National Leadership Team
Calvary’s National Leadership Team is led by the National Chief Executive Officer Martin Bowles who is supported by eleven National Directors.
The National Leadership Team represents each of the four Service streams: Public Hospitals; Private Hospitals; Aged Care and Retirement Communities; and Community Care (previously known as Silver Circle); as well as our support services of Mission, Finance, Human Resources, Clinical Services and Legal, Governance and Risk.
Each Executive is responsible for delivering on our strategic plan and strategy for the four streams.
Martin Bowles PSM
National Chief Executive Officer
Martin has a wealth of experience gained during his almost 40 years as a senior public servant. Prior to joining Calvary, Martin worked in both the Queensland and New South Wales Governments before moving to the Commonwealth. For the last 11 years he was Deputy Secretary in the Departments of Defence and then Climate Change, and then the Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, followed by his appointment as Secretary of Health for the past three years. Martin was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) in 2012 and has played an integral role in changes across the health sector including the significant recent reforms to government funding for public hospitals in Australia, to generate greater efficiency, safety and quality in our hospital system.
National Director Corporate Services.
Kieran commenced his appointment in March 2018 and leads Calvary’s Legal, Governance and Risk, People & Organisational Development, Capital Development & Property, ICT Operations and the Program Management Office services.
Kieran Gleeson has successfully managed complex organisations in the NSW and Commonwealth public sectors over a number of years. In each senior management position he has embraced the role of a leader and change manager with extensive experience in the implementation of strategic organisational goals in a practical. results driven manner.
Kieran’s career includes eight years as a Chief Executive Officer in the NSW Health system, two years as the Australian Team Leader of the Fiji Health System and four years as the Chief Operating Officer of the Defence Support Group, in addition to management consultancy roles delivering executive training, mentoring and coaching.
Kieran holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Service Management, is an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants
National Chief Operating Officer
Matt is responsible in providing leadership and implementation of strategy across the four (4) Calvary operational streams – Community Care, Retirement Communities, Public and Private Hospitals.
Matt, who commenced with Calvary in August 2016, brings with him 26 years of healthcare experience across public and private healthcare administration. Matt has held various executive leadership positions at General Practice NSW Ltd and more recently as Chief Executive of Central Coast Local Health District. Matt led several key initiatives including developing a framework for capacity of the region’s clinical services and integrating with the region’s primary care model, with key initiatives were focussed on developing a patient-centric care model within the Central Coast region and leading the $568m redevelopment of both Gosford and Wyong Hospitals.
National Director, Private Hospitals
Judith is responsible for the leadership of Calvary’s 11 private hospitals. Judith has worked in Healthcare for 22 years, both in the private and public sector. Previously Judith was the CFO/CIO for 11 years at Cabrini Health and for the last 2 years, was also Deputy Chief Executive. Prior to that her experience includes Director of Finance and Administration at St Andrew’s Hospital in Adelaide, and working in various roles at Faulding Healthcare, Flinders Medical Centre and Ashford Community Hospital.
Judith is committed and passionate about the provision of quality healthcare in Australia. She has a keen interest in Patient Safety and Quality, Clinical Risk Management and Patient Experience and has been a member of the relevant Board Sub-Committees responsible for the governance of these areas throughout her career.
Judith is a Certified Practising Accountant, has a Master of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
National Director, Public Hospitals
Over the past eight years Brenda has focused on health system performance, clinical service redesign and the development of innovative models of care both in NSW and the ACT. Her previous positions have included Director, Health Advisory at Price Waterhouse Coopers, Executive Director, Health Performance Improvement, Innovation & Redesign for ACT Health and Director of Major Projects, Nepean Hospital. She was the winner of the 2010 Telstra Business Women’s Award in the ACT for Innovation. Brenda holds a Bachelor in Health Science (Nursing) and a Masters in Management.
Cheryl De Zilwa
National Director, Community Care
Cheryl joined Calvary Community Care in February 2013 after eight years as CEO of Windermere, an influential Victorian community organisation. Cheryl has played a major role in quality improvement and capacity building of community services across Australia. She has also worked with the National Heart Foundation in a senior health promotion role, which gave her a unique understanding of the full spectrum of health and community based services. Cheryl has a varied academic background, which includes General Nursing, Bachelor of Education and Masters of Management.
National Director, Aged Care and Retirement Services
Bryan was appointed National Director Retirement Communities effective 1 July 2015 after demonstrating strong leadership skills in his role as Operations Manager at Calvary Retirement Communities. Prior to joining Calvary, Bryan had a number of roles including CEO for Connectability Australia, and Chief Operations Officer and Acting CEO for Hunter Medicare Local. He has also held senior roles with UnitingCare Ageing and the Hunter Area Health Service.
National Director, Mission
Mark has a strong passion for social justice. Prior to joining Calvary, he was the Head of Mission and People at Caritas. Mark’s skills are in leadership, strategic planning, organisational management and development. He has degrees in Economics, Law and Theology as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. He is a member of the UNSW Human Research Ethics Committee.
National Chief Financial Officer
David has 15 years’ experience in the health and aged care sector as a senior executive with demonstrated success in growing organisations. He has a strong focus on business improvement, change management and the development of finance, information technology, treasury and reporting functions. David has also worked in a number of organisations including chartered accounting firms, finance companies and Macquarie Bank.
National Director, People & Organisational Development
Sandra has over 20 years’ experience in line management and corporate human resource roles in major manufacturing organisations. She has extensive experience working in organisations going through rapid change and growth. Sandra is passionate about driving for positive and safe workplace culture and leadership development. She holds a Bachelor of Business in Strategic Human Resource Management.
National Director, Clinical Governance
Sue has a broad range of experience in management and health executive roles, education, clinical governance and academia. She has held senior executive roles in the public and now private sector in clinical governance and patient safety over the past two decades. In her current role Sue is responsible for clinical governance across Calvary’s aged, community, acute public and private hospitals in six Australian States and Territories, including leading the development and implementation of electronic clinical records in twelve private hospitals in the group . Sue is currently Co-Chair of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) Palliative Care Network. Her primary interests lie in the areas of patient safety and clinical improvement, human factors analysis, and care integration across health, social and aged care systems, particularly as people approach and reach the end of life.
National Director, Legal Governance and Risk
Philip has been in legal practice for 25 years, and has worked in several senior in-house legal roles including Regional General Counsel for Thorn Asia Pacific, General Counsel for Stamford Hotels and Resorts, Senior Counsel for McDonald’s Australia, Division Counsel for McDonald’s Asia Pacific Middle East and Africa (APMEA), Vice President – General Counsel for McDonald’s Pacific and Africa Division and Senior Counsel for APMEA. Philip brings a wealth of legal and management experience and has held several directorships and appointments as Company Secretary.