Our Board

Mr Lars Schiphorst - Chair 

Director since 27 August 2015, Board Chair from 7 December 2016

Qualifications: GAICD, BSc (Hons) Biochemistry Manchester University, England

Joined the Board in 2015.  More than 30 years management consulting and executive experience across a wide range of industries in Australia, Asia and the UK.  His governance experience is in the community and healthcare sectors.  Currently Deputy Chair of Link Community Transport;  Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Performance Sciences and on the Board of Sandringham Ambulatory Care Centre - a joint venture between Connect Health & Community and LINK Health and Community. Previously on the Board of the Australasian Sonographers Association.

Special responsibilities:  Chair of the Nominations Committee; Member, Finance and Audit Committee; Member, Risk Quality & Clinical Governance (RQCG) Committee


Ms Sally Howe

Director Since 23 March, 2017

Qualifications: GAICD, Post Graduate Health and Management, RN

Currently Director of Business and Service Development at Cabrini Health.  An experienced leader with postgraduate qualifications in health, governance and business management in the private health, primary and community health sectors.  Current directorships include the Inner South East Metropolitan Partnership and Villa Maria Catholic Homes.  Recent past Chair of the Southern Melbourne Primary Care Partnership.

Special responsibilities: Member, Nominations Committee; Member, Remuneration Committee; Member, Finance & Audit Committee

Mr Richard Mullaly

Director since August, 2015, Deputy Chair from 7 December, 2016

Qualifications: GAICD, MBA and an honours degree in Science 

Healthcare consultant. Previous senior executive roles include Interim CEO – IPC Community Health; Transitional CEO at the Eastern Melbourne PHN; Inaugural Victorian State Manager at AHPRA; CEO of Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria and General Manager of the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.

Directorships include membership of the Board of De La Salle College; appointed by the Governor-in-Council to the Victorian Pharmacy Authority Board. Also on the Board of Sandringham Ambulatory Care Centre, a joint venture between Connect Health & Community and LINK Health and Community.

Special responsibilities: Chair Risk, Quality and Clinical Governance (RQCG); Chair, Remuneration Committee; Member, Finance and Audit Committee.

Ms Micaela Drieberg

Director since 27 October, 2017

Qualifications: GAICD, BAppSc, MHSc

Experience: Joined the Board in 2017.  Lecturer at Monash University, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.  Former Mayor and Ministerial Adviser with qualifications in health, governance, engagement and training.  Experienced in government relations, health promotion and community engagement.

Special responsibilities: Chair, Participation & Engagement Committee; Member, Nominations Committee.

Ms Samantha Kolasa

Director since 25 October, 2018

Qualifications: Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology, Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement and Psychology), GAICD

Extensive experience in the community services and Government sectors delivering services to families and children across the entire life span. Career began as a psychologist, and over the last 10 years has continued to support local communities in executive management roles. Currently employed as the CEO of the Glen Eira Kindergarten Association - an Early Years Management organisation responsible for the management of 10 community kindergartens. A Board Director on enliven for the last six years working to support families in the outer south region of Melbourne through Primary Care Partnership funding.

Special responsibilities: Member, RQCG Committee

Ms Sally Basser

Director since 25 October, 2018

Qualifications: BSW (Hons 1) UNSW, MPA (UC), GAICD

More than 25 years’ experience as a senior executive in the Commonwealth public service in policy development, program delivery and ministerial advisory roles across a range of areas including human services, social policy, arts and sport.  A qualified social worker, career includes ten years’ experience in Australia and the UK working in community health and family services. Brings skills and experience in leadership, government, governance, issues management, stakeholder engagement, risk, finance and strategy.  Directorships include Australian Youth Orchestra, Bell Shakespeare Company and Playwriting Australia.

Special responsibilities: Member, Participation & Engagement Committee; Member, Remuneration Committee

Mr Stuart Webb

Director since 19 November 2019

Qualifications:  BA, LLB (Hons), Masters of Public International Law (MPIL), MAICD

An experienced administrative lawyer with expertise in corporate governance, audit and risk, who has been appointed to various Tribunals including the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Mental Health Tribunal. Significant experience on not-for-profit Boards including the Boards of Amnesty International Australia, Justice Connect and for 12 years elected onto the Board of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV), the professional association for lawyers in Victoria. In 2019 he has been the President of the LIV.

Special responsibilities: Member, Finance and Audit Committee

Mr Kalpesh (Kal) Desai

Director since 30 April, 2020

Qualifications:  Bachelor of Commerce (Chartered Accountant, Australia) MAICD

Qualified accountant with extensive senior finance experience across Australia, the U.K. and Middle East, specialising in the media and technology industries.  Currently CFO at BEAK Engineering as well as holding several advisory positions with various companies globally, all focussed on helping entrepreneurs scale their businesses towards success. Previous directorships include Squash and Racquetball Victoria and as a member of their Audit & Risk Committee.

Dr James Campbell

Director since 1 January, 2021

Qualifications:  Master of Business Administration, Professional Certificate in Health Systems Management, Doctor of Clinical Neuropsychology, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)

Dr James Campbell is a clinical neuropsychologist and health administrator with experience working across mental health and tertiary health services.  After starting his career as a clinician in community and inpatient health settings, James transitioned to leading large-scale service improvement and redesign initiatives in public health settings.  He is currently the Director, Service Reform at Eastern Health and supports the delivery of transformation/redesign projects across the organisation.  He holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons), a Doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology and a Masters of Business Administration.

Special responsibilities: Member of the Risk, Quality and Clinical Governance (RQCG) Committee
(since 1 Nov 2018).


Ms Julia Cookson

Finance & Audit Committee (appointed 1 November 2018) and Finance & Audit Chair from 25 July 2019
Qualifications:  Master of Commerce (Business), Bachelor of Arts (Organisational Psychology) and GAICD
Ms Cookson is a Vice President, Board and Committee Member and General Manager with more than 20 years senior-level experience across the public, commercial and not-for-profit sectors.  She has particular experience as a change expert, guiding organisations through transformation in the aged and disability care, healthcare, life, agricultural, environmental sciences and financial services industries.
Some highlights at board level include: Board & Finance and Audit Committee and Clinical Safety Committee Member with the Lorne Community Hospital Board.


Ms Julie Collette

RQCG Committee (appointed 1 April, 2021)
Qualifications: Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor of Applied Science Advanced Nursing, Qualified nurse and midwife, GAICD

Ms Collette is an experienced health service executive with a deep understanding of hospitals and hospital transitions. She has successfully completed 12 major health service transitions and moved two Blood Manufacturing Services (Sydney and Melbourne) over the past 20 years. Based on this experience, she has developed a detailed methodology and tool-set for planning and managing successful whole-of-hospital and healthcare facility moves.
In addition to relocation-related experience, she has held senior management roles within major Melbourne metropolitan hospitals, including Director of Nursing and Midwifery at the Mercy Hospital for Women, Operations Manager at the Mercy Hospital for Women and Clinical Director at the Royal Women’s Hospital.
She has experience in management consultation, team building, professional development, strategic implementation, quality-of-care and managing risk.

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