National Leadership Team
Calvary’s National Leadership Team is led by the National Chief Executive Officer Martin Bowles .
The National Leadership Team represents Strategy and Service Development; two service streams: Hospitals and Aged and Community Care Services (ACCS); as well as support services including Mission, Finance, Human Resources, Clinical Services and Legal, Governance and Risk.
Each Executive is responsible for delivering on Calvary’s Strategic Intent.
Martin Bowles AO PSM
National Chief Executive Officer
Martin Bowles AO PSM is the National Chief Executive Officer of Calvary Health Care (Australia), responsible for more than 12,000 staff and volunteers, 14 Public and Private Hospitals, 17 Retirement and Aged Care Facilities and a national network of Community Care Centres.
Martin joined Calvary in November 2017 following an exemplary 40 year public service career spanning a diverse portfolio of industry sectors in the Commonwealth, Queensland and New South Wales Governments.
In the Australian Government, Martin was Deputy Secretary in the Department of Defence and then Climate Change, and then Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Martin’s last appointment was as Secretary of Health from October 2014 to September 2017.
During his public service career, Martin 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.
Before joining the Australian Government, Martin held senior executive positions in the education and health portfolios in the Queensland and New South Wales governments.
Martin’s exemplary public service careered was acknowledged in 2012 with the award of the Public Service Medal (PSM) for delivering highly successful energy efficiency policies and remediation programs for the Home Insulation and Green Loans programs. In June 2019, Martin was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to public administration at the senior level, and to policy development and program implementation.
Martin is currently also the Chair of Australia’s Health 2040 Taskforce, an initiative of Global Access Partners; a board member of the Australia Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care; a board member of the NSW Public Policy Institute, a newly formed independent organisation, working with the NSW Government to improve social, environmental and cultural outcomes for the community of NSW; and a member of Male Champions of Change (MCC), a group that offers a powerful platform to demonstrate commitment to gender equality and accelerate progress on diversity priorities.
Martin is a Fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants.
Deputy National Chief Executive Officer
Matt Hanrahan is the Deputy National Chief Executive Officer at Calvary and is responsible for providing leadership across all services provided across the Calvary Care system.
Matt has held senior management roles in a variety of healthcare organisations in both the public and private sectors, including Chief Executive of Central Coast Local Health District (NSW Health) and CEO of General Practice NSW. He has experience in all aspects of operations and strategic management across acute and sub-acute hospitals, aged, community and primary care settings. He has led major organisational change across large, complex organisations, including the delivery of major capital programs.
Matt holds a Masters in Health Administration, a Batchelor of Applied Science and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). Matt has also participated in senior management development programs within the NSW Government.
National Director of Mission
Mark brings a diverse experience to Calvary with his background in secondary education, refugee and immigration law, international aid and development, strategic planning, organisational formation and social justice. Mark developed and introduced a national framework for the governance of Calvary’s mission (Mission Accountability Framework) including mechanisms for regularly reporting to and engaging Board and Trustees in the governance and stewardship of Calvary’s mission. He has developed a discernment framework to guide major decision making and introduced formation programs and tools to support Calvary’s Directors and Executives.
Presently, Mark is supporting Calvary to develop a national Reconciliation Action Plan, strengthen the safeguarding of children and adults at risk and address the risks of modern slavery in supply chains. Mark sponsors Calvary’s Celebrating Excellence in End of Life Care Campaign which aims to increase public awareness and promote approaches to end of life care which communicate that each and every life matters, is gift and is intrinsically valuable at every moment, in death and thereafter.
Prior to joining Calvary in 2014, he was the Head of Mission and People at Caritas Australia.
Mark’s skills are in leadership, strategic planning, organisational management, formation, theological reflection and organisational development.
He has degrees in Economics, Law and Theology, as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. Mark is a Justice of the Peace (NSW). He chairs the CHA Mission and Identity Committee and is a member of the Plunkett Centre for Ethics’ management committee.
