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Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors provides strategic guidance and oversight of our organisation playing a key role by setting the vision, mission and values by which we operate.

The Board play an integral role in setting the future direction of Palliative Care South East, mindful of the constantly changing environment in which we provide care. Our Directors are all volunteers and commit a large amount of time, effort and energy for the benefit of our local community.

 

Emeritus Prof. Margaret O’Connor AM

Emeritus Prof. Margaret O’Connor AM

RN, FACN, MAICD, MPCNA

Board Chair

Margaret began her career in palliative care as a clinical nurse caring for people in their own homes and was subsequently involved in developing a number of home-based services across Melbourne. Doctoral studies saw Margaret move into academic research and teaching in palliative care and she became the inaugural Professor of Palliative Care Nursing at Monash University. Margaret has served on many national and international boards and committees, including being a foundation member of the World Palliative Care Alliance, President of Palliative Care Australia and a member of the Executive Committee of the AsiaPacific Hospice & Palliative Care Network.

Dan Woods

Dan Woods

B.A. (Media St.); Cert. Mktg; Cert. Brand Mgt

Deputy Chair

Dan is an experienced senior executive leader with over 20 years of communication, marketing, and business development experience, having worked in senior management roles for some of Australia’s largest health, aged care and communications companies. Dan has overseen issues and crisis management including mergers and demergers, industrial relations, operational restructures, natural disasters and complex change management programs, as well as leading major company rebrands and marketing programs, and developing new business in established and new markets.

Dan is currently Managing Director of WE Communications (Australia), one of the largest PR and integrated communications companies in Australia and ‘PR Week’s’ Best Agency in Asia Pacific in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Prior to that, he was Executive General Manager – Brand and Business Development at Bolton Clarke, one of Australia’s most successful aged, retirement and healthcare companies, and earlier held senior executive roles at Australia’s largest home healthcare provider, the RDNS Group, with responsibility across RDNS and its subsidiaries, including offshore interests in New Zealand, China and SE Asia. He also sits on the board of a privately held biomedical company and is a council member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia’s (PRIA) Registered Consultancies Group.

Michael Whelan

Michael Whelan

CPA, GAICD

An experienced finance professional, senior executive and director, Michael started his career in local government before working across a diverse range of finance roles in various organisations, culminating in him serving as Chief Finance Officer at an ASX listed company. Michael has served as a non-executive director for several companies for 15 years and as Chairman of listed and non-listed companies. He has supported many volunteer organisations, including kindergarten and child care, as well as intervention services for young children with additional needs.

Catherine Lengyel

Catherine Lengyel

GAICD, AFCHSM, MAASW

Since July 2021, Cathy has been working as an Advisor / Consultant to a number of Disability organisations. She was most recently in the role of the General Manager National Service Delivery with the Nextt Group. Cathy has a Social Work degree with post graduate qualifications in Business Management.  She has more than 25 years’ experience in Executive Management roles in community, health, disability and aged care services across Not-for-profit, Government and Private sectors across the Eastern seaboard of Australia. Cathy has been a Director of several not for profit Boards and completed the “Governing for Not for Profit organisations” course at Harvard University in 2011. Cathy is also a graduate and fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Cathy has substantial experience and skills in strategy, leadership, change management and the acquisition and integration of new businesses. She has personal experience with palliative care and is passionate about people in receipt of palliative care and supports having the choice to live well and die where they wish.

Kenneth Parsons

Kenneth Parsons

CPA, BComm

Chair of Finance & Audit Committee

Ken is a senior finance executive with more than 30 years of experience in financial leadership and management. Ken’s experience includes senior executive roles of CFO and company secretary at Clifford Hallam Healthcare; CFO, Company Secretary, and ultimately CEO, of KH Foods; and Executive Director, Finance of RMIT University.  He also held finance management roles at Goodman Fielder, Bunge Industrial, Monsanto and Rio Tinto. 

His sector experience covers manufacturing, wholesaling, FMCG, distribution, tertiary education and health service provision across public, private and private equity-owned companies and semi-government organisations. Currently, Ken is a non-executive director on the Royal Women’s Hospital, where he also sits on the Board committees of Finance and Information Technology, Audit and Corporate Risk Management and People, Culture and Engagement. He is an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committees of the Victorian Disability Worker Commission and the Disability Worker Registration Board of Victoria. He is also engaged by KPMG’s CFO Advisory group to provide interim senior finance solutions to the corporate sector.

David Goldberg

David Goldberg

LLB (Hons), BA, GAICD

David is an experienced leader in legal, governance, regulatory, procurement, ethics and conduct, assurance, compliance and risk management, corporate governance and Board secretariat functions. He develops systems and people to deliver scalable services in a coordinated and strategic manner. David’s extensive executive and leadership experience is in the health, aged care, disability, not-for-profit, emergency services and education sectors. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with Board Director experience. David holds qualifications in Law (Hons) and Arts.  He held an Adjunct Lecturer position in the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Facility of Medicine, Nursing and health Sciences for 2013-2017.

Dr Sally McDonald

Dr Sally McDonald

MBBS

Sally has been a general medical practitioner practising in the Palliative Care South East catchment area for 35 years.  Sally has extensive Board experience with a special interest in palliative care.  This interest allows for greater insight into growing the connection with other medical practitioners and clinicians in our area to further develop the service we provide to our community.

‘…I have nothing but the highest praise for your staff and service. Nothing was ever too much bother and the caring nature of your staff was just brilliant.’

Son and carer of a client

Palliative Care South East acknowledges that we are meeting on the traditional land of the Bunurong and Wurundjeri People and pays respect to all elders past and present.

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