Board of Directors
The National Board of Little Company of Mary Health Care Limited, appointed by Calvary Ministries, is responsible for the overall governance of the growing range of health, community and aged care services.
“We believe that Australian society is best served by a single health care system where the public and private sectors play complementary roles in delivering high quality, responsive and compassionate care. ”
Hon. John Watkins AM, Chair National Board
The Hon. John Watkins, AM – Chair
LLB, MA, DipEd, Hon DLitt Macq
Appointed to the Board and as Chair on 25 November 2010
John is a board member of Catholic Health Australia and Catholic Professional Standards Ltd; Chair of Mary MacKillop Today and the McKell Institute; a member of the Advisory Committee for the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Western Sydney. John was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW September 2008 – November 2017.
John worked as a teacher for 16 years until his election to Parliament in 1995 – 2008. He served 10 years as a Minister, including the portfolios of Fair Trading, Sport and Recreation, Police and Corrective Services, Transport, Finance, State Development, and Education and Training. He was Deputy Premier when he retired in 2008.
Subsequently, he has also served as Chancellor of the University of New England in 2013 and 2014.
John was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2015 for significant service to the community through leadership positions with health organisations, to tertiary education, and to the Parliament of NSW.
James (Jim) Birch, AM
BA (Health Administration), FCHSM, MNATSIHEC
Appointed to the Board on 1 February 2016
Jim joined the Board following his retirement as a Partner with Ernst and Young having been the Global Health Leader. He had also been the Government and Public Sector Leader from 2012 until the end of 2014. Prior to this, Jim was also the Lead Partner in Health and Human Services for Asia Pacific.
He has over thirty years’ experience in planning, leading and implementing change in complex organisations, transcending such areas as Health Care, Justice and Human Services. Jim has led many major consultancies over the period 2006 – 2016.
Jim is Chair of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Chair of Mary Mackillop Care South Australia Limited, Chair of the Australian Digital Health Authority, Deputy Chair of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority and a Director of the Cancer Council SA.
Jim was previously a Chief Executive of the Human Services and Health Department in South Australia, Deputy Chief Executive of the Department of Justice in South Australia and Chief Executive of major health service delivery organisations, including the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide.
He has been Chair of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council, a member of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, was a Board Member of the National E Health Transition Authority and Chair of Rural Health Workforce Australia.
Jim was instrumental in major reforms in health and child protection in South Australia between 2002 and 2006.
Jim was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List in 2007 for service to the community through leadership and management roles in the health and justice systems, and in the areas of public housing and child protection services.
BA Business Studies (Hons)
Appointed to the Board on 22 November 2018
Agnes has had an impressive executive and non-executive career, spanning more than 20 years as an executive in the information and communications technology industry, and nine years as non-executive director in the health sector. She has delivered organisational integration, transformation and growth, primarily within large enterprises. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Agnes is passionate about health and was a director on the Board of Mercy Health for nine years.
Agnes is highly engaged with the Australian Catholic community and, in November 2018, was appointed a Lieutenant of The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
Associate Professor Richard Matthews, AM
Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2012
Richard is the former Deputy Director General of the Strategic Development Division of NSW Health. Prior to this, he was a Deputy Director General NSW Health as Chief Executive of Justice Health.
Richard is a Director of Neuroscience Research Australia Limited. He also sits on the advisory board of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing. He was previously Chair of General Practice Education and Training and a Director of Government Property NSW.
Richard began his career in general practice and was in full-time practice from 1979 until 1998. He developed a special interest in problems relating to drugs and alcohol, and worked for many years at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney’s Rankin Court Methadone Stabilisation Unit.
Richard was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List in 2010 for service to the health sector through leadership roles in the areas of service development, primary health care, mental health and drug and alcohol policy.
Patrick O’ Sullivan
Appointed to the Board on 27 March 2013
Pat brings more than 30 years of international commercial and business management experience.
Pat is Chairman of HealthEngine and a Director of Carsales Limited and Marley Spoon AG. He was previously a Director of Lux Group, Isentia Limited, APN Outdoor Limited, iSelect Limited and iiNet Limited.
Prior to becoming a non-executive Director, Pat was the Chief Operating Officer and Finance Director of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL) Media and, prior to that, Nine Entertainment Co. During these appointments, he was also Chairman of Ninemsn.
Before joining PBL, Pat was Chief Financial Officer at Optus Pty Ltd, with responsibility for financial affairs, including corporate finance, taxation, treasury, risk management, procurement and property. Prior to this he held senior financial positions at Goodman Fielder, Burns Philp and Price Waterhouse.
BEc, DipFP, FAICD
Appointed to the Board on 27 November 2014
David is a well-respected member of the Tasmanian business community. He was Executive Director of financial services firm Shadforth’s Limited for more than 20 years.
David became a Director of the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania in 1989 and served as club President between 1994 and 1997. He was also a non-executive Director of several health care organisations, including Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation and Southern Cross Care (Tas) and was a founding Director of the Financial Planning Association of Australia.
BA (Economics, English and History), FAICD
Appointed to the Board on 28 November 2015
Jennifer is an accomplished senior executive and board member who has served in Catholic ministries in education, health care, aged care, and aid and development for more than 22 years.
She is Chair of the Trustees of MercyCare, a provider of aged care, family, health, disability and community services in Western Australia.
Prior to this, Jennifer was a Director of Catholic Health Australia and Chair of its Pathways Taskforce and its Mission and Identity Committee. Jennifer was Group Director of Mission for St John of God Health Care in Perth for 16 years.
LLB (Hons 1) BA GAICD
Lucille is a partner and the national healthcare sector leader at Maddocks. She advises clients across the healthcare spectrum with a focus on hospitals and health services, residential aged care, retirement living, disability and home based care services.
Having advised on a number of sector transforming transactions involving the consolidation and development of healthcare assets, Lucille acts for a range of organisations including institutional investors, developers and operators of healthcare assets. With expertise advising on healthcare regulatory and funding frameworks, Lucille is interested in exploring opportunities to facilitate collaboration and enable the provision of integrated healthcare services, while managing risk in a highly regulated environment.
Lucille previously served on the board of St Mary MacKillop Care (NSW) and on a human research ethics committee.
MBBS(Hons) FRACGP FAICD GradDipAppFin
Annette is an experienced non-executive director in financial services, health, infrastructure and aged care. Current appointments include President of Multiple Sclerosis Australia, and Director of National Youth Mental Health Foundation (Headspace), Catercare Pty Ltd, and Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia. She has qualifications in finance, superannuation and corporate governance and is also a part-time member of the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal.
Previous directorships include ASX listed nib Holdings, AMP Capital’s Aged Care Investment Trust, Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Advisory board, National Heart Foundation (NSW Division), Hunter Medicare Local, Hunter Area Health Service and the NSW Board of the Medical Board of Australia.
Medically trained, Annette continues to work part-time as a general practitioner. Her medical interests include clinical risk management and quality improvement in health services. She is a member of the Medical Experts Committee of Avant Mutual Ltd, a leading medical indemnity insurer.
Appointed to the Board on 23 November 2016
Lucille is the Oceania Government & Public Sector Leader and Commonwealth Government Leader for EY.
Lucille was born in Canada and brings a unique blend of Australian and Canadian public sector experience in policy reform and citizen centric service delivery in the disability, employment, income support, pensions, education, human services and health sectors.
She is also passionate about women in leadership, systems thinking and innovation.
Lucille has worked extensively with the Commonwealth, State and Local governments.