National Director, Strategy & Service Development
Vanessa commenced with Calvary in September 2019 as NSW Regional Chief Executive Officer. In February 2020, Vanessa was appointed to National Director Strategy & Service Development. In this role, Vanessa leads and facilitates the development of the strategy across Calvary, focusing on insight and data driven information to inform plans that support Calvary’s Strategic Intent. Through these plans the Strategy and Service Development group assist the organisation to change and grow including through the realisation of capital development priorities.
Vanessa has over 20 years’ experience in the public health arena, leading clinical services and implementing strategic reform. She is committed to serving the community and helping teams transform health services by listening to patients, families and staff, and leveraging scientific and technology disruption. Vanessa has senior level experience and qualifications in accounting, marketing, business administration as well as corporate governance.
Vanessa comes to us from NSW Health where she held the role of Executive Director of Strategy and Clinical Services Transformation for NSW Health Pathology – a state-wide organisation she helped establish in 2012 which operates 64 pathology and forensic scientific laboratories across NSW. In this role Vanessa and her team delivered significant efficiencies and service outcomes by bringing in new approaches to planning, performance, ICT, logistics, change management, risk and business analytics.
National Director, People and Corporate Services
Damien is responsible for leading the People and Corporate Services portfolio for Calvary which includes ICT, People and Culture, Procurement, Work Health and Safety, Enterprise Risk, Marketing, Communications and Corporate Affairs.
Damien commenced with Calvary in February 2019 and has since led engagement strategies and corporate services improvement programs aligned with Calvary’s Strategic Intent and to help steer Calvary into an expanding and dynamic healthcare environment. Some of the projects he has overseen over the last 12 months include the development of the Digital Vision 2020-25, People and Culture Plan 2020-25, Procurement and Supply Chain Review and the implementation of an enhanced WH&S and injury management framework with improved reporting and management accountability.
Damien has more than 25 years’ experience working in health and community services overseeing operations and service delivery as well as providing strategic direction as a Group Executive. He has held executive level positions within international and ASX-listed organisations as well as the public sector.
With a solid background as an allied health professional, he has a deep personal commitment to improving the lives and health outcomes for the Australian community. Damien served on the National Board of Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) as Vice President and prior to this represented the NSW State Chapter for more than 6 years. During his tenure he contributed greatly to the advancement of the Exercise Physiologist profession including the achievement of Medicare rebate recognition, Private Health Insurance rebates, DVA recognition as well as the establishment of National University Course Accreditation Program (NUCAP).
Damien has an undergraduate qualification in Human Movement Science and post-graduate qualifications in Biomedical Science, Exercise and Sports Science and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
National Director Clinical Governance
Kris is responsible for establishing and monitoring the clinical governance function across Calvary’s aged, community, acute public and private hospitals. This includes development of policy and procedures, clinical best practice and quality systems to improve patient, resident and client safety, experience and outcomes. Recent projects have included development of ward to board reporting and dashboard development, the introduction of Lippincott procedures and the Speak Up for Safety Program. Kris is the Chair of the National Pandemic Management Committee and has played a significant role in Calvary’s preparation and responsiveness to the COVID-19 situation.
Kris commenced her career with Calvary in October 2010 as the Director of Clinical Services at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital, followed by her appointments as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Clinical Services at Calvary Rehabilitation Adelaide Hospital in April 2012.
In April 2015, Kris relocated to Sydney to take up the position of National Manager Clinical Services and was appointed to the National Director Clinical Governance role in June 2019.
Kris holds a Bachelor in Health Science (Nursing) and Masters in Business Administration.
National Director – Legal Governance and Risk
Philip joined Calvary in March 2012 and is Calvary’s National Director – Legal, Governance and Risk and Company Secretary. On the legal side, Philip has led the large transactions that have marked Calvary’s new developments, including the new Calvary Adelaide Hospital, the successful planning appeal and financing of the new Calvary Bethlehem and the acquisition of Mary MacKillop Care SA, giving an aged care profile for Calvary in SA. More recently, with the legal team, he has undertaken the negotiations of the financial viability payments with the jurisdictions, as part of the response to COVID-19.
