Lorne Community Hospital Board Members
Dr Damien Smith – Board Member
Dr Smith has a long history of involvement in public and community health matters within Australia and overseas, especially the planning and service-delivery of eye health. He served for eleven years on the board of management of a metropolitan, specialist teaching hospital (Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital), and for nearly thirty years on the management council of the Australian (then Victorian) College of Optometry, another provider of public-funded health services in metropolitan Melbourne and rural Victoria. A past-president of the World Council of Optometry, he has worked with WHO and UNESCO on international prevention-of-blindness initiatives. He also holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy (all University of Melbourne).
Mr Greg Aimers – Board Member
A tertiary qualified Engineer, Greg was appointed to the Lorne Community Hospital board in 2012. He has spent over thirty years in senior management and engineering project roles, within both national and international organisations. Having worked throughout Asia, the UK and Europe he has developed a strong appreciation of people as individuals, not just a “resource”.
Greg has also had a close involvement in the Barwon region with people living with a mental illness. This offered him a detailed insight into current issues facing mental health, both locally and nationally.
Mr Ian Brown - Board Member
Ian is a first generation Biomedical Engineer who has undertaken research projects in a number of medical research facilities including Monash University (where he undertook his PhD and undergraduate degrees), Birmingham University Medical School, The London Hospital Medical School, University College London, the Monash University Centre for Biomedical Engineering (Director), and The Monash University Rehabilitation Technology Research Unit (Director). Ian also worked for the Federal Department of Health, Therapeutic Goods Branch where he was the first Biomedical Engineer and where he established the Therapeutics Devices program. He has undertaken research in the areas of diagnostic neurology, assistive technology and disability, and gait analysis.
In retiring from Monash Ian established a medical technology consulting company, which he operates from Lorne with clients across Australia. Ian and his wife Anne now live in Lorne and on the Board, Ian wishes to represent his community and provide expertise in a range of areas including medical technology.
Mr Ray Jacobson – Board Member
Mr Gary Allen – Board Member
Gary completed Economics and Education degrees at Melbourne University, He taught economics at Melbourne High School and become principal of the Lorne School in 1990 and then principal of Ararat Secondary College.
After retiring from teaching, Gary took a leadership role in the state and national rural education advocacy, worked at Ballarat University and ventured into private enterprise in the cabaret scene in Melbourne.
Since his return to Lorne he has become involved in the Lorne Historical Society, the Lorne Bowls Club, the Lorne Community Hospital Board, the Festival for the Performing Arts and the committee of the Lions Village.
Ms Deborah McSephney- Board Member
Ms Kelli Nicola-Richmond- Board Member
Ms Vicki Hammond- Board Member
Ms Sue Guinness- Board Member
Ms Megan Clark- Board Member
Ms Margaret Cartledge- Board Member
Margaret has had an extensive career in nursing completing general nurse training in 1975 at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and midwifery training at the Mercy Maternity Hospital in 1976.
Positions include working at Lorne Community Hospital in the 1970s, England in the 1980s and 20 years as residential school nurse at The Geelong College managing the school medical centre and providing care for students and staff.
Now residing permanently in Lorne Margaret is a member of the Lorne Community Hospital Community Liaison Advisory Group, past secretary of the Lions Club of Lorne and has worked in various retail businesses in Lorne. Margaret also has extensive experience in property management.