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.


Ms Loretta Di Mento (Deputy Chair)

Loretta Di MentoBCom, CA, GAICD

Loretta brings extensive experience in corporate governance, risk management, finance and corporate reporting. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Loretta has over 25 years' experience in audit and accountancy, working particularly with operators, funders, practitioners, suppliers and advocates in the health, aged care and education sectors. Through this work, Loretta has developed a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities in service provision, the trends and emerging risks, and the impact of government policy and regulatory change as it applies to the whole of sector.

Since 2018, Loretta has held roles on boards and audit committees in the not-for-profit sector and for the State and Commonwealth governments, including as an audit committee member for Health Infrastructure NSW.

Formerly an audit partner with Ernst & Young, Loretta has provided professional services across a wide range of organisations and has a practical knowledge of effective risk management and leading corporate governance practices from both a management and board perspective. Her experience extends to working with entities in significant states of change including start up, post-merger and fast growth. As an active coach and mentor, Loretta led diverse teams in all her roles, developing their talent and supporting their progression.


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), 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.


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 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 AO

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 WentWest Ltd, incorporating the Western Sydney Primary Health Network, 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.

Di is a conjoint professor in the Department of General Practice, Western Sydney University, an Adjunct Associate Professor, Sydney University and a Council member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ NSW&ACT Faculty. Di recently stepped down as Chair of the NSW & ACT PHN Council and Co-Chair of the Agency for Clinical Innovation’s General Practice Advisory Group, and remains a member of both groups. Di is the past chair of the NSW General Practice Council advising the Minister between 2004 and 2011, and a past member of the RACGP Board, National General Practice Education and Training Board and the Australian Medicare Local Alliance Board.

In 2018, Di was awarded the Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for her distinguished service to medicine in the field of general practice through policy development and health system reform.


Adjunct Professor Michael (Mick) Reid AM

WSLHD Board member Mr Michael (Mick) ReidMichael (Mick) has undertaken many roles in the Australian health system during a career that spans four decades. His experience includes bureaucrat, consultant and academic giving him a breadth of experience and depth of knowledge of the Australian health care system. Mick was Director General of Health in two Australian States. For five years until 2002, he held the position of Director General of New South Wales Health. Until 2011, he spent three years as Director General of Queensland Health.

When not engaged in the public sector, Mick is Principal of his consulting company, Michael Reid & Associates, which has undertaken health and science projects throughout Australasia, for governments in Asia, the Pacific and with UN organisations. Mick is a current Member of both the Bolton Clarke Australia and Hong Kong Boards, is the National President of the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia. He is Deputy Chair on the Central Adelaide Local Health District Governing Board and a Board Member of the Western Sydney Local Health District.

Mick holds an Adjunct Professorships in both the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney and the School of Science and Health at the University of Western Sydney and is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing. In 2011, he was awarded the AHHA Sidney Sax Medal for contributions to Australian Health Services and in 2019 was appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community through government and not-for-profit health roles, and to Indigenous welfare.


Dr Keith Hartman AM

Keith_Hartman-160x240 Keith has had a 40 year career as a specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, working in both the public and private sectors.

He is Consultant Emeritus (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) at Royal North Shore Hospital, and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Sydney School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame Australia.

He was a director of the Mater Hospital North Sydney during two major redevelopment programs, and is Chairman of the Friends of the Mater Foundation which has enjoyed considerable success in fundraising.

Keith has a strong commitment to teaching future generations of doctors and to advocating for the delivery of high-quality patient centred healthcare to all, especially the more vulnerable sections of our community.


Adjunct Professor Debra Thoms

WSLHD Board member - Adjunct Professor Debra ThomsRN, RM, BA (UNSW), MNA (UNSW), Grad Cert Bioethics (UTS), Adv Dip Arts (UNE), FACN (DLF), FACHSM (Hon) Wharton Fellow

Adjunct Professor Debra Thoms is a highly experienced health care manager and leader following a career in nursing, health management and nursing leadership of over thirty years. Debra is the immediate past Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at the Department of Health.

Debra has gained broad managerial and clinical experience during her career. She has worked as a clinician in remote Australia and held managerial positions in rural, remote and urban settings. These have included General Manager at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, CEO of the then Macquarie Area Health Service in NSW as well as Chief Nurse and Midwife within the Health Departments of South Australia and New South Wales. In 2012 Debra was appointed as the inaugural CEO of the Australian College of Nursing. Internationally Debra has represented Australia on the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation.

Debra completed her general nursing education at Prince Henry/Prince of Wales Hospitals, Sydney, and her midwifery education at the Royal Darwin Hospital in the Northern Territory. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics and psychology, and a Master of Nursing Administration. Debra has a particular interest in leadership, organisational culture and the career decisions of senior nurses, and was made an Adjunct Professor of Nursing at the University of Technology, Sydney in 2003. She has been awarded an outstanding alumni award from the University of Technology, Sydney and made a Distinguished Life Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and an Honorary Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management in recognition of her contribution to nursing and health care.



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

Mr Graeme Loy

WSLHD Chief Executive

WSLHDChief Executive Graeme LoyOver 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?”

Mr Barry Mitrevski

Director Finance

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.

Dr Mark Priestley

Chair, Westmead Medical Staff Council


Dr Mark Priestley is the Head of Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at Westmead Hospital, with particular clinical interests in cardiac anaesthesia and medical education. He has held a number of roles with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) including Supervisor of Training at Westmead for 19 years and Final Fellowship Examiner (including Chairman for 2 years) for 12 years. He is a member of the WSLHD Clinical Council, the Westmead Clinical Council, the WSLHD End of Life Care Committee and various committees for the current Westmead Redevelopment.

Dr Emma McCahon

Executive Director Medical Services

Dr Emma McCahon, WSLHD Executive Director Medical Services

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.

Ms Caroline Farmer

Director Nursing & Midwifery and Clinical Governance

WSLHD Director Nursing & Midwifery and Clinical Governance - Caroline Farmer

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.

Alison Derrett

Executive Director Operations

Alison Derrett-160x240Alison is the Executive Director Operations of Western Sydney Local Health District. Alison is a graduate of the University of New South Wales where she received a Bachelor of Social Work. Alison has completed post graduate studies in public administration and completed her Masters of Business Administration (Health Service Management) from the University of Tasmania.

Alison has extensive experience in leading and managing complex organisations, most recently the General Manager of Campbelltown and Camden Hospitals, where she was responsible for the $700 million capital redevelopment at the Campbelltown campus.

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