In addition to this, over his time at Calvary, Philip has represented the organisation in large scale procurement and property transactions, managed the medical malpractice portfolio which has a significant risk profile, advising and managing issues related to Hospital By-Laws, represented the organisation in multiple Fair Work proceedings and also acted in matters involving complex negotiations with jurisdictions, including investigations, initiated by Auditor- Generals, Human Rights Commissions and Health Care Complaints Commissions.
Philip has been a General Counsel in multi-national companies for more than 25 years.
He previously led legal teams at McDonald’s for many years and led the team that sold McDonald’s South Africa, for 1 Billion Rand, to the current South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, when he was in business before returning to politics.
Philip also has vast management experience, in his previous General Counsel roles, and has held several directorships and appointments as Company Secretary.
Philip holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws and has post graduate qualifications in Corporate Governance and Not-for-Profit Governance.
He is a member of the Institute of Company Directors, the Governance Institute of Australia and the Law Society of NSW.
National Chief Finance Officer
Wendy joined Calvary in September 2018 as the Regional Chief Executive Officer of NSW Hospitals, and was appointed as National Chief Financial Officer in August 2019, with responsibility for leadership of Calvary’s financial services. Wendy has played a significant role in the negotiation of the state governments’ financial viability payments enabling our private hospitals to continue operating throughout the challenging time of COVID-19.
Wendy has over 20 years’ senior executive experience across a broad range of financial, corporate services and clinical support functions.
Her previous roles include Acting Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Secretary Financial Services and Asset Management at the NSW Ministry of Health, where she led the Health Cluster budget process, financial performance, implementation of the NSW Government’s financial management transformation initiative and development of the NSW Ministry of Health’s ICT Strategy and Roadmap. In a prior Ministry role, as Executive Director System Relationships and Frameworks, Wendy was also instrumental in the development and implementation of the current framework for governing financial and non-financial performance across NSW public hospitals, including the negotiation of activity-based funding agreements with the Local Health Districts.
She has also held Chief Financial Officer roles at the former Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service, Sydney Ferries Corporation and The Australian Institute of Music.
Wendy holds a Bachelor of Business and is a Fellow of CPA Australia.
Dr Anthony Hobbs
Chief Medical Advisor
Dr Anthony (Tony) Hobbs joined Calvary in December 2018 and was appointed to the role of Chief Medical Advisor in February 2020.
Since joining Calvary, Tony has been doing significant work around the Dementia and Palliative and End of Life Care Frameworks; driving the integrated care strategy; medical engagement; and working with our Retirement Communities regarding the challenges in antimicrobial stewardship and the use of psychotropic medications.
Tony was a General Practitioner in rural NSW for nearly twenty years, delivering comprehensive coordinated care to the local community, including obstetric, paediatric and care to residents in residential aged care facilities. He is a former Chair of the Australian General Practice Network. He has also worked in remote health services in the Northern Territory and in Swaziland, southern Africa and in the NHS in the United Kingdom.
Dr Hobbs has made a significant contribution to Australia’s health system as Chair of the External Reference Group that in 2009 developed Australia’s first national Primary Health Care Strategy. He was part of a group that provided expert clinical advice to the National Chronic Disease Strategy in 2005. Dr Hobbs has had extensive experience on boards, committees and advisory councils including the National Health and Medical Research Council, cancer, diabetes and kidney health advisory groups, and has worked with the National Prescribing Service on its diagnostic evaluation advisory group.
Dr Hobbs has a First Class Honours Medical degree from the University of Sydney and postgraduate qualifications in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Child Health and Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from Australia and the United Kingdom. Dr Hobbs is also a graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors.