Board Members

2016 Lorne Community Hospital Board Members

Dr Damien Smith – Board Member
damienDr 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

gregA 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 Ray Jacobson – Board Member
rayRay is qualified as a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  He has over 40 years experience in corporate management, finance/audit, capital management, human resources, risk management and clinical governance resulting from 14 years with one of the major accounting firms and 26 years in the private hospital industry, both with public and privately owned companies.
Ms Julia Cookson – Board Member
juliaJulia is a strategic planning and organisational development specialist with over 20 years Executive and consulting experience in Australia and New Zealand within life, environmental and agricultural science organisations, and professional and financial services.  She owns ConsciousOrg, a consultancy which supports clients build innovative and collaborative cultures. She has been Vice President (Victoria) of the Australian Human Resources Institute and is a member of BioMelbourne, BioGeelong and the Geelong Chamber of Commerce. Julie holds a Master of Commerce (Business) and a BA (Organisational Psychology).
Dr Ian Brown – Board Member

ianIan 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 Gary Allen – Board Member
2015 bio photo - Gary AllanGary is a qualified school teacher with over 40 years experience in the industry. Gary now resides in Lorne on a permanent basis and spends his time working in a number of community positions, such as President of the Lorne Historical Society and Vice President of the Lorne Branch of the Liberal Party. He has also served on a number of other boards and committees including Member and President of the Ararat Arts Council, Chair of Country Education Project Inc. Victoria and Executive officer of Rural Education Forum Australia.
Ms Deborah McSephney- Board Member
Deborah McSephneyDeborah is an experienced executive manager who has worked in senior executive roles with the ANZ Banking Group from 2001 – 2013. Program and change management are the recurring themes in a career in financial services that span business management, risk consulting, information technology and operations management.
Ms Kelli Nicola-Richmond- Board Member
Kelli Nicola-RichmondKelli is a qualified physiotherapist with experience working in the public health sector, private practice, disability and most recently higher education. Currently, Kelli is a Lecturer and Practice Education Coordinator at the School of Health & Social Development at Deakin University.
Ms Vicki Hammond- Board Member
vickyVicki is an experienced health lawyer.  For 15+ years she has held senior legal roles in large Victorian public hospitals.  She was the sole General Counsel for 8 years at Peninsula Health.  She has worked as a senior lawyer at Monash Health for 5 years, and is currently at Melbourne Health.  Vicki is strongly aware of the commercial, strategic, risk management, political and cultural issues that affect health services.  She has extensive medical litigation and insurance knowledge, and she advises doctors and other health professionals on a daily basis.  She has conducted many coronial cases and major investigations.  Vicki started her legal career 25 years ago in a top tier law firm.  She has worked as a barrister, a family lawyer, and on a public inquiry in the United Kingdom (Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry).  She holds a Master of Laws degree with First Class Honours (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand).  Vicki is passionate about inhouse legal services being more accessible to non profits and regional health and community service providers.  She is also an advocate for flexible work arrangements that enable parents to fit their career and family together.
Ms Sue Guinness- Board Member
Sue GuinnessSue has worked as a Human Resources professional and Management Consultant for over 20 years. Sue has experience working across industries such as mining, engineering, manufacturing, financial services, information technology and services, and local communities. Her strong consulting skills have been applied across the Corporate, Not for Profit and Private Sectors. Following her passion for wildlife conservation and interest in research, Sue recently retrained as a wildlife ecologist and has subsequently undertaken both scientific and social research. Sue is actively involved in the Surf Coast community, serving as a Committee member of the Friends of Eastern Otways and is the Regional Co-ordinator of the Friends of the Hooded Plover Surf Coast (Bird Life Australia). Sue holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science, Wildlife and Conservation Biology and a Bachelor of Arts Recreation.
Ms Megan Clark- Board Member
Megan ClarkMegan has administrative, clinical and strong management experience in the Health Industry – acute, community, private and primary care.  Her current role is a Head of Benefits Management, GMHBA Health Insurance. Megan has completed her MBA and is currently studying a Bachelor of Law.
Ms Margaret Cartledge- Board Member

MargMargaret 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.