 20 years of experience in health services management with extensive knowledge in government and non-government health industries in Australia and New Zealand; having held positions such as Area Manager for Health Care New Zealand, General Manager for Hunter New England Local Health District and Acting Director of Nursing for the Waikato District Health Board.

Jude has a background as a Registered Nurse and holds a Master of Business Administration graduating with Distinction.

Executive Director Mental Health Services

Beth Kotze - Acting Executive Director Mental Health Services at WSLHDAssociate 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 Information Officer

Sabrina Walsh - Chief Information Officer at WSLHDSabrina Walsh

BPsych, MAppPsych, Executive MPA, Grad Cert Health Economics

Sabrina is responsible for information communications technology strategy, planning, IT service delivery and working in partnership with clinical and business areas to deliver new information systems. She is passionate about the role of information in enabling better healthcare.

Sabrina’s background includes executive and consulting roles in the public sector covering governance, performance improvement and bridging the business-IT divide. Executive positions include chief information officer for Queensland Health and chief executive in several of its health services.

Executive Director Integrated and Community Health

Victoria Nesire - Executive Director Integrated and Community Health at WSLHDVictoria Nesire

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 in the State under the NSW Integrated Care Strategy.

In May 2015 she became executive director Integrated and 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 Strategic Business Development & Commercial Services

Lenna SinghLeena Singh

Leena is accountable for overseeing the capital redevelopment projects for WSLHD including the Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals Stage 2 works and Westmead Stage 1.

She represents WSLHD on all strategic capital projects with government departments and private organisations.

Director Corporate Communications

Mathew Nott - Director Corporate Communications at WSLHDMat Nott

Diploma in Law (Dip Law LPAB)

Responsible for internal and external communications, branding and marketing and media relations, Mat was appointed in June 2015.

He worked as a journalist prior to entering the public health system in Queensland at Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service as director Media & Communications.

He has a specific interest in the growth and application of social media within government.

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